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La Banquise

Une vue générale de la banquise au pied du Jet d'eau.

This fun, winter facility welcomes the public on Quai Gustave-Ador from 18 January to 26 March 2023. Sports and well-being activities are organised here throughout the winter along with musical entertainment.

Saunas et yourtes de la banquise au pied du Jet d'eau.

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, open from 18 January to 26 March 2023.

La Banquise is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Three separate zones

At La Banquise, three separate zones are in place:

  • a sports zone, to discover Nordic sports;
  • a well-being zone, with saunas and massages;
  • a refreshments area, with musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Élément de l'accordéon

The well-being zone at La Banquise includes:

  • two wood-fired saunas,
  • a relaxation yurt,
  • a massage yurt,
  • showers using water from the lake,
  • changing cubicles with lockers.

Opening times and dates

Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

La Banquise


Two identical wood-fired saunas, the Mont-Blanc and the Léman, each have a capacity of 4 people.

  • Reservations: you can reserve a single place or privatise one or both saunas by reserving all the places available. Reserve a sauna in the well-being zone of la Banquise online
  • How to participate: users of the sauna must wear a bathing costume or adopt the Nordic principle of nudity (covered by a bath towel).
  • Prices: the price of admission to the sauna is CHF 10 per person and includes access to the well-being zone for 60 minutes.


Relaxation yurt

A traditional Mongolian yurt heated by a wood-burning stove is intended for rest and relaxation purposes.

  • Prices: Access to the relaxation yurt is included in your 60-minute sauna session.
  • How to participate: you are advised to rest for the same amount of time as you spend in the sauna (between 6 and 15 minutes, renewable) to allow your body temperature to cool down.
Salle de massage de la banquise

Massage yurt

In the unique atmosphere of a heated and furnished traditional Mongolian yurt, a team of professional masseurs and masseuses provide a range of well-being, Ayurvedic, relaxation and Thai massages.

Lancer de hache à la banquise

Visitors can discover the sport of axe throwing free of charge during a 5-10-minute session, depending on the number of people and the waiting time, try their hand at mattcurling or discover mölkky, the Finnish game of skittles.

Opening times and dates

  • 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: 1 a.m. to 7 p.m.
La buvette de la banquise

Food and drink

A food truck in keeping with the atmosphere serves typical Canadian specialities as well as hot drinks to warm you up. You can also sit on a terrace to enjoy the view of the Jet d’eau.

Musical entertainment

DJs will provide musical entertainment in the refreshments area on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6.30 p.m. to 10 p.m..

Opening times and dates

  • 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.

A fun winter project

Like the project at La Canopée, in place 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

Quai Gustave-ADOR 21
1207 Genève

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Article modifié le 22.08.2023 à 11:21