The Pond of the Swiss

  • Vue Orangerie
  • Pique-nique
  • Footing
Vue OrangeriePique-niqueFooting


Exceptional area for walking : this 13 hectare pool was excavated between 1679 and 1682 by the regiment of Swiss Guards from which it takes its name.
COVID Information:

Physical distances must be respected and groups must not exceed 10 people. Wearing a mask is recommended as in the rest of the public space. Picnics are allowed, as well as sitting on the lawns, under strict conditions of respect of sanitary rules (less than 10 people, physical spacing, respect of barrier gestures). Individual sports are allowed, but team sports remain prohibited.

At the far end of rue de l’Indépendance Américaine, abutting the Saint Louis district, the Pièce d'eau des Suisses intended to beautify the southern view of the palace, as an extension of the Orangerie, it also allowed the draining of the land for the King's Kitchen Garden, created at the same time. A copy of Bernini's work representing Louis XIV on horseback is located at the far end of the pool. The sculpture, which did not find pleasure with the king, was finally transformed into a hero of antiquity and placed well out of sight of the monarch…

Nowadays, surrounded by vast lawns and wide paths planted with superb plane trees, the place is an ideal place to relax.
Opening day(s)

All year long 2022

Every day

General information
  • Type of culturel patrimony :
    • Park and garden
  • themes :
    • Park
  • Services :
    • Pets welcome
  • Individual tour services :
    • Guided individual tours available permanently
    • Unguided individual tours available permanently
The Pond of the Swiss
route de Saint-Cyr
  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French
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