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Address: rue Louis- Favre 23-29, Geneva 1201, Switzerland
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These oddly colorful buildings were named for the Smurfs cartoon...

These oddly colorful buildings were named for the Smurfs cartoon characters.

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The Smurfs, or Les Schtroumpes

At first, I just ignored them--weird buildings, who cares?--but if you are in Geneva for longer than a couple of days, head here to take in some different sights. The architects... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2016
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Geneva, Switzerland
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470 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

How on earth did they get the go ahead to build this monstrosity is anyone's guess... absolutely zero architectural interest and a curse places on the neighbours as values must have plummeted hard after this awful building was built.

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Thank genevatopreviewer
California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

At first, I just ignored them--weird buildings, who cares?--but if you are in Geneva for longer than a couple of days, head here to take in some different sights. The architects were inspired by Gaudi, with his natural forms and no right angles. From the street, you see only one side--walk around and explore the different streets in Les Grottes,... More 

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Gateshead, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 444 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

I have always been interested in architecture and buildings either classically beautiful or ones which are different. These buildings, there's a few in a cluster, more commonly known as the 'Smurf Buildings', are certainly different and probably in this period of time far from classical. However, they are a sight to see if you like buildings. The scheme has undoubtedly... More 

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2 Thank SteveJacksonnufc
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

There are a few interesting buildings to see here - they are located in a avery quiet place. There's also a coffee/ tea house in the area, but other than that there's not much to do there.

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1 Thank DomnicaJecan
Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 455 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

I find these strange looking buildings quite ugly. It would be a waste of time to go out of one's way to see them.

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Thank Coellum
Windermere, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Interesting but only if your in the vicinity. Only takes 5 mins to see. There is much else to say about this. Geneva is not the easiest city to view as a sightseeing tourist, being busy and very spread out . If you get a tourist transport ticket the trams and bendy buses are a must.

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Thank BenWalker20
Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

If you have some free time, take a quick look on unusual architecture. This is very interesting design of the buildings just a few minutes walk from train station.

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1 Thank Lintdn
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 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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Cessy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 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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