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The Geneva Water Fountain

Tourist attraction in Geneva, Switzerland

Travel Tips

Best viewed during daylight for photos; evening views are also spectacular with lighting. 1

Best viewed from the quays, especially at sunset. 2

Get close at your own risk of getting drenched. 3

Best viewed from the Pont du Mont Blanc bridge or by taking a boat to the middle of the lake. 4

Take a mouette for the best views and photos. 5

Introduction

History

  • ๐Ÿ“… Origin: The first Jet d'Eau was installed in 1886 at the Usine de la Coulouvreniรจre.
  • ๐ŸŽ‰ Relocation: Moved to its current location in 1891 to celebrate the Federal Gymnastics Festival and the 600th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation.
  • ๐Ÿ”„ Modern Version: The present Jet d'Eau was installed in 1951.
  • ๐ŸŒŸ Milestone: Celebrated its 125th anniversary at its current location on 25 August 2016.
  • ๐Ÿ›‘ COVID-19: Temporarily shut off between 30 March and 11 June 2020 due to public health measures.

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Technical Details

  • ๐Ÿ“ Height: Reaches up to 140 meters (460 feet).
  • ๐Ÿ’ง Water Flow: Jets 500 liters of water per second.
  • โšก Power: Operated by two 500 kW pumps, consuming one megawatt of electricity.
  • ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ Speed: Water exits the nozzle at a speed of 200 km/h (124 mph).
  • ๐Ÿ’ก Lighting: Illuminated by 21 lights in the evenings between spring and autumn.
  • ๐ŸŒˆ Visuals: Often creates a rainbow effect on sunny days.

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Visiting Information

  • ๐Ÿ•’ Schedule: Operates during the day all year round, except in case of frost or strong wind.
  • ๐Ÿ’ก Evening Operation: Operates in the evenings between spring and autumn.
  • ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ Weather Dependent: Opening times are subject to weather conditions.
  • ๐Ÿ“ Location: Situated where Lake Geneva exits as the Rhรดne.
  • ๐Ÿšถ Access: Can be reached via a stone jetty from the left bank of the lake.
  • ๐Ÿ’ฆ Splash Zone: Visitors may get wet due to changes in wind direction.

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Safety

  • ๐Ÿšซ Barriers: Barriers surround the fountain to prevent close access.
  • โš ๏ธ Incident: A young man was injured after crossing the barriers and getting too close to the nozzle.
  • ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ Response: Authorities shut off the fountain to rescue the individual.
  • ๐Ÿ“œ Complaint: The operating company, SIG, plans to file a complaint against the trespasser.

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Nearby Attractions

  • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ St. Pierre Cathedral: Historical cathedral with panoramic views of the city.
  • ๐ŸŒธ Flower Clock: Iconic symbol of Geneva's watchmaking heritage.
  • ๐Ÿฐ Yvoire: Picturesque village in France with enchanting views and gardens.
  • ๐ŸŒณ Jardin Anglais: Beautiful park featuring the Flower Clock.
  • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Reformation Wall: Monument commemorating the leaders of the Protestant Reformation.
  • ๐Ÿž๏ธ Lake Geneva: Offers boat tours and stunning views of the Jet d'Eau.
  • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Old Town: Cobblestone streets and historical architecture.
  • ๐Ÿข United Nations Office: European headquarters of the UN, offering guided tours.

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Travel Information
๐ŸŒย ย ย Website: https://www.geneve.ch/jet-eau-geneve
๐Ÿ“ย ย ย Address: Quai Gustave-Ador, 1207 Genรจve, Switzerland

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