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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.


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.

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 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: 

Article modifié le 14.08.2023 à 12:35