Guide for the Expat – Geneva Switzerland, The Best Place to Be

Tips for Expats – Geneva Leisure Options

Geneva, being the most international city in Switzerland, offers a luxurious experience for visitors and locals alike. For undecided and future expats, Geneva is one of the most alluring cities to consider. Situated in Europe’s most high-priced country, the city benefits from both its natural and historically acquired beauty and riches.

For the art-loving expat, Geneva Switzerland is a deep-rooted haven due to its numerous museums and art galleries. They can be found everywhere in the city boasting various collections for all interests, be it fine arts, archaeology, applied arts, ethnography, science, technology or nature.

The city is home to over 40 public and private museuems. Here is a list of the principal museums in Geneva, contributing to the city’s art reputation :

  • Art and History Museum – the encyclopedic museum, covering the whole of western culture, from its origins to the present days.
  • International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum – built to pay tribute to the extraordinary works of the people of the Red Cross serving humanity for over 140 years.
  • Rath Museum – the 1st Swiss museum devoted to the fine arts, housing more than 60 thematic and single-artist exhibitions.
  • Natural History Museum – the largest museum of natural history of Switzerland and home of a renowned staff of scientists
  • MAMCO – exhibits a broad range of works dating from the early 1960s to the present day.
  • Ariana Museum – houses prestigious collections of glass and ceramics of the City of Geneva, illustrating over 20,000 objects collected within seven centuries. It is the only museum in Switzerland, and among the most important in Europe, devoted entirely to kilncraft.
  • Archaeological Site of Saint Peter’s Cathedral – offers an underground journey through an exceptional site, in the heart of Geneva’s old town at the top of the hill.
  • Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – Geneva’s first extensive botanical gardens established in 1871 housing a collection of 16,000 plant species from all over the world. A living museum with a rich public scientific library.
  • Martin Bodmer Foundation – one of the most important private libraries in the world, gathering approximately 160,000 documents in 80 languages
  • International Museum of the Reformation – retraces the history of the Reformation movement initiated by John Calvin through manuscripts, objects, paintings, books, engravings and state-of-the-art audio-visuals. An underground passageway connects it to the archaeological site under the Saint-Pierre cathedral and its towers.
  • Foundation Baur – is home to The Baur Collection of Far Eastern Art, an elegant private mansion assembled by Swiss collected Alfred Baur featuring a collection of Japanese art objects, jades and snuff-bottles from the 8th to the 19th century as well as Chinese ceramics.
  • Patek Philippe Museum – boasts exhibition of important collections of horology and enamelling of Genevese, Swiss and European origin, dating from the 16th to the 20th century, essentially composed of portrait miniatures painted on enamel, musical automata and watches.

For the music-loving expat, Geneva Switzerland has this yearly event every June called the Music Festival. Hundreds of concerts of all types are performed in the streets for three days. For the new expats, Geneva may be the most festive place during this time of the year as the whole city turns into a musical stage.

A very active and diverse theatre scene also awaits expats in Geneva. The city boasts about 35 stages offering all kinds of shows from light comedy to classics or avant-garde performances.

You will never grow tired of the diverse entertainment scenes and options in Geneva. It is one of the most expat-friendly city you’ll ever find.

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