The Jardin des Tuileries is a park in the heart of Paris and is situated in the first arrondissement. What used to be the garden of a castle was commissioned by Catherine de Medicis in 1564 and was redesigned many times in recent years.
It was only after the French Revolution that the park was accessible for the public. In 1981, Francois Mitterand started to reconstruct the park in a way that it got the look of the 17th century Jardin des Tuileries. The park today still includes the traditional Orangerie with the Musée de l'Orangerie and many works of art on nearly every corner.
The Jardin des Tuileries is, because of its central location between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, also a popular meeting point. With the course of time the former Italian-style garden got recreated into a French-type of garden such as the one in Versailles.
Just borrow a chair at the park to relax or enjoy walking through the sights of this beautiful park any day – the entry is free! There are even guided tours of the park in French in the months from March to December. Moreover, the park offers the “Fêtes des Tuileries” from June to August, a little fair for everybody with circus shows and cotton candy.
How to get there
With public transportation:
Taking the Metro or the bus is the easiest way to get to the Jardin des Tuileries. Simply take Metro-line 1 to “Tuileries” or one of the lines 1, 8 or 12 to “Concorde”.
The bus lines 21, 24, 27, 42, 68, 72, 73, 81, 84, 94 or 95 stop by the park.
It is also possible to take the RER (line C) to the Musée d'Orsay and walking past the pedestrian bridge over the Seine river.