In the center, on the outskirts, in the old and new areas of the capital, Parisian parks and gardens provide greenery, freshness and open-air events to residents and visitors alike. Tree and flower-lined escapes, in places that are part of the city's heritage.
In the Heart of the City
The Jardin du Luxembourg, nicknamed the Luco by Parisians, is one of the green lungs of Paris. Its botanical heritage is as sought after as its architectural heritage and the seats provided to the public are stormed when the weather is nice. The garden gates regularly host photo exhibitions.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Entrances: Place Edmond Rostand, Place André Honnorat, Rue Guynemer, Rue de Vaugirard Paris 6th arrondissement
A Little Height
The Parc des Buttes Chaumont, built around its lake, is, without doubt, the steepest of the capital. Its cave and its fake stalactites, as well as the temple of Sibyl and the different bridges, make it an original strolling area. Its large lawns attract readers, picnickers and sun worshippers from spring.
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Access : 1-7, rue Botzaris - 2-6b, rue Manin - 55, rue de Crimée - 42, avenue Simon-Bolivar
Paris 19th arrondissement
Le jardin du Bois
In the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, the Parc de Bagatelle is famous for its rose garden with 10,000 rose bushes. Its romantic atmosphere is ideal for a stroll. Exhibitions, as well as classical music concerts are regularly organized there.
Parc de Bagatelle
Access: Route de Sèvres à Neuilly
Paris 16th arrondissement
A Guaranteed Getaway
The Jardin des serres d’Auteuil offers you a journey through its botanical heritage, housed in different sized greenhouses. The tropical greenhouse, with its gigantic palm trees, transports you into the jungle and houses a pond with fish, as well as a little aviary.
Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil
Acccess: 3, avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil
Paris 16th arrondissement
5 kilometers to discover the 12th arrondissement
Built on a former railway line, the coulée verte (green path) of the 12th arrondissement is a wooded promenade in part suspended via different tunnels and gardens.
Access: 44-46, rue de Lyon
Paris 12th arrondissement
On the Banks of the Seine
In 1992, a new park was created in Paris, on the site of the former Citroën factory. A modern park, it is the only one in the capital to open directly onto the Seine. Weather permitting, you can set off on the Ballon de Paris for a hot air balloon ride.
Parc André Citroën
Access: 2, rue de Cauchy
Paris 15th arrondissement
As Far as the Eye Can See
Montsouris Park is one of the largest in the capital. Its reservoir is visited during European Heritage Days. And in nice weather, between May and September, concerts are organized on the bandstand.
Access: 2, rue Gazan
Paris 14th arrondissement
A Garden Within a Garden
The Jardin des Plantes houses the Botanical School, an Alpine garden, the iris and perennial plants garden, the rose garden and the rockery (all free), as well as the large greenhouses, different museums and its menagerie (fee).
Jardin des Plantes
Access: 47 et 57, rue Cuvier - 2,10 et 18, rue Buffon - 36, 38 et 40, rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
Paris 5th arrondissement
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