International Red Cross and Red Crescent museum Geneva
Geneva is the birthplace of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. Close to the International Red Cross Committee (ICRC), on 17 Avenue de la Paix, there is a very impressive museum. Its collection entreats its visitors to weigh their own contribution to mankind's efforts to relieve suffering; to keep alive the flame of hope and take to heart the maxim: "Each of us is responsible to others for everything". In 1999, a new area was opened presenting the movement's contemporary activities. Allow around 2 hours to see this museum. There's a nice restaurant inside, along with a museum-shop and multimedia area (Café Dunant). Open daily (except Tuesday) 10 am – 5 pm, admission CHF 10.-. >>>www.micr.org
How to get there: From Cornavin railway station take bus no. 8, F, Z or V and get off when you see the Red Cross flag (opposite the visitors’ entrance of the United Nations building).
The United Nations Geneva
The United Nations Office Geneva (UNOG) is the largest and most active center for conference diplomacy in the world and the site of many historic negotiations. It is also the second largest United Nations office after the New York headquarters. The UN Office in Geneva is based at the Palais des Nations, which was built in 1936 as the headquarters for the League of Nations. The United Nations offer tours on which you can familiarize yourself with the only truly universal organisation ever formed. One-hour guided tours trace the history of the United Nations, covering current activities and future projects. Guided tours Mon – Fri from 10 am – 12 noon and from 2 – 4 pm (Sat & Sun closed). Admission CHF 10.-, students CHF 8.-.
How to get there: Buses 5, 11, 14 to Place des Nations; or V, Z to Ariana; or 8, 18, F to Appia. (It is not possible to enter the United Nations building by the main entrance in place des Nations. The visitors’ entrance is at Pregny Gate 14, av. de la Paix, opposite the Red Cross headquarters).
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, MAMCO (Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, MAMCO), 10 rue des Vieux Grenadiers. This extraordinary museum was built in an old factory. Opened in 1994, it is a prestigious museum which exposes on its surface of 4,000m2 a vast collection of European and American art covering the last four decades. 1000 works of art are owned by the museum, 300 are permanently on display. In addition, three times a year temporary exhibitions are organised. Open Tue - Fri from noon to 6 pm, Sat & Sun 11 am – 6 pm. Admission CHF 8.-, students 6.-. Free admission every first Sunday of the month!
How to get there: Buses no 1, 4, 44 stop at école de Médecine, trams 12 and 16 stop at Rond-Point de Plainpalais, or tram 13 stops at Cirque.
Cruise on Lake Geneva
Take a boat and enjoy a relaxing time on Lake Geneva. Geneva’s boat companies do a wide range of cruises, some of them also in winter, i.e. a “Winter Sunday Cruise”, a “Lunch Cruise”, or a “Fondue Festival Cruise”. The choice is yours. The cruises start from Quai du Mont-Blanc and/or Jardin Anglais.