Outdoor Activities in Geneva

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  • The first thing anyone would want to do outdoors in Geneva is take a Swiss boat cruise on the placid alpine Lake Geneva in any season as there are indoor facilities as well as the open decks. The boat cruise on the Rhône is another great experience for getting fresh air and see nature up close.

    Geneva's lakefront is a major attraction for all types of outdoor activities such as biking, running, skating, or just slowly promenading with the locals. Explore, exercise or relax is the 21-acre Eaux-Vives Park at the far end of the Lake promenade. For all kinds of water sports there is the Tropical Corner who rents equipment and organizes water activities such as wind surfing, skin diving, water skiing, and more.

    For swimming there is the Piscine de Varembé and the Geneva Beach pool. Further away near Montreux, at Le Bouveret you will find the extensive multi-water sports facility of Aquaparc.

    For easy hiking, go to the woods of the Bois de la Batie, the 20-acre forest with a paddling pool, challenging playground, a river and a small zoo. You will also find restaurants available while you explore.

    For more serious hikes, you can take the cable car up to La Salève right next to Geneva city where there are many trails. You can hike back down or take the cable car to the city. If you have more time, take an excursion to nearby Chamonix, France at the foot of Mont Blanc where there are endless hiking trails and a true alpine experience

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    Swiss Boat Cruises

    Quai du Mont Blanc 4

    Sailing on the calm waters of Lake Geneva bordered by the Swiss and French Alps... read more

    Croisière sur le Rhône

    quai des Moulins

    Peaceful Cruise Along The Rhône... read more

    Geneva's Lakefront

    quai Gustave Ador

    Rade de Genève... read more

    Eaux-Vives Park

    quai Gustave Ador 82

    Lovely View of the Lake... read more

    Tropical Corner

    quai de Cologny 5

    Surf Away... read more

    Piscine de Varembé

    avenue Giuseppe Motta 46

    Lap it Up... read more


    route de la Plage

    Water, Water Everywhere... read more

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    Bois de la Batie

    chemin de la Bâtie

    A Walk in the Woods... read more

    Cable Car at Le Salève

    route des Trois Lacs

    Head in the Clouds... read more

    Chamonix and Mont Blanc

    Day Trips... read more
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