The emblematic districts of Geneva

May 13, 2023

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Geneva is a cosmopolitan city that attracts foreigners and tourists from all around the world. Very attractive in terms of job offers, there are many expatriates in Switzerland and more particularly in Geneva.

Located on the shores of the Leman Lake , Geneva is a pleasant city to live in. Indeed, in summer it is possible to enjoy the lake and nautical activities while in winter, the proximity to the ski resorts is a significant advantage. In addition, there are many museums, restaurants, luxury boutiques... and the pedestrian city center is charming. It is also in Geneva that there is the United Nations headquarters for the European continent.


If you have just arrived in Geneva or if you plan to settle there, it is important to know which are the emblematic districts. This will help you to find your bearings better but above all to decide where to settle. In addition, do not hesitate to contact our rental department. Florence will do her best to help you find the property that best meets your expectations.


Depending on your desires and the geographic location of your work, a district of Geneva will be more appropriate. However, be aware that the public transport network is large and well developed, making it easy to cross the city quickly.



Let's start this selection with Cologny which is the chic district of Geneva. Very popular, the most beautiful villas are located on this small hill overlooking the lake. Next to Les Eaux-Vives, there is also the Institut International Notre-Dame du Lac which is one of the best elementary schools in the canton of Geneva. Another point of interest in this district is the Geneva Golf.



Champel is a residential area surrounded by greenery. Rather calm, there are few shops and restaurants. It has recently become unavoidable, in particular thanks to the CEVA connecting Cornavin station to Annemasse in France as one of the 5 stops located in this district. The Tour de Champel and the Parc Bertrand are unmissable places.


Geneva old town

The historic center of Geneva traces 2,000 years of history. The low streets have a charm and allow you to benefit from a central position in the heart of the old city. A luxury shopping paradise, you're spoiled for choice when shopping.



The Pâquis district is also central. Cosmopolitan and trendy, this area has many shops, bars, restaurants ... Living day and night, Cornavin train station is also located there. On the other hand, in the evening in certain alleys, this district can be badly famous. 


Petit-Saconnex and Grand-Saconnex

Petit-Saconnex and Grand-Saconnex are ideally located in a peaceful location close to the UN and international organizations. It's a good compromise between nature (with beautiful parks such as the botanical garden and Trembley Park) and the city. Very convenient, there is even a direct bus to the airport.



This working-class district is one of the most populated in Geneva. Lively and friendly, we appreciate being able to do everything without having to take the car in this part of Geneva.

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