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Since 1891, a gigantic jet of water has been Geneva’s most important landmark. This narrow column of water shooting straight up to a staggering height of 140 meters is one of the most recognizable part of Geneva’s skyline. It has some pretty impressive stats: every second, five hundred liters of water exit the 4-inch diameter nozzle at speeds of 200 km per hour. At any given moment, there are about 7,000 liters of water are in the air.

Called Jet d'Eau, which means ‘Water-Jet’ in French, the fountain is located on Lake Geneva at the point where the lake empties into the Rhône river. There is a narrow stone jetty, dating to the same year the fountain was installed, that takes visitors from the shores of the lake right to the nozzle where the fountain begins.

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