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Bois de la Bâtie, Geneva

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These woods take their name from the Bastie-Mellie fort built in 1318 and destroyed in the 16th century. In the late 1800s, the Turrettini brothers left the land to the city on the condition that it be kept as a public park. Over the years additional land has been acquired and today Bois de la Bâtie covers approximately 30 hectares (74.13 acres). A large paddling pool, a challenging playground, and a river means there is plenty to do. There is also a small zoo. The tired and hungry can refresh themselves in one of the two restaurants.