I am a Londoner and have lived in Geneva for a little over 4 months now. I have got used to seeing this impressive fountain as I go about my daily life. It never ceases to amaze me how high this fountain can send a jet of water up into the sky. The story goes that the fountain came about purely by chance when water engineers had to place a pressure release valve into the city's pumped water system. That was back in 1886. Today, 127 years later the Jet d'Eau is as much a part of everyday life for the people of Geneva as a bar of Swiss Chocolate and continues to be a must see photo opportunity for the millions of tourists that pass through the City each year.
For those that like to know - these are the all important stats:
Volume/height: 500 litres of water per second propelled to a height of 140 metres
Speed of water: 200km/h (124mph)
The funny thing about this fountain is it seems to pop into view when you least expect it! You can be walking in the Old Town soaking in the atmosphere of the beautiful old buildings and cobbled streets, you turn a corner and suddenly there it is again, the fountain, shooting up majestically into the sky sometimes creating a beautiful rainbow of colours as it falls back to Earth. If you arrive after sunset, don't worry the Jet d'Eau is illuminated for all to see.
Jet d'Eau - something special for both the tourist or a 'local' like me. Whilst the fountain itself might not change, everything around it does, thus creating a fresh perspective. I can't wait to see what it looks like on a crisp and sunny winter's day!
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