The Pâquis public baths offer a place to relax on the right bank of the lake, in the centre of Geneva.
The Bains des Pâquis is a very popular place where the inhabitants of Geneva enjoy meeting at the water’s edge. Built in 1872, they are located on Les Pâquis pier. Access is via the Quai du Mont-Blanc, on the northern shore of Lake Geneva.
The Bains des Pâquis are of course designed for bathing. However, other activities and services are also available:
- Pâquis baths refreshment bar;
- sauna, Turkish bath and hammam;
- tai chi.
Poetry, philosophical meetings, the Aubes festival and many other cultural activities take place at the Bains throughout the year.
Opening times and prices
See the Bains des Pâquis website for opening times and prices.
The Bains des Pâquis have been in existence since 1872. Initially built of wood, they were enlarged in 1889 on stilts and rebuilt as a permanent structure between 1931 and 1932.
Made public and municipal in 1890, the baths were chargeable on weekdays (from 7am to 6pm) and free on public holidays and Sundays. A few free hours were reserved for women.
In the 1980s, the users of the Bains des Pâquis joined forces to prevent the baths from being transformed, so that they could be renovated without being altered. In 1987, the Association d'usagers des Bains des Pâquis (AUBP) was formed, and filed a referendum. On 25 September 1988, 72% of voters said NO to the demise of the Bains, which would then be renovated without being destroyed and rebuilt.
Article modifié le 10.08.2023 à 12:36