Mar 27, 2022
Family Travel Guide for Geneva
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One of the best things about Geneva is that it’s such a convenient city to get around. The public transport system is excellent, and most attractions are within walking distance of each other. This makes it easy to explore the city with young children in tow.
Read on for our top tips on making the most of your family holiday in Geneva!
The Parc des Eaux-Vives
If you’re looking for something to do with the little ones during your stay, head to one of Geneva’s many parks or playgrounds. The Parc des Eaux-Vives is a great option, with its large grassy areas perfect for picnics and games of frisbee. There’s also a heated outdoor pool which is open during the summer months – perfect for cooling off on hot days!
Geneva’s Old Town
For a taste of Geneva’s history, take a stroll around the Old Town. This is the city’s most atmospheric district, with its narrow streets and medieval buildings. Start at Place du Bourg-de-Four, the oldest square in Geneva, and wander through the labyrinth of streets until you reach Place du Molard. From here, you can admire stunning views of Lake Geneva and the Jet d’Eau fountain.
Make sure to stop for lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants in the area – we recommend trying some of Geneva’s famous Swiss cheese!
Geneva Flower Clock
The Geneva Flower Clock is a must-see for families with kids. This unique clock is made entirely of flowers and is located in the Jardin Anglais (English Garden). The clock was first created in 1955 and has been rebuilt every year since. It’s a beautiful sight, and the perfect place to take a family photo!
Palais des Nations
If your kids are older, or interested in world affairs, a visit to the United Nations Headquarters is a must. This impressive building is located on the banks of Lake Geneva and is home to the United Nations Office at Geneva. You can take a guided tour of the building, which includes stops at important landmarks such as the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council.
Natural History Museum Geneva
Geneva’s Natural History Museum is the perfect activity for families, come rain or shine. The museum is home to an impressive collection of fossils, minerals and animals, as well as a planetarium and butterfly garden. Kids will love getting up close to the dinosaurs, and adults will appreciate the museum’s informative exhibits.
The Jet D’Eau
The Jet d'Eau is an excellent site to visit that will undoubtedly amaze the kids. The fountain is on the banks of the Lake Geneva, which empties into the Rhone River. The city's oldest fountain, this gigantic jet of water has graced the metropolis since 1886. It was not always a fountain, however. Originally constructed as a valve to relieve water pressure, it only became such a popular landmark later on.
Geneva Adventure Park
For a fun-filled day out, head to Geneva Adventure Park. This large outdoor park is located in the forest of Montorge and has something for everyone. There are hiking and biking trails for the adults, and a playground, trampoline park and petting zoo for the kids. Make sure to bring your camera – the views from the top of the park are incredible!
St. Pierre Cathedral
If you’re looking for a family-friendly activity with a bit of a challenge, why not climb the towers at St. Pierre Cathedral? This imposing cathedral is located in the heart of Geneva, and its bell tower offers stunning views over the city. The climb to the top is steep but worth it – make sure to take plenty of water and rest breaks!
Artisan chocolate makers
Geneva is also home to some of the best artisan chocolate makers in the world. Why not take a chocolate tasting tour and discover their secrets? The tours usually include visits to several different chocolatiers, as well as tastings of some of their finest creations. It’s a delicious way to learn about Swiss chocolate-making traditions and the kids are sure to love all of the sights, smells and tastes!
Jetee Des Paquis
For a different perspective of Geneva Switzerland, take a walk along the Jetee des Paquis. This wooden pier stretches out into Lake Geneva and offers stunning views of the city skyline. On a clear day, you can even see the snow-capped Alps in the distance!
Plainpalais Flea Market
If you’re looking for a bit of retail therapy, head to the Plainpalais Flea Market. This open-air market is held every Saturday and Sunday and is home to over 200 stalls selling everything from vintage clothes to handmade jewellery. It’s a great place to find bargains, and kids will love rummaging through the stalls for treasures.
If you're looking for a day trip from Geneva, why not visit Mont Blanc? This iconic mountain is just a few hours' drive away and offers some of the best hiking in Europe. There's also plenty of opportunity for skiing and snowboarding in the winter months which the kids will certainly enjoy.
Another great day trip destination from Geneva is Lake Lucerne. This picturesque lake is located just an hour's drive from the city and is surrounded by beautiful mountains. There's plenty to do here, from hiking and biking to swimming and fishing.
There are plenty of playgrounds dotted around Geneva, so your kids can let off some steam while you enjoy the fresh air. Our favourites include Parc de la Grange and Jardin des Deux Rives.
Explore on foot or by bike
Geneva is a great city for exploring on foot, and there's no better way to see the sights than with kids in tow. If you're feeling energetic, you can hire bikes and cycle around the lake.
If you’re looking for a more relaxing activity, why not take a walk around Lake Geneva? The lake is huge and offers plenty of opportunities for exploring with kids. There are also some lovely sandy beaches if you feel like taking a swim.
So there you have it – our top tips from our travel blog for making the most of your family holiday in Geneva. With its convenient location, a wealth of activities and beautiful scenery, Geneva is the perfect destination for a memorable family getaway. Book your stay at Fraser Suites Geneva today and start planning your trip! We look forward to welcoming you soon!