The ‘City Beach’ is right on the lake very close to the Jet D’Eau. The Pâquis Bath (Bains des Pâquis) are public swimming baths located on an artificial peninsula surrounded by a very lively beach full of locals and tourists. You have breathtaking views of the lake and if you go in the evening – the setting sun and the sparkling lights create an unique, magical experience!
‘La Buvette des Bains’ is a self service restaurant and a lot the reviews mentioned making a reservation is mandatory as its always very crowded. Well it was crowded and we didn’t have any reservation but it was still fine! The food was very reasonable priced (compared to the rest of Switzerland!). The Buvette offers delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner and everything in between! Our fondue from the ‘Buvette’ was delicious! Our first fondue of this trip! And no credit cards accepted so make sure you have cash!
You can take a dip in the public baths of Lake Geneva either before or after your meal. We choose to eat first as everyone was very hungry! And after eating our swim loving kids has such an amazing time splashing around in the lake….if I didn’t drag them out they would have happily stayed in for a couple of hours more!
There is a small entrance fee to the area – 2CHF per adult, 1CHF per child (less than 6 years go free) and you can stay for as long as you want! These are summer prices – its free for everyone in winter. I’ve heard the place is all heated up in winter so would be an interesting experience at that time as well!! And for the locals there are seasonal tickets available too! In winter when its too cold to swim in the lake you can enjoy a sauna, a Turkish bath or a hammam!