A Day and a Half in Geneva, Switzerland

Welcome to the final round of my European trip adventures: Switzerland! If you missed the Paris installments, check those out first: Paris Sightseeing and Food Recommendations, Running Boot Camp Through Paris, Giverny & Loire Valley, and Paris Running Tour.

When planning my trip to Europe a few months ago, my German friend Melli and I decided to meet up in Lucerne, Switzerland to cap off my trip. With a couple days to spare in between Paris and Lucerne, I knew I couldn’t miss the opportunity to visit my blogger buddy Ashley in Geneva on my way!


I arrived via train late on a Wednesday evening and the next morning Ashley and I were up bright and early to explore Geneva the best way we know how: with a run, of course! Gotta love visiting fellow runners. :) She’s training for the Berlin Marathon right now – cool!



Ashley took me on a nice out and back along the lake. What a beautiful city! We covered 6 miles with lovely views.



We stopped at the turnaround for some bench push ups and dips. :)


After our run and some breakfast – avocado, tomato, fried egg toast – one of my absolute faves – we headed out and about to do some more exploring, this time via bike! Here I am with Geneva’s iconic fountain, the Jet d’Eau. It’s over 450 feet tall!


If you’re in Geneva in the summer, be sure to take advantage of the free (yes, free!) bike rentals – available for up to 4 hours at Geneve Roule from May through October. All you have to do is show an ID and leave a 20CHF deposit!



Halfway through our bike ride, we stopped for lunch and a little walking exploration in Old Geneva.


If you’re looking for a healthy lunch in that area, I’d highly recommend Mango Deck.


You pick one of their protein/veggie bowls and then it’s either served cold as a salad or steamed. So good and fresh!


I went for a delicious steamed salmon, fennel, string bean, and slivered almond dish. Yum! Plus some unpictured bread on the side.


Gelato for dessert. :)


Another restaurant recommendation is Cottage Café, where we dined that evening – it’s a cute little place in a park by the lake, so it has lovely views. We dined al fresco on some really tasty fresh and seasonally-inspired tapas. Bad photo, good food. As for cocktails, try L’Atelier Cocktail Club we had some wine, cheese, and bread there before dinner and found the place fun and really friendly, too.


Our after dinner entertainment was the Fete de Geneve – the Geneva Festival! For 25 days each summer (July 17 – August 10), Geneva’s lake front is home to a carnival and music festival. There are fireworks, fair rides, multiple stages, fair rides, food, drinks, and more!


It was HOPPING and we had fun walking around and taking in all the action. Just for fun, we decided to join in and bought tickets for this awesome haunted ride, Spuk!


It was pretty epic, if I do say so myself.



Because you’re never too old for a little haunted ride. Am I right?! ;)


One last Geneva in summer recommendation – be sure to check out Geneve Plage – the Geneva beach! This was basically the most awesome thing ever – it offers a water slide, Olympic size pool, baby pool, five diving boards, and two floating platforms.


Ashley and I totally rode the water slide with the kids. And you know I had to jump off at least one of the platforms! I made it to the middle one (it was 5 meters) – saving the top one for my next visit. ;)


Thank you again, Ashley, for hosting me and showing me around your beautiful city! I’m sufficiently jealous and can’t wait to come back again soon. :)


  1. 1

    LOVE your photos! Switzerland is such a gorgeous country. When I visited a few years ago, I was blown away how beautiful it was. I could literally snap photos in any direction and it would be picture-perfect.

    That platform jump looked high!

  2. 3

    Looks like you guys had a great day together and Switzerland looks perfect!

  3. 4

    It looks like you had such fun! Switzerland is so picturesque. And you are brave; I would never manage to jump from 5 meters high!

  4. 5

    If that’s you jumping in that photo…. I think you jumped down the 10 m one. The five meter is the little one to the right. Scary stuff! :-)

  5. 7

    just wondering if, and where, you found deals on flights and/or accommodations? id love to do a ‘euro-trip’ soon with my boyfriend. your trip looks AMAZING!

    • 8

      My flight was super expensive because August is prime Europe travel season, but I only had to pay for accommodations on the last few days of the trip (in Lucerne and Zurich – I’ll share details… did it on the cheap) since I stayed with friends in Paris and Geneva!

  6. 9

    Love reading about your Euro-adventures!

  7. 10

    What a fun filled day and half!!! The lunch place sounds awesome! Totally pinning to “places I want to eat!” :)

  8. 11

    …….and to think that you, who live on the other side of the world ( so to speak), were just 330 km (3 hours and 50 minutes by car) from my home town !!!

  9. 12
    Elisabetta says

    Sorry but in my previous post was lost a part of my name: is Elisabetta (and not just Eli)

  10. 13

    Obsessed with all things Switzerland after my trip post Graduation, but all I kept noticing in most of these pictures was how seriously jealous I am of both of your hair! So beautiful :)

  11. 15
    Roadrunner says

    Another wonderful adventure. Very, very nice! Lovely place, clearly!

  12. 16

    So fun that you have blogger friends in Europe! I love when I have runner friends who understand that awesomeness of an AM run through a city =)

  13. 17

    I LOVED Geneva!
    Favorite part was Old Geneva. That’s soo fun that you have a friend to explore it with–especially run through it. Looks like you had an amazing time!!

  14. 18

    Love visiting runner friends, you stay active AND have a blast at the same time :) Pictures are stunning! Can’t wait to travel to Europe some day.

  15. 19

    hello I’m a big reader of your blog and big fan of your running post. And I just find unbelievable that you where here (I should have miss a post). I just live in the same building that the atelier cocktail and work next to le cottage café :) I would have love to do a run with you as I’m training for the Lausanne marathon.
    I’m really happy to read that you enjoy Switzerland despite the horrible weather we are having this summer.
    Next time you should visit Wallis it’s in the Alps (I’m from there but working in Geneva) :)


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