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One thing Switzerland is known for is watchmaking and enameling, and one of the best collections of timepieces can be found in the Patek Philippe Museum. There are two exhibits permanently on display here: the Antiques Collection, with a wide variety of timepieces dating back to the 16th century, and the Patek Philippe Collection that showcases pieces made by the Patek Philippe company, one of the most esteemed watchmaking companies in the world.

Although you're surrounded by watches, some say it's fairly easy to lose track of time here, even if you're not a watch enthusiast. However, some past visitors wished the museum permitted photography inside.

The Patek Philippe Museum sits a few blocks southwest of the city center near the University of Geneva campus. To get to the property, which is open Tuesday to Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can take the No. 12, 14, 15 or 18 tram to one of three nearby stops. Limited street parking is available as well.

Admission is 10 Swiss francs ($10.50) for adults and 7 Swiss francs ($7.50) for seniors and students ages 18 to 25. Children 17 and younger and visitors with a Geneva Pass get in for free. Complimentary guided tours (in English) are offered every Saturday at 2:30 p.m. For more information about the collections, check out the Patek Philippe Museum's official website.

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Straddling the Franco-Swiss border is Lake Geneva, a 224-square-mile lake formed by the Rhône River. It has been a popular vacation spot for years, drawing such memorable names as Audrey Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin and Sophia Loren. In fact, many of Lake Geneva's visitors (including Hepburn and Chaplin) were so smitten with the area that they became permanent residents.

If you're looking to spend some time away from the city, there are plenty of attractions located along the lake's shores. Explore the vineyards and wineries in Lausanne on the lake's northern shore, or head to Montreux for belle epoque architecture. Back in Geneva (at the lake's southernmost shore), you can go swimming at the Pâquis Baths and watch the Jet d'Eau.

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