Gardens of Saint-Germain-en-Laye Castle


The castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye is bordered by a garden that extends to the forest and the Terrace of Le Nôtre that overlooks the West suburbs of Paris.

The Gardens of the Castle

The gardens of the castle were entirely redesigned by Le Nôtre between 1662 and 1674. The French landscape architect created the Boulingrin (Bowlingreen), the Grand Parterre (the Great Flowerbed), and the Jardins de la Dauphine (The Dauphine’ s Gardens).

Two principal alleys were laid out in the park and in the forest.

One is the prolongation of the Grand Parterre on the northern façade of the Château-Vieux, now the Avenue des Loges:

The other alley is the Grand Terrace which marks the border of the domain for 2.4 km while opening it onto the panoramic view of the Seine valley:

The Great Flowerbed was partly stripped off when the railway between Paris and Saint-Germain was built. This was compensated by the creation of an English garden by order of Louis-Philippe. When the station was put underground at the beginning of the 1970s, the Grand Parterre was partially restored.

One of the gardens’ main features is the monumental terrace of Le Nôtre bordering the forest and overlooking the valley of the Seine River. It offers a panoramic view of the western suburbs of Paris (La DéfenseMontmartre, the Eiffel Tower).

In June and July the bandstand of the park holds concerts on Sundays at 3.30pm.

The gardens of the castle are open everyday from 8am to 9.30pm in Summer and from 8am to 5pm in Winter. The opening hours are posted on the entrance gates.

The French Garden

The English Garden

On the grounds of the English Garden is found the War Memorial of Saint-Germain-en-Laye:


Discover the département of Yvelines (Versailles, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Rambouillet…): Tourisme en Yvelines.


About Author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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