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Discover the district of Champel

The residential district of Champel is leafy and calm. It is nevertheless undergoing major change, with the huge CEVA railway construction site.

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Champel is located on the left bank of the river between the districts of Plainpalais, les Eaux-Vives and Cité. To the south, the bend in the river Arve marks the boundary with the municipalities of Carouge and Veyrier. The municipality of Chêne-Bougeries begins on the other side of the Chemin du Velours. 

The district comprises the following sectors:

  • Champel;
  • Florissant;
  • Malagnou;
  • Roseraie;
  • Hôpital;
  • La Colline;
  • Le Bout-du-Monde.

A changing residential district

The district of Champel mainly consists of big blocks of mostly plush flats and also villas. An ill-fated district in the past, where prisoners condemned to death were executed, villas of rich families were built there towards the end of the 18th century. Despite the construction of numerous subsidised housing blocks from the 1960s onwards, Champel has retained its reputation as a chic, bourgeois district.

Construction of the CEVA line

This peaceful district with relatively few shops or restaurants is undergoing wholesale change due to the massive building site to be found here: the construction of the CEVA railway line (Cornavin-Eaux-Vives-Annemasse). The 'Champel-Hôpital' station will also be built on the Champel plateau, one of five new CEVA stations. This will provide direct access to the plateau and to the Geneva teaching hospitals (Cluse-Roseraie site) via an underground tunnel.

A peaceful, leafy environment

With several green areas, the district of Champel is peaceful and leafy. At its centre, the Parc Bertrand offers inhabitants a peaceful shady setting, but behind this calm exterior, it is bubbling with secrets and anecdotes.

While Champel is primarily residential, the lower part of the district to the east consists of more public buildings, office space and shops, as it is close to the city centre. The sector around the hospital, between Avenue de la Roseraie and Boulevard de la Cluse, is home to one of the few orientation courses available in the city, at the Collège de l'Aubépine, as well as numerous hospitals. With the services it provides, it attracts numerous people from throughout the canton. In the upper reaches of Champel, near Florissant, a wide range of tertiary-sector firms can be found nestling between the residential buildings.

History and development

Consult the History and development of Champel section to discover how this district, ill-famed until the 18th century, became a more affluent area which has retained a bourgeois reputation to this very day.

Local anecdotes

Did you know? Champel was home to a spa resort, tobacco smugglers and a gallows, and Malombré derives its name from a joke … Learn all the secrets of the district of Champel through its anecdotes

Sites in the district

To find out more about certain emblematic or unusual sites in Champel, which often bear witness to the history of the district, discover the sites worth seeing! 

Information about Champel

The building sites currently in progress in your district

See the list of building sites lasting more than one month implemented by the City of Geneva in the Champel district.

The Eaux-Vives information centre

The attentive staff of the Eaux-Vives information centre, located on the left bank of the river, provide social health, education and cultural information about Geneva while facilitating access to municipal, cantonal and associative services.

The brochure presenting the district of Champel

The 'Near you' district brochure, available for download at the bottom of the page or from the info-service centres helps inhabitants familiarise themselves with the services available in their district provided by the public authorities or the network of associations.

Champel in pictures

Rediscover the district of Champel in pictures through the lens of the Geneva-based professional photographer, Carole Parodi. She has combed the streets of this district, taking a singular, personal and artistic photographic look.

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Article modifié le 25.09.2020 à 17:05