Geneva is located in the French part of Switzerland, not far from the border with France and surrounded by the Swiss Alps. Geneva was built on the shores of the biggest lake in Western Europe and lake trip can be one of the best entertainments in Geneva.
Settled since Neolithic times, Geneva became an imperial city in 1032, under Emperor Conrad II, before achieving independence in 1530 and joining the Swiss Confederation in 1814.
Famed for its neutrality, Geneva is home to the European headquarters of the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the International Red Cross. The city is also a major banking centre and plays a significant role in the manufacture of watches, scientific instruments, jewellery and foodstuffs - all Switzerland is famous for.