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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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Hotel Royal £155
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Hotel Royal

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

    Located in Downtown Geneva, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Notre Dame Basilica, Flower Clock and Jet d'Eau Fountain. United Nations European Headquarters and Palace of Nations are also within 2 miles (3 km). Mole Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Cornavin Tram Stop is 5 minutes.

    Hôtel Longemalle £181
    Hôtel Longemalle

    Hôtel Longemalle

    Place Longemalle 13, Geneva, GE
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Geneva, this hotel is steps away from City Center Shopping Area and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 3 miles (5 km). Rive Tram Stop and Molard Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

      ibis Geneve Centre Gare £83
      ibis Geneve Centre Gare

      ibis Geneve Centre Gare

      10 Rue Voltaire, Geneva, GE
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Geneva, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Notre Dame Basilica and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 2 miles (3 km). Lyon Tram Stop is only a 4-minute walk and Coutance Tram Stop is 6 minutes.

        Hôtel International & Terminus £93
        Hôtel International & Terminus

        Hôtel International & Terminus

        Rue des Alpes 20, Geneva, GE
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Geneva, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Notre Dame Basilica and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 2 miles (3 km). Cornavin Tram Stop and Mole Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

          Hôtel de La Cigogne £204
          Hôtel de La Cigogne

          Hôtel de La Cigogne

          17, place Longemalle, Geneva
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Geneva Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from City Center Shopping Area and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 3 miles (5 km). Rive Tram Stop and Molard Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

            Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva £637
            Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

            Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

            33 Quai Des Bergues, Geneva, GE
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Geneva, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rues Basses - Old Town and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 3 miles (5 km). Bel-Air Tram Stop is 6 minutes by foot and Molard Tram Stop is 6 minutes.

              Mandarin Oriental Geneva £462
              Mandarin Oriental Geneva

              Mandarin Oriental Geneva

              1, Quai Turrettini, Geneva, GE
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Geneva hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Rues Basses - Old Town and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 3 miles (5 km). Bel-Air Tram Stop and Coutance Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

                NH Geneva City £86
                NH Geneva City

                NH Geneva City

                Avenue Wendt 42 - 44, Geneva, GE
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Petit-Saconnex, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Smurphs Buildings, Flower Clock and United Nations European Headquarters. Palace of Nations and Jet d'Eau Fountain are also within 3 miles (5 km). Servette Tram Stop is only a 4-minute walk and Vieusseux Tram Stop is 7 minutes.