Nestled in Paris’ 1st arrondissement, right between the Louvre Museum and Place de la Concorde, is the Tuileries Gardens. During our first afternoon in Paris we had to take a stroll through this beautiful historic location.
With origins dating back the 1564, the Tuileries Gardens were first created as the garden for the Tuileries Palace. The palace would house some of France’s greatest monarchs including Napoleon Bonaparte until it was destroyed in 1871.
The gardens survived and eventually were opened to the public. Now they are a popular place for Parisians to relax and unwind. Young people, parents with children, and elderly couples all find enjoyment in this bustling park located right in the center of Paris.
There’s much to enjoy in the Tuileries Gardens. You can pull up a chair and sit around one of the garden’s three pools. You can walk down the garden’s main artery, grab a snack from the food vender, and do some great people watching. You can walk through beautifully manicured flower gardens. Or you could slip down one of the side paths for a quieter and more intimate garden experience.
We loved the Tuileries Gardens. In fact, we made a point to visit it again before we left the city. Loaded with history and brimming with life, the Tuileries Gardens may not be the most intimate gardens in Paris but it certainly features the heartbeat of this amazing city.
Have you visited the Tuileries Gardens? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the park. Also, please share any experiences you may have had.