Geneva is a beautiful city and a great value destination for school tours, due to the amount of free visits and free public transport for tourists! Carly and Rachelle followed Norton Knatchbull on their trip and this is what they found!
We stayed at the Geneva Youth hostel which is brilliant for large school groups, due to the spacious dining area and reception. It also hosts a ‘library room’ where groups can congregate in the evening to play games or watch DVDs, which is really useful as there aren't many evening activities. The Hostel can also offer lunches and dinners, making meal times easy. We would recommend booking either board at your hostel or restaurant meals with us, as buying locally in Geneva can be very expensive averaging 12chf for a baguette(!)
In regards to eating out, there are some really great value restaurants we can book; Edelweiss a full fondue evening with music. After gorging on cheese or beef, the students can interact with the band and try the humongous horn that is as tall as the flight of stairs down to the restaurant! It’s great value and can provide a whole evening of entertainment! We also ate at the Holy Cow, a gourmet burger company which offered fast food and huge portions - rated 10/10 by students! There is also a lovely little Italian about a five minute walk from the Geneva Youth hostel offering with a great selection of different pizzas and pastas for the group to choose from with a drink and tiramisu to finish. Yum!
A day in Geneva can be varied and culturally interesting with local sights such as the Jet D’Eau and the famous Flower clock which are both situated on the edge of Lake Geneva. You can also take a trip on the mermaid cruise to learn more about Lake Geneva.
Most school trips we've seen are science related, with every group visiting the CERN for guided tours and lectures on the site. The History of Sciences museum is another free visit in which groups can see scientific demonstrations. We took a tour of the UN building, followed by a visit to the Red Cross Museum (conveniently located opposite each other). Both were fantastic and we would recommend these to future groups. The Red Cross Museum is so interactive and informative detailing how the Red Cross has helped people through various points in history such as the First and Second World Wars, and now in modern day. They host a permanent collection and temporary exhibits too; we would thoroughly recommend the Audio guide!
The group visited Chocolate Stettler to see how the famous swiss chocolate is created and you even get a free goodie bag at the end! As a treat on the last day we took the bus to Saleve and enjoyed a return cable car to the top of Mont Saleve to take in the breath-taking views of Geneva and the lake. There is a lovely green area to sit and enjoy lunch.
All in all, the educational value plus the beauty and culture of Geneva, it was a fantastic trip. We can see why groups visit year on year!
Thanks so much to Norton Knatchbull for allowing us to tag along too! Click here to start planning your next trip to Geneva!