In the 16th arrondissement of Paris, a few meters from the famous Eiffel Tower, come and explore the Trocadero gardens. Facing the River Seine, this green space is much appreciated by Parisians and tourists alike. Located between the Palais de Chaillot and the Iena Bridge, the gardens offer an exceptional view of the Iron Lady, allowing you to admire it in all its dimensions.
Construction of the gardens
A first garden was created for the Universal Exhibition of 1878 with a "Palais du Trocadéro" at the top of the Chaillot hill. The architecture of the latter displays an oriental style, decorated with minarets. The site was transformed for the 1937 Universal Exhibition, with the garden we know today. The center is a large lawn, a median strip, and the famous Warsaw fountain, dating from 1937. The largest pool is equipped at the top with twenty powerful water cannons. Several thousand litres of water escape every second into the Seine through multiple cascading basins. On each side, a double row of water jets forms arched beams, reinforcing the charm of this square. In the evening, a play of light illuminates the statues with heads of bulls and golden horses present in these gardens. This is the largest aquarium in France and makes for a good visit.
Today, the city of Paris plans to make the space between the Trocadero and the Champ-de-Mars pedestrian. The area around the Eiffel Tower would thus be transformed into gardens that will extend those of the Trocadero. Parisians and tourists will then be able to enjoy an immense green space on both sides of the Seine as far as the Pont d'Iéna.
Jardin du Trocadéro, what activities ?
Place du Trocadéro takes its name from its vast green spaces, which offer a breath of fresh air in the heart of Paris. With friends or with the family with children, the Trocadéro gardens allow you to enjoy a free ride in the fresh air every day of the week and 24 hours a day. Afterward, you can visit a multitude of unmissable sites nearby.
- The Musée de l'Homme: housed in the Palais Chaillot, this French national museum is dedicated to presenting the human race in its cultural, historical and anthropological diversity.
- The Passy cemetery: this small necropolis displays extravagant, even monumental tombs. In these places, you will find the graves of personalities such as Édouard Manet, Marcel Dassault, or Claude Debussy.
- The Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine is the most significant architecture center in the world, with 22,000 m². Located at number 1 Place du Trocadéro and 11 November, the city is home to the museum's art galleries, an auditorium, a library, a school, and a restaurant. It also offers an incredible view of the Trocadero Gardens and the Eiffel Tower.
- The Clemenceau Museum, which has been housed in Georges Clemenceau's apartment since 1931, has made a point of keeping the state of the rooms exactly the same since the death of the statesman nicknamed Le Tigre.
Towards the Avenue d'Iéna, you can also visit the Paris Cinéaqua aquarium, with the largest pool in France. Above, the Palais de Chaillot houses several museums, theatres, and restaurants with the Parvis des Droits de l'Homme in its center. On either side of the palace, gently sloping English-style gardens line the ponds. The ensemble, decorated with century-old trees and numerous sculptures from the 1930s, is particularly popular during the summer.
After the Trocadero garden, you can extend your walk in the woods with the Passenger Gardens of the iconic Parc de la Villette. Perfect for raising awareness among children and adults, this green space has an educational and cultural vocation. Workshops and gardening courses are organised throughout the year. Parisians and visitors alike can thus enjoy an original and ecological experience where nature and urbanism mingle.
Metro lines 6 and 9 drops you off at the Trocadero stop, right in front of the park. This area is also accessible by bus. Once there, it will be pleasant to take a walk or have a bite to eat on the terrace. The park is permanently open, but stay tuned to the weather news, because in case of bad weather or strong wind, a closure of the park can be considered. The same applies to other green spaces such as the Bois de Boulogne, the Bois de Vincennes, or the gardens of the Palace of Versailles in the neighboring departments of Ile-de-France.
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