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