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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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citizenM Geneva $81
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citizenM Geneva

31-33 Rue de la Rotisserie, Geneva
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Geneva Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rue du Rhône, Flower Clock, and University of Geneva. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 3 mi (5 km). Molard Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Bel-Air Tram Stop is 5 minutes.

    Hotel D Geneva $148
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    Hotel D Geneva

    16 Rue de Fribourg, Geneva
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

      Beau Rivage Geneva $489
      Beau Rivage Geneva

      Beau Rivage Geneva

      13 Quai Du Mont Blanc, Geneva, GE
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Geneva hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Brunswick Monument and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 3 mi (5 km). Cornavin Tram Stop is 8 minutes by foot and Mole Tram Stop is 9 minutes.

        Hotel De Geneve $82
        Hotel De Geneve

        Hotel De Geneve

        Place Isaac-Mercier 1, Geneva, GE
           
          2.0 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 mi (3 km). Coutance Tram Stop and Stand Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

          Mandarin Oriental Geneva $421
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          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 Cité du Temps and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 3 mi (5 km). Bel-Air Tram Stop and Coutance Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

            Hôtel Longemalle $277
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            Hôtel Longemalle

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

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

              Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva $388
              Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva

              Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva

              19 Quai Du Mont Blanc, Geneva, GE
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Geneva hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Paquis Baths and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 2 mi (3 km). Geneva Station is 10 minutes by foot and Butini Tram Stop is 11 minutes.

                Hotel Royal $170
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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 mi (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 mi (3 km). Mole Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Cornavin Tram Stop is 5 minutes.