Wine Tasting in the Countryside
Winding your way through the rolling vineyards just outside Geneva makes for an enjoyable day's outing. Many of the best Swiss wines never leave the country, and grapes grow on slopes overlooking Lake Geneva and the Rhône. Pick up a brochure called Discover Geneva and Its Vineyards from the tourist office and set out.
Sailing Lake Geneva
The crescent-shaped lake, called Lac Léman locally, gives Geneva a resortlike ambience, stretching for 72km (45 miles). In summer, it's alive with activity: sailing, rowing, canoeing, water-skiing, and more.
Wandering Through Old Town
The gray-toned severity of Geneva's Vieille Ville somehow conveys some of the strict and unyielding morals of what used to be a stronghold of severely punitive Calvinism. Exploring its ancient streets brings you to art galleries, antiques shops, booksellers, and tiny bistros. Follow the Grande-Rue, where Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born, and wander back into time.
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