Located across from Place de la Bourse, between Quai de la Douane and Quai Louis XVIII, this spectacular pool, designed by landscape artist Michel Corajoud, alternates a mirror effect and artificial misting in an extraordinary way. The rhythmic changes in 2 cm of water on a gigantic slab of granite make this location truly magical.
The Water Mirror of Bordeaux
1. Place de la Bourse
Place de la Bourse has symbolised the city of Bordeaux around the world for centuries and played a major role in the city's development, trade, and reputation. Both the Bordelais and visitors alike adore this very elegant square. Place de la Bourse was originally separated from the river by railings, but these disappeared during the French Revolution. The equestrian statue of the king was briefly replaced by one of Napoleon, followed by the Fountain of the Three Graces in 1869… The latter has been much appreciated ever since and is photographed by tourists from all over the world.
2. Grand Theatre
Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, is a theatre in Bordeaux, France, first inaugurated on 17 April 1780. It was in this theatre that the ballet La fille mal gardee premiered in 1789, and where a young Marius Petipa staged some of his first ballets. The theatre was designed by the architect Victor Louis (1731–1800). Louis later designed the galleries surrounding the gardens of the Palais Royal, and the Theatre Français in Paris.
3. Place Du Parlement
The Place du Parlement was created in 1760 as the Place du Marche Royal and was renamed Place de la Liberte during the French Revolution. Its current name keeps the memory of the Parliament of Bordeaux instituted in 1451 and suppressed in 1790.
How to Get Tickets?
To do things at Miroir d'eau you don't have to buy any tickets It is a public area and free of charge.
How To Get Around?
To take Miroir deau Tour, the best way is travelling on foot. However, if you want to enjoy Miroir deau and have a city tour, you can rent an electric vehicles or ride a city bus.
What Should I Wear?
There is no fixed dress code that you need to follow. Just wear something comfortable for you to enjoy playing with the water. Also, put on your comfortable sandals so that you can enjoy the walking on the water and do many things there.
Best Time to Visit
You better visit Mirior d'eau in summer, in the afternoon during the sunny day so you can see your reflections in its thin slick of water. However, at night wilp be nice too because you can see the reflection of city lights on the water.
Will I Need a Guide?
It is very easy to get and to do things at Miroir d'eau. You do not need a guide since it is an open space and a public area. The activities you can do there are enjoying the water reflection and the fog vapour that arises every 15 minutes.
How To Get There?
From bordeaux railway station you can take tram Line C. Or if you don't want to take a line, you can take Uber or taxi.
Bordeaux is a city where its better to avoid using the car: many areas are closed to traffic, and the ones that arent are nearly always blocked by traffic. The best is to use the tram and the bicycles, and even the boat - that can be combined as 'transit' with the travel ticket with other means of transport.