English Garden (Jardin Anglais)
Visitors to Geneva should prioritize a leisurely walk on the lake's left bank. Enjoy spectacular views of the Jet d'Eau, marvel at historic lakeside buildings, and rejuvenate in the peaceful English Garden. A popular meeting point since 1854, the English Garden boasts verdant walkways, fountains, and bronze sculptures. Travelers can see a concert, pass by on a city tour, or book a multi-city tour and cruise to see the garden—and much more—in one day.
Things to know before you go
- Arts enthusiasts should see the garden's busts—celebrating Swiss artists—and the ornate bronze fountain, Fontaine des Quatre-Saisons.
- The English Garden offers fantastic views of Lake Geneva's Jet d'Eau fountain, which shoots water an impressive 460 feet (140 meters) into the air.
- La Potinière—a restaurant located inside the garden—is the perfect place to stop for snacks and refreshments.
- The English Garden is free to visit and offers amenities including a public restroom and Wi-Fi hotspot.
How to get there
The English Garden is centrally located and easy to find, at the foot of the Mont Blanc Bridge (Pont du Mont Blanc) on the south side of Lake Geneva. It's a short walk from the Old Town, and just a few blocks from the bustling shopping district along Rue de la Croix-d'Or. Consider taking the 12 tram to the Rive stop, and walking north on Rue Pierre-Fatio until you hit the park.
When to get there
Visiting the English Garden with flowers blooming is ideal. Since peak tourist season comes in July and August, plan to arrive in June—you'll enjoy lovely weather, without the crowds. For stunning views, and fewer tourists, consider arriving during the week, in the evening, to catch a sunset on the lake.
Enjoying the Flower Clock
Geneva is celebrated around the world for its watchmaking tradition. The city's Flower Clock (or L'horloge fleurie, in French) celebrates this history, and is the largest clock in the world composed of flowers. Since its creation in 1955, the clock has been a top attraction for tourists and locals alike. Find the Flower Clock inside the English Garden, on the Quai du Général-Guisan.
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- Baur Foundation, Museum of Far Eastern Art
- Rousseau Island (Ile Rousseau)
- International Museum of the Reformation (Musée International de la Réforme)
- Barbier-Mueller Museum (Musée Barbier-Mueller)
- Geneva Old Town (Vieille Ville)
- Tavel House (Maison Tavel)
- Maison de Rousseau & de la Littérature (MRL)
- St. Peter's Cathedral (Cathédrale St-Pierre)
- Geneva Water Fountains (Jet d’Eau)
- Geneva Museum of Art and History (Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Genève)
- Brunswick Monument
- Bastions Park (Parc des Bastions)
- Rath Museum (Musée Rath)
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