Treille Promenade - Atlas Obscura

Behind Geneva’s city hall is La Treille Park, a lovely and sunny square, whose perimeter is lined by (debatably) one of the longest wooden benches in the world. Built in 1767, the bench is 413 feet long, and made of 180 wooden boards.

The title for the world’s longest bench is evidently a prize highly sought. Many countries claim to have the longest bench of some sort - Spain says its Gaudi-inspired art-piece bench in Barcelona is the longest, Russia claimed to have had the longest painted bench, before it was broken into 100 different sections and spread throughout Moscow, and France claims to have the longest concrete bench which overlooks the sea in the city of Marseille.

No matter where the title truly lies, there is no question that this Swiss bench is the perfect spot to relax and take in the view of the Salève and Jura mountains under the shade of chestnut trees. It’s said that the chestnut’s first bloom announces the arrival of spring in Geneva.

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