Switzerland’s second largest city is home to some great sights and attractions, and you’ll never find yourself short of things to do in vibrant Geneva. But with a great location near to the border with France and the stunning mountainous Alps region, it seems a shame to waste the opportunity to uncover some more of Europe’s gems and tick another country off your visited list.
There are plenty of beautiful towns and cities lying just outside of Geneva, and all are within easy driving distance. Check out our guide to the top five road trips outside Geneva – they make for a great day out!
Just a 45 minute drive from Geneva and nestled in the mountains, the French town of Annecy makes a great day trip, and it’s worth driving there just to take in the incredible views along the A41. The town lies on the edge of Lake Annecy, and this particularly stunning area of the town is well worth a visit while you’re there. Follow the signs for the City Hall (Hotel de Ville) if you’re looking for the Old Town and the Lake, and you’ll find parking nearby.
Only around a 30 minute drive away from Geneva, the city of Yvoire can trace its roots back to medieval times and still retains many of its original features. Known as one of the most beautiful places of France, expect to see city walls, old cottages and picturesque restaurants.
Thonon les Bains, France
Just a little further up the road from Yvoire, you’ll find the beautiful marine at Thonon les Bains. Though the town itself isn’t particularly interesting, the old Chateaux de Ripaille is well worth a visit and the marina which lies on Lake Geneva is a real highlight. To reach the marina from the town, simply drive down the hill and follow the signs.
Chamonix hosted the very first Winter Olympics back in 1924 and this picturesque village is the gateway to the Alps and Europe’s highest peak – Mont Blanc!
Book your flights at www.cheapflights.co.uk/flights/Geneva/, touch down in Switzerland, then get in the car – just an hour away from Geneva, the drive to Chamonix along the A40 is truly breath-taking, with stunning mountain views laid out just in front of you.
Chamonix is renowned for offering lots of winter sport facilities, but even if you’re not feeling adventurous, the village offers a quiet retreat from the bustling city life in Geneva.
There’s a real abundance of beautiful French towns and villages near Geneva, but if you’d prefer to keep your holiday strictly Swiss there are still plenty of options for anyone looking for a day trip from Geneva. Gruyeres is just one of these.
With beautiful mountain scenery providing the backdrop, Gruyeres is very touristy and though it’s not the place to visit if you’re looking for a tranquil escape, it’s not difficult to see why it’s so popular. Enjoy a scenic stroll through the narrow cobbled streets and pay a visit to the old village on the hill where you’ll find a beautiful castle.