Get under the skin of Geneva at this popular open air swimming spot in the centre of town.
Built in the 1930s, the Bains des Pâquis is a public swimming baths right on Lake Geneva and a popular social meeting place for Genevois of all ages, shapes and wallet-sizes. In summer it’s a lovely place to swim, lounge about in the sun and have a cheapish lunch on the large terrace of the Buvette. In winter you can still swim – if you’re that nuts – or take advantage of the sauna, Turkish bath, hammam and massage service instead. Plenty of events are laid on year-round, including music and poetry readings. If you’re up early enough, a great way to start the day in summer is by taking in a free live classical music concert from 6am. In winter, the Buvette’s fondue nights are hugely popular, too.
|Venue name:||Bains des Pâquis||Contact:|
Quai du Mont Blanc 30
|Opening hours:||10am-9pm Mon-Sat, 9am-9pm Sun (summer – baths); 10am-7pm Mon-Sun (summer - hammam); 9am-9.30pm Mon-Sat, 8am-9.30pm Sun (winter – hammam, Turkish baths, sauna)|
|Transport:||Bus 1, 25; Boat M1, M2, M3|
|Price:||Admission CHF2 adults; CHF1 children under 16; children under 6 free (baths); CHF20 adults; CHF13 every Monday (hammam, Turkish bath, sauna)|