Relax with the hip Genevese crowd in this laidback district, known for its Mediterranean architecture and bohemian shops.
Carouge is a bohemian enclave just outside the center of Geneva. Browse antique shops and artist studios, pass by Mediterranean-style houses and sip coffee on a tree-shaded terrace. Come back in the evening for some of the trendiest bars in the city.
Carouge’s distinctly southern European look contrasts with Geneva’s typically austere architecture. Here you will see streets lined with two and three-story pastel colored terraces, as well as green shutters on some of the buildings.
After passing between different rulers for centuries, Carouge was completely rebuilt in the 18th century by the Kingdom of Sardinia. Italian architects were hired to design a town as grand as Geneva, which would provide refuge for minorities fleeing from the neighboring city’s strict Protestant culture.
With alcohol and dancing banned in Geneva, Carouge became a popular place for the Genevese to go carousing. This independent spirit continued after the town was incorporated into Geneva in 1815.
Begin your explorations in the heart of the district at Place du Marché. Visit this square on a Wednesday or Saturday for the morning market, which has been operating for more than 300 years.
Wander along the neighborhood’s winding roads and admire the pretty neoclassical houses. Many of these historic residences have been converted into galleries, boutiques and specialty shops. Carouge’s free-spirited attitude attracts all kinds of artists and artisans. Spend an afternoon exploring the shops and chatting with local craftspeople, artists and antique dealers. Be sure to stop by the Carouge Museum to see the collection of 19th- and 20th-century ceramics by local artists.
When night falls, join Geneva’s trendsetters at a fashionable bar for a cocktail.
One of the best times of year to visit Carouge is between late August and early September for the Vogue de Carouge, a lively annual street fair. There is also a Christmas market every December.
Reach Carouge by taking the 10-minute tram ride from the center of Geneva. For drivers, there are metered parking lots.
Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019
Reviewed on Aug 17, 2019
Tour the headquarters of one of the world’s most important organisations. See the impressive chambers and artworks and monuments in the surrounding parklands.
Visit this iconic Geneva attraction day or night to enjoy this spectacular fountain shooting water high in the air.
Towering over Geneva’s old town is this 12th-century cathedral, known for its mixture of architectural styles and the Roman temple ruins that lie beneath it.
For centuries, this popular square in Geneva’s old town has served as a meeting place. Dine in a bistro, visit antique stores and admire the architecture.
The city that gave birth to the International Red Cross is home to a museum dedicated to its work and humanitarian issues.
Historic protestant reformers and Geneva's involvement in the Reformation are honored in this remarkable memorial, a massive wall with huge sculptures.
Explore the stunning alpine scenery of Chamonix, in the French Alps. Ride the cable car to the top of the peak, Aiguille du Midi, and gaze over one of the world’s largest mountain ranges, spread over 3 countries.
Unlock the charms of the Bernese Alps and venture into the storybook town of Montreux during a day trip from Geneva. Feel like you're on top of the world at the summit of Glacier 3000, and then descend the Col du Pillon to land in Montreux, a charming village on the banks of Lake Geneva.
Leave Geneva behind and journey through some of the world's most picturesque scenery as you drive across the France–Switzerland border to the stunning Alpine village of Chamonix. Situated at the foot of Europe's tallest peak, the town oozes style and has attractions to keep you busy for hours.
Chamonix is a picturesque town And the most famous mountain resort in France; from everywhere in the city if you look at the sky, you will see It – The roof of Europe: The Majestic Mont-Blanc.
If you don't have a lot of time to explore the stunning mountain scenery of Chamonix and see Europe's tallest mountain, this half-day tour is perfect for you. Cross the border into France and soak up the exclusive atmosphere of one of the most famous villages in the Alps.
Private door-to-door transfer service. One day before the transfer or earlier, we will send you an email with the driver’s contact information. When you arrive at the airport, our driver will do the following – He’ll monitor the plane arrival time in case it gets delayed and react accordingly.