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Key Info

Quai du Mont-Blanc 30


Beaches, Recreation, Swimming/Pools Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 4.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

If you want to relax and enjoy picturesque views of Lake Geneva, make your way to the Pâquis Baths. Located in the Pâquis-Nations neighborhood of Geneva's Rive Droite area, this man-made beach was originally built in 1872 and has been open to the public since 1890. Today, it continues to welcome locals and tourists alike, offering a deck for sunbathing, two hammams, two saunas, a restaurant, water sports activities and a climbing structure. Sandboxes, diving boards, a wading pool and a Tyrolean (or zip line) are also available for kids.

R&R-seekers, families and water lovers rave about the Pâquis Baths, adding that it is a great place to people-watch and cool off on a hot day. Visitors also praise the affordable yet tasty meals (especially the cheese fondue and salads) served at the on-site eatery, La Buvette des Bains. But remember, all of this attraction's facilities (excluding the restaurant) are only open from May 11 to September 16.

The Pâquis Baths sits within walking distance of many downtown neighborhoods, but if you're hoping to reach other attractions like the Palace of Nations and the Conservatory and Botanical Garden Geneva, consider using the tram. The closest tram stop, Môle, can be found about four blocks away. Access to the attraction's restaurant is free year-round, but to use the beach and its facilities in the summer, you will be charged 2 Swiss francs (about $2). Admissions are waived for kids 5 and younger, while entrance fees for children between 6 and 15 cost 1 Swiss franc ($1). Once inside, visitors have complimentary access to the climbing wall, but additional charges apply for other activities. Opening hours vary by day, but generally, the property welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Visit the Pâquis Baths website for more information.

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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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