Soon after being finished, the Water Fountain became the symbol of strength, ambition and vitality of Geneva. Its strong engines pump 500 liters of water per second to the height of 140 meters.
The lakeshore’s star attraction is the water fountain, dazzling visitors as it shoots 140 metres into the sky. It is best seen from the Bains des Pâquis, this incredible ‘beach’ in the city centre where people meet for a swim, a sauna or to eat fondue!
Take to the lake on a boat cruise and gain an exceptional vantage point of the Water Fountain against the spectacular and unique background of Mont Blanc!
The Fountain presence gives the power to the place, every time you look on its majesty you are reminded that you are in the powerful and well organized country.
The first Jet d'Eau was installed in 1886 at the Usine de la Coulouvrenière, a little further downstream from its present location.It was used as a safety valve for a hydraulic power network and could reach a height of about 30 metres (98 feet). The present Jet d'Eau was installed in 1951 in a partially submerged pumping station to pump lake water instead of city water