City by the lake
Lake Geneva, or Lac Léman to the locals, is the focal point of Geneva, popping up in almost every picture. You might forget it’s there when exploring the old town or visiting the UN but you’ll always come back to it, especially in summer. Here are our three favourite lake attractions.
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The Jet d’Eau
The symbol of the city shoots 140 metres up into the air, but it’s not just tall, it’s big with over 7,000 litres of water in the air at any one time. And it’s fast: the water shoots up at about 200 km/h. You can get quite close to it, but remember that if the wind changes direction, you’ll get wet!
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They are the graceful old ladies of the lake, the six historic paddle-steamers that glide across the water like swans. No visit to Geneva is complete without a ride on one of them, either for a short sightseeing tour or a longer trip upstream. All aboard and let the steaming commence!
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Bains des Paquis
Geneva’s best outdoor spot opened in 1872 and has been a local favourite ever since. It is the place to see and be seen, whether you’re swimming in the lake, sunbathing on the rocks, having a massage or enjoying the views. And it’s right in the heart of the city.