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“Go there to see the chair !”

UNOG - Palais des Nations
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Petawawa, Canada
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“Go there to see the chair !”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

We haven't gone inside the Palais des Nations but the giant chair in from worth to be seen. With the water fountains it look nice. There isn't that much around.

Visited October 2012
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“Good tour”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

We had a very interesting tour, when the workings of the UN were clearly explained. We were able to see some of the meeting rooms and enter the assembly hall as well as see a large collection of art works donated to the UN. We hadn't realised how many committees are based in Geneva.
Shame the articles in the shop were so expensive.

Visited October 2012
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Falls Church, VA
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“Fascinating for history buffs”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

The tour was amazing. It is more than just a diplomatic building. The paintings mean something. This was great for a history buff, as this was where the League of Nations failed to prevent WW2. Even my wife, who is not a history buff, found it fascinating.

Visited June 2012
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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“Fancinating trip”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

A real pain to find the entrance, and you need your passport (close shave but one of us happened to have one with them). Once in side the guide was great. We weren't treated as idiots and he answered all our questions even the silly ones.

Visited August 2012
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“make sure you book a tour!!”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

We stumbled across the tour by chance and were so glad that we did.

The Palais des Nations - is recognised as the photographed entrance to the UN building in Geneva (with the flags of nations aligning the road, opposite the square). Inside the little guard station is a sign directing you to the tourist entrance (500m away) - we weren't sure what to expect - but we walked in that direction (passing the Ariana museum) and beside the Restaurant Vieux Bois) to find the tourist entrance.

After passing through security (and showing our passports) - we purchased tickets for the one hour tour (12.5CHF) which are available in different languages. Our tour group contained about 30 people so it was reasonably size, but because it was the weekend, there were no sessions on - so it was quiet as we walked around - I imagine midweek - it would be quite busy and hard to hear...

Our tour started with viewings of the assembly rooms (the ones you see on tv) where the main meetings take place (again, as a result of being there on a Sunday - the rooms were free and open to viewing); the tour continues with many of the areas signposted highlighting the valuable work the UN does (far more than you think!) - You gain a lot of information within the one hour tour - and move from building to building to view some of the old rooms; great halls and artwork and gifts the UN has received from various nations over the years.

Whilst you are not allowed to explore the vast gardens, the tour takes you from building to building so that you can see the gardens from various viewpoints. (stunning!!)

Overall, a truly insightful & informative tour and most definitely our highlight of Geneva!

BTW: This tour DOES have wheelchair/baby buggy access (it's the UN!!!)

Visited August 2012
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