Ligne 4 Geneva Lake Cruise

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Aboard the Greta, sail in the harbor of Geneva and admire the Jet d'eau up close
1. Pierre du Niton

The Niton stones are two rocks located in Lake Geneva on the shores of Geneva. It is assumed that in the Bronze Age, the Niton stones had a ritual and spiritual role. The Niton stone serves as the basis for all Swiss hypsometry. Engineer Guillaume-Henri Dufour noted that these stones were very stable and in 1820, used them to fix the average level of the lake and placed a graduated plaque on the large stone as a reference point.

2. Jet d'eau

Fountain. The first fountain dates from 1886, the second from 1891 and the present one is from 1947. With a capacity of 500 litres per second and a height of around 140 metres, it operates from the beginning of March to the middle of October.

3. Cathedral St Peter's

Built in the 12th century, the Saint-Pierre Cathedral has undergone major transformations. Under the Reformation, it became a Protestant place of worship. You can climb the 157 steps that lead to the top of the towers or you will find an incredible 360 ° panorama of the city and the lake. Located under the Cathedral, there is an archaeological site where you will discover treasures dating back to Antiquity.

4. Park Grange

La Grange park is classified as a historical monument. The site testifies to human presence already in the Neolithic. In the 18th century the agricultural domain took the name of La Grange; then owned by the Lullin family, they built the mansion in 1768 and set up a French garden. The Favres succeed them, transforming the house, the park and in particular built the monumental entrance on the Quai Gustave-Ador side with its lions, the pergola, the orangery and in 1821 the superb library. In 1945, at the bottom of the park, in the sun and sheltered from the winds, the large Rose Garden was set up, which gave rise to the Geneva International New Roses Competition.

5. Park Eaux Vives

The name “Eaux-Vives” comes from the many springs and other streams in the area (now flowing under parks and roads, in pipes) which supplied the city with drinking water. One of these sources was located in the center of the park, where a waterfall flows in the middle of the rockery and its alpine plants.The park offers a variety of magnificent trees: firs, pines and other impressive redwoods alone are worth the trip. Vast beds of rhododendrons and azaleas complete the enchantment in spring.

6. Baby Plage

In the heart of Geneva, by the lake, Baby Plage, allows children to be able to play in complete safety, while parents enjoy a magnificent landscape. Nearby, there are ice cream parlors, cafes offering a clear view of the lake and many activities such as boating on the lake.

7. Black Port Monument

June 1, 1814 at Port-Noir is a historic date for the canton of Geneva. The first Confederate troops made up of around 300 soldiers from Friborg and Solothurn land at Port-Noir, located at the outlet of the Cologny ramp. The stone column and the statue of Geneva and Helvetia at Port Noir commemorate the integration of Geneva into the Helvetic Confederation, after the landing of two Swiss contingents on June 1, 1814.

8. Yault Club

The Yacht Club de Genève is a sailing club based in Geneva, on the shores of Lake Geneva since 1886. Its mission is simple: to develop the practice of sailing. The Yacht Club de Genève organizes no less than 10 sailing events throughout the season, including the famous Genève-Rolle-Genève

9. Cologny

With its hillside overlooking Lake Geneva and its prestigious institutions, the Geneva municipality attracts the world’s great fortunes.

10. Frankenstein creation house

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11. Villa Diodati

Influencés par le climat apocalyptique et les catastrophes sociales, les amis ont commencé à échanger des idées sur l’occultisme et la philosophie. Lord Byron les a également encouragés à s’essayer à l’écriture d’histoires d’horreur pour passer le temps et refléter l’humeur des jours sombres. Certains de ces récits macabres ont plus tard été transformés en célèbres romans de fiction.

La toute première ébauche du manuscrit du Frankenstein de Mary Shelley : or, The Modern Prometheus a été écrite à l’intérieur de la Villa Diodati. L’auteur a écrit ce livre alors qu’elle n’avait que 18 ans. Il a été publié en 1818. Au cours de ce terrible été, Byron et Polidori ont également commencé à travailler sur Le Vampyre, le premier ouvrage lié au paradigme romantique des romans de vampires

During this terrible summer of 1816, Lord Byron came from England and rented the Villa Diodati, he spent many days and nights with his friends, among them John William Polidori, Claire Clairmont, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Mary Shelley.

Influenced by the apocalyptic climate and social disasters, the friends started to exchange ideas on occultism and philosophy. Lord Byron also encouraged them to try their hands at writing horror stories to pass the time and reflect the mood of the dreary days. Some of those ghoulish tales were later turned into famous fiction novels.

The very first draft of the manuscript for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus was written inside Villa Diodati. The author penned the book when she was just 18. It was published in 1818. During that dreadful summer, Byron and Polidori also began working on The Vampyre, the first work related to the Romantic paradigm of vampire novels

12. Château d'if

A charming restaurant on the shores of Lake Geneva. A rustic setting and a good fondue, as smooth as you want, to spend a moment in all authenticity.

13. Mont-Blanc, Alps Mountains

The Alps are a mountain range that stretches across Europe, covering the northern border of Italy, the South-East of France, Monaco, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, the South of Germany and Slovenia.

The Alps culminate at 4,809 meters, at the top of Mont Blanc.

14. Saussire-Eisenhower House

The 1985 Geneva Summit was a meeting on the Cold War in Geneva, Switzerland. It was held on November 19 and 20, 1985 between US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev. The two leaders met for the first time to discuss international diplomatic relations and the arms race.

15. Josephine's Villa

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16. Rothschild's Castle

Adolphe Carl de Rothschild (1823-1900) bought the Pregny estate near Lake Geneva in 1857 . The park at Pregny was redesigned under the influence of Adolphe’s wife, Julie, who introduced wild animals and tropical birds. The Rothschild family is well-known for its engagement with many different fields of knowledge and culture: one of the manifestations of this involvement is the range and quantity of their publications.

17. UN Building

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. Today it has 193 Member States. The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles of its founding charter. was endowed by its founding members with a priority objective: the maintenance of peace and security.

18. WTO: World Trade Organisation

Center William Rappard, which houses the World Trade Organization. Witness to more than 90 years of international cooperation, the Center William Rappard (CWR) was conceived as part of the effort deployed after the First World War to create a League of Nations and other institutions that would have the role of encourage multilateral cooperation and the peaceful settlement of conflicts.

19. Botanical Garden

Huge natural space, 28 hectares in size, the Botanical Garden of Geneva is a true haven of peace. It offers a tranquility and a beauty proper to the promenade. On the other hand, since its creation in 1904, the Botanical Garden has developed an incredibly rich and varied flora, with its collection of 16,000 species from all over the world. The visit takes place through various sectors: the arboretum, greenhouses, animal space.

20. Perle du Lac

La Perle du Lac is one of the most richly wooded parks in Geneva. La Perle du Lac restaurant asserts itself in a traditional style that immerses its customers in a warm and cozy atmosphere.

21. Villa Bertholoni

A Roman villa and thermal baths, discovered in 1926, testify that the site has been appreciated for at least 2000 years! Villa Bartholoni, which now houses the Museum of the History of Science, was built in 1825 in Florentine style by the banker and patron François Bartholoni.

22. Henry-Dunant Institut

Since its creation, the Institute has been essentially devoted to research and training in the main areas of activity of the Movement.

23. Palais Wilson

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is headquartered in the historic human rights building, Palais Wilson, in Geneva, Switzerland. The five-storey, 225-room building, located on the shores of Lake Geneva and built in 1873-1874, was originally the Hôtel National.