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🌲 Geneva’s Jet d’Eau

Address
Quai Gustave-Ador, 1207 Genève
Keyword
2017 March, Excursions
  • Date de Visite
    28.03.2017 && 29.09.2018
  • Création
    1891
  • GPS
    46.20738 6.15590

Geneva’s Jet d’Eau


The Geneva’s Jet d’Eau (Jet d’eau de Genève in french) is the city’s symbol since the end of the 19th century.

The Geneva’s Jet d’Eau from the Eaux Vives pier and the Mont-Blanc bridge.
The pier leading to the Geneva's jet d'eau The Mont-Blanc bridge and the Geneva's jet d'eau

Access


It is necessary to use one the many paid parking spaces in the surroundings of the Geneva’s Jet d’eau such as the Mont-Blanc parking lot.

The visit


From the Mont-Blanc bridge, to reach the Geneva’s Jet d’eau, you have to follow:

  • The right side of the bay (rade)
  • The Eaux Vives pier (jettée)

The bay (La rade)


From the Mont-Blanc bridge, where the Rhône flows out of Lake Geneva, it takes 15 to 20 minutes to walk along the right side of Geneva’s bay. The Geneva’s Jet d’eau can be observed from different angles during the stroll where tourists from all over the world flock. It is sometimes illuminated in colour in the evening for special events. A small train runs on the right bank of the harbour along the Gustave Ador quay from the English Garden to the Black Port and back.

Magnificent view of the bay and the Geneva’s Jet d’eau illuminated with the colours of France following the October 2015 attacks in Paris. Photo Flickr “Brigitte Djajasasmita”.
Magnificent view of the bay and the Geneva's Jet d'eau illuminated with the colours of France following the October 2015 attacks in Paris

The little train of Geneva at the level of the English Garden and a boat moored in the bay.
The little train of Geneva at the level of the English Garden near the Geneva's Jet d'eau A boat moored at the Geneva harbour near the Geneva's jet d'eau

The bay of Geneva seen from the pier of the Eaux Vives.
The bay of Geneva seen from the pier of the Eaux Vives.

The Eaux-Vives Pier


We then take the Eaux Vives pier to reach just a few meters from the water ejection nozzle.

The beginning of the Eaux-Vives Pier.
The beginning of the Eaux-Vives Pier next to the geneva's jet d'eau
The end of the pier of the Eaux Vives after the Geneva’ Jet d’eau.
The end of the pier of the Eaux Vives after the Geneva' Jet d'eau.

The history of the Jet d’eau


The history of the Geneva’s Jet d’eau is particular since it was originally not intended to be used as a tourist attraction but rather for an industrial need. In 1886, a water jet was created to evacuate the excess pressure from the Coulouvrenière hydropower plant, which used Rhône water to produce electricity. The water jet was then located next to the factory and was 30 metres high. The plant was finally abandoned in the 1960s and the building that housed it was classified as a historic monument in 1988.

The water jet at La Coulouvrenière in 1886.
The water jet at La Coulouvrenière in 1886.

The touristic Jet d’eau


In 1891, a new purely aesthetic and touristic water jet was created at the end of the Eaux-Vive pier in the heart of Geneva’s Bay for the Confederation’s 600th anniversary. In 1951, two pumps were created in the bay for the Jet d’eau with a total power of 1 MW and 500 litres per second. Since then, the Geneva’s Jet d’eau has reached a maximum height of 140 metres and 7 tonnes of water is permanently in the air. It is currently managed by the industrial services of Geneva.

The Geneva’s Jet d’eau in backlight from the end of the pier of the Eaux Vives.
The Geneva's Jet d'eau in backlight from the end of the pier of the Eaux Vives.

Video et Webcam


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zmxgnUnfek
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