Geneva in 2 days with Kids

We spent 4 days in Geneva, Switzerland. With my children ages 6, 4, and 1. If I were to compress our time into a 2 day trip here is my recommendations and tips for the area.

You can watch our Vlog on the trip here

Day One

Itinerary: Jet d’Eau,Vieille Ville, Park des Bastion

 

 

Jet d’Eau

What is:

It is one of the city’s famous landmarks. A large fountain of water ¬†that sprays straight up into the sky 140 meters. It is situated right on the lake shore so it’s a great spot for the kids to feed the swans and ducks. On a sunny day the dock is perfect for a picnic as you watch the fountain.

Admission: Free

Recommended Duration: 45 minutes

 

Vieille Ville

What is it:

It is Geneva’s beautiful Old Town! It is a must. It is situated on the west bank and is a quant place to roam. It has great cafes, shopping, and the Cathedral St-Pierre. The Cathedral is where Protestant John Calvin preached for over 20 years. The streets are semi stroller friendly. There are a lot of cobblestones and sidewalks narrow and widen at random. There are old cannons and other fun things for the kids to see while walking the town.

Admission: Free unless you go shopping

Recommended Duration: 2-3 hours

 

Park des Bastion

What is it:

Right outside of old town is one of Geneva’s best parks. It has giant chess boards whose pieces are bigger than my children. There are big trees, open lawns, and fun playgrounds!

Admission: Free

Recommended Duration: 1-2 hours

 

Day Two

Itinerary: Botanical Gardens and Train Ride to Yvoir

 

Botanical Gardens

What is it:

These Botanical Gardens have a spectacular collection of plants and animals! There are bee boxes, goats, sheep, flamingos, and roaming peacocks. The kids loved exploring all the different pathways and spotting the different animals on the property. There is a cute park for the kids to play in along with a very retro and funky carousel. It’s a great spot for kids to roam and explore and it was great for adults too.

Admission: Carousel 3 Swiss Franks a person

Recommended Duration: 2-4 hours

 

Train Ride to Yvoir

 

What is it:

Yvoir is a French town situated on Lake Geneva. It is a walled medieval city. The stone and wood buildings complete with a castle make you feel like you are on the set of a Disney Movie! It has fun shopping, good restaurants, and a fun shoreline for the kids to throw rocks from. It is stroller friendly but there are cobblestones and a few steep hills to climb so keep that in mind! It is an hour ride away via boat and train. You take a 20 minute train ride to Nyon then walk down to the docks and take a 25 minute boat ride over to Yvoir.

Admission: Train ticket is 20.00 Swiss Franks for adults roundtrip. Children under 6 are free. Boat ride is $24 Swiss Franks for adults round trip. Children 6-18 yrs are half price at 12.50 Swiss Franks. Children 5 and under are Free

Recommended Duration: A half day

2 Comments
  • Susan K. Verwys
    Posted at 16:59h, 25 September Reply

    Thanks for including Vieille Ville! I would love to go there! My protestant church denomination is partly based upon John Calvin’s writing and I teach at Calvin College.

    Also, just wondering what your thoughts are on feeding ducks and birds bread.

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 17:23h, 25 September Reply

      I honestly have not had any thoughts on it . . . but I am open to hearing yours?

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