International Schools in Geneva
Below is a list of International Schools in Geneva, Switzerland. On each school's page you'll find of wealth of information including contact details, information about fees, curriculum and much more.
Geneva – Destination Guide
Time and time again Geneva is mistaken as the Swiss capital, and it’s not hard to see why. With its cosmopolitan vibe, created in part by 40% of its residents hailing from foreign shores, this is a city characterised by variety and sophistication. Geneva is blessed with some of the best views of any city in the world– not only is it located on the banks of Lake Geneva, but both Mont Blanc and the Jura Mountain range serve as constant reminders of the city’s proximity to nature. Known for its outdoor spaces, its museums, and its 4000 years of history, this is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Here are some of our highlights…
Lakeside fun is the name of the game in Geneva, and perhaps the star attraction is the Jet d’Eau fountain, which wows visitors by shooting water 140 metres into the sky. The best views are to be found from Bains des Pâquis, a fantastic ‘beach’ in the city centre where in-the-know Genevans meet to swim, enjoy a sauna, or to eat a fondue. Alternatively, take a boat cruise across the lake for wonderful views of the city, and of Mont Blanc.
Take a stroll around the Old Town, clustered on a hill around the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre. If you’ve the energy, clamber up its 157 stairs for fantastic 360-degree vistas across the city. Enjoy a mooch around the areas designer boutiques, snap photos of the stunning architecture, and revel in its flourishing café culture. For even more great views, take a walk along the promenade to spot both the Jura Mountain Range, and Parc des Bastions below.
For the kids…
For fun outside with the kids Parc des Bastion is a fun spot where you’ll find swimming pools, sandpits, and a play park. The Park plays a key role in the life of the city so keep an eye out for upcoming music concerts, ice-skating, and sporting events. Visit at weekends or on an evening to take on your friends at giant chess, or just to chill out with a picnic. Parc Bertrand is another great option when the sun is out, as is Bois de la Batie, home to an outdoor zoo the kids are guaranteed to love.
Should temperatures be high, make your way to the UN fountains to have a paddle. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you spot the giant broken chair – a wooden sculpture erected opposite the Palace of Nations as a reminder of those affected by landmines. Around town, there are numerous lidos, and water play areas just perfect for cooling off in the heat of the summer.
Rest your head…
Simple but smart, Design Hotel f6 is modern, clean, and perfect for those looking for affordable accommodation in a city centre location. Double rooms start from 150CHF.
EastWest Hôtel is a chic hotel overlooking Lake Geneva. Each room boasts its own Nespresso machine, flat-screen TV, and designer toiletries. On-site, you’ll find a bar, library, and spa and fitness room. Prices from 227CHF.
Mere footsteps away from the exclusive boutiques of Rue du Rhône is Hotel President Wilson. This upmarket spot is perfectly located for unrivalled views of Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva. Rooms start from 314CHF
Time to dine…
Start the day right with brunch at Halle de L’ille, where its 40CHF for all you can eat! Alternatively, head to Les Enfants Terrible, a wonderfully unusual hybrid of an organic café, a workshop, a winery, and most unexpectedly, a hair salon! Their homemade pastries, quiche, cakes and burgers are exquisite – and good for you to boot!
There are French restaurants dotted all around Geneva, but L’Esquisse might just be the best. This bistro style restaurant is great for groups, and the reasonably priced food is tasty and creatively presented.
If you can, drive out to Domaine de Chateuvieux, one of Geneva’s most upmarket restaurants set in a beautiful stately home in the heart of the wine-producing countryside. Head Chef Philippe Chevrier crafts a delectable seasonal menu. The food may be cutting edge, but the surroundings remain cosy, making it the perfect romantic treat for your other half.
Lovers of markets should spend Saturday mornings enjoying the ambience of the market in the hip Carouge district. Snap up treats to fuel your weekend’s explorations from local farmers and shop owners. Come Sundays, bargain hunters can’t go wrong with the Plainpalais flea market.
Should you be one of the lucky ones on the hunt for a new Rolex or Brietling, there’s only one place in town to focus your search, Rue du Rhône. If high-street fashion is more within your budget, head to Rue de Rive and Rue du Marche, to find everything from H&M and Zara, to souvenir shops. If you’re keen to treat yourself to a new outfit, but need to occupy the kids, La Praille Shopping Centre offers a child-minding service, leaving you an hour or two to concentrate on splashing that cash.
Paint the town:
For an early evening tipple in the sunshine see if you can nab a table at La Clémence at Place du Bourg in the Old Town.
When it comes to cocktails, Geneva leaves you spoilt for choice. We recommend L’atelier Cocktail Club, with its award-winning barmen who really know their way around a cocktail shaker. Other great spots for cocktails include L’Apothicaire and Barbershop, located next to each other on Plainpalais. Rooftop 42 is the best rooftop bar in town. You’ll pay a little more for the view and reservations are advised, but the food and cocktails are worth the price tag.
During summer, Les Voiles is the only place to be seen. Its spacious open-air layout, lakeside location, comfy seating and great live acts, make it a must for those balmy summer nights.
A touch more pricey, but well worth it is La Rouge et la Blanc, an exquisite wine bar that receives Michelin recommendations year after year, and rightfully so – their tapas and personalised wine recommendations really make for a special experience. Reservations recommended.
To dance into the night to fantastic live acts, head to late night music venue Zoé Live Bar. Other fashionable hangouts can be found in the Pâquis quarter or along the Rhône’s industrial shores, where you’ll find many a local bar buzzing with attitude.
A bit of fun…
Perhaps your kids are skateboard crazy, or maybe back in the day you weren’t too shabby at popping off the odd ‘kickflip’ or ‘ollie’. Either way, Pulp 68 – Skateboard Museum is a fun way to spend an hour or two, marvelling at their collection of skateboards dating back to the 1950s, and the 1980s memorabilia, including classic arcade and video games. Be sure to chat with the owner, his passion for skateboarding is infectious.
Any self-respecting cheese lover must take a trip out to La Maison du Gruyère to delve into how one of Switzerland’s most famous cheeses is crafted.
Take the bus to the French border and ride up the cable car up to Mont-Salève to enjoy extraordinary 360° views of the region. From here you can enjoy hiking trails, mountain biking, and even paragliding excursions for those of you with nerves of steel.
Did you know?
The Internet was created 20 years ago at the CERN Laboratory in Geneva. Nowadays it’s home to a troop of 10,000 of the world’s leading physicists all scratching their heads trying to unlock the secrets of the universe.