by Vivian Holding
Not just for children! A GIANT water slide – 260 metres long – through the streets of the city. If that doesn’t spell FUN with a capital F – we don’t know what does.
Set up by Gliss’en Ville and organised by the local newspaper Nouvelles.ch in 2015, the water slide in the city was a first in Europe let alone Switzerland.
This year’s new location on rue de St. Jean means the slide will be even longer than in previous years – an amazing 260 metres of fun! Even more slips and slides than before!
When does it take place?
Saturday 17th June 2017 from 11am-7pm. Great news – the forecast is perfect, so why wait? Book now, it’s bound to be a great start to the Summer!
What should I wear?
Swimsuits are the obvious choice, but anything goes – fancy dress or even fully dressed – whatever takes your fancy! (nb. light clothing is acceptable – shorts, leggings, tshirts, etc. as long as they have no zips or metal parts that could damage the slide). Secure changing facilities are available on site for a nominal fee of 2chf.
Yes you can, or hire one of the XXL sized official blue doughnuts from Gliss’en Ville for a 5chf deposit (or alternatively forget about your deposit and take it home with you!).
How much does it cost?
Priced at 12chf per person for one hour of fun (a total of 5,000 tickets are available). Timed tickets are available and sessions are pre-bookable on-line here or can be purchased directly from the Information Desk at Balexert, from Naxco in the centre of town, or purchased on the day itself from 10am at the Collection Point for Passes. Electronic tickets should be exchanged for a bracelet on the day.
This year, the organisers of Gliss’en Ville are kindly supporting the Genevan Charity l’Association Hôpiclowns. If you choose to add 2chf to the price of your ticket, all funds collected will go direct to the charity. To read more about the charity click here.
Who can slide?
What else is going on there during the day?
An animation village with entertainment stands, live music from the funk/latin group Groovah, One FM radio, a bar, foodtrucks (ice cream, pasta, pizza, salads and hamburgers), relaxation areas with sun loungers, a chance to try out Swiss Bubble Football and a giant water fight will take place at 4pm.
How to get there?
Public transport is best – by bus lines 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 29 (arrêt Coutance) or tram lines 13, 14, 15, 16 (arrêt Goulart). Parking is available at Cornavin Train Station.