Geneva Photo Gallery
Lakefront & Gare Cornavin

Introduction

Situated at the tip of the largest Alpine lake, nestled between the Jura mountains and the Alps, Geneva has some 2000 years of history and is a major headquarters city for international non-governmental organizations. The United Nations also has a significant presence in the city.

Jardin Anglais

Created in 1854, the English Garden skirts the left bank of the lake. The large bronze fountain with its superposed basins borne by naiads are the work of Parisian sculptor Alexis Andre in 1862.

The famous flower clock is a symbol of Geneva's watch industry. Since 1955, the clock is decorated with over 6500 flowers in 8 concentric circles.

Along the Lakefront

Jet d'Eau

Originally a simple security valve at the Coulouvrenière hydraulic factory, this water fountain has, over the years, grown to be the symbol of Geneva.

In 1891, it was transferred to the "Rade", to become a major tourist attraction. However, it was not until 1947 that it was provided with an autonomous pumping station, propelling 500 litres of water per second to a height of 140 metres at a speed of 200 km per hour (124 miles/h). Eight 13,500-watt projectors light the fountain’s majestic column in the evening as it soars skywards.

Lake Geneva

Around Gare Cornavin

More Geneva Photos (Part 2)

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