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Explore Geneva on foot

Roaming through Geneva on foot is a unique experience that will allow you to fully appreciate the cultural wealth and natural beauty of this iconic city.

Small in size, but big in stature, Geneva offers plenty of picturesque routes lined with historic monuments, fascinating museums, and breathtaking views of Lake Geneva and the Alpine peaks. Walking is also a great way to slow down, take in the intricacies of old buildings, and soak up the atmosphere of the city.

To help you find your way around and take in Geneva’s many treasures, take a look at Geneva’s different districts and read our suggestions for walking routes:

Historic Old Town Route

Begin your adventure in the heart of the Old Town with its maze of charming alleyways and historical buildings. Stroll around St Peter’s Cathedral and climb the 365 steps for a spectacular view of the city. Follow this with a visit to Maison Tavel, Geneva’s oldest building, and immerse yourself in the Geneva of old, before strolling through the cobbled streets, bustling squares, art galleries, and craft shops.

Cultural and Modern Art Walk

Explore Geneva’s contemporary art district, starting at MAMCO, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, for a glimpse of postmodern art. Continue your artistic explorations with a visit to the Centre d’Art Contemporain before strolling through the Bains district, with its art gallery- and artists’ studio-lined alleyways. Then head to Parc des Bastions, where you’ll be able to lounge by the Reformation Wall or play a giant game of chess.

Relaxing lakeside stroll

For a gentle day on the lakeshore, start at the Jardin Anglais and its famous Flower Clock—a symbol of Geneva’s innovative watchmaking. Stroll along Quai Gustave-Ador to admire the famous Jet d’Eau, which shoots out 500 litres of water every second, and snap a few photos of the swans and sailing boats. Continue to Eaux-Vives beach (we recommend a stop at the Restaurant de la Plage) and take a Mouette, Geneva’s shuttle boat, across the lake to end your walk at the Perle du Lac, with its breathtaking views of Mont Blanc.

Cultural and international exploration

This route begins at Place des Nations, right next to the entrance to Palais des Nations, where you’ll be able to soak up the atmosphere of International Geneva and enjoy a guided tour of the UN. A short walk will then take you to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, where interactive exhibitions illustrate the impact and history of humanitarian aid.

Of course, if you’re looking to discover the city on foot, our professional guides are on hand to take you on an unforgettable guided tour. Discover our guided tours.

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