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“Jet d'Eau de Genève- a great photo opportunity all year round” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Jet d'Eau
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Owner description: Geneva's most prominent landmark, this tremendous fountain is located in Lake Geneva in the city's downtown area.
Geneva, Switzerland
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“Jet d'Eau de Genève- a great photo opportunity all year round”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

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!

Visited July 2013
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“Simply nice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Just a beautiful place to see while visiting Geneva.
If the weather is nice, take an ice cream and wonder all the way down to the peer and check out the power of this unique water founatin (up to 140 m high!).

Visited July 2013
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“A must!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

140m high, 7 tonnes of water in the air, 500l /sec. it works every day, as long the wind from north-east is not to strong and the temperature not to low (otherwise it produces artifitial snow!). If you sail down the lake you can see it from quite some distance an d inthe evenig it's almost like a lighthouse! The days it's not working people living in Geneva and tourists miss it!

Visited July 2013
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“Geneva landmark”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

have to see it once, nice when you approach it! there is Geneve plage as well on the way on which one can have rest and swim, at the end of July there are the "pre-fetes" of Geneva followed by "Fetes de Geneve" until appr. 11.8. fireworks are always beautiful!

Visited July 2013
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“a must”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

but you will see it anyway as geneva is a relative small town -so just look up! it is really a landmark and something which people remember- on special days (e.g. world blood donor day) they colour the water -guess which colour it was on that day?

Visited August 2012
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