Those who book a hotel on Lake Geneva (Lac Léman in French) have a choice between big cities and idyllic bays. For example, pompous Geneva borders directly on the lake. As the seat of the UN a location of international importance, the metropolis can also boast a pretty old town with classy boutiques and first-class restaurants. Opposite Geneva at the northern end of the lake is Lausanne, which is very medieval. Gothic architecture, fountains and cobbled streets run through the old town, La Cité.