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Worth knowing

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Worth knowing

- The population of Geneva is approximately 188 000

- For international phone calls to Geneva, the code is 041

- Geneva Airport is a 6-kilometre or approximately 15-30-minute drive from the city centre

- A useful phone number to order a taxi: 022 331 41 33


- Geneva, boasting over a thousand restaurants, is undoubtedly the culinary capital of Switzerland. The list of local specialities includes fondue (one of the places serving the best fondue is Les Armures, 1 Rue Puits-Saint-Pierre), Lake Geneva fish as well as meat and vegetable casseroles.

- 45 per cent of the Genevan population are foreign nationals, representatives of 180 nationalities. There is a wide range of restaurants featuring various national cuisines; most of them are concentrated in the district of Paquis.

- Local ingredients, for instance, fish from Lake Geneva, hold a special place in the restaurant menus. Most restaurants also list the country of origin of the meat they use; for instance, beef is always Swiss.

- While the main shopping streets in Geneva are Rue du Rhone, Rue du Mont Blanc un Rue du Marche, the most colourful little stores, vintage shops, etc. are located in Paquis, in the vicinity of Rue des Paquis; you will find the best antique shop in Grand Rue, in the Old Town.

- The largest and most legendary of Genevan flea markets is Plaine de Plainpalais. The location was originally the site of a forest - alleged to be one of the sources of inspiration for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It is a city square that transforms into a market place on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 8 am and 5 pm. An excellent farmers' market opens on Wednesday and Saturday mornings in Boulevard Helvetique and in Rue des Grottes (on Thursdays between 2 pm and 8 pm).

- The best shopping centre in Geneva is the Globus Department Store (48 Rue de Rohe); the ground floor also houses a wine bar and a deli shop. Place du Molard with its Cafe du Centre, the favourite fish restaurant among the locals.

- On Sundays Geneva is empty, almost deserted: most shops and cafes are closed - a fact worth remembering to avoid unpleasant surprises.

- Geneva is one of the greenest European cities, boasting more than 20 parks.

- A few useful links: www.geneva.ch; www.geneve-tourisme.ch; www.geneva.info; www.quartierdesbains.ch

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