The best of summer in Geneva

In summer, Geneva is enriched with a new atmosphere. Bathing on the shore of the lake, an open-air cinema, mountain walks, lively terraces and water sports, the Swiss city transforms into a true sunlit haven of peace. So, how can you make the most of Geneva in summer? 
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Enjoying a drink on the terrace

There is no lack of terraces in Geneva and they reveal themselves during the first beautiful days. Revelling in a drink by the lake has never been so soothing! The small cafés near the famous Jet d'Eau are very pleasant and offer snacks, cold drinks and ice cream for the gourmands. A bit further away, the summer entertainment of L'Escale offers a unique space to relax, play outdoors and listen to good DJs. Stroll a little further and you will reach the open-air cinema, offering a beautiful space high up to enjoy the view.

The right bank of the lake is not to be outdone and offers its own selection of appealing terraces. La Terrasse and the Bains des Pâquis (Pâquis Baths) welcome you in a relaxed atmosphere with a breathtaking view of the harbour and the Jet d'Eau. Under clear skies Mont Blanc can be seen emerging on the horizon. Don’t hesitate to read through our articles Lakeside bars/cafés and Best rooftop bars for more details.

For a sunlit day with the family

You’re travelling with your family to Geneva, what a great idea! The city has a wealth of places where you can breathe in clean air and make the most of wide open spaces. Both young and old will have fun. Are you missing the mountains? The Salève is located just a 15-minute drive from Geneva, the ideal place for a family hike in the great outdoors, right in the heart of the mountain pastures. The hike is easily accessible by cable car in five minutes and can be as long as you wish for the sporty ones among you! The picnic break or the blueberry pie at the snack bar will delight the finest gourmands. 

For aspiring acrobats, we have another idea! The Parc des Evaux, located close to the Rhône, boasts the largest urban park in Switzerland and a treetop adventure park with 11 routes for adventurers from 3 to 99 years of age! Here’s a secret: the adventure park hosts the three longest parallel zip lines in Europe: Are you brave enough? 

For a bike ride

A ride on a bicycle: sounds like holiday spirit! And in Geneva, the bicycle is the star and the perfect way to explore the city and its region in the great outdoors. Good news, from mid-April to mid-October bike-hire is free for four hours from the Genève Roule points. Set out, for example, to discover the harbour and enjoy a little siesta in the park or a gourmet break with a delicious ice cream. 

Hiring a bike for the day or for several days is also a good idea which will allow you to explore nearby regions, notably the superb wine-growing areas. Guided tours by electric bike also allow you to explore the surroundings peacefully with the best explanations throughout the ride! Pedal through the heart of the vineyards or the parts of the city not to be missed!

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Water and fun

What a pleasure to make the most of the lake right in the heart of the city! In Geneva, you can take advantage of a number of water activities to liven up your stay with your partner, family or friends! A pedalo trip to see who can pedal the fastest? A paddleboarding experience to test your balance? A windsurfing lesson to have fun all together? Or even a relaxing afternoon swim? There is something to suit every taste!

The Tropical Corner, the Bains des Pâquis (Pâquis Baths), Le Reposoir beach and Genève Plage are unique places in the heart of Geneva where beautiful summer air blows and you can experience wonderful moments to share! Fun, water and smiles await you!