Flower Clock

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Flower Clock which includes flowers and outdoor art

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.

Top Hotels Close to Flower Clock

Hotel Suisse
Hotel Suisse
3 out of 5
10 Place Cornavin, Geneva, GE
The price is $131 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
Located in Downtown Geneva, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Notre Dame Basilica, Rue du Rhône, and University of Geneva. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (960 reviews)
"Convenient location close to the train station, many restaurants and great touristic places"

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2021

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citizenM Geneva
citizenM Geneva
4 out of 5
31-33 Rue de la Rotisserie, Geneva
The price is $167 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
Located in Geneva Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rue du Rhône, Saint-Pierre Cathedral, and Flower Clock. University of Geneva and Jet d'Eau ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (97 reviews)
"Very clean, shower was nice and bed was very comfortable."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

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Warwick Geneva
Warwick Geneva
4 out of 5
14 Rue De Lausanne, Geneva, GE
The price is $150 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
Located in Downtown Geneva, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Notre Dame Basilica, Cité du Temps, and Rousseau Island. Paquis Baths is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (963 reviews)
"Enjoyed our one night stay at this hotel. It’s a little more on the out dated side as far as furniture/carpeting ect but very clean and well kept. Great location near the train station to get to the airport and other locations throughout the country. Easy walk to lake Geneva and old town. Provided ..."

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

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ibis Geneve Centre Nations
ibis Geneve Centre Nations
3 out of 5
Rue De Grand Pre 33-35, Geneva, GE
The price is $99 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
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citizenM Geneva
4 out of 5
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The price is $167 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
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3 out of 5
10 Place Cornavin, Geneva, GE
The price is $131 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
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4 out of 5
14 Rue De Lausanne, Geneva, GE
The price is $150 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
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4.5 out of 5
Rue de Richemont 18, Geneva, GE
The price is $178 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
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Hôtel de La Cigogne
Hôtel de La Cigogne
5 out of 5
17, place Longemalle, Geneva
The price is $284 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 4
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Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva
5 out of 5
19 Quai Du Mont Blanc, Geneva, GE
The price is $392 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
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4.5 out of 5
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The price is $215 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
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Hôtel Les Armures
Hôtel Les Armures
5 out of 5
1, rue Puits-St-Pierre, Geneva, GE
The price is $401 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
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