Flights to Vernier
The municipality of Vernier is situated within the canton of Geneva in south west Switzerland. Consisting of several villages, Vernier does have a few tourist attractions, but it’s the proximity to Geneva that makes this a popular destination.
Flights to Vernier arrive at the Geneva International Airport (airport code: GVA) which is only 3 kilometres away from Vernier. Most flights to Vernier from Johannesburg are 1-stop, and will take approximately 15 hours. Lufthansa connects in Munich; Swiss Air connects in Zurich, and South African Airways makes its transfer in London. British Airways also has a flight to Vernier that travels via London. You can fly through Cairo if you wish, with Egyptair.
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The Tourist Attractions of Vernier:
Being so close to Geneva International Airport means it’s very quick and easy to get to Vernier, just a short taxi ride away. Vernier itself isn’t really considered to be a tourist destination, but again, being so close to Geneva and Lake Geneva means the municipality will appeal to some tourists who don’t wish to stay in Geneva itself. You will no doubt find cheaper accommodation here in Vernier, and with the train station in the Cointrin area of the Vernier municipality, you can get into Geneva city centre very quickly and easily via train.
The municipality is made up of Cointrin (where the airport is located), Aire, Vernier Village, Le Lignon, Les Avanchets, and Chatelaine, and there are a couple of attractions within these if you want to stay local. Vernier Village features a number of attractive older buildings, mostly from around the 18th century, while Lignon is famous for its more modern construction; a 1 kilometre long block of apartments. Though the apartments aren’t the prettiest architecture to look at, this has become somewhat of a tourist attraction!
Some parts of Vernier are right on the River Rhone so if you enjoy walking there are several spots where you can take a nice riverside walk or walk amongst the trees and wooded areas. Aire is by the river and one landmark here you can see is the Aire Castle.
Geneva and Lake Geneva
Once you’ve exhausted the attractions in Vernier you can hop on the train or take a short car journey into Geneva. Geneva is a large city with many different attractions including culture, scenery, and of course Lake Geneva. It is famous for the huge fountain that shoots out of Lake Geneva, called Jet d’Eau, and other landmarks include the grand Palais des Nations which can be toured by the public.
Museums include the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Art and History, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and the International Museum of the Reformation.
When Should You Visit?:
Vernier has a temperate climate so you’ll enjoy warm summers and fairly mild winters here. Summers are definitely the best time to visit Vernier though some rainfall should be expected, so pack an umbrella. Average high temperatures peak in July, at 25C and this is also the sunniest month of the year. Spring and autumn can be very pleasant too, with warm temperatures and average rainfall. In the winter, temperatures drop to an average high of 3.7C in January so to cold really for wandering around.