Lake Geneva - Jet D' Eau in Geneva

Lake Geneva - Jet D' Eau Overview

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No trip in Geneva is complete without a visit to Jet d'Eau (Water Jet). One of the city’s most famous landmarks, Jet D’Eau is also one of the largest fountains in the world. Situated on Lake Geneva, the fountain is visible throughout the city and from the air, even when flying over Geneva at an altitude of 30,000 feet.

Interestingly, what is now the city’s famous landmark, came into being by chance. A hydraulic power station was built in 1886 to bring water, under pressure, from the Rhône river to the feed the city's homes and industries. One evening, due to a pressure build-up, a special relief valve was installed. This created a tall water fountain, marking the birth of the famous Jet d'Eau. With time, this fountain has grown taller and has become one of the greatest tourist attractions of Geneva. It propels approximately 500 litres of water per second, at a speed of 200 km/hr, sending it to a height of 460 feet.

The fountain can be reached by a stone jetty from the left side of the bank. Unsuspecting visitors may be surprised to find themselves drenched after a slight change in wind direction. The hours that Jet d’Eau operates depends on the season, the day of the week and the wind direction and strength. Anytime the wind drives the spray too hard into the boats in the marina, the jet is turned off.

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