Geneva and the surrounding region provides many tourism opportunities, therefore the conference does not organize any specific activity for companions nor take any organisational responsibility or liability.
The following sight-seeing possibilities are standard tourism highlights from Geneva and its region, for detailed information, you can:
- visit the Geneva Tourism Office’s official website,
- visit the Geneva Tourism Office’s in person (at walking distance from the hotels or conference centre).
- visit geneva's online portal
Switzerland is also proud of its punctual railway system, which is the best way to travel around the country. SBB / CFF / FFS
The Museum of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent
The Red Cross was founded in 1863 in reaction to the atrocities witnessed on the battle field.
Today’s international Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC or CICR “Comité International de la Croix Rouge”) expanded its field of activity (who-we-are), and the museum gives a unique insight into ICRC’s worldwide humanitarian actions. visit-information
The Bibliotheca Bodmeriana
The Bibliotheca Bodmeriana is a library and museum specialising in manuscripts and precious editions. It is located in Cologny, just outside Geneva. (official website)
The Geneva Lake shores
Magnificent parks and elegant hotels with a splendid view of Mont-Blanc are lined up on the right bank. The Bains des Pâquis, one of the most popular spot in Geneva, an artificial peninsula surrounded by a lively beach that jets into the lake near Pâquis district, where you can also admire a magnificent view over the lake and the Jet d’Eau symbol of Geneva and of the ICIS conference. The 140m water jet is also visible from the air as you fly into Geneva airport.
An amazing and convenient way to discover the magic and the beauty of Geneva’s Lake is by embarking on one of the yellow boats, “les Mouettes”, usually free for those who have the complimentary visitor transport passes provided by the hotels. (lake-boats info)
Geneva’s Old Town
Geneva's Old Town, in French “Vieille Ville”, is the most traditionally scenic part of the city, characterized by small streets and picturesque squares, filled with charming cafés, restaurants, galleries, museums and historical buildings beautifully decorated.
In addition to the famous St. Peter's Cathedral, the must see places are the pretty pedestrian Place du Bourg-de-Four – the oldest public square in Geneva surrounded by bistros, terraces, bars and other popular meeting spots, and the Hotel de Ville –which still serves as the seat of government in Geneva and is the site the first Geneva Convention in 1864, and the first General Assembly of the League of Nations in 1920.
Carouge is a Geneva’s district famous for its coloured small houses, galleries and markets. Italians from Turin developed this area in the 18th century as an independent town. On Wednesdays and Saturdays mornings the sleepy Place du Marché comes alive with a vibrant and lovely food market.
Public transport: trams 12 and 18 from Geneva centre to Carouge.
The Ariana Museum of Ceramics and Glass is unique and Switzerland, In addition to being one of the most important in Europe. Situated close to the Palace of Nations, it originally was built to house the private collection of Gustave Revilliod, and today contains around 20’000 objects, spanning the last 12 centuries. ariana-official-website
Location of the museum: 10, Avenue de la Paix, 1202 Genève
Cheese & Chocolate experience
Discover Switzerland’s premier region of cheese and chocolate on board the Chocolate Train. The Chocolate Train is a first-class trip between Montreux-Gruyeres-Broc.
Finally, you reach the legendary « Maison Cailler » chocolate factory in Broc. There, you will discover the secrets of the creation of Swiss chocolate and enjoy a high flavoured tasting experience.
Olympic Museum – Lausanne
The Olympic Museum is in Ouchy – a quietly chic suburb of Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva. It celebrates the Olympic movement including the history of the games, its organization and of course athletes. The museum is modern with many interactive displays complimenting the wide range of 1,500 items directly related to the games, its organizers, and the athletes.
A large landscaped park with several statues, Olympic symbols and fantastic views of Lake Geneva and the Alps is freely accessible to all visitors.