Since many of us who live in Geneva travel quite a lot, I thought I would bring to your attention a small travel guide I use. If you are interested in contemporary art, architecture and design, this is for you.
The guides are published by the design magazine Wallpaper and provide information on places that you may not find in other guides. Wallpaper guides are small and thin and beautifully designed. They are small enough fit into your pocket and inexpensive (around CHF 9.00). They will not give you detailed information on everything a more complete guide would provide, but they are a good complement to Fodor or the Rough Guide.
The city guides are about 100 pages long and divided into sections on landmarks, architecture, hotels, shopping, 24 hours in the city, escapes, etc., and include great photographs. Most of the suggested hotels and restaurants are expensive but there are some that are not and are worth looking for. If nothing else, the architecture section alone makes it a good buy.
My husband and sons used one in Strasbourg and found a great restaurant with an outdoor terrace in the heart of the Petite-France section of town, looked in on some of the shops mentioned and “escaped” to Metz to visit the Pompidou museum. Recently in Berlin we visited some of the important sights mentioned in the guide, like the modern memorial chapel on the site of a bombed out church and the Neues Museum, which has recently been renovated by the British architect, David Chipperfield, after having been closed for 70 years. We are planning a trip to Vienna in December, and I already have my Wallpaper guide. Why not try one on your next trip? They are available in bookstores in town and at Payot at the airport. They are all in English.
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