Parks in Geneva
Geneva is often referred to as the "city of parks" due to the fact that over one quarter of the city is covered by public parks. Many of the parks were once grand estates that were later dedicated to the city. Most of the parks are situated along the lake with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
English Garden (Jardin Anglais)
Location: Quai Gustave-Ador
Situated on the left bank near the Jet d’Eau, the English Garden is home to the famous "flower clock," the largest of its kind in the world and a symbol of Geneva’s dedication to integration with nature. Several statues of note inhabit the park including the ‘Monument National,’ and a sculpted bronze fountain by Alexis Andre.
Location: Place Neuve
A former botanical garden and site of the first university in Geneva, tree lined Bastions Park is popular with students and abuzz with activity most hours of the day. A set of life size chess boards at the north end of the park attracts chess masters both young and old looking for a challenge. Finally, Reformation Wall built along the old rampart wall of the Old Town pays tribute to the founders of the Reformation forever immortalized in statue along the wall.
Geneva's Botanical Gardens
Just next to United Nations and Place des Nations, Geneva's botanical gardens are a vast and wonderful park one of it's kind, full of colorful flowers, variously shaped trees, kid's attractions and playgrounds, few animal farms and coffee shop.
Parc La Grange
Location: Quai Gustave Ador
Geneva’s largest park encompassing 12000 square meters along the lake. The park contains the largest rose garden in the city and a horticultural center. The Verdure Theatre on site hosts free concerts every Wednesday and Friday during the summer months.
Eaux Vives Park
Location: Quai Gustave Ador
Located just next door to Parc la Grange, Eaux Vives Park is a sloping hillside park topped by an 18th century castle that now serves as a restaurant. The park is also the location of the headquarters of the Geneva Sports Association.
La Perle-du-Lac and Parc Moynier
Location: Route du Lausanne
The ‘Pearl of Lake’ and adjoining Park Moynier is arguably the most beautiful area in Geneva with clear views of the Mont Blanc and the lake. The parks are flush with flowers with plenty of shady spots to wile away the afternoon. The History of Science Museum, a former estate home, is located in the center of Park Moynier.
Animal park & Zoo at Batie Woods
Location: next to Jonction
Covering some 20 hectares, Batie Woods is a refuge of wildlife near the city center. Several hiking trails criss-cross through the park popular with joggers and hikers a like. A small zoo and several terrace restaurants are also located in the park.
Small and popular park and island in the middle of the river in the center of the town and great overview, with a restaurant to have a lunch break.