This little artisan town, just 2km (1 mile) south of Geneva’s city centre, is full of book and antique restorers, glass blowers, watchmakers, clothes designers, hatters, bistros and restaurants. In 1772, the people of Turin came to set up a town to rival Geneva. Carouge changed hands frequently but, in 1816, the town was annexed to Geneva and became Swiss. Its architecture therefore remains Italianate in style and the narrow streets are straight and orderly, with apartments looking onto wide, green courtyards. Many are open to the public, such as the courtyard of Rue Vautier (opposite number 43) and the courtyard of the Musée de Carouge.
Things to see in Geneva
Geneva Tourist Office
Rue du Mont-Blanc 18, Geneva
Tel: (022) 909 7000.
Opening times: Mon 1000-1800, Tues-Sat 0900-1800, Sun 1000-1600.