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Bourg-de-Four Square

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.

As far back as Roman times, locals have been coming to Bourg-de-Four Square to shop, eat, and socialize. Geneva’s oldest square is in the center of the old town and is a delightful place for a scenic stroll or to relax on one of the café’s outdoor terraces.

Bourg-de-Four Square began as a Roman forum and cattle market, and later served as a medieval town square. In the 16th century, many Protestants settled here after escaping religious persecution in other European countries.

When you arrive in the square, walk over to admire the 18th-century marble fountain at its center. Look to your east for the Palais de Justice, which has housed the city’s courts of law since 1860. Opposite the police station, you can spot a narrow staircase leading up to St. Peter’s Cathedral.

Located near most of Geneva’s popular attractions, this square is a perfect place to take a break during a day of sightseeing. Find a table on a café terrace and admire the bourgeois houses that surround the square. Many of these beautiful old homes date from between the 16th and 18th centuries. After you’ve had a chance to relax, browse the art galleries, book stores and antique shops that are also found around the square.

Be sure to visit the square at night, when its bistros and bars are filled with the after-work crowd and those making a start to their evening out. If you are in Geneva at Christmas, come for the festive lights.

Bourg-de-Four Square is located in the heart of Geneva’s old town, on the left bank of the Rhone River. There is metered car parking nearby, or alternatively, take the tram to the Palais Eynard stop. While you are in the neighborhood, visit the 16th-century Promenade de la Treille to sit on the enormous wooden bench that runs along its length.


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Hotel N'vY ¥17,874
Hotel N'vY

Hotel N'vY

Rue de Richemont 18, Geneva, GE
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Geneva, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Park Mon Repos, Flower Clock, and Jet d'Eau Fountain. United Nations European Headquarters is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away. Butini Tram Stop and Mole Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

    Hotel Royal ¥15,965
    Hotel Royal

    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 Palexpo are also within 3 mi (5 km). Mole Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Cornavin Tram Stop is 5 minutes.

      Hotel Suisse ¥15,131
      Hotel Suisse

      Hotel Suisse

      10 Place Cornavin, Geneva, GE
         
        3.0 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). Cornavin Tram Stop and Coutance Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

        9HOTEL PAQUIS ¥12,990
        9HOTEL PAQUIS

        9HOTEL PAQUIS

        31 Rue De Berne, Geneva, GE
           
          3.0 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). Cornavin Tram Stop and Geneva Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Hotel Metropole Geneve - Preferred Hotels & Resorts ¥37,662
          Hotel Metropole Geneve - Preferred Hotels & Resorts

          Hotel Metropole Geneve - Preferred Hotels & Resorts

          34 Quai General Guisan, Geneva, GE
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Geneva, this luxury hotel is steps from Rue du Rhone and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 3 mi (5 km). Rive Tram Stop is 6 minutes by foot and Molard Tram Stop is 6 minutes.

            Hôtel Longemalle ¥22,647
            Hôtel Longemalle

            Hôtel Longemalle

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

              Located in the heart of Geneva, this hotel is steps from Rue du Rhone 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.

              Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva ¥39,745
              Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva

              Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva

              Quai du Mont-Blanc 17, 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 Paquis Baths, Rousseau Island, and Cité du Temps. Notre Dame Basilica and Flower Clock are also within 10 minutes. Mole Tram Stop is 9 minutes by foot and Cornavin Tram Stop is 9 minutes.

                Warwick Geneva ¥15,727
                Warwick Geneva

                Warwick Geneva

                14 Rue De Lausanne, Geneva, GE
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  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) away. Cornavin Tram Stop and Geneva Station are within a 2-minute walk.