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Geneva's Lakefront has long attracted visitors to its splendid shores. Once the commercial highway of Switzerland, Lake Geneva is perhaps one of the most astounding bodies of water in Europe. The famous Jet d'Eau fountain in the harbor rockets a stream of water hundreds of feet into the air. Come and visit the harbor and enjoy the sights and sounds of Geneva.
Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York the Statue of Liberty, and Geneva the Jet d'Eau. Resting at the convergence of Lake Geneva and the Rhone, Jet d'Eau is one of the most recognizable emblems of the city. The original fountain was installed in the late-19th Century not far from the current location, where the fountain's ambitious plumes soar as if to embrace the sky. Although built for practical purposes, this fountain has now come to command much appreciation for its ability to augment Geneva's cityscape, and to leave visitors gazing in awe at its sheer glory. With its gushing waters soaring to the height of 140 meters (459 feet) every second, Jet d'Eau has become an epitome of dynamism to the people of Geneva. An engineering feat par excellence, the fountain metamorphoses into a dazzling, luminescent wonder come night.
Baby Plage is the only free beach in the city of Geneva. With patches of grass and some sand by the lake, it provides a nice stopping place for a quick dip. The beach is open all year round, but is particularly nice for a lazy day by the lake in the summer. At Baby Plage, children can enjoy the swings, climbing on the special tree attractions, and other beach activities. There is a snack bar in the vicinity providing ice cream and refreshments. Also, public toilets and showers are available. A popular spot, Baby Plage can get quite crowded at times.