In 1823, after taking down Trocadero (in Spain), Louis XVIII wanted to commemorate the victory by constructing a Villa Trocadero on Chaillot hill. The buildings were never erected, but the garden did receive the name. That is where the Jardin du Trocadero lies now, on the feet of the Palais Chaillot, across the Seine and exactly opposite of the spectacular Eiffel Tower.
Covering over nine hectares and designed in the style of an English garden, Trocadero offers an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower and the shade of various trees, from red oak, ash, an American tulip tree, a hazelnut tree from Byzance and a Pterocarya dating all the way back to 1891, which now towers over 28 m (92 ft) high and has a 6.3 meters (21 ft) circumference. A man-made creek crosses the gardens, glistening under the shade of the trees.
The Varsovie Fountains are a series of cascading basins, ending in one large basin, with over 20 cannon-styled water jets working all day long. The Jardin du Trocadero is found right in the middle of Paris’ main attractions, in the city’s 16th arrondissement, and naturally, is surrounded by hotels and restaurants for every liking.
The Jardin du Trocadero also offers several stone and bronze sculptures for you to discover along your path, as well as a carousel, swings and sandboxes to entertain the youngest members of the family. When everyone’s done relaxing and having fun, make sure you stop for some ice cream on the concession stands around the carousel.
These gardens are spectacular during the day, and like all Paris’ green spaces, literally offer a breath of fresh air from all the tumult. Yet, it is during the night time when the Jardin du Trocadero truly shines. Extremely delicate but abundant lighting makes for a magical nocturnal stroll through the trees and flowerbeds, especially when the Eiffel Tower is lit up. That’s definitely something you won’t want to miss.
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