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The gardens at Fontainebleau are free to visit even if you decide not to visit the interior of the chateau.

The largest part of the gardens is the Grand Parterre, the largest formal garden in Europe which was created during the reign of Louis XIV by André Le Nôtre and Louis Le Vau. We heard Le Nôtre's name several times on this trip, the gardens at Vaux le Vicomte, Chantilly and Versailles were among the many gardens that he designed or collaborated on.

The Jardin de Diane is a tree filled area with a statue of the goddess of hunting, take a close look at the fountain and see that the streams of water coming from the dogs are a bit unusual.

The English garden dates back to the time of Francois I, it was redesigned during the reign of Napoleon I. It wasn't very remarkable, mostly trees and grass.

Website: http://www.musee-chateau-fontainebleau.fr/

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  • Updated Oct 10, 2011
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