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- Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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No visit to Geneva would be complete without seeing one of its most iconic sights: the Jet d'Eau. Built in 1886 to help control a nearby hydraulic plant's water pressure at night, this impressive fountain spews water 459 feet into the air. Its central location in the middle of Lake Geneva means you can see it from a variety of downtown locales.
Many previous visitors enjoyed catching a glimpse of this water fountain and suggested walking up to it via its pier for the best views. However, several cautioned that the fountain is not on all of the time, including when it is closed for annual maintenance in October and/or November. Hours vary by day and season, but generally, the fountain operates from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the summer, with reduced hours in the winter.
The Jet d'Eau is free to visit. To access its pier, which has an entrance in the Eaux-Vives neighborhood, travelers can walk from the Genève-Quai Gustave Ador water taxi terminal or the Rive, Terrassière or Villereuse tram stops. No facilities are located on the pier, but multiple restaurants and shops sit by the attraction.
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