Le Jet d'Eau, Geneva

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    Jet d'eau

    by Nemorino Updated Jun 22, 2014

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    1. The Jet d'eau in Geneva harbor
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    1. The Jet d'eau in Geneva harbor.
    2. During the European football (soccer) championships in the summer of 2008 a huge ball was suspended above the fountain and kept up in the air by the force of the water.
    3. Most people in Switzerland really enjoyed having the football championships in their cities of Zürich, Basel, Bern and Geneva -- but not everyone. This sign claims that EUROFOOT was not a festival at all, but merely BUSINE$$.

    The Jet d'eau is Geneva's trademark, a water fountain in the harbor that shoots half a cubic meter of water per second up to a height of 140 meters.

    Originally it pumped drinking water from the city water supply, but in 1951 the present Jet d'eau was installed in a partially submerged pumping station to pump lake water instead of city water.

    Since 2003, the fountain has been operating during the day all year round, except in exceptional circumstances such as frost or strong winds. Except in winter, the fountain also operates in the evenings and is illuminated.

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    Le Jet d’eau

    by mindcrime Updated Jan 23, 2014

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    Funny or not a water fountain is Geneva’s landmark! You can see it from many spots all over the city as it is located right in front of the lakefront where lake Geneva flows into Rhone river, it was just a security valve at Coulouvreniere Hydraulic factory but transferred to its current location in 1891 and became a tourist attraction.

    You can actually walk near the fountain along the walkway that is built on the water and get wet of course when the wind changes just a bit :)

    When in use jet d’eaut spurts about 500liters of water (per second!) in the air (up to 138meters!) with speed of 200km/hr!. It’s in use daily 9.30-23.15 as long as it’s not windy day or the lake is frozen. It used to pump city water but after 1951 the two powerful machines (2x500Kw at 2400V) shoots only lake water.

    Bad luck for me when it came to take pictures of Le Jet d’Eau the first time I visited Geneva (march 2013), the first day it was very cloudy so the pictures didn’t turn out as I had them in mind (pic 1), I wanted to have the white contrast with the blue of sky & lake, this is how I saw it everywhere around, in most post cards etc So I tried again the next day when it was a bright sunny day but it was very windy so the jet d’eau was out of order (otherwise it would have gone over the cars on the lakefront avenue). The last night in Geneva I took a picture from the car, as expected it was very hard to focus properly (pic 2) because the car didn’t stop at any time but it was nice to see it as it is illuminated at night…

    So, I tried again on January 2014, this time everything was ideal, so I took several different pics of it (pics 3-4), don’t forget that it changes shape according to wind and you may even see rainbow colors in the sunlight (pic 5)…

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    by travelfrosch Updated Dec 13, 2013

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    The Jet d'Eau is a remarkable fountain in Lake Geneva, not far from the Jardin d'Anglais. Originally envisioned in 1891, the fountain started being illuminated in 1930. It's obviously been renovated a few times since then. The Jet d'Eau pumps 1/2 cubic meter (500 liters or roughly 150 gallons) of water per second up to 140 meters (450 feet) into the air.

    The fountain is open daily from 9AM to 11:15PM in the summer (with illumination after sunset). Off-season, the Jet runs from 10AM until sunset Mon-Thu, until 10:30PM with illumination Fri-Sun and holidays. The monument is shut down during high winds, severe weather, and freezing conditions.

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    One of the famous sites in Geneva

    by jlanza29 Updated Jul 21, 2013

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    The Jet d'Eau is a large fountain in Geneva, Switzerland, and is one of the city's most famous landmarks; It is also one of the largest fountains in the world. Situated at the point where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhone River, it is visible throughout the city and from the air, even when flying over Geneva at an altitude of 33,000 ft

    132 gallons of water per second are jetted to an altitude 459 feet by two 500 kW pumps, operating at 2,400 V, consuming over one megawatt of electricity. The water leaves the nozzle at a speed of 124 mph. When it is in operation, at any given moment there are about 1849 gallons of water in the air. Unsuspecting visitors to the fountain—which can be reached via a stone jetty from the left bank of the lake—may be surprised to find themselves drenched after a slight change in wind direction.

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    Le Jet d'Eau

    by draguza Written Apr 16, 2013

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    Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York the Statue of Liberty and Geneva its Jet d'Eau. This majestic 140m water fountain, the tallest in the world, is the main emblem of the city, and one which cannot be missed. Its beauty dominates the lakefront and at night, when it is lit up, it is a breathtaking and romantic sight. The fountain became a tourist attraction in 1891. It is on every day, from the beginning of March to September, from 9.30am to 11.15pm, and September to October from 10am till sunset as long as it is not too windy. It projects 500 liters of water per second at the unbelievable speed of 200km/hr. You can walk along the jetty and get a closer look at the fountain, as long as you don't mind being sprayed

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    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    My favourite site in Geneva is the Jet d'Eau, or water jet, that spurts up from Lake Geneva. This massive spout of water shoots up to a height of 140 metres - one of the tallest in the world. The water is propelled at a speed of 200km per hour - impressive hey!

    It became a tourist attraction in 1891 when it was moved to its present location, though at that time its maximum height was only around 90 metres. Things have improved since then, with an upgrade in 1951 resulting in the magnificent water jet we see today.

    We didn't get too close to the Jet d'Eau on our July 2008 visit as it was a windy day and I had heard reports of people who get too close getting drenched. I also understand it is illuminated in the evening which I will make sure I see on my next visit to Geneva.

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    by gordonilla Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The jet d'Eau stands on a jetty on the south shore of Lake Geneva. The fountain is a powerful fountain that sends a plume of water shooting 140m (460 ft) into the air at some 500 litres (113 gallons) per second at 200km per hour (125 mph).

    In the 19th century, a fountain was set up to relieve excess water pressure when installing a reservoir system. This became very popular, and a permanent fountain was created, and ever more powerful pumps were installed.

    After dark the fountain is floodlit.

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    The Fountain

    by Maria81 Written Dec 26, 2009

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    History

    What is today Geneva's main tourist attraction used to be simply a security valve at the Coulouvrenière hydraulic factory, it became the symbol of the city when it was transferred to the "rade".

    Today

    500 litres of water per second are pumped to a height of almost 150 metres at a speed of 200 km per hour, with lighting during the evenings. You can come up close to the fountain, but beware - it can (and probably will!) get slippery and wet

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    Jet d'Eau

    by MM212 Updated Nov 16, 2008

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    One of Geneva's prized monuments and a symbol of the city is the Jet d'Eau. The fountain is Europe's highest and is located in the middle of lac de Genève (lake Geneva). The current fountain, which shoots up to 90 metres if the winds are calm, dates from 1951. But it replaced a previous unintended fountain that functioned as a safety valve for a hydroelectric power plant since 1885. Many cities around the world have copied Geneva's fountain in modern times, including Cairo and Jeddah.

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    Jet d'Eau

    by Dabs Updated Aug 25, 2007

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    Don't stand too close
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    Located in Lake Geneva, near the Jardin Anglais, the Jet d'Eau spurts 132 gallons of water per second 138 meters (453 feet) into the air. It's is a handy reference point when trying to figure out where you are since you can see it from so many places.

    It's become of the the sights that Geneva is most well know for, it was put in it's present location in 1891, improved in 1951.

    Get too close to it and you'll find yourself getting a little wet, several people who went to pose with it while we were there came back drenched. If you are in Geneva in the evening, apparently it is illuminated at night. My guidebook says it runs from April-September but I've seen many other references that suggest it runs pretty close to year round.

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    Geneva Jet d'Eau fountain Switzerland

    by cmak Updated May 3, 2007

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    Jet d'Eau Geneva (best viewed on summer nights!)

    A "MUST SEE" of Geneva!!

    This is the Jet d'Eau fountain of Geneva, the largest water jet fountain in the world and the most recognisable landmarks of city of Geneva :D
    Jet d'Eau fountain is situated by Lake Geneva, it is visible from afar and even in the air!
    Apparently, it takes 16 seconds for the water to go from the jet itself to the top!

    10am-11pm, all year round

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    Go see the Jet D'Eau

    by Paisleypaul Written Feb 14, 2007

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    Your intrepid author gets perilously close .......
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    The image of Geneva near the Jardin Anglais and visible anywhere near the river. The spectacle began by accident in the late 1800s when apressure relief mechanism for the town water supply created the nightly jet. By 1930, this was not required, but was superseded by the internationally famous focal point, firing over 30 metric tonnes of water 130 Metres skywards every minute!

    Great photoshoot opportunities - the obvious, plus get a rainbow diffracting through the Jet, the Jet's reflection on the Rhone, and some interesting approaches...........

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    Water Jet

    by traveloturc Written Jul 30, 2006

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    le jet Deau is there but you only see me
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    It was created in 1951 to replace the former jet created in 1891. The present jet reaches a maximum height of 140 meters. The water reaches a speed 200 km/h. The water jet is hollow and filled with microscopic drops of water. This ensures it remains opaque and white. The Geneva water jet has been copied by many cities around the world. In the center of the view is the Mont Blanc bridge that leads to the Geneva train station, filled with jewellers watches and souvenir shops. On either sides of the river there are many banks, insurances, luxury hotels and shops.

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    Jet D' Eau

    by sswagner Written Jun 22, 2006

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    This fountain is one of Geneva's most well recognized landmarks. I must warn that it is not always turned on and have yet to predict when it will be on or off. It was on the morning we arrived in town. This powerful stream of water goes up several hundred feet. It is possible to get very close to it on a walkway built out on the water. The nozzle is not all that large, which makes it even more impressive that so much water could be coming from a relatively small outlet. Although I did not get wet being in the near proximity of it, a sudden change in the wind might change the outcome.

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    Jet D'Eau

    by aukahkay Written Feb 13, 2006

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    Jet D'Eau on Lake Geneva
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    Like many Swiss cities, Geneva is blessed with a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. The most iconic feature of Geneva is the 140m fountain that sprouts out from Lake Geneva - Jet D'Eau. In the evening, the Jet D'Eau is even more spectacular, being illuminated in brilliant white.

    Take a leisurely stroll along the lake front promenade or take a boat ride on Lake Geneva and admire the small castles, majestic mansions and little towns by the lake.

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