Visible from vantage points throughout the city, the Jet d’Eau is the undisputed ‘symbol’ of Geneva and is also a good way to get your bearings if you’re a recent arrival to the city.
The 140m-tall fountain, which pumps out water at an astonishing 200 km per hour and 500 liters per second is an impressive sight, especially when illuminated at night (usually weekends during the summer months) or graced with a rainbow.
Initially created as a 30m-high safety valve in 1885, it was moved to its present location in 1891, adjusted to it current impressive height and inaugurated in time to celebrate 600 years of the Swiss Confederation.
If you’re planning on standing close to the mighty plume, you may wish to avail yourself of wet-weather gear. If the thought of getting wet bothers you great views can be had from the city’s Cathedral.