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Car Hire in Geneva   by Hannah Westfield

Venturing into Geneva is well worth the trip as much for its location as its attractions. The city of Geneva is located on the western shore of Lake Geneva, with spectacular snow-capped peaks creating a majestic panorama on all sides. The old town of Geneva is set high on a hill overlooking the Rhone River. The town is composed of a series of cobbled lanes clustered around Cathedral St Pierre a well known land mark. The nearby Place du Bourg-de-Four is the oldest square in Geneva. Formerly a Roman forum it has now become a market place. Any itinerary should include a visit to these historical places.

Geneva's attractions do not stop there. A trip down to the lake front will reveal its famous water fountain the Jet d`Eau. This is a giant, single jet fountain located in the middle of the bay. Many parks and bathing areas are also located on the shoreline. The splendors of the Alps can be seen by taking a boat trip. Don't forget to also take in the Flower Clock in the English Garden, Reformation Wall and Place Neuve.

Quai du Mont-Blanc, Sunrise on Lake Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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For some a sightseeing trip would not be complete without an informative look into the past and therefore a trip to a museum is a must. Geneva offers many choices. Why not start at the acclaimed Museum of Art and History. Interested in clocks? Check out the Horology Museum. Other museums include the Red Cross Museum, the Red Crescent Museum and the Voltaire Museum.

Getting to Geneva is a breeze. With so many international organizations located in Geneva, the airport is an important transport centre for Europe and many major cities worldwide. As you would expect from such an airport, it is modern and efficient, with excellent facilities. Transport into the city is reliable and frequent but not necessarily cheap. Limo services and private taxis are available and a regular mode of transport. Switzerland's bus services are comprehensive and efficient. Actually within the city trams are an environmentally-friendly alternative.

Moving further afield, regular trains and buses run to all neighbouring countries from Geneva, with the most frequent services running to nearby France (through the Rhone valley) and Italy. Non-stop trips can be taken to Spain and UK. Swiss trains are fast and efficient but not cheap.

Many visitors may decide that renting a car will afford them a great deal of independence and of course, these car rentals at the airport are easily available. With the minimum fuss, you can pick up your waiting car and head out to explore Geneva.

If you are venturing out of Geneva by car, note that Switzerland has an excellent network of roads that are generally safe and well maintained and therefore perfect for car hire transportation. Where routes are likely to wind around mountains watch out for dangerous corners and switch backs. With regard to such routes allow plenty of time for your journey. There aren't any high speed highways. However because the scenery is generally breathtaking, travel by car at your own pace will be an extremely pleasurable way of seeing Geneva and beyond.

When hiring a car in Geneva , make sure you satisfy the requirements for the rental agreement which in Europe are usually  minimum age 21 years old, hold a valid driving licence from your country (an international licence is recommended but not compulsory) and a valid credit card for payment. Remember to look for a reputable car hire company preferably on the internet where booking is easy and convenient.

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About the Author - Hannah was born to travel. Hannah studied English Literature at Manchester university and graduated in 2002, since then Hannah has continued her passion for travel and came to work for us at CarRentals.co.uk as a travel writer in 2007.
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Beau Rivage Geneva
Beau Rivage Geneva is more than just a hotel, it is a witness to Geneva's history. This 5 star hotel in Geneva had received ISO 9001:2000 certification. Since 1865, the Mayer family has welcomed some of the world's most prominent figures. The vocation of the Mayer family is not only to preserve one of Switzerland's most romantic properties, but also a share with its guest an exclusive "art de vivre", that will make you say unforgettable. On the quays of Geneva's lakeside, in the heart of the city, Beau Rivage Geneva boasts a spectacular view of lake Geneva, the Alps and the Mont-Blanc. Within walking distance of the business and shopping district and the Old Town, Beau Rivage Geneva is a stroll away from the cultural and entertainment activities.
Bernina Swiss Q Hotel Geneva
If you are planning for a particular holiday destination at Geneva, then Bernina Swiss Q Hotel is the perfect place for you to reside.  Built in the middle of the 19th century, Bernina Swiss Q Hotel is located in the very centre of Geneva, across the street from the main train station.  All guestrooms at the hotel are carefully furnished for your comfort and equipped with several modern amenities. Furthermore, for guests convenience room service is also available upon request.  Guests can begin their day with the delicious breakfast served at the hotel's cosy breakfast room.  For people travelling on their own modes of transportation, spacious parking space is also available just opposite to the hotel.
Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva
The Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva is located in Geneva, Switzerland on the banks of lake Geneva and next to the Jet d'Eau. The city centre, old town and Geneva Cornavin train station are within one kilometre. Grand Hotel Kempinski is a commanding hotel overlooking Lake Geneva, the Jet d'Eau and the Alps. It was totally refurbished in 2007 and includes an indoor saltwater pool, fitness equipment and an outside sundeck. Spa facilities offer a sauna, massage rooms, a steam bath and solarium. There is a shopping arcade on the ground floor which houses a hairdresser and beauty parlour and offers underground parking. There is wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. The Brasserie at the Grand Hotel offers all- day dining in a contemporary-styled room featuring a circular fireplace, modern coloured-glass chandeliers and views over the lake. The Grill restaurant specialises in steaks and seafood, which can be handpicked by guests from a walk in fridge. The lounge offers spectacular views and serves snacks and drinks. Guests can swim at the hotel while activities nearby include water sports, skiing, boating and horse riding.
InterContinental Geneve
Hotel Intercontinental Geneva is a stately, 18-storey tower in the centre of the diplomatic district. Surrounded by parkland, with Lake Geneva and the Alps visible in the distance, the hotel is close to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and the United Nations Office. Old Town, the Ariana Museum and the Botanical Gardens are also nearby. The hotel provides guests with a luxurious stay featuring all the comforts of a modern top class hotel, with breathtaking views over the lake and the mountains. The hotel has 327 guestrooms including 102 suites, elegantly furnished with stylish modern decor and light pastel tones.
La Cour des Augustins Geneva
The boutique La Cour des Augustins is located in Geneva, Switzerland. The Old Town is 500 metres away, Promenade des Bastions is 700 metres away, and Lake Geneva is one kilometre away. Pont d'Arve tram stop is situated 100 metres from the hotel and Geneva Airport is six kilometres away.  Set in the city's Latin Quarter, La Cour des Augustins is spread over two traditional properties dating from the 1850s and linked by an inner courtyard. The interiors of the hotel are characterised by high concept contemporary decor with unique, modern furnishings, chic lighting design, and sleek wooden floors, and are offset by traditional features including a winding stone staircase. The hotel houses a permanent exhibition of African art and offers an interior- design boutique, and the 24-hour multilingual concierge is on hand to assist with sightseeing needs and book restaurants and beauty appointments. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the trendy breakfast area or in-room, and further amenities include laundry facilities and wireless Internet. 
Mandarin Oriental Hotel du Rhone Geneva
Our luxury hotel is located on the right bank of the River Rhone, minutes from Genevaís financial institutions, premier shops and galleries. Our refurbished interiors are superbly stylish, preserving the fine art deco details. But above all our business and leisure guests enjoy Mandarin Orientalís legendary service by the leisurely flow of the River Rhone. We are proud to be making a landmark gourmet contribution to Geneva with the introduction of our two new restaurants. Both are designed with cosmopolitan panache by the acclaimed Adam Tihany. The inventive Rasoi is our fine dining restaurant serving evolutionary Indian cuisine by Michelin starred Chef Vineet Bahtia. And the legendary Paul Bocuse is the inspiration behind our brasserie, Le Sud.  While relaxation is high on our agenda, we also offer a range of facilities for those guests looking to keep in shape while staying with us. We offer a range of programmes to help you keep fit, all housed in our high-tech Fitness Centre. Outside the hotel are numerous sporting activities should you desire alternatives.
Ramada Park Hotel Geneva
Being an ideal place in the city of Geneva, the Ramada Park Hotel Geneva is offers a warm welcome, pleasant ambience and convenient facilities to make your stay a memorable one. It is a modern, seven-storey property located in the business district of Geneva. The hotel has 308 guest rooms pleasantly bright, modern decorated, soundproofed and air-conditioned. Start a day with a scrumptious breakfast served at the Le Jardin Restaurant features with bright and colourful restaurant decorated in modern style. Other restaurants are La Recolte Restaurant serves French and International cuisine and Le Marco Polo Bar serves light snacks, cocktails and other refreshments. Other practical amenities include a business centre, banquet and conference facilities for business traveller. During leisure time, guests can relax and enjoy at the health club with fitness centre and sauna, a massage treatment room, and hairdresser.
Sagitta Swiss Quality Hotel Geneva
The Sagitta Hotel "Rive Gauche" is not only a hotel, it is a home! Warm, friendly and fully air-conditioned rooms, studios and appartments, equipped with all amenities you need. The kind and cheerful Sagitta team is delighted to welcome you soon in this quiet and pleasant location in the heart of Geneva. The breakfast room at the Hotel Sagitta - an excellent start for a successful day!  Sagitta Swiss Quality Hotel enjoys a prime location in the heart of Geneva on the left bank of the Lake Geneva, only a few metres from the historical city centre as well as the business and shopping district. The Natural History Museum is only 100 metres from the property, Cornavin Train Station is 800 metres and the airport is only 6 km away. 
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