Claude Monet's Garden at Giverny, France (with Map & Photos)

Monet's Garden at Giverny (France) - The place where Claude Monet lived is known for its beautiful garden and home. Located on the north bank of the Seine in the village of Giverny.

Monet Garden Giverny France
Monet Garden Giverny France

General Information


The impressionist painter Claude Monet lived in Giverny for 43 years, starting in 1883. For the first time he saw this place from the train window and literally fell in love with this region. Despite the fact that the world knows Monet as a stunning master of impressionism, the artist himself considered the wonderfully planned gardens that descend to the Epte River to be his true masterpiece.

Monet Garden Giverny France
Monet Garden Giverny France

The house itself is long, low, with green shutters and steps, painted pink. Inside, everything remained exactly as it was under Mona - he lived here with his beloved, whom he later married, and his eight children. There are no original paintings by the artist in the house-museum, and wonderful Japanese prints still hang on the walls.

Monet Garden Giverny France
Monet Garden Giverny France

Gravel paths lead from one part of the garden to another. At every turn, a new view opens up, the light also changes, not only due to the movement of the sun, but also depending on the weeping willows and rhododendrons planted here. It was this change in lighting that fascinated Monet, and he painted his garden over and over again.

Monet Garden Giverny France
Monet Garden Giverny France

In May and June, wisteria blooms over the Japanese bridge, however, whenever you arrive, the garden will be magnificent. The lily pond is charming in late July and early August, but there are over 100,000 perennial plants and almost as many annuals are planted every year, so the park is a true abundance of flowers, scents and butterflies.

Monet Garden Giverny France
Monet Garden Giverny France

The museum is open from April to October, all days except Sunday. 9.30-18.00; admission until 17.30, no advance ticket sales; house and gardens - 5.50 €, gardens only - 4 €.

How to get there


By train from Paris Saint-Lazare train station goes to Vernon, then change to a bus that will help you overcome the remaining 6 km to Monet's garden. You can also rent a bike for 12 euros at the Café du Chemin de Fer, which is opposite the station, or walk. From the station, cross the river and then turn right onto the D5 road. Be careful: when you get to Giverny, turn left at the fork, otherwise you will have to go around the garden.

Monet Garden Giverny France
Monet Garden Giverny France

By car, the journey from Paris will take about an hour. Take the A13 motorway towards Vernon / Giverny until turning 14.

Claude Monet's Gardens Map