“I loved strolling along the lake! I was particularly amazed by the enormous Swiss Jet d’Eau fountain. A must-see. “
Daylight filters through your eyelashes. Slowly stretch your legs under the warm sheets. You can hear your children’s whispers and laughter through the half-open door. Everyone’s awake and ready to start the day.
But make sure you have a hearty breakfast before heading out to discover Geneva.
Sweet or savoury – wholemeal bread or pastries? It’s up to you! Not to mention hot drinks or fresh juice. Whatever fuel you prefer before attacking the day.
It’s time to get out of the hotel and go on an adventure!
Make a quick stop for picnic supplies, then head for Geneva. Take tram number 17 at the Parc Montessuit stop in Annemasse. The tram takes you to the centre of Geneva in 26 minutes. Watch the city pass by through the window. In some places you see the peaks of the Jura and the Alpes playing peek-a-boo between the buildings! Don’t be distracted by the stunning panorama or you might forget to hop off at the Molard stop.
You’ve arrived! The lake is right there when you alight from the tram. To reach Port Noir, take a right and walk along the lake, watching the swans swimming peacefully. On the way, check out the flower clock, the English garden with its monumental fountain, and don’t forget the water-jet fountain!
#On the water’s edge
It has been the emblem of the city, in the heart of the harbour since 1891. From a distance, the sun rays shine through the water droplets to form pretty rainbows. And if you don’t mind getting wet, take the jetty to the base of the fountain. Look up to the sky to admire the summit. Don’t break your neck – it’s 140 metres high!
This close, you’re sure to feel little drops of water on your skin. When there’s a breeze, the water jet turns into a giant mist machine. So refreshing!
Carry along the banks of Lake Geneva. Follow the embankment to Port Noir where your “seagull” journey begins. Seagull? Geneva’s mouettes – which means seagulls – are small boats that cross the harbour every day of the year. Comfortably settled in your seat on the red and yellow boat? Lulled by the gentle splash of water on the hull, head to the right bank of the lake and enjoy a well-deserved picnic break!
Settle in the park under the soft rays of the sun and savour the moment. Feel the grass tickling your toes. Listen to the birds. Enjoy this well-deserved break before heading off to discover a living museum.
#In the garden
The afternoon programme is all about plants. Geneva’s conservatory and botanical garden are home to magnificent collections of living plants. Plant diversity is cultivated here. Take a few hours to wander up and down the aisles.
Rub shoulders with giants in the arboretum. These majestic trees connect the earth with the sky. They reveal a whole new time dimension. Explore the garden and discover the amazing specimens – some legendary – such as the unforgettable plane tree alley.
The rose garden is captivating. Enjoy a moment of serenity in the Japanese garden. Wander around the jungle in the tropical greenhouse. The botanical garden has over fifteen areas, each representing a different facet.
Your curiosity will be aroused by this passionate collection of plants from near and far. Sow some seeds to inspire changes in habits and combat environmental problems threatening the world’s plant life.
#Under the Stars
The end of the afternoon is looming. The summer heat begins to recede. It’s time to grab a bite to eat before the film begins. The Perle du Lac park comes to life at 7pm. Watch short shows, games and feverish dances while you’re waiting. Settle in front of the lake and contemplate the natural spectacle unfolding before your eyes. The sky takes on hues of orange and red, turning to pastels, and then gradually dark blue. Finally, the city lights up. One by one, the lights shine before your eyes, their reflection dancing in ake Geneva.
The film begins when night falls. Chills, laughter and emotions collide. Stretch out on a sun lounger or on a cosy blanket, snuggling up with your kids with stars in their eyes. Pure magic!
The film ends. The children look tired. It’s time to head back to the hotel after a fantastic day of sunny discoveries!