Hotel des Bergues Geneva: Within Walking Distance From chocolate to Smurfs, shopping and scenery, Four Seasons guests can explore Geneva like a local. Here are eight locations and experiences not to be missed.
1/8 While Geneva is filled with high-end designer shops, particularly along Rue du Rhone, head to Septieme Etage on Rue du Perron to see one of the city's most influential boutiques. Its gallery-like interior is the perfect showcase for the hip designers the store features, and the smart selections of on-trend pieces for both men and women are bound to inspire sartorial delight.
Photography Agi Simoes
2/8 Parc des Eaux-Vives is situated on the left bank of Lake Geneva, offering one of the best views of the lake itself. Wander up the sloping hill to discover the lovely, well-manicured lawn and charming stone waterfalls, all leading up to the Restaurant du Parc des Eaux-Vives, where you can sit on the terrace for a delicious meal coupled with gorgeous scenery.
Photography courtesy Parc des Eaux-Vives
3/8 It's not hard to satisfy your sweet tooth in Geneva. You can do no wrong with any of the selections at Chocolaterie Arn. From pralines to truffles to the local specialty "Pavés de Genève," any of it is sure to make a chocolate lover swoon. You can also enjoy a number of non-chocolate confections or savoury snacks on the sunny outdoor patio on Place du Bourg-de-Four.
4/8 With its oversize chessboards and idyllic grounds, Parc des Bastions is a wonderful gathering place located in the heart of the city. One of Geneva's first botanical gardens, the park is home to about 50 species of rare trees, as well as shady paths adorned with fountains, statues and beautiful blooms. Be sure to look for the Reformation Wall and its formidable figures, and the Palais Eynard.
Photography Jennifer Sanchez
5/8 One of Geneva's most iconic landmarks, the Jet d'Eau can be seen from the comfort of your room at Four Seasons. To get a closer look (and possibly a wetter experience), cross the Pont du Mont Blanc for a walk along the picturesque waterfront. Just over the bridge, you'll come across the Jardin Anglais and the famous Flower Clock.
6/8 The site of St-Pierre Cathedral has a fascinating history. Perhaps best known as the place where John Calvin delivered his sermons in the 16th century, the building and the site on which it rests have been used since the fourth century. Evidence of the current structure's eclectic history can be seen in the mix of architectural styles present both inside and out.
7/8 While exploring the Quartier des Grottes neighbourhood behind the Cornavin train station, look at the buildings at 23 to 29 Rue Louis Favre. Constructed between 1982 and 1984 by three unconventional architects, the Gaudi-style structures are hard to overlook. As if from a cartoon, you'll soon grasp the understanding of why the collection is referred to as the Schtroumpfs, or rather "the Smurfs."
Photography Glyn Thomas/Alamy
8/8 Dating back to the 16th century, the Promenade de la Treille was once an observation and artillery post for the city. These days, it's a peaceful place to take a romantic stroll. This shaded, scenic promenade is also home to what is said to be the world's longest wooden bench at 120 metres. You'll also find the city's "official" chestnut tree, whose first bud marks the beginning of spring.
Photography Elisabeth Peters/Alamy
Located on the banks of Western Europe’s famous lake, Geneva is a centre for diplomacy and business, as well as for some of the finer things in life—including chocolate and stunning vistas. So what kind of treasures does this truly global city hold? With
Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva as your starting point, take a walk in the world’s most compact metropolis and find out for yourself. Plan Your Visit
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Issue 3 2014