It is also the place where the Geneva Conventions were signed, which chiefly concern the treatment of wartime non-combatants and prisoners of war. Geneva was ranked as the world's ninth most important financial centre for competitiveness by the Global Financial Centers Index, ahead of Frankfurt, and third in Europe behind London and Zurich.
History: The History of Geneva dates from before the Roman occupation in the second century BC. Now the principal French-speaking city of Switzerland, Geneva was an independent city state from the Middle Ages until the end of the 18th century. John Calvin was the Protestant leader of the city in the 16th century.
Education: Education is served by the University of Geneva. In 1559, John Calvin founded the Geneva Academy, a theological and humanist seminary. In the 19th century, the Academy lost its ecclesiastic links and in 1873, with the addition of a medical faculty, it became the University of Geneva. In 2011, the ranking web of universities ranked it 35th European university.
City of culture:
Geneva is a city of arts and culture. The City is financially responsible for around thirty venues and performance centers, eleven museums, the Municipal library network and Geneva Library.
Lake Geneva: Lake Geneva, Switzerland's largest lake (581 km² = 224 sq. miles) is situated in the southwestern corner of Switzerland. Lake Geneva's southern shore belongs to France, however. Lake Geneva is mainly fed by river Rhone coming from the center of the Swiss Alps, and river Rhône also carries its waters way down to the Mediterranean Sea.
Geneva is recognized as a world-class gastronomic centre. Seven of the finest restaurants in the city and the surrounding Canton of Geneva were awarded one or two stars in the 2008 Michelin Guide and up to 19 points in the Gault-Millau Guide.
But Geneva also has a long culinary tradition which is well worth discovering. Do try "Omble Chevalier", a delicious, refined dish made with Arctic Char from Lake Geneva.