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The Palais des Nations

Guided Tours


Welcome to the Visitors' Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva!



Be one of the 100,000 visitors who take the tour of the Palais des Nations each year. Our tours are available in more than 15 languages and last for one hour. Please check with us for languages other than English and French.

What you will see
  • The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, decorated by famous artist Miquel Barcelò.
  • The Salle des Pas Perdus, from which you can see the Armillary Sphere and the monument commemorating the conquest of outer space.
  • The Assembly Hall, the largest room in the Palais des Nations.
  • The Council Chamber, where many important historical negotiations have taken place, with murals by José Maria Sert.
  • A film on the activities and the objectives of the United Nations Office.
  • Gifts presented by various countries to the United Nations Office at Geneva.
  • During the tour, our tour Guides will inform about the current activities of the United Nations. They will also talk about the history of the Palais des Nations, formerly the headquarters of the League of Nations.


When can you visit the Palais des Nations?

From September to March, we are open on weekdays (Monday to Friday) as follows:
Mornings: 10 a.m. to 12 noon (tours start at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon)
Afternoons: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (tours start at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.)

From April to June we are open on weekdays and on Saturday (Monday to Saturday) as follows, exceptionally we will be open on Easter Sunday 20th of April :
Mornings: 10 a.m. to 12 noon (tours start at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon)
Afternoons: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (tours start at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.)

In July and August we are open on weekdays and on Saturday (Monday to Saturday) as follows:
We open non-stop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (tours start at 10:30 a.m., last tour at 4 p.m.)


How to find us

Visitors must enter at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations at 14, avenue de la Paix.

Valid identity documents are required.

Public transport: lines 8, 28, F, V and Z stop at "Appia"; lines 5 and 11 stop at "Nations";
Tramways 13 and 15 Terminus "Nations".


Tour fees
  • Adults: CHF 12.- per person.
  • University students, senior citizens and disabled persons: CHF 10.- per person.
  • School children and youths (aged 6 to 18): CHF 7.- * per person.
  • Groups (minimum of 20 adutls): CHF 10.- per person.
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* one adult free of charge per group of 20 children

Important information:
  • please note that if you do not inform us of any changes in the number of participants, and your group is smaller than foreseen, we may have to charge you for the initial number of participants.
  • please also note that the demand often exceeds our welcoming capacity. We cannot guarantee that all individual visitors will be able to do the tour on a given day (this does not concern pre-registered groups). We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

We thank you for your understanding.

Reservations are compulsory for groups of a minimum of 15 people. The Visitors' Service does not take reservations for less than 15 people. Special programmes are available upon request. Please complete our online reservation form (orange button below) or alternatively, contact us:

Visitors' Service
Palais des Nations
14, avenue de la Paix
CH - 1211 Geneva 10
Tel: +41 (0)22 917 48 96 or +41(0)22 917 45 39
Fax: +41(0)22 917 00 32
Email: visit-gva@unog.ch

With reference to group reservations, please note that we are fully booked in April 2014 and that we have very few spaces left in May 2014.

Important Notices:
  • Our tour route and schedule may be affected by the meetings which take place throughout at the Palais des Nations. Some rooms may therefore not be accessible without prior notice.
  • For security reasons, visitors should not be carrying luggage or large bags.
  • Please note that there might be delays going through security depending on the conference programme of the day.



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