Ways to Experience Geneva on Foot, by Bike and on the Water

A Guide to Experiencing the Great Outdoors with Geneva Tourism

Surrounded by nature, dominated by beautiful parks and lakes and the stunning Swiss Alps as its backdrop, Geneva offers the ultimate outdoor adventure for every traveller. Whether exploring on foot, by bike or on the water, this magnificent city has it all!

On foot
Putting one foot in front of the other is a great way for travellers to experience Geneva’s spirit, beautiful landscape, and the calming atmosphere of the lakeside. The tourism office suggests taking a stroll through one of the city’s many breathtaking parks. Head to the magical Parc de la Perle du Lac, the Parc Mon Repos, and take a moment to admire the stunning views of the lake and the Jet d’Eau with a walk through the Parc de l’Observatoire.

The city and its surroundings offer beautiful hiking routes for adventure enthusiasts and novice hikers, which include spectacular countryside villages between the Arve River and Lake Geneva or scenic routes showcasing the natural beauty of the Rhone and the Moulin-de-Vert nature reserve.

By bike
Geneva provides the perfect arena for bike tours as it is a cycle-friendly city with bike lanes on almost all the paths and incredible countryside waiting to be explored.

A couple cycling on a tandem bike through a vineyard

Whether cycling through the pristine wine-growing countryside with its direct access to the lake or discovering the Canton’s many wonder-filled routes, including the ‘Rhone Route’ or the ‘Cornavin – Mont-Salève’, it’s the ideal way to enjoy Geneva’s great outdoors. More experienced cyclists might want to challenge themselves with a ride along the beautiful South Jura Route, which takes them on a journey through romantic old towns and vineyards and passes by the lakeside bathing beaches.

On the water
Lake Geneva is a vast playground for fans of water sports, fun and relaxation. Paddleboarding is a popular choice for visitors, and visitors can rent from the Tropical Corner and Plage du Reposor for an adrenaline-filled escapade.

People rafting on the river

Rafting and windsurfing are obvious choices if you want to try something a little faster on the water, and there are even lessons and guides to help you get more acquainted with both activities. Another speed option is wakeboarding, which is available at Quai Gustave-Ador. If you prefer to keep things more relaxed, Les Corsaires offers a range of small pedal boats for hire, including those with a slide into the water to cool off on those hot summer days.

Swimming is a popular pastime for locals and tourists and is enjoyed throughout summer and winter. Enjoy the sun and relax at Bains des Pâquis or the beach at Plage des Eaux-Vives. For families, the closed leisure area at Genève Plage is an ideal place where both young and old can have some fun.

Visit the Geneva Tourism website for more things to do and see in the city.

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