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Flower Clock

One of the most famous symbols of Geneva is a large working clock made of flowers that changes with the seasons.

Go to the English Garden to marvel at the Flower Clock, a floral masterpiece made with more than 6,500 flowers. The enormous botanical attraction is a functioning clock that operates with characteristic Swiss precision.

The Flower Clock was created in 1955 in honor of Switzerland’s world-famous watchmakers. This stunning landmark measures approximately 16 feet (5 meters) in diameter and 59 feet (18 meters) in circumference. Pay particular attention to the clock’s second hand. At 8 feet (2.5 meters), it is said to be the longest in the world.

The clock changes color during the year because the floral arrangement is replanted four times. The clock’s mechanisms mark the passing minutes, while its flowers mark the changing seasons. Set your watch by the Flower Clock because it always keeps accurate time via electronic connection to a satellite.

After admiring this novel clock, go for a stroll around the surrounding English Garden. Dating back to 1854, the pastoral attraction was Geneva’s first English-style park. As you walk along its meandering paths, pause to study the beautiful bronze fountain and sculptures dedicated to Geneva’s prominent artists. Look for the National Monument, a statue of two women holding each other at the waist. It commemorates Geneva joining Switzerland in 1814.

Be sure to stroll along the lakeside promenade, which offers beautiful views over Lake Geneva and the colossal Jet d’Eau fountain. Then relax on one of the garden’s lawns.

Summer is a particularly pleasant time to visit the area, with the English Garden’s bandstand hosting live concerts during some evenings.

The English Garden with its stunning Flower Clock is open every day and admission is free. They can be reached by taking an easy downhill walk from Geneva’s old town, as well as by taking the tram. If you want to avoid the crowds, it’s best to visit either early in the morning or in the evening. 


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Rue de Richemont 18, Geneva, GE
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Valais, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Park Mon Repos, Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum and Jet d'Eau Fountain. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Flower Clock are also within 1 mile (2 km). Butini Tram Stop and Mole Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

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    31 Rue De Berne, Geneva, GE
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Pâquis-Temple, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Library In English and Flower Clock. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Reformation Wall Monument are also within 1 mile (2 km). Cornavin Tram Stop and Geneva Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Hotel Royal £138
      Hotel Royal

      Hotel Royal

      Rue de Lausanne 41-43, Geneva
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Geneva, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Notre Dame Basilica, Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Reformation Wall Monument. Bourg-de-Four Square and Jet d'Eau Fountain are also within 1 mile (2 km). Mole Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Cornavin Tram Stop is 5 minutes.

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        Warwick Geneva

        Warwick Geneva

        14 Rue De Lausanne, Geneva, GE
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Cornavin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Notre Dame Basilica, Cité du Temps and Rousseau Island. Paquis Baths is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away. Cornavin Tram Stop and Geneva Station are within a 2-minute walk.

          Hotel Bristol £199
          Hotel Bristol

          Hotel Bristol

          10, rue du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, GE
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mont Blanc Bridge and Flower Clock. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Bourg-de-Four Square are also within 15 minutes. Coutance Tram Stop is 5 minutes by foot and Cornavin Tram Stop is 7 minutes.

            Hotel Suisse £118
            Hotel Suisse

            Hotel Suisse

            10 Place Cornavin, Geneva, GE
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Notre Dame Basilica, Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Reformation Wall Monument. Bourg-de-Four Square and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO) are also within 1 mile (2 km). Cornavin Tram Stop and Coutance Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

              Novotel Geneve Centre £138
              Novotel Geneve Centre

              Novotel Geneve Centre

              19 Rue De Zurich, Geneva, GE
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Geneva hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Paquis Baths, Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Reformation Wall Monument. Jet d'Eau Fountain and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO) are also within 1 mi (2 km). Mole Tram Stop is only a 4-minute walk and Cornavin Tram Stop is 6 minutes.

                The New Midi £114
                The New Midi

                The New Midi

                Quai de Bergues, Place Chevelu 4, Geneva, GE
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cité du Temps and Flower Clock. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Reformation Wall Monument are also within 15 minutes. Coutance Tram Stop is 6 minutes by foot and Bel-Air Tram Stop is 6 minutes.