La Banquise is back, with its panoramic saunas and its now famous “axe throwing”

Following the huge success it enjoyed last winter, “La Banquise” is returning to the lake shore! From 17 January to 31 March, it will provide the public with a much appreciated relaxation area at the foot of the Jet d’eau.

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La Banquise

“Before the installation of the future public baths scheduled for this summer in the same location, La Banquise provides high-quality entertainment ensuring the bay area continues to thrive, even in winter. I am pleased that this project, initiated in 2023 during my year as Mayor, has returned in 2024,” states Executive Councillor of the City of Geneva, Marie Barbey-Chappuis, who is responsible for the Department of Security and Sport.

“To meet the demand, we have increased the number of saunas available,” the magistrate continues.

La Banquise is a fun winter sports area located on the Eaux-Vives merchant shipping wharf, close to the pier leading to the Jet d’eau. Like the activities on offer at la Canopée during the summer, La Banquise offers local residents the chance to meet up and make the most of sporting and well-being activities throughout the winter.

La Banquise comprises three separate areas: a sports zone, a well-being zone and a refreshments area.

Well-being zone

New in 2024: this year, the well-being zone at La Banquise boasts three saunas for 4 people (instead of two saunas last year). Users are required to wear a swimsuit or a towel. The site also includes a relaxation yurt, showers using lake water and changing cubicles. The saunas are heated by means of a wood fire.

Reservations can be made via the City of Geneva website:

Opening times
Wednesday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The admission price for the sauna is CHF 10 per person, providing access to the well-being zone for 60 minutes.

Sports zone (unrestricted access)

Visitors can discover the sport of axe throwing (supervised) during a 5-10-minute session, depending on the number of people and the waiting time, or try their hand at mattcurling.

Opening times
Wednesday: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Refreshments area

A food truck in keeping with the atmosphere will serve typical Canadian specialities as well as warm drinks. The public can also sit on a terrace to enjoy the view of the Jet d’eau.

Opening times
Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Information and bookings

La Banquise

Quai Gustave-ADOR 21
1207 Genève

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Article modifié le 15.04.2024 à 12:07