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Jet d'eau

Le Jet d'eau et la Rade de Genève

Located at the very heart of the harbour area, the Jet d’eau is the emblem of the City of Geneva and its main tourist attraction. It is an integral part of the landscape and occupies a special place in the locals’ hearts.

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In 1891, the City of Geneva decided to promote the Jet d'eau to the position of tourist attraction by installing it at the end of the Eaux-vives pier at the heart of the bay. The Jet d'eau has been illuminated on a regular basis since 1930.

Operating hours

The Jet d'eau is subject to the vagaries of the weather. It may not work due to wind or cold.

The operating hours and illumination of the Jet d'eau can be viewed on the SIG website.

The Jet d'eau in figures

  • 140 metres high;
  • the water is projected skywards at a speed of 200 km/h;
  • half a cubic metre of water gushes our per second;
  • two powerful pump units weigh more than 16 tonnes in total and generate a power output of almost 1,000 kilowatts;
  • millions of minute air bubbles create the snowy appearance of the Jet d'eau when lit up at night.


  • Admire the Jet d'eau from the Bains des Pâquis, located on the other shore. Drops of water carried on the wind sometimes reach as far as this haven of relaxation.
  • Climb the numerous steps of Saint-Pierre Cathedral to benefit from a 360° panorama over the city, the lake and the Jet d'eau.
  • For anyone who isn’t frightened to get wet, walk along the pier that leads to within a few metres of the base and the outlet pipe.
  • Walk along Quai Gustave-Ador in the evening: the sophisticated lighting shows the Jet d’eau off in all its splendour. A fairytale atmosphere guaranteed.

Illuminations of the Jet d'Eau

The Jet d'eau is regularly lit up in a wide range of colours to mark different days or celebrations, a sign that Geneva and the SIG are actively involved in these events.

  • 10 June: Pride - rainbow
  • 14 June: Feminist event (Grève féministe, Genève collective) - purple
  • 16 June: 5th Anniversary of the OTIUM center for people living with cancer - green
  • 20 June: Word Refugee Day -  blue
  • 21 June: World Chambers Congress - pink and blue


Jet d'eau

Quai Gustave-Ador
1207 Genève

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Article modifié le 06.06.2023 à 16:57