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UNOG - Palais des Nations

8 - 14 avenue de la Paix 1211 Geneva 10, Geneva, Switzerland (Ariana)
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Buckinghamshire England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

The building and surroundings have a certain majesty but in a simple way. It makes you think on a grander scale - world problems. The water fountains and the chair are poignant, and the large piazza give the place an austere look as opposed to the avenue of flags in the grass up to the main building.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Switzerland is very, very, very expensive. This may be one of the reasons why the Swiss always try to give a high standard of travel experience. Once you arrive at Geneva airport you can get a free transportation ticket to your hotel which is valid for 80 minutes. The ticket is available from the ticket machine situated in the baggage... More

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London, United Kingdom
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I would urge you to visit...and take the guided tour...not that you have a choice...it's the only way you can see inside... The tour is inspiring...it boosted my faith in humanity...and then I returned to the real world...

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Orlando, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The UN building was good to see from the outside, the gardens were very green. We wandered around the perimeter. The three legged chair reminding people of the problems of landlines was poignant

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Our first stop from the airport in Geneva. It was worth the visit for a few photos. Didn't go for the guided tour as we didn't have enough time. But being outside was good enough for some photos. Parking is a bit hard if you're driving.

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

You simply cannot come to Geneva and not to stop by the famous UN building. Buy the guided tour that lasts about 1:30.If you are lucky enough, you will see all the main halls(depends on their availability). In order to to that, I strongly recommend to arrive there during weekend.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The damaged giant chair opposite the main UN building has a pathos and impact you don't expect to feel. Perhaps because it is associated with Princess Diana's charity work with landmine victims - a striking and poignant reminder of the damage that landmines can do to human limbs...and to her work.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

It is worth to go and see the united nations European office in Geneva. There is a big broken chair as symbol of justice in front of UNOG which stand on three legs and reminds the tragedy caused to human lives and limbs by land mines.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I was not expecting to enjoy the tour we took of the UN, but agreed to do it since it was only an hour long. However our guide had a sense of humor and made the tour much more interesting than I thought it would be. I enjoyed seeing all of the meeting rooms and the art. He also explained... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Very interesting to see inside. The entrance is not at the main gate but up the hill across from the Red Cross building. Lines can be long so go early and be prepared to wait. You will need to show your passport and get a photo ID, this all takes time. I waited about 1.5 hours to get in and... More

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