Unlike other landmarks in Geneva or major cities in the world, Jet d’Eau is a water fountain. Most city landmarks we know are architecture-related structures that speak of its era. It’s very rare that you’ll associate a city with a water fountain this high and so centre of attraction. In fact, I can only think of two more cities: The Trevi Fountain in Rome and the King Fahd’s Fountain in Jeddah, the world’s tallest. And yes, I’ve seen both.
Jet d’Eau is Geneva’s Most Iconic Landmark
Stroll Around the Lake. Once you get out of the main train station in Geneva, go across the road and continue walking. You should be at the lake in 10-15 minutes walk. Once you are at the lake, you can’t miss Jet d’Eau (Water Fountain) across the lake. Walk around it passing gardens, boat tour operators, a bridge and a park.
Free. There’s no entrance fee going near the fountain. You can stay there as long as you want. There are also cafes around where you can sit and see the fountain releasing water from the depths of the earth.
Jet d’Eau History. You might think that the fountain was built as a tourist attraction. But, you’re wrong! It was erected to control and let go of the water pressure of a hydraulic plant located not far from where it is now. Then, in 1891, the city decided to move the original Jet d’Eau to the middle of the lake, in time for the 600th birthday of the country.
One of the Tallest. The fountain is one of the tallest in the world. It spurts water up to 140 meters high. Every second, it fires up 500 litres (130 gallons) of water. I has a speed of 120 miles per hour. When the wind direction changes, you might find yourself getting wet. So, careful. 😀
Boring? I can’t really imagine Geneva without the fountain. It already looks boring to me in 24 hours. How boring the city can be without it, especially in winter? Oh dear, I can’t imagine, really! 😀
Expensive. Yes, Geneva is expensive. This might be the city for you if want to go on a diet and be slim in two weeks. I walked around the city and used public transport once – when I visited the United Nations office.
Where to Stay in Geneva
I stayed at City Hostel Geneva. You have the choice to be in a dormitory-type room or get a small room for yourself but shared bathroom. I chose the later because I was tired after three weeks in Italy. I don’t wanna be disturbed by drunk roommates. 😀 The hostel is 200 meters to restaurants, cafes and other shops. Lake Geneva can also be reached on foot from here. Walk for 10 minutes and you will be at the train station.