Fondation Claude Monet, Giverny

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Your visit to Fondation Claude Monet starts in a little blue sitting room painted with that same colors that Monet chose. Restorations include period decorations, such as cement tiles made in Rouen, brightly painted furniture, and copper pots that contrast the cheerful blue walls of the large kitchen. Throughout the house, you'll see Monet's personal collection of over 200 Japanese woodblocks and works of art by his Impressionist contemporaries. When you stroll across the Japanese bridge, commissioned by Monet, admire the water lilies rising from the pond, which were also inspired by Japanese garden design. Low hedges separate the garden's plots, each with its own theme, harmony, shape, composition, and color palette. Look out for rare plant varieties and wisteria planted by Monet himself. Add Fondation Claude Monet to your Giverny travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Giverny trip itinerary planner .
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  • Fulfilled lifetime quest to visit the gardens that were the inspiration for his paintings. Was prepared to find that it wasn't nearly as pretty or as picturesque. Happy to say the gardens were spectac...  more »
  • We arrived on a sunny day in mid autumn after a 45 minute train trip from Paris and a short bus ride. Even getting there just when it opened we had to dodge bus loads of people. All the same the garde...  more »
  • The place is beautiful, but very touristy. Buy the ticket queue in advance or arrive early
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  • Visited on a cloudy day Early September. Mobile and camera exhausted from the explosion of colours. Took a breather and munch on our light picnic on one of the benches. 9.50 euros worth every penny to pay at the entrance to keep this gem in Givency. Blessed on the day with much lesser tourist than the peak season, little time waiting to take a photo of the bridge and of the everything. Ample of free parking. Make it a day to visit as well Worth taking your time to absorb the beauty.
  • This place is so beautiful. I have come here for my most special birthday and 2 other times just because I love it here. The restaurant outside is nice to stop by first and have lunch. The line is usually long... so have your partner wait while you explore the other beautiful gardens down the street! That's what I do!! Love the feeling here with any type of weather. The rain, wind, sunshine... it's all beautiful and gives off the spirit of Monet!
  • Monets garden is really worth a visit. Even on a dull morning in the rain it looked lush and colourful. We arrived about 12 and the queues were already long so it was worth pretty booking our tickets. You need to go in via the 'group' entrance. It was quite crowded but still wonderful to get a glimpse at his life and what inspired him. I loved it. Be aware that you will have to pay the full adult price for children over 14.
  • Arrived at 14.00 and there were only a few people waiting. Entry fairly quickly involved brief check of bags and notified that no picnic in garden allowed. Garden and all planting was fabulous well stocked and the lily pond and bridges just as imagined. There were quite a lot of selfie sticks around which was a bit tedious at times especially in the house! Well worth visiting and not too expensive.
  • This was the highlight of my whole trip to France. The countryside is beautiful, definitely ride a bike from the train station. The house is well preserved and aesthetically pleasing. The garden is more beautiful than the paintings captured. The whole surround village is also gorgeous to explore. I got there as early as I could with a train trip from Paris and didn't wait in line for long. After I was in the house there was a longer line to enter.

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Where to stay in Giverny

Though you can easily explore Giverny from a comfortable hotel base in Paris, consider giving this small village its proper due by booking your rooms at a local inn. The village once served a rural retreat for Claude Monet, and today provides an ideal starting point for a leisurely exploration of Upper Normandy. Despite its small size, Giverny boasts several hotels and luxurious B&Bs, nestled in a quiet country setting just a short walk from Monet's famous gardens and the city's museum of Impressionist art.
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