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Discover the district of Eaux-Vives Cité

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Located at the heart of the city and nestling on the lake shore, Eaux-Vives Cité is a lively and convivial district steeped in history.

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Eaux-Vives Cité is one of the eight major districts of the City of Geneva. Located at the heart of the city and stretching along the southern shore of Lake Geneva, it borders the districts of Plainpalais Jonction and Champel. To the east are the municipalities of Cologny and Chêne-Bougeries. The district comprises the following sectors:

  • Eaux-Vives;
  • Cité;
  • Centre;
  • Rive;
  • Villereuse;
  • Vollandes;
  • Montchoisy;
  • Frontenex;
  • Tulipiers.

An administrative centre …

The old town is an administrative centre. Both the government and the parliament of the canton of Geneva can be found in Rue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville. Les Eaux-Vives district is home to the former city hall of Geneva where civil marriages are now celebrated by the civil registrar.

… where you can enjoy a pleasant stroll!

In this district popular with tourists, the inhabitants of Eaux-Vives Cité enjoy an extensive cultural offering including theatres, museums, concert halls and much more. While there is considerable road traffic in Eaux-Vives, this inconvenience is offset by the proximity of the lake and quays, ideal for enjoying a relaxing stroll. The presence of the large parks – Parc des Bastions, Parc des Eaux-Vives and Parc La Grange – as well as several welcoming places and numerous terraces, in particular around the Place du Bourg-de-Four, make the district an ideal place to meet up and make the most of your leisure time.

A district steeped in history

Together with the suburb of Saint-Gervais in the Grottes Saint-Gervais district, the sector of la Cité covers the area that was formerly the fortified medieval town. A maze of narrow lanes, courtyards and alleyways leads to numerous monuments which are part of Geneva’s heritage: Saint-Pierre Cathedral, the City Hall, Maison Tavel, the oldest house in Geneva, and many more. Some alleyways were used to as a secret route for reinforcements in times of conflict, such as the Passage Monnetier that can be visited every year during the Fête de l'Escalade. 

A living environment nestling between the water and parks

The Eaux-Vives Cité district is surrounded by water. It is located on the southern shore of the lake, between Genève Plage and Rue de l'Arquebuse, which marks the boundary with la Jonction. Along the lake shore, the Quai Gustave-Ador is lined with buildings of high standing, for the most part dating back to the turn of the 20th century. Several of these buildings have illuminated signs which light the harbour up in the evening. You can also see the jet d'eau, the famous emblem of Geneva which is one of the sights in the district. 

Although it is located in the city centre, the district boasts a number of green areas. Along the Promenade de la Treille, the oldest in Geneva, you can find the world’s longest wooden bench. The chestnut tree is one of the district’s notable sights, announcing the arrival of spring every year. The Parc des Bastions is home to the university. The densely populated sector of les Eaux-Vives is bordered by two of the city’s largest parks: the Parc La Grange and the Parc des Eaux-Vives, offering a breath of fresh air at the heart of the city.

Histoire et développement

Alors que l’histoire de la Cité, au cœur de Genève, est longue et agitée, les Eaux-Vives se développent surtout au XIXe siècle, après la construction d’un port et des quais marchands. C'est ce que vous pourrez découvrir dans la rubrique histoire et le développement du quartier Eaux-Vives Cité.

Local anecdotes

Did you know? The jet d'eau was born in the Coulouvrenière hydraulic factory, the Place du Molard was a port and the Parc des Eaux-Vives was an amusement park ... Discover the secrets of the Eaux-Vives Cité district through its anecdotes

Sites in the district

To find out more about certain emblematic or unusual places in Eaux-Vives Cité, discover the sites in the district!

Information about Eaux-Vives Cité

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 Eaux-Vives Cité district. .

The Eaux-Vives information centre

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

The brochure presenting the district of Eaux-Vives Cité

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.

Walks in the district of Eaux-Vives Cité

Eaux-Vives Cité is such a pleasant place to enjoy a walk! While the lake shore and the large parks are firm favourites with the general public in fine weather, a number of themed circuits also offer you the chance to explore the district: 

  • les Tranchées cultural circuit takes you to les Tranchées, home to a number of famous personalities and several major museums such as the Museum of Art and History, the Baur Foundation and the Muséum d'histoire naturelle; 
  • the old town cultural circuit winds its way through the historic centre of Geneva, exploring the archaeological site of the cathedral, the history of the Reformation, the urban customs of yesteryear at the Maison Tavel, the Zoubov and Barbier-Mueller collections, the works of Rousseau and our public authorities;
  • the themed circuit, 'De site en musée: déambulation au coeur de la cité', meanders through the Eaux-Vives Cité district, which is steeped in history and culture. Along the way, the public can discover points of interest and anecdotes linked to 'the heart of our heritage'. An exceptional concentration of museums boasting rich collections immerse you in the history of Geneva.

Eaux-Vives Cité in pictures

Rediscover the district of Eaux-Vives Cité in pictures through the lens of the Geneva-based professional photographer Magali Dougados. She has combed the streets of this district, offering a singular, personal and artistic photographic insight. 

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Article modifié le 20.02.2020 à 09:31