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The struggle of Geneva (Genève) for independence is inextricably linked with Puritanism. By 1602, when it won independence from Savoy, the city’s religious zeal had painted it as the “Protestant Rome”. Geneva joined the Swiss Confederation only in 1815, with a reputation for joylessness which it still struggles to shake off. Today, there is plenty for budget travellers, with its beautiful Old Town and many galleries.

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