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A view from above of the main building and the lush lawns of the Palais des Nations.

Take a tour of the Palais des Nations and learn about the United Nations and the United Nations in Geneva. Our tour guides will inform you about the United Nations and its activities among the people who make it happen.

You will discover the Palais des Nations, a unique building, formerly the headquarters of the League of Nations. The Palais des Nations, an outstanding testimony to twentieth century architecture, is situated in the beautiful Ariana park in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing renovations in the Palais des Nations, our tour offers are limited and subject to changes. Please read the below information carefully and check this page regularly for updates. 

Important Information

Important information: Limited capacities due to ongoing construction works. We only accept group bookings (no individuals) for now. Please book early (min. 3 months in advance).

Before the tour

Once you have your ticket(s)

As soon as you receive your ticket(s), every person in your group needs to register for an access badge. Your will receive your access badge upon arrival at the Palais des Nations on the day of your tour. Please register as soon as you receive your ticket(s) on Indico, our online registration system.  

 

On the tour day

  • All visitors must carry a valid passport (UN Member or Observer State). ID cards from the Schengen Zone are also accepted. Passports or ID cards will be checked at the entrance gate (Pregny Gate).
  • Please be at the Pregny Gate 45 minutes before your tour to allow time for security screening and transfer to the Visitors’ Center.  
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About the Tours

Duration

The guided tour lasts for approximately one hour.

 

Languages

Groups can reserve a tour in numerous languages, including Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German (and Swiss German), Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Slovak. 

Contact

Entrée des visiteurs
Palais des Nations - Portail de Pregny
14 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Genève, Suisse

+41 (0)22 917 48 96
visit-gva@un.org

Localisation
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Highlights
  • The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, decorated by famous artist Miquel Barcelò.
  • The library of the Palais des Nations and the UN Museum.
  • Part of the Ariana Park and the monument commemorating the conquest of outer space.
  • A film about the history and features of the Assembly Hall, the largest room in the Palais des Nations.
  • The plaza and entrance of our new state-of the-art and sustainable Building H.
  • You will discover the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • You will learn how a conference works at the United Nations.
Contact

Visitors Entrance
Palais des Nations - Pregny Gate
14 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Genève, Suisse

+41 (0)22 917 48 96
visit-gva@un.org

Transports publics genevois

Les arrêts de bus pour le Palais des Nations sont Appia et Nations

Enter the Palais des Nations through the Visitor's entrance at Pregny Gate, on avenue de la Paix, in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross building. (Please see map here)

Transports Publics Genevois
Palais des Nations transit stops are Appia and Nations.
Access from Cornavin railway station:

  • Bus lines : 8, F, V, Z (“Appia” stop)
  • Tramway 15 (“Nations” stop), then a 5 minutes’ walk to Pregny Gate

Access from Cointrin airport:

  • Bus lines: 28 (“Appia” stop) or 5 (“Nations” stop) then a 5 minutes’ walk to Pregny Gate.
  • Other bus lines with stop at “Nations”: 11 and 22.

In Geneva, unireso public-transport tickets must be purchased prior to boarding a tram, bus or ferry. Ticket machines are available at most stops. Travel cards or passes can be purchased at the main TPG centres (Rive, Cornavin and Bachet de Pesay) and at newsstands (including at the “Naville” kiosk in the Palais). Please note tickets are not available on the bus itself. Hotels, youth hostels or campsites typically offer a Geneva Transport Card, which allows use of public transport in Geneva free of charge during the period of stay.

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Informations complémentaires

The meeting point for guided tours is our information booth of the Visitor’s Service at the “Pregny Gate” entrance of the Palais des Nations, 14 avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva (we are next to the Geneva Hotel School on avenue de la Paix). Please see our map of the Palais des Nations for guidance. 

Please arrive 45 minutes before your tour.

Le parcours de la visite du Palais représente environ 2 km (1,24 mile) de marche et peut être difficile pour les jeunes enfants ou les personnes à mobilité réduite.

Le Palais des Nations faisant l'objet d'une rénovation complète, certaines parties de la visite seront difficiles d'accès pour les personnes ayant besoin d'assistance.

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Effective Tuesday 3 May 2022, the majority of COVID-19 measures at the UN Geneva premises have been lifted. All persons at the UN premises continue to be encouraged to observe safety and hygiene measures. 

Access to the Palais des Nations premises is not authorized for any person who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last five days. It is also not permitted to come to the UN premises if you have any cold-, flu- or COVID-19 like symptoms, however mild (even after a negative COVID-19 test result).
 

Please visit this page before your tour as these regulations may change depending on the health situation. 

Jours fériés officiels pour 2022 à l'Office des Nations Unies à Genève :

Lundi 3 janvier Jour de l'an Lundi 11 juillet Eid al-Adha
Vendredi 15 avril Vendredi Saint Lundi 1er août Fête nationale suisse (observée)**
Lundi 18 avril  Lundi de Pâques Jeudi 8 septembre Jeûne genevois
Lundi 2 mai Eid Al-Fitr (observé)* Lundi 26 décembre Jour de Noël
Lundi 6 juin Lundi de Pentecôte  

Télécharger le calendrier des jours fériés 2022 à l'ONU Genève

The Palais des Nations is currently under renovation but guided tours continue in a limited capacity. We build on your understanding that the tour routes may change. 

Les visiteurs doivent prévoir environ 40 minutes pour passer le contrôle de sécurité à leur arrivée.

Pour des raisons de sécurité, l'accès n'est pas autorisé avec des bagages ou de grands sacs.

Les jours de grande affluence, le Service des visites peut fermer avant l'heure de fermeture indiquée. Ceci ne concerne pas les groupes avec réservation.

En fonction du programme des conférences qui se tiennent au Palais des Nations, un changement de parcours de la visite peut intervenir sans préavis.