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“Waste of time”

Garden Borda Cultural Center
Ranked #8 of 50 things to do in Cuernavaca
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Owner description: These large 18th-century gardens were once visited by Emperor Maximilian.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
“Waste of time”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

OK if you're looking to escape from the constant noise of Mexico for a few minutes. Poorly maintained. Lots of green trees and plants but didn't see any flowers. Not worth paying for. Where's the garden?

Visited December 2013
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“One day this will be GLORIOUS again.”
Reviewed November 28, 2013

Currently under renovation, the Borda Gardens, look like at one point in time were GORGEOUS but unfortunately, like so many things in Mexico, their magnificent buildings have been allowed to deteriorate and some to be destroyed. This place still has hints of its beauty but the small man made lake has "green" looking water filled with algae and although the gardens are impeccably clean, the whole place is screaming to be beautified. The restrooms are an embarrassment although clean. Wait a year to go, perhaps by then the renovations that are taking place now will make the place more appealing.

Visited November 2013
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“Day of the dead weekend”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

We were visiting Cuernavaca during the weekend of the day of the dead celebrations and the gardens were decorated with colorful shrines. There were many vendors setting up their wares whichj included a lot of skeleton items and handcrafts. It was fun to wander the gardens and enjoy a beautiful day.We didnt' spend that much time there and probably saw all we needed to but I'm glad we checked it out. A couple of large fountains too. It could use a few repairs but it still was interesting.

Visited November 2013
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5 reviews
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“Not a must-do, but something different to enjoy”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

We made the most of our visit to the gardens on a beautiful day in early July 2013, strolling all over the grounds and renting a row boat for 15 minutes (which is probably plenty of time to navigate the small waterway and long enough to bear the loud clanging of the metal oars). The condition of the gardens is not of the highest standards - perhaps it looks more lush, and has plants that are actually flowering, especially the rose garden, in a different season? - but it's a decent pit stop for a quiet walk and distraction from typical sightseeing.

Visited July 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
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“Nice historic garden”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

The Borda Garden is a historical museum located in the city of Cuernavaca and is located in what was once the summer mansion of the wealthy miner José de la Borda Taxco. During the Second Mexican Empire, Emperor of Mexico, Maximilian of Habsburg-Austria and his wife Carlota Amalia chose this place as his summer residence and because of this, it improved the way from Mexico City to Cuernavaca(Ferdinand Maximilian von Habsburg (1832-67)
and his wife Carlotta of Belgium)
Every sunday the entrance is free,having around the gardens and fountains a big flea market even with so tasty Mexican food...Often they have life shows and concerts.
At the artificial pond you can hire a rowing little boat 30-50 pesos so you can hang around with ducks.
Jardin Borda also offers very Special Performances like "The Swan lake" ballet composed by Tchaikovsky. on his open theater-stage in front of the lake.
you can catch a taxi on Av Morelos or park your car in front of Antiguo Cine Morelos.
Love my hometown :)

Visited April 2013
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