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.