The Anne Frank Garden in Paris, France


The Anne Frank Garden is a well-hidden park a short distance east of the Forum des Halles. The park is on a tiny, dead-end pedestrian street just behind the popular Pompidou Center. This is the front or west side of the Center, which is a museum of modern art. On the south side of the Center there’s the Stravinsky Fountain, and restaurants. Renard Street runs right next to the east side of the Pompidou Center. It changes its name to Beaubourg Street about half-way past the museum. This is the bus stop nearest to the Anne Frank Garden (Lines 29, 38, 47, and 75). The name of the street changes as it continues north, but it’s the same street. Since this is the back of the Center, it doesn’t get as much foot traffic as the other sides. Beaubourg Street meets Rambuteau Street on the north side of the Pompidou Center. The street is pedestrian north of the Center (seen here), but vehicular to the east (behind us). On this corner is the nearest Métro station, Rambuteau, served by Line 11. And just north of the corner, on this (east) side of the street, is this tiny sign. Here you’ll find a little pedestrian street that sneaks eastward between some buildings. Let’s swing away from Beaubourg Street and take a walk down Impasse Berthaud. It’s very easy to walk past this street without seeing it if you’re not looking for it. Looking the opposite way, it lines up with another pedestrian street across Beaubourg Street. This cozy little passage is also home to the Doll Museum (Musée de la Poupée). And there’s the only entrance to the Anne Frank Garden, up ahead. The park, built in 2007, is divided into three sections. This first section is modern and was built in 2007. Inside it, there’s a chestnut tree grown from the tree that Anne Frank admired out her window. This is it. The original tree in Amsterdam was lost in 2010 when it was felled by a storm. There’s also a table with a chessboard (just one), although people use it for eating lunch. You can see the chestnut tree and the entrance to the center section of the park back there. Now let’s visit the center section of the park, which has existed since the 17th century. It was originally the “backyard” of the Saint-Aignan mansion, which is off to the right (east). Today the mansion houses the Museum of Jewish Art and History. That’s the museum behind the fence. I think the statue there is a statue of Alfred Dreyfus. There’s no park entrance from the museum, though, which is on Temple Street, to the east. The museum is on the right. This is the entrance. The park is off to the left and behind the building. Here we are back in the park. The rest of the center section (west end shown here) has been renovated. The renovation attempted to follow the 17th-century design closely. And here on the left you can see the archway leading to the third section. Looking back south, you can see that the Pompidou Center is not far away. Now let’s move on to the third section of the park. One interesting feature of this section is a tiny garden. It is maintained by the “1001 Leaves” club, which is local to this neighborhood. I don’t know how large the club is, but the garden is really small, albeit well tended. This is the rest of the third section, looking away (west) from the little garden. From a small playground at the other end, you can see the tiny garden. The entire park is hemmed in and hidden by the buildings around it. That’s about it. I’ll walk you back out to the street. Almost looks kinda spooky, huh? There’s busy Beaubourg Street up ahead. If you cross the street and continue, you end up in the modern Quartier de l’Horloge. I show that in another video. There’s the Pompidou Center again. Thank you for watching my video.

23 thoughts on “The Anne Frank Garden in Paris, France

  1. Are you going to do something special for your 100th video?! Btw a fan of all your videos. Love the captions as always.

  2. Mxsmanic….I worship your work. I worship your videos. I worship the time you spend to bring me and many other tremendous joy. I worship Paris. Most of all, I worship those (such as you) that give of their time to bring so much to others. I am sure there are many people that have never been to Paris (yet their dream was to go but now it is too late.) Or, there are the ones lucky enough to go once and they 'return' through your work. Peace to you in every thought, deed, and in every moment.

  3. Actually I haven't been counting the videos. In some spots it says I have 99, in others it says I have 103, so I don't know what the correct number is. I have several videos in the wings (four at the moment) but I'm not very good at editing so it takes a long time to finish them.

  4. …(continued)….I LOVE LOVE LOVE the captions. I pause and read each one carefully. I will follow your footsteps and the streets you say so that I may visit the places you have 'taken' me. Merci.

  5. I watch all your videos. Thank you sooooooooooooooooo much for such amazing sights of Paris. You are truly gifted.

  6. By the way. You could do a whole video on the Stravinsky Fountain. Those who have never seen it would love to see it. Close ups in slo mo of the fountain operating are good also.

  7. Uprated. Good channel! Glad I subbed! I recommend the Cimitière de Picpus. It is not on some maps. It took us two attempts to get in and I think is only open once a week but we've been there several times and it is incredible and in an active convent. No Revolution buff should miss this. It's not promoted I think because it's a sad and shameful place but that's just my opinion. The caption option here is great. Shared. I will try to see this next time around Beaubourg.

  8. While the chestnut tree was really moving especially since the original tree was lost; reminds me of the cherry blossoms in Washington dc. They were from cuttings from a grove of trees in japan which were wiped out by the Fascists at the start of WWII. That first section doesn't seem to have any sence of design or functionality. It either needs more or less

  9. Apparently it's that way for historical reasons. The central portion was historically a garden attached to the Hôtel Saint d'Aignan (now the Jewish history museum and adjacent), with a big wall around it. The other portions were separately acquired by the city and merged into the park. I think it would have looked better without the big wall around the central park, but what do I know?

  10. I don't have a problem with the second section, maybe because I'm american, a recreation of an historic space is really cool to me; though a gate through the museum wouldn't have hurt. I havn't read the diary but that first section seems like a throwaway spot except for the tree. and if it was the only thing there that would have been ok.

  11. I've been thinking that maybe they bought the first parcel because that was the only way to provide a way to get into the park!

  12. Nice touch having the closed caption description, otherwise I would not have known what I was looking at. Merci for all of your videos.

  13. Sur le panneau vert de la mairie de Paris il est indiqué : "abrite un marronnier que la jeune fille admirait de sa fenêtre (un greffon y a été planté le 20 juin 2007)".
    C'est un clone du marronnier d'Inde qu'elle admirait, mais ce n'est pas l'arbre original. Les gens ne connaissant pas le journal d'Anne Frank pourraient croire qu'elle habitait là.
    Il aurait été plus juste d'écrire : "abrite depuis le 20 juin 2007 un greffon du marronnier que la jeune fille, à Amsterdam, admirait de sa fenêtre ".
    Heureusement que vous le précisez bien dans votre commentaire.
    Mais je pense aux personnes qui passent par là.
    Bravo pour vos prises. C'est toujours charmant et très bien commenté.

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