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Tuileries Gardens, Paris

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Contact: +33 1 4352 4263(Tourist Information)
Open Hours: Apr-May: Daily 7a-9p; Jun-Aug: Daily 7a-11p; Sep-Mar: Daily 7:30a-7:30p
Situated right in the heart of Paris, the Jardin des Tuileries stretches from the Louvre to Place de la Concorde . Commissioned by Queen Catherine de Medicis and created in 1564 at the same time as the Palace of the same name (which was later destroyed), it was redesigned in 1664 by architect Andre le Nôtre, who was responsible for the layout of its paths, its symmetrical flowerbeds and its terrace overlooking the Seine. As delightful as ever, the garden is perfect for strolling and relaxing in (there are even donkey rides!). From 21st June until 25th August every year the garden plays host to a fun fair whose big wheel gives visitors a fabulous view over Rue de Rivoli. The garden is also home to the Orangerie and the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume .