Guided tours of Centre William Rappard

Centre William Rappard, home of the World Trade Organization, is host to a rich array of works of art that reflect its colourful past and its ongoing activities. Situated in the heart of Geneva, in tranquil parkland overlooking the lake, Centre William Rappard welcomes you to discover its hidden treasures. Guided tours normally take place on the first Thursday of every month at 11.00 (see calendar, below).

The objective of the guided tours is to learn about the history of the building and its works of art. If you are interested on learning about the WTO and the global trade system, please contact


Built in 1926, Centre William Rappard was the first building in Geneva designed to house an international organization. Over the past 90 years, it has housed at different times the International Labour Office, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Secretariat of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and, since 1995, the World Trade Organization.

Guided tours last about one hour and focus on the history of the building and its works of art (not on the functions of the WTO or the world trading system). To join a tour on one of the scheduled dates, please arrive no later than 10.45. You will be asked to leave your ID card with photo in the Welcome Pavilion, just outside the main entrance, and you will be given a badge valid for the guided tour. At 11.00 a guide will meet you in the Welcome Pavilion. Tours are in one of the WTO languages (English, French or Spanish). They are free of charge and the guides are volunteer staff members. Please note that the visit includes climbing stairs. Certain rooms may not be available.

For groups larger than 15 visitors, schools and universities, please contact in advance for further details.



All tours start at 11.00.

  • 6 August 2018 — cancelled
  • 1 November 2018
  • 6 December 2018
  • 10 January 2019
  • 7 February 2019
  • 7 March 2019
  • 4 April 2019
  • 2 May 2019
  • 6 June 2019


How to get to Centre William Rappard

From Cornavin railway station take bus N°1 and get off at the terminus, Jardin Botanique. Alternatively, you can take tram N° 13 or 15 up to Place des Nations and walk down Avenue de la Paix to Centre William Rappard.

There is also a regional train service from Gare Cornavin to Sécheron station, which is a couple of minutes’ walk from Centre William Rappard.

From other points in Geneva: bus N° 11, 25 and N° 28 will take you to Jardin Botanique. Boat (“mouette”) M4 stops at Perle du Lac, five minutes' walk from Centre William Rappard.


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