We recently booked a few nights at the InterContinental Geneva in Switzerland. I learned during check-in that the United Nations’ European Headquarters was just a block away, so I had to visit. This picture was from the first night we arrived in town, and I went back the next day for a full guided tour.
The UN currently occupies the Palais des Nations, along with many other organizations working on varied global issues – The World Health Organization, International Trade Center, and the World Meteorological Organization just to name a few. The property was built in the 1930’s to house the now-defunct League of Nations. Although the United Nation’s world-wide headquarters are in New York, important delegations, commissions, and committees meet in Geneva.
Tours are available in English and French (inquire about tours in other languages), and adult tickets are CHF 12. Our tour guide was a wealth of information, from the history of the grounds to the current business being conducted in the hollowed halls of the majestic buildings. I’d highly recommend making the time for it if you find yourself in Geneva.
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