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Hantec Travel - The 8th Stop: Geneva

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Geneva is in the southwest of Switzerland, at the southern end of Lake Geneva surrounded by mountains. Although the area is small and the population is only about 200,000, it is an international city. 

As a neutralized state, Switzerland has attracted many international organizations to set up their headquarters or offices in Geneva, making Geneva a crossed national borders family. Therefore, Geneva is also known as the "Peace City" that upholds fraternity.

 

Hantec Europe SA

Hantec Europe SA is the real estate company of Hantec Group in Geneva, Switzerland. It is mainly responsible for renting or leasing real estate and managing residential, commercial and industrial properties. 

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Rue Jean-Dassier 9, 1201 Genève, Switzerland

It takes about 5-7 minutes to walk from the company to Genève-Cornavin, the key railway station in Geneva, which is ranked fourth in size in Switzerland. Genève-Cornavin station is the Swiss Federal Railway. It is also the transit station and terminal of many railways connecting Switzerland and Italy Cisalpino.


Natural Scenery

Rhone

There’s a famous river near our Geneva company, the Rhone. The Rhone is only 8 minutes away from the company. It is the most important river in western Switzerland and the source of the Rhine. 

Lake Geneva

Tourists can take a steamboat tour of Lake Geneva, starting from the Rhone River. The mild climate gives Lake Geneva a fascinating sight all year round. The lake is shaped like a crescent moon and the lake is extremely clear. Around the lake, there is the tallest fork in the world, created by Swiss artist Jean-Pierre Zaugg in 1995.

English Garden (Jardin Anglais)

The English Garden (Jardin Anglais) is a park located at the banks of Lake Geneva. It has a quiet and elegant environment and is a good place for relaxing walks. There are big trees, various fountains and statues in the garden, and also the world-famous flower clock. 

Switzerland is known as the "land of gardens", and also "hometown of clocks". Swiss skilled craftsmen perfectly combine the beauty of flowers with the craftsmanship of clocks to create the "flower clock" ingeniously. In different festivals with different flowering periods, the big flower clock will match with different flowers.

 

History and Culture

Saint Pierre Cathedral

St. Pierre Cathedral is in Geneva’s Town Hall Street (also known as the Old Town) in Switzerland. This majestic cathedral combines with different architectural styles. The original building is in Romanesque style and the arches are in Gothic. The main entrance built in the century has a Greek-Roman style column and a dome similar to the Roman Pantheon. Under the cathedral is the largest underwater monument in Europe that is open to the public, allowing visitors to understand how the cathedral evolved from a simple chapel to its huge scale today. 

Palais des Nations

The Palais des Nations is located on the banks of Lake Geneva in the northeastern suburbs of Geneva, facing the mighty Alps. Surrounded by green trees, the environment is beautiful. The Palais des Nations, also known as the League of Nations Building, is the headquarters of the predecessor of the United Nations "League of Nations" and now is the United Nations Office in Geneva. Individual areas are open to the public, such as the consultation hall decorated with magnificent frescoes, and the conference hall which is larger than the Paris Opera.


Artistic

Watch Valley

The Watch Valley stands in the mountains a thousand meters above sea level and is located at the north of Geneva. Switzerland is famous for its clocks, and this valley is the birthplace of the Swiss watch industry. Due to the long cold winter caused by the high altitude, the place is often isolated from the world due to heavy snow and mountains for several months. The locals rely on the gifts of nature to exert their imagination and concentrate on research and development of watch technology and pursue the ultimate craftsmanship. Spending their time to pursuit the perfectness, also to pass on the skills from generation to generation.

Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet’s watch factory is in Le Brassus in the Watch Valley. Since 1875, Audemars Piguet is still owned by the founded family (Audemars and Piguet), upholding the high quality that has remained unchanged for more than 140 years, inheriting and creating high-end watchmaking craftsmanship without interference from the outside world. 

The visitors may explore the evolution of the cultural history of this Swiss watch brand in the Watch Museum, Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet. It exhibits the craftsmanship and the contemporary architecture, as the combination of the avant-garde space design and traditional skills, showing the free spirit of the Audemars Piguet and the unremitting pursuit of excellence by the high-end timepiece manufacturer in the Jura Valley. 

Musée d'art et d'histoire

The Musée d'art et d'histoire exhibits more than 7,000 exhibits, which are divided into archaeological exhibition halls and art application exhibition halls. The archaeological exhibition hall displays important cultural relics from ancient times, prehistoric times and ancient times; the art application theme exhibition hall displays Byzantine art, Christ portraits, musical instruments and textiles. The museum has been exhibiting since 1910. It is in the east of Geneva’s old town and is the largest art gallery in Geneva.

 

Swiss Cuisine

National Drink Rivella

Swiss national drink Rivella has the reputation of "Milk Champagne". It is made from refined milk whey, which can be seen everywhere in Geneva. Rivella has a cool taste with carbonated bubbles. Although it is a "milk soda", it tastes similar to champagne and carbonated drinks. 

Pretzel Knotted Bread Brezelkonig

In the railway station of every city in Switzerland, you can find this big crown logo. The small window sells the golden baked twisted bread. Each bread is sprinkled with coarse salt, and there are a variety of different fillings to choose from. In Switzerland, people usually treat kinked bread as breakfast.

Chocolaterie Stettler

Swiss chocolate is world-renowned and is sold to countries all over the world. Its craftsmanship is unique in the world. Many chocolate technologies were invented in Switzerland. 

Every city in Switzerland would have famous chocolate in town, and most of them do not have branches. Chocolaterie Stettler is a famous chocolate shop in Geneva. It was founded by Paul Stettler, a master chocolatier, and insists on making handmade chocolates in accordance with ancient methods. There are as many as 20 chocolate flavours in the store. Apart from purchase a single piece, there is also a whole box that can be taken home as a souvenir. 

Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue and chocolate are the two kinds of foods most consumed by the Swiss. The Swiss government regards cheese as a treasure and strives to ensure it. Therefore, it has strictly controlled the production process of cheese. The Swiss government refers to the relevant laws and regulations of French wine production and stipulates that a region can only produce cheese from that region and cannot operate across regions. It insists on using traditional techniques to avoid the traditional flavours was tainted caused by the industrial production process.


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