Jet d'Eau


The Jet d'Eau is one of the Geneva's most iconic landmarks, marking the point where Lake Geneva flows into the Rhône. The powerful jet is one of the tallest fountains in the world, and is visible from all over the city. It symbolizes the power vitality of Switzerland.

When it was originally installed in 1886 as a safety device to release the excess pressure of a hydraulic plant at La Coulouvrenière, it became an immediate attraction for its 30 feet high water jets. In 1891, it was moved to its present location on the Jetée des Eaux-Vives in recognition of its aesthetic potential, and fitted with more powerful motors that jetted water upto a height of 90 metres. The present fountain from 1951, designed by Oscar Herzog, has a partially submerged autonomous pumping station with two 500 kW pumps operating at 2400 V which can propel jets to a height of 140 metres. In terms of volume, it pumps 500 litres per second of water which gushes out at a whopping 200km/hour. It is beautifully illuminated by 9000 W lights in various colors at night.

The area around the lake has been beautifully developed with manicured gardens and promenades. You can also take a cruise on the lake, and may be in for a surprise drenching in the waters of the Jet d'Eau with a change in wind direction.



About Jet d'Eau

 Quai Gustave-Ador, 1207 Genève, Switzerland

Jet d'Eau and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Monument Brunswick

Monument Brunswick(0.5 km)
The Brunswick Monument in the Jardin des Alpes is the Neo-Gothic style mausoleum of Charles d’Este Guelph, Duke of Brunswick.

Broken Chair

Broken Chair(2.2 km)
The Broken Chair is an iconic 12 metre high monumental sculpture of a giant wooden propped up on 3 legs, with the fourth leg broken off midway.

International Museum of the Reformation

International Museum of the Reformation(0.9 km)
The International Museum of the Reformation traces the history of the Reformation in Geneva since the 16th century, and its proliferation to other parts of the world.

Jardin Botanique

Jardin Botanique(2.3 km)
The Geneva Conservatory and Botanical Garden is spread over 28 hectares on the banks of Lake Geneva.

Maison Tavel

Maison Tavel(0.9 km)
Maison Tavel, the oldest preserved house in Geneva dating back to the 14th century, is an apt location for the museum tracing the history of Geneva.

Horloge Fleurie - Flower Clock

Horloge Fleurie - Flower Clock(0.5 km)
Horloge Fleurie is a flower clock in Jardin Anglais next to the Pont du Mont-Blanc, created in 1955 by the city of Geneva to honor Swiss watchmakers.

Mamco: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Mamco: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art(1.7 km)
The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève is an exhibition centre, presenting contemporary art across various fields and media such as architecture, dance, design, drawing, multimedia, installation, music, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, internet, and video.

Patek Philippe Museum

Patek Philippe Museum(1.7 km)
The Patek Philippe Museum traces the history of Patek Phillippe and luxury Swiss watch-making from the 16th century to the present day, with a great collection of antique time-pieces that would delight a horophile.

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