Parc des Bastions
Walking down from the Old Town, you’ll come to Parque des Bastions. The first thing you’ll be greeted by once you walk through the arching gates are several giant chessboards. Parque des Bastions is the perfect spot to escape the summer sun as you walk through its tree-lined promenades. It’s also where you’ll see some of Geneva’s best monuments, including the Reformation Wall.
Covering 28 hectares, Geneva’s Botanic Gardens is home to 16,000 different species of exotic flowers, plants, trees and shrubs from across five continents. Species are labelled and placed among their native habitat, making the park an educational experience and a pleasant stroll. Throughout 2017, the Botanic Gardens is celebrating its bicentennial anniversary, remembering when Augustin-Pyramus de Candolle founded the first in Parc des Bastions in 1817. Find out about the events being held here.
Parc de Trembley
On a clear day you can glimpse the Mont Blanc over the rooftops of Geneva from Parc de Trembley. Its wide open spaces are packed in summer with people having BBQs. You’ll see armchairs, settees and full-blown table sets. They aren’t people living there however, they’re just people from around the area enjoying the summer sun, with most of their possessions accompanying them.
Parc de la Grange
A short distance from the popular Baby-Plage is Parc de la Grange, Geneva’s largest and arguably most beautiful, park. It boasts Geneva’s largest rose garden with a rosebush for every square meter (that’s 12,000 in total) and two Theatres (Théâtre de l’Orangerie and Théâtre de Verdure) that still host shows and musicians throughout the summer months.
Le Jardin Anglais
Near to the Jet d’Eau is Le Jardin Anglais, named as it was the first “English-Style” garden to be planted in Geneva back in 1854. One side abuts Lake Geneva and on a stroll through you’ll come across fountains and old bandstands, which are still put to use during summer. On the edge of the gardens is also where you’ll see the l’horloge fleurie, or “flower clock”, which was created in tribute to Geneva’s watchmakers.