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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 ¥17,414
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, Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum, and Jet d'Eau Fountain. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Flower Clock are also within 1 mi (2 km). Butini Tram Stop and Mole Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

    Warwick Geneva ¥15,744
    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.

      9HOTEL PAQUIS ¥12,596
      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. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Reformation Wall Monument are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cornavin Tram Stop and Geneva Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Hôtel Longemalle ¥21,968
        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. Bourg-de-Four Square and Saint-Pierre Cathedral are also within 5 minutes. Rive Tram Stop and Molard Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

          Hotel Metropole Geneve - Preferred Hotels & Resorts ¥35,504
          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. Bourg-de-Four Square and Saint-Pierre Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Rive Tram Stop is 6 minutes by foot and Molard Tram Stop is 6 minutes.

            Hotel Diplomate ¥16,789
            Hotel Diplomate

            Hotel Diplomate

            Rue de la Terrassière, 46, Geneva, GE
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Les Eaux-Vives, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of City Center Shopping Area, Jet d'Eau Fountain, and Bourg-de-Four Square. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Flower Clock are also within 15 minutes. Villereuse Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Roches Tram Stop is 2 minutes.

              Hotel Cornavin ¥13,843
              Hotel Cornavin

              Hotel Cornavin

              Gare de Cornavin, 23 Bd James-Fazy, Geneva, GE
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Geneva, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Notre Dame Basilica, Saint-Pierre Cathedral, and Flower Clock. Reformation Wall Monument and Bourg-de-Four Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cornavin Tram Stop and Geneva Station are within a 2-minute walk.

                Novotel Geneve Centre ¥15,850
                Novotel Geneve Centre

                Novotel Geneve Centre

                19 Rue De Zurich, Geneva, GE
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Geneva hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Paquis Baths, Saint-Pierre Cathedral, and Reformation Wall Monument. Jet d'Eau Fountain and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO) are also within 1 mi (2 km). Mole Tram Stop is only a 4-minute walk and Cornavin Tram Stop is 6 minutes.