Conservatory and Botanical Garden Geneva (Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques Genève)#6 in Best Things To Do in Geneva
Nestled alongside Geneva's northern border between the Palace of Nations and Lake Geneva, the Conservatory and Botanical Garden Geneva offers a serene setting for relaxing. This living museum features a variety of gardens, where visitors will find seasonal flowers, herbs, Swiss plants, rosebushes and more. Multiple greenhouses, a library, a gift shop, a carousel, a restaurant and an animal park are available as well.
Recent travelers appreciated this attraction's complimentary admissions and beautiful plants. Many also enjoyed watching the museum's peacocks roaming around the animal park and recommend spending a few hours on-site to read a book or have a picnic. Others suggest visiting before or after a flight, since the property is less than 4 miles east of the airport.
Parking is difficult to find by the Conservatory and Botanical Garden Geneva, but visitors can take the No. 15 tram to the Nations stop, which sits within walking distance. Several buses also make stops nearby. The gardens are open October 30 to March 27 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., with extended hours available in the summer. Opening times for facilities like the gift shop and restaurant vary, so consult the property's website before visiting.
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#1 Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)
Straddling the Franco-Swiss border is Lake Geneva, a 224-square-mile lake formed by the Rhône River. It has been a popular vacation spot for years, drawing such memorable names as Audrey Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin and Sophia Loren. In fact, many of Lake Geneva's visitors (including Hepburn and Chaplin) were so smitten with the area that they became permanent residents.
If you're looking to spend some time away from the city, there are plenty of attractions located along the lake's shores. Explore the vineyards and wineries in Lausanne on the lake's northern shore, or head to Montreux for belle epoque architecture. Back in Geneva (at the lake's southernmost shore), you can go swimming at the Pâquis Baths and watch the Jet d'Eau.
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