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The Old City, located just a short walk away from the La Cour des Augustins hotel, is divided into several parts.
The upper part is the historic heart of Geneva, dominated by Saint-Pierre Cathedral, where you will fall in love with the pedestrian streets, museums and small shops.
The Rues-Basses quarter is home to the main shopping streets, including the famous Rue du Rhône and its luxury boutiques, as well as three of the city’s oldest squares (Molard, Fusterie and Longemalle). It’s the place to be if you love shopping.
Place Neuve has become a hotbed of Genevan culture, bordered by the Conservatory of Music, the Grand Théâtre, and the Rath Museum. On one side of Place Neuve, at the foot of the old ramparts, lies Parc des Bastions, where you will find the International Monument to the Reformation, more widely known as the Reformation Wall. The park is also perfect for recreational activities and walking.
On the other side of Plaine de Plainpalais, Quartier des Bains is home to MAMCO, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and a number of contemporary art galleries.
Just a short walk from the hotel is Carouge, the charming and famous Sardinian village where the bistro terraces are extremely popular in fine weather. The streets of this historic little corner of Geneva are dotted with boutiques, second-hand shops, antique dealers, bistros and restaurants.
Still on the left bank, just a few minutes’ tram ride from La Cour des Augustins, you can visit Lake Geneva and stroll along the harbour. There, you will find the Jardin Anglais (English garden), the famous Flower Clock, Eaux-Vives Park, the Gustave-Ador promenade, and the Jet d’Eau fountain that jets water to a height of more than 140 metres and is without a doubt the most well-known sight in Geneva. These places are highly popular with walkers and sports enthusiasts.
On the other side of Pont du Mont-Blanc, on the right bank, are Geneva’s famous, major institutions such as the Palais des Nations (the European headquarters of the UN), the International Red Cross Museum, the Conservatory and the Botanical Gardens. On the shores of the lake, you'll love wandering along the Paquis Jetty and through Bardon Park.