Freshen up in Geneva

With the family
Summer getaway in Geneva

Holidaying in Haute-Savoie? Explore Geneva with your family this summer. Take a break from your hiking trip in the Monts du Genevois to visit Calvin’s city with your children!


“I loved strolling along the lake! I was particularly amazed by the enormous Swiss Jet d’Eau fountain. A must-see. “

Kevin, September 2021

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!

#Urban 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!




(excluding meals and drinks)

Summer 2024

Ciné Transat dates to come.

Tramway 17: Parc Montessuit – Molard

From Parc Montessuit: trams operate from 5.02am to 00.43am from Monday to Saturday. Sundays from 5.02am to 00.31am.

Geneva’s seagulls: M4: Genève-Plage/Port-Noir – De Chateaubriand

The M4 line operates from 7.15am to 8.45pm on weekdays and from 9.50am to 8.50pm on weekends.

Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

The botanical garden is open from 8am to 7.30pm from 1 April to 24 October.

Ciné transat – outdoor cinema

Screenings from Thursday to Friday from 14 July to 21 August 2022: films projections begin at dusk between 9.15pm and 10pm. The evening ends around midnight.

Léman Express

L4 from Genève Sécheron train at 00.24am, 00.54am.

Public transport in Geneva

The Léman Pass is valid on the day of the ticket in zones 210 and 10 until the next day at 5am on trains, trams, buses, Interurbains Transfrontiières buses, and Geneva’s mouette boats.

Conservatory &; botanical gardens

Dogs and cycling not allowed. Picking plants not allowed.

Ciné transat – Outdoor cinema

Limited number of sunbeds for hire for 5 CHF. Seating in the park is free. Sit on the floor or bring your own chairs. Wear warm clothing and bring blankets in case the evening is cool.
Projections are cancelled in the event of rain or strong wind. Decision announced by 6pm.
Films are rated for children aged between 7 and 16.
Drinks only available at the CinéTransat refreshment stand. No food sales on site. Cash only (no cards). You can bring your own picnics and drinks.

Infos &


Tramway 17

Conservatoire & jardin botaniques

Ciné Transat

Les mouettes genevoises

Léman Express