Jet d'Eau (Water-Jet), Geneva

Jet d'Eau (Water-Jet), Geneva (must see)

The Water-Jet is a large fountain in Geneva, and one of the city's most famous landmarks.

The first Water-Jet was installed in 1886 at a site a little further downstream from its present location and was used as a safety valve for a hydraulic power network. The installation was soon recognized for its aesthetic value so in 1891 it was moved to its present location to celebrate the Federal Gymnastics Festival and the 600th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation. The Water-Jet you see today was installed in 1951 in a partially submerged pumping station.

Nowadays it is regarded as one of the largest fountains in the world. It is visible throughout the city as well as from as high as 10 km (33,000 ft) in the air. Five hundred liters (132 gallons) of water per second are jetted to an altitude of 140 meters (459 feet). The water leaves the nozzle at a speed of 200 km/h (124 mph). When in operation, at any given moment there are about 7,000 liters (1849 gallons) of water shooting upwards.

The fountain can be reached via a stone jetty from the left bank of the lake. Unsuspecting visitors to the fountain may be surprised to find themselves drenched after a slight change in the wind direction.

Since 2003, the fountain has been operated during the day all year round, except for frosty or particularly windy weather. It also operates in the evenings between spring and autumn, when it is lit by a set of 21 lights.
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Sight Name: Jet d'Eau (Water-Jet)
Sight Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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