Geneva (incl. Champel, Eaux-Vives, Plainpalais and Petit-Saconnex)

The City of Geneva is the most central and most populated municipality of the Canton and represents the heart of the city. Reuniting several former municipalities under one, Geneva encompasses four main areas: Genève-Cité (the original historical perimeter of Geneva), Plainpalais, Eaux-Vives and Petit-Saconnex. Due to the central location, the majority of homes are apartments, which range from 1-bedroom flats to multi-story luxury residences.

The majority of Geneva's restaurants, activities, nightlife and cultural attractions can be found in these neighbourhoods of Plainpalais, Eaux-Vives and Pâquis (near the train station).

Plainpalais boasts a large square which hosts various types of lively food and flea markets every other day of the week, as well as fairgrounds and the iconic prestigious Knie Circus every summer. In addition, it has numerous bars and restaurants to visit, cultural attractions such as the Patek Philippe Museum, as well as one of the main campuses of the University of Geneva.

Vibrant Eaux-Vives is home to Geneva's landmark: the Jet d'Eau. The area is a popular place to live for those that enjoy lively neighbourhoods, as well as being within walking distance to the lake. Eaux-Vives also has two of Geneva's most beautiful parks: the Parc des Eaux-Vives with its gourmet restaurant and terrific view on the lake, as well as the Parc La Grange which is home to Geneva's most beautiful rose garden and which offers free concerts during the summer. 

South of Eaux-Vives you will find the charming neighbourhood of Champel: a calm and chic residential area with one of Geneva's largest parks, Parc Bertrand.


The heart and life of Geneva, offering a multitude of restaurants, nightlife and cultural activities

Walking distance to the lake, as well as to its beaches and promenades

Home to the charming medieval historic Old Town of Geneva

Beautiful open parks, also offering dedicated dog play areas



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