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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. 

Make the most of your time at Flower Clock. Here's a list of some of the most popular things to do:

Want to make your visit a little more unique? A Geneva City Tour & Boat Cruise and a Geneva & Annecy Full Day Trip are both worth considering.

Examine our Geneva things to do page to learn about even more activities while you're in the area.


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Hotel N'vY ¥17,761
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.

    9HOTEL PAQUIS ¥12,510
    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 d'Angleterre Geneva ¥42,628
      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.

        Hotel Royal ¥15,863
        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 ¥14,672
          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.

            Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva ¥81,367
            Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

            Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

            33 Quai Des Bergues, Geneva, GE
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Geneva, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rues Basses - Old Town and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 3 mi (5 km). Bel-Air Tram Stop is 6 minutes by foot and Molard Tram Stop is 6 minutes.

              Warwick Geneva ¥15,627
              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.

                Hotel Metropole Geneve - Preferred Hotels & Resorts ¥38,545
                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.