The Jet d’eau – a symbol steeped in history

Invented almost by chance, the Jet d'Eau embodies the ambition, dynamism and international renown of a city that is respectful of its environment. Discover the history of this symbol of Geneva through guided tours organised by SIG.

History

History

Since 1891, the Jet d'Eau has been enlivening the heart of Geneva. As the owner of this water monument, SIG ensures its ongoing operation and maintenance.

 

At the end of the 19th century, Geneva craftsmen used to the energy generated by a hydraulic plant located on the Rhone to operate their machinery. To release the excess pressure that built up during the evening time when any activity had ceased, it was decided to create a valve – and this is how the Jet d’Eau was born, which only measured a “mere" 30 metres.

 

A few years later, the City of Geneva decided to turn it into a tourist attraction. The Jet was then moved to the end of the Eaux-Vives wharf, in the centre of the bay.

 

It was not until 1951 that the Jet d’Eau reached its current size of 140 metres. This technical feat was made possible by connecting the Jet to the drinking water network and building an autonomous pumping station.

 

To celebrate certain Geneva events and special occasions, the Jet is adorned with the most beautiful colours that light up the heart of the bay. Combining power and aesthetics, it has become the emblem of a festive, creative and resolutely forward-looking city.

 

Today, five volunteer SIG retirees watch over it to ensure its proper working order and to shut it down when weather conditions require it, be it when temperatures drop to around zero degrees, when the wind is too strong, etc.

The Jet d’Eau in images

Webcam

Admire the Jet d’Eau in video via the webcam installed on site!

 

OBSERVE THE WATER JET LIVE

Key figures

Key figures

140

metres maximum height

200 km/h

speed of the water upon exit

500 litres/second

flow rate

1891

year in which the water jet was created

13

projectors in the lighting booth and 8 on the rotunda, all equipped with LEDs

Jet d’Eau working hours

Working hours

From Monday, 1 January to Sunday, 4 March 2018

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From Monday, 5 March to Sunday, 29 April 2018

From Monday to Thursday : from 10 a.m to sunset

From Friday to Sunday : from 10 a.m to 10:30 p.m (with lighting)

From Monday, 30 April to Sunday, 9 September 2018

From 9 a.m. to 11.15 p.m.

From Monday, 10 September to Sunday, 28 October 2018

From Monday to Thursday : from 10:00 a.m to sunset

From Friday to Sunday : from 10 a.m to 10:30 p.m (with lighting)

From Monday, 29 October to Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Shutdown of the Jet d’Eau for maintenance work

From Thursday, 15 November to Sunday, 3 March 2019

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tour information

Tour information

Target audience

 

These guided tours are suitable for companies, schools, organisations and public bodies.

They are organised for groups from 10 to 12 peoples. Recommended age: from 10 years old

Please note: Visits are unsuitable for persons with reduced mobility.

 

 

Tour information

 

From 1 April to 31 October: every day of the week except Tuesdays.

Tours take place in the morning, one hour before the Jet is switched on (see schedules).

Duration : 1h00

Languages : French and English

 

 

Price

 

Tours are free for schools, organisations and public bodies.

For companies, the price is CHF 300 per guide (20 people).

Registration is mandatory.

 

 

Registration

 

Once you have filled out  our form, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. 
For more information, contact us via visites.sites@sig-ge.ch, or at +41 (0)22 420 75 71.

 

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