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Palais des Nations (United Nations)

Built between 1929 and 1937 to host the League of Nations, the Palais des Nations now houses the United Nations Office at Geneva, which was inaugurated in 1966 after the dissolution of the League of Nations. The biggest United Nations station outside of the headquarters in New York, the office at Geneva provides critical support to the organization. Situated in 45-hectare Ariana Park, the extensive Palais des Nations is bordered by century old trees, and it is not uncommon to see peacocks darting around, the result of a request by the former owner of the land who bequeathed it to the City of Geneva on condition that peacocks may run freely on its grounds. Tours include the council room with frescoes by José Maria Sert and the Assembly Hall. Identity documents are required.

Address: Pregny Gate, 14 avenue de la Paix

E-mail: visit-gva@unog.ch

Website: www.unog.ch

Telephone: (0)22 917 4896

Transport: Bus number 8, 18, F, V or Z to Appia stop or 5,11 and 14 to Nations stop

Opening times: Open daily from April to October from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm. July and August from 10am to 5pm. The rest of the year from Monday to Friday from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm, except over the Christmas period

Admission: Sfr12 (adults), Sfr10 (students and seniors) and Sfr7 (children)