Geneva, Switzerland

Lake Geneva – South Shore (Rive Gauche)

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Running along Lake Geneva is a real treat. There are wonderful paths along the lake on both the north shore (rive droite) and the south shore (rive gauche). The north shore has more of a dedicated running path that goes for a longer way. This route is along the south shore, great lake views, and some nice parks.

You can start anywhere downtown, but we choose the Place du Rhône. Head toward the Pont de Mont-Blac/Jardins Anglais just ahead. The Jardins Anglais is pretty, featuring a giant clock made of flowers. Continue along the path, water on your left. You’ll pass a couple of jetties, including the Baby-Plage small swimming area, and the grand Grange Park, with beautifully landscaped grounds (and a nice running detour!).  At the 2.7 km mark, reach Cologny, a small bay which has great views, restaurants, a spa and swimming pool. A good turnaround point is at the 4.6 km mark, where Quai de Cologny meets Route de Thonon, as the path is not as good past here. For the return, retrace your steps.

Add-On: Can do 1-2 km around the lovely paths of Grange Park.

Essentials
  • 9.4 km (5.8 miles) out and back; Can make it shorter
  • 145 feet
  • Place de Rhone
  • Transit: Bel-Air