Hôtel Comédie – the surroundings
Start your visit in the Parc des Bastions, a bubble of nature in the city center. You can admire its most famous monuments: the University and the Library of Geneva, as well as the Reformation Wall with numerous explanations engraved on it about the history of the Reformation.
Leaving the park, you will find yourself on Place de Neuve surrounded by three large cultural buildings of the XIXth century: the Rath Museum, the Grand Theater and the Music Conservatory.
Continue your walk up along the Treille ramp where you will find the world longest wooden bench (126 meters). You will enter the Old Town (Vieille Ville) at the ancient ramparts that also shelter the official chestnut tree. In the Old Town, admire the City Hall (Hôtel de Ville), a symbol of two important events: the signature of the Red Cross Convention in 1864 and the arbitration of Alabama in 1872, that marked the end of the Civil War in the United States.
City of Reformation, place of important international events, Geneva is also the city of the Enlightenment, the birthplace of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Immerse yourself in the life and work of the great philosopher-author in his home situated Grand-Rue 40.
Combining Reformation and Enlightenment, you will find yourself on Place du Bourg de Four in front of the Saint-Pierre Cathedral. It is the heart of the Old Town with typical houses, numerous terraces and various boutiques.
Leaving the Old Town on its opposite side, you will find the shopping district (Rues Basses, Rue du Marché). Do not linger for too long and continue to the lakeside. Your visit may continue with the splendid view of the Geneva Water Jet (Jet d’Eau) and its beautiful roadstead, the English Garden (Jardin Anglais) and other typical places of the modern Geneva.
The hotel is situated close to Plainpalais, which hosts, since 1970, every Wednesday and Saturday, the famous flea market. You can find there from the most banal to the most unusual objects. On Tuesday and Friday you will find on the plain the farmer’s market (fruits and vegetables, cheese from local producers and so on), as well as a wide variety of food trucks offering international dishes.