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From history to modernity – the urban development of the northern shore

From Saint-Jean to Place des Nations, discover le Petit-Saconnex where old buildings and modern constructions stand side by side in perfect harmony, open to the “global village”.


Description of the circuit

This circuit takes in the districts that grew up with the urban extension of Geneva in the 20th century. Only a hundred years ago, Saint-Jean, Châtelaine, Varembé and le Petit-Saconnex were essentially rural areas. Today, the large paths of yesteryear have become major traffic arteries.

Nevertheless, vestiges of bygone days co-exist with modern constructions all along this circuit, hiding unsuspected urban and architectural treasures. Former manors and farms rub shoulders with modern residential complexes. “Bourgeois” quarters stand side by side with workers’ estates and monuments of international architecture.

Length: 7.5 km, lasting 2 hours 30

Acquiring the pamphlet and map

The pamphlets presenting the 10 walks are only available in electronic format and can be downloaded at the bottom of the page: 

  • a printable version of the circuit;
  • the original French version;
  • the original English version.


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Article modifié le 19.05.2023 à 15:47