Pumping water to a height of 140 metres, the Jet d'Eau of Geneva is one of the city's most famous monuments. To admire this symbol of Geneva, join us at 9 Hôtel Geneva Pâquis, within easy reach of internationally recognised landmarks.
When Geneva’s artisanal hydraulic power machines stopped being used, a valve was designed to relieve over-pressure. It let water escape under pressure towards the sky, evacuating a large jet of water of over 30 metres. In 1891, this structure was promoted by the Geneva City Council, making it a tourist attraction. It was then moved to the end of the jetty and connected to the drinking water network to support a second jet of water reaching up to 90 metres. In 1951, with the construction of an autonomous pumping station connected to Lake Geneva, the Jet d'Eau of Geneva reached a maximum height of 140 metres.
The Jet d'Eau of Geneva attracts tourists and brings magic to the city. The authorities of Geneva take care to regulate and organise the administration of this must-see tourist site. Concretely, the Jet d'Eau operates from March to October of every year. If there are strong winds, its guards rapidly take precautions, closing its on/off valve. The safety of the site's visitors and of boats on Lake Geneva is essential. Even though there have been international competitions for the world's highest water jet, that of Geneva remains unique but cannot be increased due to its urban environment. The Jet d'Eau is often illuminated in colour for various events and special occasions.