Jet d’Eau

The Jet d’Eau is a large 140m-high fountain in Lake Geneva, located in the Eaux-Vives district of Geneva next to where the lake flows into the Rhône. It is one of the city’s most famous landmarks and is visible from far away. There is a walkway, the Jetée des Eaux-Vives, to get right next to the nozzle. Here is a schedule of the operating hours of the fountain.

Above, the Jet d’Eau seen from Cathédrale Saint-Pierre.

Above, Jetée des Eaux-Vives.

Above, many swans.

Above, Lake Geneva (Lac Léman).

Above, Phare des Pâquis.

Above, nozzle. The water is pumped at a speed of 200 km/h.

Above, at the tip of the Jetée.

Above, Rade de Genève, looking towards the Rhône.

Above, Pâquis.

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Towers of Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Genève

The Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Genève is a church in the old town of Geneva. It was built as a roman catholic church in the Middle Ages but became the adopted home church of Calvin, one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation. Entrance to the main building is free, however access to the towers, with an open air observatory and a great view of Geneva and the lake, costs 5 Fr.

Above, stairs to the towers.

Above, watch room in the south tower. That tower does not have an open air platform.

Above, bell tower, north tower and Jet d’Eau in the background.

Above, crossing to the north tower.

Above, Lake Geneva.

Above, Pont du Mont Blanc.

Above, open air platform of the north tower.

Above, Salève.

Above, RTS tower.

Above, south tower.

Above, Jet d’Eau and Eaux Vives.

Above, temporary ferris wheel for the summer.

Above, on the way down.

Above, back in the church.

Above, tomb of Duc de Rohan.

La Jonction in Geneva: Confluence of Rhône and Arve rivers

La Jonction is a place in Geneva where the rivers Rhône and Arve join with each other. Both rivers have different colors and, when meeting, their waters mix together into the one final river, Rhône. For a good view of this phenomenon, there is a viewpoint next to the water, as well as a bridge (Viaduc de la Jonction) 40m above.

Above, promenade along the Rhône, coming from Lake Geneva.

Above, viewpoint.

Above, Viaduc de la Jonction.

Above, Arve on the left side.

Above, Rhône on the right side.

Above, walking along the Arve in order to get to the Viaduc through the Bois de la Bâtie.

Above, there is a TPG bus depot right next to the Jonction.

Above, on the Viaduc.

Above, the mixing clearly visible from above.

Above, Viaduc seen from the Falaises de Saint-Jean.

Fort l’Écluse

Fort l’Écluse is a fortress near Bellegarde-sur-Valserine. It guards the Rhône valley between the Vuache hills and the Jura Mountains and is a natural entrance into France from Geneva. The fort was founded by the Duchy of Savoy in the 13th century and, after it was ceded to France along with the Pays de Gex during the reign of Louis XIV, completed by Vauban. It was destroyed by the Austrians in 1815, but was rebuilt by the French and considerably strengthened and heightened. The fort is open to visitors during summer.

Above, the fort seen from Rocher de Léaz. It has 2 parts: A lower fort, whose buildings can be visited, and an upper fort, which can be accessed from the lower fort through stairs in an underground gallery. A road from Longeray can also be used to get to the outside of the upper fort.

Above, Porte de France (France Gate) at the lower fort. This is the main entrance for visitors. The courtyard can be entered freely but a ticket is needed to enter the buildings and the underground gallery to the upper fort.

Above, Vuache.

Above, start of the visit.

Above, photo exhibition.

Above, exhibition about bats. The fort is a good habitat for them.

Above, a lot of butterflies.

Above, terrace with a good view.

Above, Rhône and Viaduc de Longeray.

Above, looking towards Geneva.

Above, Rocher de Léaz and Viaduc de Longeray.

Above, Salève in the background.

Above, lizard tail.

Above, in the underground gallery to the upper fort. There are many steps to the top (almost 1,000).

Above, Rhône and Pays de Gex.

Above, first outdoor terrace, almost at the top.

Above, artificial beehives.

Above, at the upper fort. A few rooms with no view are open.

Above, on the way down.

Above, Vuache.

Above, Rhône.

Above, the gallery took many years to build. The year of construction is engraved on a wall in each floor.

Above, back at the lower fort, visiting the barracks built in the cliff.

Above, exhibition of sculptures by Yvon Raisin.

Above, back at the courtyard of the lower fort.

Above, train tracks to Geneva.

Above, Porte de Genève (Geneva Gate).

Above, upper fort seen from the road to Léaz.

Above, outside the upper fort, coming from Longeray.

Above, view of the Fort and Grand Crêt d’Eau from Rocher de Léaz.

Nécropole nationale des Glières (Thônes)

The Nécropole nationale des Glières (National cemetary of the Glieres) in Thônes is the final resting place of 105 resistance fighters killed in 1944 during the fight for Plateau des Glières nearby.

Above, “Vivre libre ou mourir” (Live free or die).

Above, crosses.

Above, cliffs of Parmelan-Tassonnière above.

Above, Jewish tomb.