A family weekend in Geneva
A family weekend in Geneva
As a travel enthusiast, you might be keen to pass on your passion to your children!
And what better way to awaken their curiosity and thirst for adventure than to share unforgettable moments together during your stay abroad? Well, you’re in for a treat, Geneva is full of activities to enjoy as a family!
Museums, unique tours, festivals, parks, excursions in the countryside or mountain hikes, the city will meet your expectations whatever the weather. Here’s a small selection of the best activities for a short family holiday in Geneva…
Delightful museums for everyone
First of all, Geneva is full of museums that will delight young and old alike, starting with the Museum of Natural History and its magical scenography where tigers roar, jellyfish dance and dinosaurs bellow! For another glittering atmosphere, the Geneva Ethnography Museum offers immersion into the history of humanity with its incredibly rich array of artefacts and costumes, while the famous CERN, the birthplace of the World Wide Web and the Large Hadron Collider, probes the mysteries of the world.
Geneva’s great humanitarian DNA
In another vein, let’s not overlook Geneva’s great humanitarian DNA: the extraordinary International Red Cross Museum could give rise to some vocations with its immersive exhibitions. On your way there, a quick stop at Place des Nations will allow you to admire the towering Broken Chair sculpture, a symbol of the fight against anti-personnel mines, and the famous Palais des Nations, where the future of the planet is often played out.
International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
A unique heritage located in the heart of international Geneva, near the Palais des Nations, to promote understanding of the history, current affairs and challenges of humanitarian action in Geneva, Switzerland and around the world.
Museum of natural history
The museum has an exhibition area of 8,000 m2 and welcomes 250,000 visitors each year. Discover the regional fauna, the mineralogy, the mammals, birds, frogs, toads as well as insects. One whole floor is devoted to the earth and the history of humankind.
Ethnography Museum Geneva - MEG
One of Switzerland’s two most important ethnographic collections!
Aside from its museums, the city offers a wealth of unique activities. The Choco Pass, for example, takes you on a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-like journey to the greatest chocolate manufacturers for a mouth-watering tasting tour. In another setting, the Escape Game at Parc des Bastions will awaken your inner Sherlock Holmes as you work your way through the city’s fascinating history. More traditional, but just as fun, the Mini Train meanders through the narrow streets of the Old Town and along the lake for a historical tour full of wonders.
And then there are the cultural events that keep the city buzzing throughout the year! Film, music, dance or theatre festivals, there’s something for all tastes and all ages: animated films at Animatou in autumn; open-air concerts in Parc La Grange with Musique en Été and open-air films at the Ciné-transat Festival in the summer and dance, theatre or cultural brunches to enjoy with the family at Antigel in winter. Geneva articulates culture in all its forms and in all seasons!
The city also has a number of libraries and theatres, such as the Théâtre des Marionnettes and Am Stram Gram, which welcome curious families in search of wonder. There are also many cinemas in Geneva that feature films that are almost always in their original language. Don’t forget to check the events calendar before your stay!
Sport club and a creative awakening Concept
Come and enjoy Summer Camps in Bubbles Kids Club !
Dreamscape is a new storytelling medium, combining the emotional power of cinematic storytelling with the thrill of theme-park rides to create the ultimate destination for virtual reality entertainment. Share the wonder of Dreamscape with your family and friends, and together you’ll be transported to fantastic worlds beyond imagination. Explore our website to learn more.
Vivarium de Meyrin
Come and observe superb snakes, lizards, crocodiles and turtles from all over the world in their natural environment.
The Geneva City Pass
With the Geneva City Pass, you'll discover the best spots and everything the city has to offer !
• 60 free or discounted activities
• All public transport in the Geneva network free of charge: buses, trams, trains, shuttle boats
• A pass with a choice of duration: 24, 48 or 72 hours
• Personalised tips for your choice of activities
"Be informed about the latest offers, events, stories and tips for Geneva and its region."
For food lovers
In the midst of all these adventures, a selection of 100% family-friendly restaurants are there for you! Inglewood and The Hamburger Foundation grill their juicy burgers, Molino and La Storia toss their pizzas and twirl their pasta, Chez ma Cousine serves its inimitable chicken with potatoes, Un R de Famille offers a colourful brunch, and the Bains des Pâquis, on the water’s edge, delights your stomach as much as your eyes… Geneva caters to all tastebuds!
Child-friendly restaurants in Geneva
Plan your family outings with our “100% family” selection, featuring restaurants adapted to children’s needs, to the delight of parents!
Discover the Choco Pass Geneva
The Choco Pass is a wonderful way to explore the city while discovering the unique know-how of local chocolate makers.
For those who love green spaces, Geneva has some of the most beautiful parks in the world.
Lovers of the great outdoors will also find happiness in Geneva. Any visitor will enjoy the mouette boat shuttles and their breathtaking harbour views or a cruise on the lake to discover the beautiful mansions and historical buildings along the shores. Likewise, hikers won’t want to miss Mont Salève for one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the city, the lake, the Alps and the Jura.
Geneva also offers free bicycles to ride around the countryside just a few minutes away from the city centre. First of all, La Gavotte leisure farm offers pony rides and animal encounters of all kinds. A bit further on, the vineyards, with welcoming bistros, criss-cross the countryside with picturesque paths.
You can also rest your legs in a peaceful and green setting along the Aire, whose rewilding project has received the Landscape Award of the Council of Europe. On the way back, don’t miss the Jonction promenade to marvel at the astonishing confluence of the opaque waters of the Arve and the crystal-clear waters of the Rhône.
On the left bank, Parc La Grange is home to century-old redwoods and its emerald lawns afford a stroll down to the waves of Eaux-Vives beach. Its counterpart on the right bank, Parc Mon Repos, offers superb views of the harbour and the Jet d’Eau, with the Alps in the background.
The Jardin Anglais and its flower clock remain an absolute must, but it is above all the Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de Genève and their exotic greenhouses that will charm you with their multitude of resplendent colours. More out of the way, Parc des Evaux, the largest urban park in Switzerland, offers a host of activities for all ages, including playgrounds, pedal go-karts, a small train, an adventure park and paths for walking. Each Geneva park has its own touch, whether it’s sporty or relaxing!
Summer in Geneva
Water activities for everyone
In Geneva, the lake is a vast playground for lovers of water sports, fun and relaxation.
Swimming in Geneva
Open-air swimming pools or urban lakeside resort, one thing is for sure: Geneva offers many opportunities when it comes to enjoying a pleasurable swim! The bravest swim all year round, but in the summer, the lake offers warm temperatures to the less adventurous.
Dolce Vita in Geneva
The richness of Italian gastronomy in Geneva: from iconic recipes to original creations, discover without further ado our favourite Italian eateries.
Finally, why not end this holiday on a gentle and relaxing note at the Bains Bleus, whose hammams, spas, jacuzzis and other hot baths, ideally placed on the lake’s edge, welcome families with children (from 3 years old) on Sunday mornings in particular (don’t forget to book in advance!). The view of the harbour and the blue skies from the huge, heated swimming pool on the roof will undoubtedly remain engraved in your memory and that of your whole family!
What can I do when it rains?
When it rains outside during your stay in Geneva, discover some ideas of indoor activities.
Plan a trip
It’s now time to plan your stay in Geneva. Take advantage of all our suggestions for hotels, restaurants, walks and excursions to experience the lively and authentic Geneva that we love.