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Mise à jour: 18.09.2018

Practical Information about the Nations Cultural Trail

Before setting off to explore the Cultural Trail through the Nations district, here are some practical details that you might find useful as you take your walk.

The Trail

Walking the trail should take 1 3/4 hours, not including museum visits.
Departure: Botanical Garden; arrival: place Albert-Thomas. We suggest an itinerary, but you can join the trail at any stage

Public Transport

  • Regional train, stop Genève-Sécheron;
  • M4 mouette shuttle boat, De Chateaubriand landing stage;
  • Buses 5, 8, 11, 22, 28, F, V, Z and tram 15, stop Nations;
  • Buses 1, 11, 25, 28, stop Jardin botanique;
  • Buses V, Z, stop Penthes.

Information correct as of December 2012.
For further information:

Bicycle Parking

  • Parc de La Perle du Lac in front of the History of Science Museum;
  • Avenue de la Paix: near place Albert-Thomas by the main entrance to the Botanical Gardens, before the railway bridge, near the Ariana Museum opposite Avenue Appia, by the Hotel Management School of Geneva;
  • Museum of the Swiss Abroad.

Cycling is not permitted in parks. Cyclists are requested to leave their bicycles outside or to dismount.

Car Parks

  • Place des Nations;
  • P+R Sécheron;
  • Museum of the Swiss People Abroad


  • Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: Villa Le Chêne and Greenhouse;
  • History of Science Museum;
  • La Perle du Lac Restaurant.


Botanical Gardens, Villa Mon Repos and in all museums.

Places to Eat (Selection)

  • Le Pyramus Restaurant in the Botanical Gardens;
  • Château de Penthes Restaurant;
  • Ariana Museum cafeteria ;
  • La Perle du Lac Restaurant.

People with Reduced Mobility

Full details of access to buildings on the trail can be found on the website:

Public Holidays

(see museum opening times for more information)
25 December, 1 January, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Whit Monday, 1st August, Jeûne genevois (1st Thursday in September).

Free Admission

Entrance to most of the museums is free on the 1st Sunday of the month.

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