The Grange Park (Parc La Grange)#4 in Best Things To Do in Geneva
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Overlooking Lake Geneva by the Jet d'Eau, this park features a nearly 130,000-square-foot manicured garden filled with pools, pergolas and 200-plus kinds of roses. Additionally, an 18th-century villa – which is now a restaurant and hotel – still resides on the property, and complimentary concerts are hosted every summer at the on-site Théâtre de Verdure.
According to former visitors, The Grange Park is a "beautiful" and "tranquil" place that's ideal for all types of travelers. Couples will appreciate the property's romantic atmosphere, and families will enjoy its playground and wading pool. Theater enthusiasts, meanwhile, can watch a variety of performances (for a fee) at The Orangerie Theater, including classics like "Macbeth" and "The Three Little Pigs."
The Grange Park sits in the Eaux-Vives neighborhood of Geneva's Rive Gauche area. Free parking is provided at the adjacent Restaurant Hotel du Parc des Eaux-Vives, but the easiest way to reach the park is to take a water taxi to the Genève-Eaux-Vives terminal or the No. 12 tram to the Roches stop. Several buses also make stops near the attraction. There is no entry fee, but charges apply for The Orangerie Theater's shows. Tickets can be purchased on the theater's website. Expect to pay 30 Swiss francs (less than $32) for most performances. Park hours vary by season, but the sight generally opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 9 or 10 p.m.
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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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