A green oasis in the center of Geneva’s historic Old Town, Bastions Park (Parc des Bastions) is as famous for its art and culture as it is for its floral displays, tree-lined walks, and perfectly-shaded picnic spots in summer. Gigantic, black-and-white chess sets located by the park's imposing main entrance gate make for a popular attraction among visitors to the city, as does the famed Reformation Wall—an open-air stone monument honoring the leaders of Switzerland's Reformation and designed by French sculptors Henri Bouchard and Paul Landowski in 1909. The University and Library of Geneva and the Neo-Classical Palais Eynard are also located within the park.
Home to a few cafes, an up-scale restaurant, several family play areas, sunbathing spots during summer and a free skating rink in winter, Bastions Park is always abuzz with activities and visitors. Explore the park and its lakeside promenade by Segway or on foot to get the most out of your visit to Old Town Geneva.
Located at the Promenade des Bastions in Geneva's Old Town, Bastions Park is open daily with no admission fee. The main entrance gate and famous life-size chess sets are located off Place de Neuve. Though the park is best visited on foot, you can easily arrive to the location on public transportation taking buses 3, 5, or 36 to Place de Neuve or Palais Eynard, or trams 12, 14, or 18 to Place de Neuve station.