The Bains des Pâquis

A poetic waterfront delight

Marie de Pimodan
Genève Tourisme
Summer 2023

In the middle of the lake, up against the jetty that splits the Genevan shoreline, the Bains des Pâquis emerges as an invitation to daydream and relax. This friendly, authentic, and popular destination is a favourite summer escape for Genevans.

From the beach, one looks out over the lake’s smooth waters, as far as the eye can see. From the water, one looks back on the pools, diving board, and the bar that faces the city and the Jet d’Eau, in full sun, sheltered from the Northern winds. Located along the jetty, the Bains des Pâquis has been a timeless and unmissable Genevan darling since its founding in 1872. Originally built of wood, the baths were reconstructed out of concrete in 1932, and their clean, functional, and simple lines are still as fresh as the day they were built. Although much time has passed, the baths remain as epic as always, making them a unique destination in the city of Geneva; an eternally friendly port of call that holds a special place in the heart of every Genevan citizen.

Locals love the baths for many reasons, but above all for their stunning location. For nearly 150 years, the jetty has offered superb views of the city and Lake Geneva. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a break or daydream, at any time of day. Whether you’re an artist or a banker, a businessman or a dandy, with your family or amongst friends, the baths are the ideal spot to soak in the sun or enjoy a leisurely dip in the water. In addition to the views, the baths also boast two mixed gender saunas, a Turkish bath, and two hammams (one of which is reserved for women). This is the place to go if you’re looking for an endless summer ambiance or a welcome escape from the stresses of everyday life.

And while you can swim any time of year — even in winter, when part of the area is covered to make space for seasonal fondue dinners — the space truly comes to life in the warm, summer months. Towel-wrapped swimmers catch up over a drink, a salad, or the daily special, which is usually delicious. The swans rule the roost, while the ducks meander about. Sunkissed skin, the smell of sunscreen, and the sounds of laughter and splashes pepper the air. And whether you perch on the pebbled beaches, the wooden decks, in the shade of a tree, or even directly on the hot concrete, the ambiance is always delightfully relaxing. At dawn, between 6-7:00 in the morning, the Bains des Pâquis even hosts the occasional summer concert. These “musical sunrises” are a moment of pure magic for early risers. On the other hand, it’s also the perfect evening spot for happy hour or an outdoor dinner. In short, it’s the quintessential place to escape, relax, and enjoy a moment in good company. And adorning the highest diving board, one word in giant letters sets the tone of the Bains des Pâquis better than perhaps any other: poésie (poetry).

The Bains des Pâquis
Quai du Mont-Blanc 30, 1200 Genève
Summer Hours for food and drink service: 7:00-23:00
Baths open every day; hours are weather dependent