Gay Geneva Guide

Gay Geneva

Geneva is the second most populated city in Switzerland.

With 1 million inhabitants, the city is set on the banks of the beautiful Leman lake and surrounded by snow-capped mountains of the Alps …

International institution such as the European headquarters of the United Nations or World Trade Organization are in the city. It is as well a significant center for private banking and finance.

Geneva is situated on the French-speaking part of the country and ranks among the best cities in the world for its quality of life.

The City center is compact, and getting around is easy as most of the sights are contained in a small area. You can easily explore walking by your own or with a friendly local Gaybassador to show you around.

Must see in Geneva

Geneva is situated on the shore of Lake Leman, at the foot of the Jura uplands and facing the Alps. The Jet d’Eau (the water jet) became the emblem of city.

The old town is a medieval jewel packed with narrow streets and dominated by St. Peter’s Cathedral. From the top of the tower, you will enjoy a beautiful panorama of the city, the lake, and surroundings.

The Carrouge is the bohemian area, packed with art galleries, design boutiques, great restaurants, bars, and nightlife.

The Quartier des Bains is the multicultural district of Geneva and home of the Centre d’Art Contemporain.

The gay area in Geneva

Geneva is, as the rest of Switzerland, extremely gay-friendly. On 2007 gay civil union was voted by referendum, with a clear majority.

Geneva has a vibrant gay nightlife, concentrated in the Quartier international, extremely dynamic on Fridays and Saturdays.

Thanks to all the tourists and expats who crowd the city, the parties are very international.

Day trip from Geneva

Glaciers, Montreux, and Freddie Mercury Memorial

As a gay trip, you can easily explore Montreux and The Glacier 3000.

Head to the top of the Glacier with the cable car and enjoy the views on the surroundings.

Then you can spend the afternoon on the famous town of Montreux, which has the reputation being a haven for international artists. The city is particularly renowned for its Jazz Festival and for its Freddie Mercury’s Memorial Statue.

Actually, Montreux is the city where Freddie Mercury lived his last years, as he was really in love with it.

You can go back to Geneva the Belle Epoque and paddle in a steamboat, an experience on itself.

Exciting museums, lovely walks in the city or along the lake, bars and trendy restaurants … Geneva is a perfect destination for a cultural or festive gay weekend.


Bern, Basel, Lausanne or Zurich are other swiss gay-friendly cities, and you can reach them in a few hours by train. You can as well explore, now that you are in the Alps, Grenoble, Innsbruck, Vienna. Or get crazy and take your car to find some sun in Italy in Turin or Genoa.

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