A haven of tranquility in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, its gardens have also become a must-see during your visit.
Completed in 2018, the Garden redevelopment project by VOGT Landscape LTD, the landscaper focusing on securing the Eiffel Tower site along with Dietmar Feichtinger architects, has turned this space into an essential part of the complete “Eiffel Tower experience.” Visitors walk through these gardens in order to access the esplanade and ascent to the Tower. However, they are free and open to public access, so anyone is welcome to take a stroll.
The new pathways are designed to highlight every element in the gardens while offering breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower, surrounded by lush greenery that enhances the Tower without hiding it. They also offer access to the belvederes and great perspective. These historic observation points were recreated to offer visitors precise views of the Tower that had been forgotten.
Discover the belvedere on Allée Jean Paulhan by following the pathways (from entrance 2 in the east or exit 2 in the north). Perched on a rock near the basin, its design blends into the natural surroundings and offers the ideal spot for admiring or taking photos of the Tower.
This typically Parisian natural retreat reproduces a “Belle époque” garden that draws its richness on its variety of flora. It boasts over 60 varieties of trees including weeping willows, cedars, and horse chestnuts; 20,000 shrubs; and 2,000 perennials that offer a natural background during all seasons.
There is also a cave in the western part of the garden (near Allée des Refuzniks) which is not yet open to the public. Embellished by a small waterfall that flows into the basin, it ensures a bucolic atmosphere! Just above it, the belvedere on the rise is the perfect place to stop and cool off on a hot day, while enjoying an amazing view of the Tower.
Discover the oldest tree in the garden!
Don’t miss the magnificent sycamore that was planted over 200 years ago, in 1814, and stands out even among the garden’s many trees with its 65-foot height.
You can see it near exit 2 (west) to close your visit to the Eiffel Tower.
A few relics the Tower’s history still exist, and among them is the chimney that once served to evacuate the steam from the machinery that powered the elevators. Made of red brick, its architecture makes an impression that there is a castle hidden in the garden! It can be seen near exit 2 (west).
There are two ponds in the garden, one next to Allée Jean Paulhan and the other near Allée des Refuzniks. They are home to a variety of animal life.
Look into their waters and try to spot common carp, koi carp, mallard ducks, and gulls. If you’re lucky, you might see some of the herons that occasionally visit the Tower gardens.
As night falls, the gardens are illuminated to create a completely different atmosphere. Enjoy this peaceful and romantic time to stroll the pathways and observe the Tower’s golden or sparkling lights in a new way.
The cleanliness of our gardens is a priority. The garden was already present at the World’s Fairs, and has lasted over the centuries because of the care afforded to it. It’s our duty to respect nature and preserve the Eiffel Tower’s green space. There are trash bins spread around the gardens for this purpose.
Stop for a delicious bite, to enjoy on site or takeaway, from one of the restaurants along the esplanade. There is a wide variety to choose from, available throughout the day, from opening to close of the Tower.