Paris gardens

Paris gardens are different than other gardens. They are ones of the most beautiful gardens in the world. A walk in the the Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin des Plantes, Palais Royal Garden is a must do if you visit Paris. There are also other hidden gardens. I call them secrets gardens because they are attached to famous museums.

Rose garden, water fountains, ponds, sculptures; you will be amazed by the French style of the notable landscape designers.

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Tuileries Garden

The Tuileries Garden or Jardin des Tuileries is located between the place de la Concorde square (end of the Champs-Elysees avenue) and the Louvre Museum. The garden is opened every day until 7:30pm and 9pm in the summer. Address: Jardin des Tuileries, place de la Concorde Paris. Metro station: Concorde or Palais Royal - Musee du Louvre.

You will find after the garden entrance ( Place de la Concorde), the Musee de l'Orangerie, famous art gallery that contains impressionist paintings (Water Lilies by Claude Monet) and on the other side, the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume (a museum of contemporary art). The garden displays an amazing collection of sculptures by Aristide Maillol, Auguste Rodin, Jules Ramey... Here there is everything to please you, green grass, public chairs, labyrinth, cafes. A fairground, la Fete Foraine du Jardin des Tuileries, will be held from the end of June to mid-August in the Tuileries Garden.

Jardin du Luxembourg

The Jardin du Luxembourg is a large park in Paris, not really far from the prestigious Sorbonne University. Address: 5 Impasse Royer-Collard Paris. RER station: Luxembourg.

The Senat of France is located in the Palais du Luxembourg palace, north of the Luxembourg Garden. The garden has huge fountains, the Fountain of the Observatory, sculpted by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and the Medici Fountain, built by Marie de Medicis, wife of the King Henri IV. Also the Luxembourg Garden is a fun place for kids. They can play with sailing boats on the central pond and watch Guignol at the puppet theater.

Jardin des Plantes

The Jardin des Plantes is a botanical garden near the Seine River. Address: 57 rue Cuvier Paris. Metro: Gare d'Austerlitz. Open every day. The garden has a surprising collection of plants, a alpine garden, rose garden, peonies garden and much more. The large greenhouses are a must-see (tropical forest, the desert, New Caledonia, history of the plants).

The National Museum of Natural History is located in the Jardin des Plantes. Kids can't miss the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution (north of the garden) that dislays a large collection of naturalized animals. The zoo, la Menagerie (orangutans, reptiles' gallery...) is one of the oldest zoos in the world.

The Thinker sculpture

Rodin Museum the garden

The three hectares garden of the Musée Rodin museum (Hotel Biron) is located on the east side of the Invalides (Napoleon Tomb). Address: 79 rue de Varennes Paris. Closest metro station is Varennes.

One of the most interesting Paris gardens, you can walk between roses, famous scuptures of Rodin (The Thinker). The museum and the garden are opened every day except on Mondays.

Palais-Royal garden

The Jardin du Palais Royal palace is one of the most remarkable gardens in France. It's located on the other side of the glass pyramid (Louvre Museum). Address: Place du Palais Royal, Paris. Metro: Palais Royal - Musee du Louvre.

Claude Desgots, a French landscape architect designed the garden. Visit the garden with its chestnut trees, flowerbeds, fountains and famous statues (Le Charmeur de Serpent, Le Pâtre et la Chèvre).

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