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Le Jardin des Tuileries (The Tuileries Garden in Paris) is one of the most famous gardens in Paris, with more than 14 million people visiting per year. The Tuileries Garden Paris is the biggest Park in Paris (23 Hectares) and it is also the oldest. It is located in the first Arrondissement of Paris, between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde, and it is delimited by the Seine River and Rue de Rivoli. Its main highlights include splendid French-style gardens, and two great museums (the Orangerie and the Jeu de Paume). There are also, two guinguettes (popular drinking establishments usually located in the suburbs of Paris which would also serve as restaurants and, often, as dance venues) with food, drink, and many beautiful places to relax under the sun or in the shade if it is too hot. Because of its central location, its beauty, and rich history, the Tuileries Garden is a must-visit location in Paris. So get ready to be overwhelmed by the fascinating history and beauty of this awesome garden in Paris.
Tuileries Palace & Tuileries Garden Facts
» It was Queen of France Cathérine de Médicis, wife of King Henri II, who ordered the construction of the Tuileries Palace and its surrounding gardens in 1561. The Tuileries Palace was built exactly between the Gardens and the Louvre Palace. At that time these lands were located “in the countryside” (beyond the Charles V walls, which delimited Paris at that time) and were occupied by tile kilns (tuileries in French), hence the name of the Palace and Gardens.
» When King Henri II died in 1559, Queen Cathérine de Médicis moved from the Louvre Palace to the Tuileries Palace and the Palace became a Royal Residence. Since then, the Tuileries Palace and its Gardens have been intimately linked to the history of France, with glorious activities and bloody episodes, especially during the French Revolution.
» During three centuries the Garden was exclusively reserved for the King and his court. The Tuileries Palace was the residence of Cathérine de Médicis, Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, Charles X, Louis-Phillipe and Napoleon III while other Kings used the Palace and its Gardens for fun, parties, and official events.
» With the onset of the French Revolution and the execution of the French King, the Tuileries Garden was made a National Garden of the French Republic. It was then when the Parisians could access the Tuileries Garden for a stroll under the sun. Also, popular balls and music in the Tuileries Garden were common.
» The Tuileries Garden remained the setting for festivals and ceremonies under Napoleon I until the (1852-1870). It took the form of a museum of outdoor statuary populated by the transfers of statues from Château de Versailles, Fontainebleau, and Marly.
» The Palace was destroyed by a big fire during the Paris Commune in 1871. It was only after the Tuileries Palace was burned to the ground that the Jardin des Tuileries became a public park.
» In 1991 the Gardens were registered as UNESCO’s World Heritage, together with the banks of the Seine.
Tuileries Garden Map
Le Jardin des Tuileries is a French-style garden with a very geometric design. The Tuileries Garden map can be divided into three main areas:
The Grand Carré (Large Square) is the eastern, open part of the Tuileries Garden, which still follows the formal plan of the French-style Garden created in the 17th century.
The Grand Couvert is the part of the Garden covered with trees. The two cafes in the Grand Couvert are named after two famous cafes once located in the Garden:
- The Café Very, which was on the terrace des Feuillants in the 18th–19th century;
- The Café Renard, which in the 18th century was a popular meeting place on the western terrace.
The West Terrace of the Tuileries is located beside the present-day Place de la Concorde. It has two ramps in a horseshoe shape (fer à cheval) and two terraces overlooking an Octagonal Lake (bassin octogonal). The terraces frame the western entrance of the Garden and provide another great viewpoint to see the Garden from above.
Best Way to Visit Le Jardin des Tuileries: Introducing the Tuileries Garden Quest
After the Luxembourg Gardens Treasure Hunt, World in Paris is launching The Tuileries Garden Quest a treasure hunt /scavenger hunt in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris for those who want to learn the fascinating history of the Tuileries Garden whilst having fun.
Solve riddles, get local recommendations and discover secret sights by playing a game.
THE QUEST: during The Tuileries Garden Quest, you are going to help a lost soul find the way back to his final resting place. This soul has some memories from his past life amongst us, and it seems that many are related to the Tuileries Gardens. Through the history of the Tuileries Gardens and some interesting, sometimes quirky, facts you will find the name of the lost soul and their statue in the Tuileries Garden. The statue will tell you where to find the soul’s resting place, so he can rest forever.
Why the Tuileries Garden Quest is so great . . .
» Treasure Hunts, Quests and Scavenger Hunts are the latest trends in Paris
Locals in Paris love to organize and participate in Treasure Hunts, Quests or Scavenger Hunts. For Parisians, this is a fun way to learn more about the most famous places in the city, to explore totally new districts of Paris or see a familiar territory in a completely new light.
» A Unique View of Tuileries Gardens, Paris
Throughout this brain-teasing expedition, you will learn about one of the most famous parks in Paris, its owners, the Kings and Queens of France, and other events of the History of Paris whilst looking for hidden, sometimes quirky, treasures and answering the questions to solve the final riddle.
» A DIY Paris Treasure Hunt /Scavenger Hunt in a totally safe area
The Tuileries Garden Quest is pre-written so all that you have to do is download it and print it and you’re set with everything you need including directions, clues, a map and a table with the answers. The park is located in the heart of Paris. It is a public park (no entrance fee), fenced, and car-free.
» Great for couples, families, friends or even alone!
The Tuileries Garden Quest – What you will get
» A PDF file containing The Tuileries Garden Quest to be printed onto A4 paper. There are 12 questions and 2 riddles to solve. The Tuileries Garden Quest is available in English.
» The Treasure Map (sketch). We have divided the map into sectors (smaller areas) and for each question, we tell you the area where it is located so you don’t get totally lost!
» A page with the answers to the questions and riddles. This is a top-secret part of the document that you cannot read until the end of the Quest!
Do I need extra tools for the Tuileries Garden Quest?
You need a pencil or pen and a camera or mobile phone with a camera. Also, it is important to wear comfortable shoes and carry some water, and sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, hat), especially if the weather is hot.
What is the duration of the Tuileries Garden Quest?
Our tests with different friends lasted around 1.30hours. It all depends on your walking path, and how good you are at solving the questions. However, this is a beautiful place where we recommend to take your time to get the most out of it. If on the way you want to do some stops for taking pictures or have a break in one of the guinguettes we won’t blame you for it ; -)
Is the Tuileries Garden Quest kid-friendly?
This is a game thought for adults but teenagers interested in history will also have fun doing this Quest. If you are traveling with kids we recommend our Treasure Hunt at Luxembourg Gardens. The Hunt comes with challenges like counting things, drawing things, or taking selfies. In addition, we have created a shortcut for kids or people that cannot walk that long so you are sure not to miss Queen Marie’s final treasure!
Is this hunt suitable for wheelchair users?
YES, but allow extra tie for doing the Quest. Pathways are either paved or composed of sand/gravel but are all wheelchair accessible. All the questions are located on the same level so there’s no need to go up to the terraces or use the ramps.
If you have other questions you can always send us an email to bonjour [at] worldinparis.com and we will be happy to answer it for you.
Other Things to do at The Tuileries Garden
» Stroll around the Garden with no direction, and enjoy Paris outdoors and the beautiful sculptures in the Tuileries Garden, it is like an open-air museum!
» Those interested in botany and plant species will not be disappointed at Tuileries Garden: Le Jardin des Tuileries boasts some 35 species of trees and dozens of varieties of flowers – from annuals to perennials – located particularly in the central beds of the “Grand Carré”.
» Play pétanque (Boules game) in the park. Try this typically French “sport”, which locals in Paris are crazy about. You can buy your pétanque set here
» Visit Monet’s Water Lillies at Orangerie Museum. Admire these incredible masterworks by Monet in Paris as well as other incredible paintings from great masters such as Renoir, Modigliani, Cezanne, and Matisse.
» Visit the photography exhibition at Jeu De Paume Museum, Orangerie’s “twin building” located at the other side of the West Terrace.
» The two guinguettes inside the park, Café Very and Café Renard, propose visitors coffee and good crêpes in Paris
Tuileries Garden Statues
The Tuileries Garden is a big open-air museum with dozen of sculptures and statues decorating the park. The first Tuileries Garden statues (today reproductions) arrived in the 18th century from Versailles Gardens, Fontainebleau and Marly while more recent works include statues by Rodin, Moore, and Maillol.
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