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

    ibis Geneve Centre Gare ¥10,232
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    ibis Geneve Centre Gare

    10 Rue Voltaire, Geneva, GE
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Geneva, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Notre Dame Basilica and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 2 mi (3 km). Lyon Tram Stop is only a 4-minute walk and Coutance Tram Stop is 6 minutes.

      Hôtel Longemalle ¥23,726
      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 City Center Shopping Area 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.

        Hôtel International & Terminus ¥10,788
        Hôtel International & Terminus

        Hôtel International & Terminus

        Rue des Alpes 20, 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 Mole Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

          Hôtel de La Cigogne ¥26,374
          Hôtel de La Cigogne

          Hôtel de La Cigogne

          17, place Longemalle, Geneva
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Geneva Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps from City Center Shopping Area 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.

            Mandarin Oriental Geneva ¥55,050
            Mandarin Oriental Geneva

            Mandarin Oriental Geneva

            1, Quai Turrettini, Geneva, GE
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Geneva hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 15-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 and Coutance Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

              NH Geneva City ¥9,926
              NH Geneva City

              NH Geneva City

              Avenue Wendt 42 - 44, Geneva, GE
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Petit-Saconnex, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Smurphs Buildings, Flower Clock, and United Nations European Headquarters. Palace of Nations and Jet d'Eau Fountain are also within 3 mi (5 km). Servette Tram Stop is only a 4-minute walk and Vieusseux Tram Stop is 7 minutes.

                Hôtel Les Armures ¥35,144
                Hôtel Les Armures

                Hôtel Les Armures

                1, rue Puits-St-Pierre, Geneva, GE
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Geneva Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chapel of the Maccabees and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 3 mi (5 km). Molard Tram Stop is only a 4-minute walk and Rive Tram Stop is 6 minutes.