Parc Des Bastions Overview

Located in the heart of Geneva, Parc des Bastions is a lush green park, spreads across an area of 64,968 square meters. Parc des Bastions or Bastions Park is one of the most-visited places in Switzerland. The park houses the world-famous Reformation Wall, the Palais Eynard, a great up-scale restaurant, a playground for kids, former botanical garden and the first University of Geneva along with its library.

Accessing the park from Place Neuve is a breeze through a magnificent wrought-iron gate. Beyond it, a striking black and white chessboard draws attention, a lively hub where enthusiasts engage in games or capture moments with the giant pieces. Alongside this playful setting, a distinguished restaurant, formerly a bandstand, beckons visitors. Nestled within a greenhouse illuminated by sparkling chandeliers, the restaurant offers a delectable range of dining options. As you explore this vibrant locale on your Switzerland tours, savour the unique blend of leisure, recreation, and gastronomic delights.

Behind the Restaurant des Parc des Bastions, a big playground awaits you to play with kids. The green-coated adventurous area with its big trees as well the sandpit, the small fountain, are all you could demand in your summer holidays here. Apart from spending time with your kids and families, you can also check out several musical and cultural events that happen in the park.

Walking along the park, you will find the main attraction, a 100-metre long monument, Mur Des Réformateurs or Reformation Wall. It was built back in 1909 as a memorial of the protestants of the European reformation movement.

How To Reach

1. By Bus: You can reach Parc des Bastions from Geneva airport via a direct bus service, line 5, that departs every 15 mins every day. The journey takes around 24 to 30 mins. Operated by Transports Publics Genevois, you can catch the bus from the Genève Aéroport station.

2. By Train:
A direct train service operates between Geneva Airport and Parc des Bastions. The line 15 train departs from the airport station every day, every 15 minutes. It takes approximately 30 mins to reach Place de Neuve, which is at a 4-min walking distance from the park.

3. By Car:
This is the fastest way to get in Parc des Bastions. A car takes around 10 mins to cover the distance. There is also a rideshare facility, which you can find as the cheapest way to travel. However, it only operates twice a day.

Best Time To Visit

1. Peak Season: Summer is usually the peak season to visit the Parc des Bastions. During June to August, the weather is found pleasant, in which the tourists can enjoy while wandering the park. Moreover, you can enjoy a number of cultural and musical events that happen here throughout this time.

Besides, you can stop by the cafe-restaurant in the park to enjoy a cup of coffee on the elegant terrace soaking in the summer sun.

2. Low Season: The snowy winter, from December to February, when the temperature falls to one digit and below(-4 to 8 ℃), the park becomes an adventurous spot. The blanket of snow covering the park is used as an ice rink for skating and other activities.

In addition to this, the Christmas market in the park or Noël aux Bastions is another attraction to step in during December. 

3. Shoulder Season: The Spring, from March to May and Autumn, from September to November are the two relatively quiet seasons to visit the park. You can enjoy roaming around the park in a peaceful manner without the hustle and bustle of crowds.

The greenery looks more delightful at these times than in the other seasons. However, you might face cool weather with rainfall in the earlier spring as well as the late autumn.

Other Essential Information

Parc des Bastions is located at the heart of Geneva, the second-most populous Swiss city. The address is Prom. des Bastions 1, 1205 Genève, Switzerland and it is next to Place de Neuve.

Entry fee:
It is great to mention, there is no entry fee for visiting Parc des Bastions. This place remains open for 24 hours every day.

Distance from Geneva Airport:
The distance between the park and the Geneva airport is around four kilometres. Visitors can take a direct bus, train or a car to cover the distance.

Places to Eat near Parc des Bastions:

There are a number of eating places near the park, where the visitors can take a meal after visiting the park and the surrounding places. The options are:

1. Restaurant des Parc des Bastions:
The up-scale restaurant inside the park where you can find a lot of tasty food in a buffet-like setting. The warm atmosphere of the restaurant is enlightened by the elegant chandeliers, which gives the extraneous flavour to the food. Do not miss the cold hors d'oeuvres, with an option of pasta salad, caprese salad, oysters and amuse bouches.

2. Restaurant Les Armures:
Restaurant in an old urban setting with friendly staff and ambience, Restaurant Les Armures is perfect for spending leisure time while having a meal. The highly recommended dish here is Cheese Fondue. Moreover, you can also enjoy live music along with your food at this place.

3. Street Beirut:
Visit this place for late-night food after an evening walk at the park. Located at a one-kilometre distance, Street Beirut is home to fresh and tasty food made with high-quality ingredients. A range of delectable foods and the modern look are what you can find out here.

4. Restaurant de la Cigogne:
The ideal place for having authentic French cuisine, Cigogne can be reached within five minutes by car. The foods at this place are inspired by the season. They can be enjoyed in an outdoor setting under the warmth of the sun.

Facilities at Parc des Bastions:

Parc des Bastions or
Bastions Park is open for all age groups. The facilities you can find here are:

1. Visitors can access the toilets here.

2. Free Wi-Fi is available.

3. You can visit the park along with your pet such as dogs, cats, etc.

4. The park has a separate route for bicycle access.

5. Electric bikes are also allowed but upto 25kmph speed.

6. A big playground is available for the kids.

7. Plenty of sunbathing spots.

8. Several eating options like cafes and restaurants are also available inside the park.
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