Geneva, Switzerland - photo by Erich Westendarp from Pixabay under Pixabay License
Geneva, Switzerland - photo by Erich Westendarp from Pixabay under Pixabay License


Geneva is one of the popular starting points for a Switzerland itinerary. It sits on the shores of Lake Geneva, just like Laussane,Nyon, Morges, Vevey and Montreux. And it is possible to enjoy the city of Geneva without breaking the bank. Here are some of the free things to do in Geneva if you’re traveling on a budget:

Free Things to Do in Geneva: Admire the Beauty of Nature at Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques

The Botanical Gardens and Conservatory of Geneva offers seasonal free tours, allowing visitors to see its collections of plants and flowers.


Free Things to Do in Geneva: Be Amazed with The Geneva Water Fountain

Jet d’Eau is an iconic fountain in Lake Geneva that pumps water 140 meters high into the air. At night, it becomes even more beautiful once all lit up.

Dip into the Waters of Bains des Pâquis

You don’t have to spend a dime to enjoy Bains des Pâquis, a popular public baths venue in Lake Geneva. During winter, the public bath houses become saunas.

Explore the Little Italy of Geneva

The district of Carouge in Geneva is known as the city’s Little Italy. Strolling around the neighborhood acquaints you with its several artisan studios and boutiques. While in Carouge, you will also find a slathering of buildings following classic French-Italian architecture.

Relax in the Parks

Geneva has a number of green spaces where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the views. Some of these are Jardin Anglais, Parc La Grange and Parc des Eaux-Vives.

Snap Some Photos of the Brunswick Monument

Within Square des Alpes in Geneva, one can find the Brunswick Monument, a Neo-Gothic mausoleum dedicated to Charles II, Duke of Brunswick.

See the Splendor of Église Russe

The Russian Orthodox Church in Geneva is a historic 19th century building that features gilded onion domes and Byzantine striped arches.

View the Exhibits in Museums

There are museums in Geneva that offer free admission to the public. These include Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Tavel House, Musée Ariana and Musée d’histoire des sciences de la Ville de Genève. While some might require a small fee to certain exhibits, entry to these museums are generally free.

Visit Cathédrale Saint-Pierre Genève

The 12th century Gothic Saint Pierre Cathedral in Geneva is a renowned Calvinist church. Inside, one can find a wooden chair that was used by John Calvin.

Window Shop at Place du Bourg-de-Four

Find your way to Place du Bourg-de-Four, the oldest square in Geneva. There are several upscale shops and dining places lining the square, making it a treat to simply explore the area.

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