Jet d'Eau, Geneva

One of the most iconic fountains in Europe must be the Jet d’Eau on Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Amazing when you consider that the first jet was merely a safety valve for a hydraulic water network.

Jet d'Eau, Geneva

The first jet, installed a little further downstream in 1886, proved to be a popular attraction with its spout of water shooting 30 metres into the air. It was moved to its present location in 1891 with a water spout reaching 90 metres.

Jet d'Eau, Geneva

The present fountain was installed in 1951 and the water spout reaches a height of 140 metres as water is pumped out at 200 kph. Twelve coloured lights illuminate the fountain at night from spring to autumn, quite an impressive sight.