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Carrousel Des Fables in Geneva: The Fairy Tale Carousel in the Botanic Garden

Carrousel des Fables -- the Carousel of Fairy Tales -- in the Botanic Garden of Genva

It’s so nice when my toddler, husband and I can agree on something when we’re traveling or even when we’re not traveling. We all agreed that by far the best part of Geneva’s Botanic Garden is the Carrousel des Fables, which translates to the Carousel of Fairy Tales. This beautiful carousel has unexpected animals that are part vehicle, and they’re all based on the stories in the poems by Jean de La Fontaine. The carousel was created by Copyrart, a Geneva organization that teaches unemployed people new skills, in 2002 and arrived in the Botanic Garden  in 2004 after a two-year stint in the English Garden. We only had one full sight-seeing day in Geneva but we let our son ride the Carrousel des Fables twice — we all loved it!

Bull riding Swiss-style? The toddler chose the bull on the Carrousel des Fables.

Bull riding Swiss-style? The toddler chose the bull on the Carrousel des Fables.

Wish to ride a dolphin? It's one of the animals on the Carousel of Fairy Tales in Geneva.

Wish to ride a dolphin? It’s one of the animals on the Carousel of Fairy Tales in Geneva.

One of the fastest turtles I've ever seen... The turtle on the Carrousel des Fables, the Carousel of Fables in Geneva.

One of the fastest turtles I’ve ever seen… The turtle on the Carrousel des Fables, the Carousel of Fairy Tales in Geneva.

Flying high in Geneva... The bird on the Carousel of Fairy Tales

Flying high in Geneva… The bird on the Carousel of Fairy Tales

The rabbit on the Carousel of Fairy Tales. #switzerland

The rabbit on the Carousel of Fairy Tales

Wondering where we stayed in Geneva? Read about our amazing experience at the Four Seasons Hotel Des Bergues Geneva.

12 Responses to Carrousel Des Fables in Geneva: The Fairy Tale Carousel in the Botanic Garden

  1. wanderingeducators
    Twitter: WanderingEds
    September 9, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    What a VERY COOL carousel! I can’t choose between the dolphin and the sea turtle – what fun! :)
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  2. Larissa
    Twitter: changes_long
    September 9, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    It looks like something Phileas Fogg would take Around the World in 80 Days! Fun!
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  3. Patti September 10, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    Absolutely magical!
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  4. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas
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    September 10, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    Not sure if I would enjoy this as a kid, or be frightened. But as an adult, it’s awesome!
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  5. Marina K. Villatoro September 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    What a gorgeous carousel! Someone from Guatemala just moved to Geneva, saying it’s one of the most expensive places she’s ever lived in.
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  6. Melissa September 11, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    I LOVE this carousel! Went there with my daughter last summer!

  7. The Barefoot Nomad Travel Site
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    September 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    Oh, such a cute carousel! My kids would love to go.
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  8. Terry at Overnight New York September 12, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    What a spectacular carousel. No wonder the entire family loved it!
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  9. Mary @ Green Global Travel
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    September 13, 2013 at 1:09 am #

    Riding the carousel look like a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Can you ride the bird?
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  10. Penny Sadler September 13, 2013 at 2:58 am #

    I want to ride the dolphin! How cool.

  11. Lillie
    Twitter: WorldLillie
    September 13, 2013 at 3:02 am #

    What joyful colors!
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  12. Gabi (The Nomadic Family)
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    September 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    What a cool place is this? Looks very amazing to me.Love it.
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