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Jardin des Tuileries
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Ranked #34 of 1,085 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located within the Place de la Concorde, this garden demonstrates the Parisian style of intricate landscaping.
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“Free Art, Beauty, History in Central Gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

When in Paris, I make it a point to walk through the Tuileries everyday—which is easy to do since it borders many tourist destinations such as the Louvre, D’orsay Museum, shopping and cafes on Rue de Rivoli, Place de la Concorde, La Madeleine and L’orangerie; and it also is a great gateway to many of the main Parisian districts such as the Opera and Champs-Elysses areas; plus, the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are in splendid view from the gardens and both the Invalides and Rodin Museums are in easy walking distance. In short, the Tuileries is not only a delight in itself, but also a gorgeous central point in Paris to access many other sights.

The actual gardens are both relaxing and inspiring. Even in winter, when the trees are bare, there is an elegance to the layout of this huge and historic public park. First designed in 1564 by Catherine of Medici, based on her homeland gardens in Florence, the Tuileries has been the pet-project of the rulers of France who have each made his or her own mark, including Marie Antoinette who had a special private section of the gardens until the Revolution beheaded her and turned the entire garden into public use; and Napoleon who used the garden for military parades. The gardens have been transformed vastly over its nearly 500 years, but today it still has remnants of its past including the moats of Charles V, Napoleon Bonaparte’s small triumphal arch which is modeled after the arch of Septimius Severus in Rome, wall structures from the Revolution, and centuries of fine sculptures and fountains. The Grand Carre (Large Square with the round water basin in the middle) still maintains its 17th century design and includes 19th century statues. The Grand Couvert (tree area with cafes and Revolution walls) has 20th century sculptures. Finally, the area around the Orangerie has possibly the best of the sculptures, including famous pieces by Rodin such as The Kiss.

Bottom-line: the Tuileries is free art and beauty in central Paris that is well worth a visit and/or daily walk-throughs on the way to other landmarks.

Visited December 2012
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“Maybe I was expecting too much in December”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

I think I need to go back and visit during the summer time because while walking through it from one end until we hit the Louvre I kept expecting something spectacular. I had visited the Jardin du Luxembourg a few years earlier and to this day it is still my favourite park.

The trees of course were bare and there were a few brave souls sitting around the pond catching the dying rays of the sun as it set. A lot of the paths were being dug up and relaid so there was a lot of temporary fencing which ruined the flow of the walk through the park.

The only time I really stopped and enjoyed the gardens were at the end where they had the statues in amongst the hedges but at that point it was getting dark and we were trying to catch the Louvre before it closed so I didn't get a chance to stop and explore properly.

Visited December 2012
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“Winter in the Jardin Tuileries”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

There isn't a lot to see here in the winter. There are paved paths but many are just muddy tracks. The trees are mainly bare and unless you walk along the Tuileries Quay which is elevated above the park and Seine, it's pretty boring.

Visited December 2012
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“A Great Garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

This garden is adjacent to the Louvre having gorgeous flowers with fountains background and breathtaking sculpture.
The fauna is well protected off from walking path and tourists walk on the sandy path.
Make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes.
The garden is a great place for a picnic from spring throughout autumn.

Visited October 2012
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“Beauty and ambiance for a Paris afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

I was surprised at how much time we spent in these beautiful gardens. We had planned to only walk through on our way to the museums, but once there, we stayed. The flowers are gorgeous and the sculpture is magnificent. Every where you turn, there is a better shot of Paris and I filled my camera with all of this beauty. We were there in the sunshine and another day of moody clouds. All my photographs from here are spectacular and now take me back immediately to the beauty of Paris and these special days in this garden.

Visited September 2012
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