Over a quarter of Geneva is covered with parks and green spaces, so it’s little wonder it has affectionately been dubbed the ‘City of Parks.’ Immaculately manicured, with many sitting along the banks of the lake, cradled by striking mountains, Geneva’s parks are popular escapes for locals and tourists alike.
Just a short stroll from the stunning Parc Moynier and Parc des Cropettes, Hotel d’Angleterre is perfectly positioned to make the most of the city’s prettiest outdoor spaces. For an upscale al fresco dining experience, picnic hampers can be arranged by the hotel, filled with a mouth-watering menu of afternoon tea treats, as well as a refreshing pot of Betjeman Barton tea. For those visiting the city this summer, here’s our pick of the finest parks in Geneva.
Home to the famous ‘flower clock’, Jardin Anglais is located on the lake’s left bank. As you might guess from its name, it’s inspired by a traditional English garden, complete with a fountain dating back to 1862. Measuring 5 metres in diameter, the flower clock is made from 7000 individual blooms. Close to the Jet d’Eau, Jardin Anglais is one of Geneva’s most central parks, not to mention its most beloved. You’ll also find the Monument National here; a statue of two young women whom together symbolise Geneva’s 1814 Swiss Confederation induction.
Parc la Grange
Occupying a prime location on the lakeside with scenic views and old-fashioned charm, Parc La Grange is Geneva’s largest park, and contains the city’s most impressive rose garden. The park really comes to life in the summer, when the Verdue Theatre (located on one of the park’s lawns) hosts free concerts.
Home to an abundance of greenhouses and over 16,000 species of plant, Geneva’s internationally renowned Botanical Gardens are a horticultural sensation. Celebrating its bicentenary in 2017, the herbarium houses one of the world’s largest collections of plants and fungi from all continents. Younger visitors will delight in the gardens’ rare animal species and aviary with tropical birds.
Parc des Bastions
Parc des Bastions may be famous for its six, life-sized chess sets, but this park has far more to offer than oversized board games. With rolling green lawns and a tree-lined promenade, it’s an impeccable spot for a leisurely afternoon stroll. The Reformation Wall (an international monument to honour the protestant reformation) proudly stands in the centre of the gardens, opposite Geneva University and Library.
Perle du Lac
Perle du Lac is a petite, pretty waterside park with exceptional views of Mont Blanc, that curves into Geneva’s lake like a round oyster in its shell. Formerly owned by Rolex founder, Hans Wilsdorf, it was his wife who gave this green space its unique name. With two fountains and a dahlia garden, it’s a quiet, romantic destination bookended by the Botantical Gardens and Parc Moynier.
If you’re enchanted by the beauty of the parks in Geneva, book a stay at the luxurious Hotel d’Angleterre and enjoy an al fresco afternoon tea picnic in the summer sun.
Image Credits: Main image © iStock/Sarenac. Botanical Gardens © iStock/GeorgeClerk. Perle du Lac © iStock/ClaraNilla. Parc des Bastions © iStock/benkrut. Park la Grange © iStock/ClaraNilla. Jardin Anglais © iStock/harryfn