Geneva audio tour: Geneva’s Left Bank: From the Flower Clock to the Escalade Fountain

Geneva’s Left Bank: From the Flower Clock to the Escalade Fountain

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

Where does the name Geneva come from? Why isn’t a watch called a clock? I’ll share the stories behind these questions, and several others, as we stroll along the left bank of the world-famous Bay of Geneva and across the river Rhone.

Whether this is your first time in Geneva or you’re a seasoned visitor, during this walking tour you’ll hear plenty of tales that’ll surprise you. You’ll learn about watchmaking, finance, industry, philosophy, the Celts, the Romans and the struggle for our city’s independence.

I'll tell you all about:

• The invention of modern mapmaking
• One of the biggest rivers in Europe
• The largest street fair on the Continent
• A modern sculpture that changes shape depending on how you view it
• The famous philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau
• Luxury watchmaking
• The Roman emperor who made history in Geneva
• Geneva’s desire to join the Swiss confederation
• Switzerland’s financial hub
• The city’s fight for independence

Join me on this eye-opening walk and discover what makes Geneva the smallest internationally important city in Europe.

Tour Producer


Ariel Pierre Haemmerlé

My name is Ariel Peter Haemmerlé and I’m a certified Geneva tourist guide. A very diversified professional life has made me discover many aspects of our city. My last official job was to take care of the archives of the Geneva State Heritage Office. Only when I got retired – a good number of years ago – I really started to have time to work as a tourist guide. But since, Geneva Tourism and many other agencies call for my tours all the time.

Major Landmarks

  • Flower clock

  • Monumental fountain

  • Bay of Geneva

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts in front of the flower clock at the left bank of the lake near the first bridge. It’s situated next to the road, across from place Longemalle, so big, you can’t miss it.

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Places to stop along the way

The Potinière Café behind the flower clock, the many ice cream cafés and refreshment bars at the lakeside, the restaurant on the steamer “Genève” staying on the quay and the restaurant-steamers making lunch and dinner cruises, the many restaurants and bars on the riverside, the restaurants on place Molard, etc.
There are public toilets behind the flower clock and at place Molard.

Best time of day

You can take this tour any time in daylight, preferably not before 9 a.m. in summer or 10 a.m. in winter to see the fountain. One of the passages in this tour is only open on office and shopping hours. But you can walk around it. In the evening, it’s charming magic develops in the street lighting.


Geneva is a very safe place. Criminality rate is very low. However, use normal precautions against pickpockets. There are not many, but in case… And don’t hang around the rue de Berne late in the evening. The route is wheelchair accessible.


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Geneva’s Left Bank: From the Flower Clock to the Escalade Fountain