There is no finer way to 'see' the lake up close than afloat: rent a slow pedalo (Sfr22 per hr), speedy motorboat (Sfr52 to Sfr78 per...
Bains des Pâquis
This hip and trendy pool in Pâquis with buzzing bar and restaurant is a Real McCoy vintage child – it dates to 1872.
Thematic cruises – castles, nature and so on – around the lake and along the Rhône River.
La Buvette de Bateau
Few terraces are as dreamy as this. Moored permanently by the quay near the Jet d'Eau, this fabulous belle époque paddle steamer sailed...
Left-bank choice: chocolate and ginger, honey, peanut cream and mango are among the 40 flavours at this lip-licking parlour.
Quai Gustave-Ador · interesting places nearby
Jet d'Eau information
When landing by plane, this lakeside fountain is the first dramatic glimpse you get of Geneva. The 140m-tall structure shoots up water with incredible force – 200km/h, 1360 horsepower – to create the sky-high plume, kissed by a rainbow on sunny days. At any one time, 7 tonnes of water is in the air, much of which sprays spectators on the pier beneath. Two or three times a year it is illuminated pink, blue or another colour to mark a humanitarian occasion.
The Jet d'Eau is Geneva's third pencil fountain. The first shot water into the sky for 15 minutes each Sunday between 1886 and 1890, to release pressure at the city's water station, and the second spurted 90m high from the Jetée des Eaux-Vives on Sundays and public holidays from 1891 onwards. The current one was born in 1951.