Spring is a delightful season to travel, no matter the destination. Geneva is no different! During the spring time, the temperatures are pleasant, and the city is not too crowded (the peak is in July and August). Geneva has enough attractions to fill a weekend no matter the season, but during spring – and summer – the weather is much better to walk around the city and explore its corners, and also enjoy the activities that happen in the lake and surroundings.
Here are 10 things to do in Geneva during the spring
1. Make a picnic or a BBQ by the lake while enjoying the view
Is there anything better than having a picnic or a BBQ by a beautiful lake in a warm blue sky day? I bet not. In Geneva, you can have a picnic around the Lake Geneva, or get your friends together to enjoy the BBQ areas.
2. Visit the St. Peter’s Cathedral and climb its towers
St. Peter’s Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Pierre) is the most important church in Geneva, where John Calvin used to preach centuries ago – his chair is still in there. The entrance is free, but to climb the two towers you have to pay a fee (totally worth it for the view).
3. See the Flower Clock
The Flower Clock (L’horloge Fleurier) is one of the biggest clocks in the world! Geneva has a tradition of making watches, this flower clock is in the right place.
4. Visit the free museums
Most of the museums in Geneva are free of charge, like the Museum of the History of Science (Le Musée d’histoire des sciences de la Ville de Genève), which is small but has an interesting collection.
5. Enjoy the Lake Geneva and see the Jet d’Eau
The Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) is shared by Switzerland and France, and it’s one of the biggest lakes in the Western Europe. And that means, plenty of things to do around it, especially during the warm season such as spring. Don’t forget to take a look at the Jet d’Eau, a huge fountain in the middle of the lake. It’s impossible not to notice it anyway.
6. Get lost in the Old Town
Geneva’s Old Town (Vieille Ville) is so charming, walking around its old and picturesque streets is a must when in the city. Expect to find a lot of historical buildings, cafés, galleries, restaurants. Grab your camera and go!
7. Eat chocolate, as much as you can!
In Switzerland, you can find the most delicious chocolates. Maybe not the cheapest, but for sure, DELICIOUS!
8. See the Reformation Wall at the Bastions Park
The Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation) is a landmark in Geneva, it’s overlooking the Bastions Park (Parc des Bastions) located in the Old Town. In this big wall, you can see statues of the major figures of the Protestant Reformation, such as John Calvin.
9. Enjoy the “beach vibe” at the Bains des Pâquis
In the absence of a real beach, people of Geneva found a way to cool off on the hot days. Bains des Pâquis is the point to be when the weather is too warm. You play with what you have 🙂
10. Visit the UN and CERN buildings
Two important sites in the city! The first one is the second-largest of the four United Nations (Palais des Nations) offices. The other one is the biggest physics laboratory in the world. Both buildings can be visited, you just have to book the tours.
Geneva is a nice city to be explored during the warm seasons such as spring; it’s beautiful and clean, the perfect place to spend a couple of days. This list is based on the things I did during my weekend in there (except the number #10 because the buildings were closed).