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Discover the district of Pâquis Sécheron

Image du quartier des Pâquis, de nuit.

At the heart of the city and nestling on the lake shore, Pâquis Sécheron is a young, lively and multicultural district.

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Pâquis Sécheron is one of the eight major districts of the City of Geneva. It covers a large area on the northern shore of the lake. It is separated from the district of Grottes Saint-Gervais by Rue des Alpes. Rue de Montbrillant and Route de Ferney form the boundary with the district of Servette Petit-Saconnex. To the north of the Chemin de l’Impératrice, Pâquis Sécheron gives way to the municipality of Pregny-Chambésy. The district comprises the following sectors:

  • Pâquis;
  • Sécheron;
  • Navigation;
  • Wilson;
  • Prieuré;
  • Nations;
  • Rigot.
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A dynamic and cosmopolitan district

Formerly a series of meadows, Pâquis Sécheron has undergone a staggering transformation over time. It has become a dynamic and lively district where the inhabitants are committed to improving their quality of life. It is also a vibrant district with numerous popular bars and baths.

Symbol of Geneva’s multi-cultural profile

The multi-cultural nature of Les Pâquis is emblematic of Geneva. Walking around Les Pâquis, it is as if you are visiting the world. Its restaurants serve specialities from the four corners of the globe. A number of different nationalities rub shoulders in the street.

Presence of international organisations

The cosmopolitan nature of Les Pâquis is further emphasised by the presence of several international organisations and international sectors home to delegates from around the world. Tourists, embassy staff, locals and other inhabitants of Geneva meet on the quays and in the parks, ideal for a stroll in fine weather.

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A working class, residential and international setting

The working class sector of Les Pâquis

Strictly speaking, the sector of Les Pâquis stretches between the lake and the Montbrillant railway area, and between Rue des Alpes and Avenue de France. This is the beating heart of the sector, with its restaurants and bars, the Quai du Mont-Blanc and Quai Wilson and Les Bains des Pâquis. It is also the most urbanised and densely populated part of the district.

The residential sector of Sécheron

North of Avenue de France lies Sécheron, an urban zone surrounded by parks, international organisations and the railway. On the other side of the CFF railway lines, between la Voie Creuse and the Place des Nations, a new residential district has grown up in recent years in an extension of the Vermont apartment buildings.

The international sector of Nations

The Nations sector is a key activity hub for the City of Geneva. It is also a firm favourite with tourists. Numerous international organisations are based here. These include, among others, the European headquarters of the United Nations (UN) and of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (ICRC).

This district starts at the Place des Nations, redeveloped in 2007 to create a public area with water features. The ground consists of alternating types of granite, their colours symbolising the diversity of nations, and strips of concrete, the traditional building material in Geneva. There is also the “Broken Chair” work of art, which is one of the sights to see in the district.

The large parks on the northern shore

The sector stretches all the way to the boundaries of the municipalities of Grand-Saconnex and Pregny-Chambésy. Closer to the lake, it is also home to the large parks of the northern shore: Parc Mon-Repos, Moynier, Perle du lac, Barton, William Rappard, Botanical Garden and Parc de l’Ariana.

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History and development

Consult the History and development of Pâquis Sécheron to discover how this district, formerly a series of vast fields, gradually attracted luxury hotels, cabarets and artists.

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Local anecdotes

Did you know? An empress died on the quays, Casanova won over two women of Geneva at Mon Repos, a hundred-year-old artist painted the UN fresco…Learn all the secrets of the district of Pâquis Sécheron through its anecdotes!

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Sites in the district

To find out more about certain emblematic or unusual places in Pâquis Sécheron, discover the sites in the district!

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Information about Pâquis Sécheron

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 Pâquis Sécheron district. .

The les Pâquis information centre

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

The brochure on the district of Pâquis Sécheron

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.

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Pâquis Sécheron in pictures

Rediscover the district of Pâquis Sécheron in pictures through the lens of the Geneva-based professional photographer, Patrick Lopreno. He has combed the streets of this district, offering a singular, personal and artistic photographic insight. 

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Article modifié le 03.02.2020 à 23:14