Jardin des Tuileries is one of the best loved public parks in Paris and was originally the impressive gardens of the Tuileries Palace, which is now the Louvre Museum. The park is part of the linear layout of central Paris running from the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs Elysees and through the main path in the gardens.
The best thing about the park is there are so many ways to enjoy it. You could just walk through it on your way to the Louvre, but if you choose to stop for a while and spend a bit of time in the park there’s lots to enjoy. The whole place has quite a sociable feel and you’ll find lots of people just sitting around and talking here.
Highlights include the various ponds with their water features, the formal flower beds, the tree-lined walkways and communal seating areas. There are several cafes and food trailers located in the park too and on hot days, make the most of the seating areas in the shade of the trees. The park is also a sculpture garden and includes modern art installations like the striking uprooted tree, but also more traditional statues. Look out for big names in sculpture like Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin.
One of the the biggest attractions in the park is the Orangerie building which is now a museum with dedicated rooms that house Monet’s huge water lilly paintings. It was built in 1852, but has been developed and renovated in recent years so that it is now much bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. This is because it spreads out underneath the level you can actually see above ground. Monet’s paintings have been on display here since 1927 and Monet himself had a hand in how they would be placed. The museum has plenty of other paintings to see too by artists like Cézanne, Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, Renoir and Rousseau. You wont be in this museum for a long time, but we though it was definitely worth the admission fee. Adult admission is 7.50 Euroes (2013 prices) and the museum is open everyday except on Tuesday from 9am to 6pm. There are guided tours in English every Monday and Thursday at 2.30pm and every Saturday at 11.00am.
All in all, this is one of our favourite parks in the world, mixing first class sculpture with relaxing fountains and all within 5 minutes stroll from the the busiest shopping street in Paris.
LOCATION & CONTACT
Address: Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 40 20 90 43
The park is located between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre Museum. The Paris Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour stops nearby.
MORE ON THE JARDIN DES TUILERIES
Jardin des Tuileries – Wikipedia
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