La Grange Park, Geneva
The Parc La Grange is the single largest green space in Geneva and some will agree to the fact it's also the most beautiful. It is famous for it's biggest rose garden in Geneva. Two theatre scenes offer plays and gigs from June to September.
A rich Roman settled in the park around 50-60 AD, remnants of this distant time have been preserved, you can see roman vestiges hidden behind the 18th Century villa. The last occupier was politician and arts enthusiast William Favre who entrusted the park to the City of Geneva in 1918.
It now belongs to everyone and is the quickest escape from urban lifestyle you'll find in Geneva.
Théâtre de l'Orangerie
Théâtre de l'Orangerie, named for the orange trees greenhouse attached to it, was built in 1856 in a Neo-Grec style. Today, it is dedicated to plays, classical and modern alike, which run all through summer. The program consists of approximately 8 plays per year.
The theatre celebrates as much dramaturgy as it does gastronomy, annexed to the theatre is a small catering wooden pavilion in which you can enjoy food and refreshments.
Théâtre de Verdure
The Théâtre de Verdure (literally translated Greenery Theatre), also called the Ella Fitzgerald Scene, hosts music performers during the sunniest months of summer, usually from the end of June to mid-August. The program is usually revealed early June so keep an eye out for the eclectic lineup.
A garden from another world, like you would only believe it to exist in stories - 10,000 roses from 200 different species.
The garden was built right after WWII, between 1945-1946, using a labour force composed of demobilised soldiers. A year later, the City of Geneva instigates The Concours international de roses nouvelles (New Roses International Competition), allowing worldwide botanists to come explore the different species and reward the most beautiful ones.
Granted the Award of Garden excellence by the World Federation of Roses Societies, La Grange's Rose Garden is celebrated for its great care and preservation of roses species.
August 1st, the Swiss National Day, is celebrated in the La Grange Park like nowhere else in Geneva. Visits, readings, games, activities, concerts, foods; you name it, they got it.
- Playground for kids
- Children's basin
- Bee hives
- Dogs are admitted, provided they are kept on a leash.
- 4 free wifi hotspots
- Water spring
- November to March: 7:00 – 18:00
- April to May: 7:00 – 21:00
- June to August: 6:00 – 22:00
- September to October: 7:00 – 21:00