Lonely Planet review
Landing by plane, this fountain is the first dramatic glimpse you get of Geneva. The 140m-tall lakeside fountain shoots up water with incredible force – 200km/h, 1360 horsepower – to create the sky-high plume, which is kissed by a rainbow on sunny days. At any one time, 7 tonnes of water is in the air, much of which sprays spectators on the pier beneath. Two or three times a year, it is illuminated pink, blue or some other vivid colour to mark a humanitarian occasion (World Suicide Prevention Day, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, World AIDS Day etc).
The Jet d'Eau is Geneva's third pencil fountain. The first shot in the sky for 15 minutes each Sunday between 1886 and 1890 to release pressure at the city's water station, the second spurted 90m tall from the Jetée des Eaux-Vives on Sundays and public holidays from 1891 onwards, and the third and current was born in 1951.