Jet d'Eau


The Jet d'Eau fountain, icon of Geneva, is inescapable - emblazoned on every piece of tourist literature and every book about the city. Its predecessor dated from 1886, when the new hydraulic turbines on the Rhône built up excessive water pressure after the city's craftsmen had closed the valves in their workshops and gone home. An engineer created a temporary outlet which spurted a 30m fountain to release the pressure while a reservoir system was developed. Today, the height of the jet is an incredible 140m, with 500 litres of water forced out of the nozzle every second at about 200kph.
excerpt from
The Rough Guide to Switzerland

09 - 10 June 2001


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Jet d'Eau Nightime


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