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Best things to do in Haute-Savoie

Monument / Landmark
“Reaching 140 metres in height, the Jet d'Eau has over time become a real emblem of Geneva. The beautiful tale of the famous Jet d'Eau of Geneva is almost the result of coincidence. In 1886, the hydraulic plant which distributed the driving force of the Rhône to the craftsmen and watchmakers of Geneva was obligated to create an open evacuation of the water in overpressure, when the workshops closed at night. The place sparked such enthusiasm and excitement that the Jet d'Eau was born.”
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Ski Area
“It's the second most visited tourist destination in France for a reason. It's amazing up there in the high mountains. Year round access to climbing, ski the legendary vallee blanche in winter or just get close to Mont Blanc. The lift pass is expensive but worth it. Make sure you go on the train to the Mer de Glace on the same day to make the most of the pass.”
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Natural Feature
“As you step away from the Annecy Old Town and you stroll along the main canal, the pathway will take you towards the Lac d Annecy (Lake Annecy). This is the third largest lake in France, so bring your camera, because the view is quite impressive! There are plenty of activities to choose from. You can hire a motor boat, or you can choose to get on a pedal boat and take your time relaxing whilst sunbathing in the French sunshine. Alternatively, you can choose to spend some time in the beautiful Jardins de l’Europe (Gardens of Europe). Where else you can relax at the 18th century gardens with a view over a beautiful lake and the spectacular backdrop of the mountain range. It is stunning! These days, the gardens feature a much smaller number of original plants; thus allowing for a clearer view of the lake. Win-win situation here. If you are travelling to Annecy with kids, then this will be a great place for you to stretch your legs too. The park has an extensive grassy area for kids to loose some energy and there is also a kids play park with a bunch of slides, swings and other funky toys to play with.”
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Beach
“Great for a nice cheese fondue or a cheap meal! Sauna during winter time Swimming area during summer and winter :) ”
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Spa
“The best spa for miles around, by far. Head through the tunnel and treat yourself!”
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Church
“Climbing to the top of the cathedral allows you to see beautiful views of the city of Geneva- a definite must see in the old town ”
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Shopping Mall
“Centre commercial couvert, regroupant de nombreuses boutiques : Levi's, H&M, Zara,Aubade, FNAC, Ikks Women, Jennyfer, Monoprix, Nature & Découvertes, Parashop, Petit Bateau, Sephora, Springfield, The Body Shop,... // Covered Mall, regrouping many shops : Levi's, H&M, Zara,Aubade, FNAC, Ikks Women, Jennyfer, Monoprix, Nature & Découvertes, Parashop, Petit Bateau, Sephora, Springfield, The Body Shop,...”
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Park
“Promenade des Bastion is about 10min walk and has a playground, chess boards, restaurant, etc. If you’re here over December-January definitely head to Bastion for the amazing Christmas market and ice skating rink!”
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Other Great Outdoors
“The Parc Animalier de Merlet is not a zoo. It's a reserve for deer, chamois, bouquetins, marmots, llamas and more. Come see the animals in their natural habitat.”
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Lake
“De BRISON St INNOCENT jusqu'à VIVIERS DU LAC la promenade à pied ou à bicyclette est agréable. Laissez vous guider au fil de l'eau grâce aux nombreux panneaux qui vous guident dans votre cheminement avec une indication de temps et de distance selon vos envies ou disponibilités.”
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Point of Interest
“The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) is the second-largest of the four major office sites of the United Nations (second to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City). It is located in the Palais des Nations building constructed for the League of Nations between 1929 and 1938 at Geneva in Switzerland, and expanded in the early 1950s and late 1960s.”
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Art Museum
“Great for Art History buffs looking for some classical pieces. On the edge of the old town so can be factored in if you have time while you are visiting the old town. Open on Sundays and has a small cafe that does hot drinks and cakes.”
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Mountain
“Vue imprenable sur le lac et sur le bassin Annecy. On en prend plein les yeux, pour les levers et couchers de soleil et à toute heure de la journée. Haut lieu de départs de parapentes, c'est l'occasion de faire un saut et de prendre de la hauteur ! /// Breathtaking view on the lake and Annecy. Perfect for sunrises and sunsets views as well as at any time of the day. Top place for paragliding departures, this is an opportunity for you to give a try!”
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Department Store
“Visiting Manor gives you the opportunity to see what is available in Geneva, the prices, great food store in the basement and affordable restaurant at the top!”
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History Museum
“A very notorious visit among local kids... and great kids. One of the best in Europe”
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Theater
“Great place to hang out and find out what's on in the city or get some books.”
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