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Schtroumph Buildings

23-29 rue Louis Favre, Geneva, Switzerland
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Ranked #34 of 66 attractions in Geneva
Type: Architectural Buildings
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: These oddly colorful buildings were named for the Smurfs cartoon characters.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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149 reviews 149 reviews
56 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

This group of building called "smurphs buildings" are unique in design. It reminds me of Gaudi designs in Barcelona. The architect in these buildings inspired by Gaudi work. Very unique architectural deign, must be seen by architects.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

An unusual set of buildings in the middle of Geneva. Very Gaudi-ish looking. I was in one of them before, and even inside the apartments, the walls are curved...

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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79 reviews 79 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

If you have a few minutes to spare, this cute group of building is worth a quick look. The architect went all out in an otherwise very traditional Geneva, you get a Gaudi-esque corner. Enjoy!

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Geneva, Switzerland
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77 reviews 77 reviews
45 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Seriously... It is famous in Geneva because these are the only buildings which are a bit different. Doesn't mean you have to go to there on pupose to see them...

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154 reviews 154 reviews
45 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

We passed by this architecturally bizarre place after spending the afternoon along the lake - we actually were going to les grottes for a glass - and these buildings are just at the top. We liked les grottes and watching the boules in the nearby park a lot more - but if you are in the quartier, have a coup... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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80 reviews 80 reviews
12 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

I don't man to offend anyone, but architecture is not Geneva's forté. This buidling, in particular, in heidous. I don't think it's worth walking the few blocks from the train station to see this aberration of architecture.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

This used to be a beautiful unusual architecture worth to see, but now it just got a little dirty and badly kept so still interesting

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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

This is a very special building with a very interesting round architecture - unfortunately it's starting to get old and not too well maintained, too bad

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Avignon, France
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

I read about the Schtroumpfs buildings in the Quartier des Grottes in Geneva on the city's official tourism website and I really enjoyed visiting this site. The architecture is fascinating and unforgettable. A visit to the Schtroumpfs is nothing more than walking to this neighbourhood and admiring the buildings from the outside (no guided tours or the like), so it... More

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Bern, Switzerland
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

If you have visited the scenic "Hundertwasser" building in Vienna, you will like make a tour close to Geneva's main railway station, just above the "Grottes" district. A group of buildings where no symmetry seems to be allowed, with a partly spontaneous architecture. Some barocco references as well. A nice tour, and then, visit the Parc Trembley.

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