With more than 400 green spaces, Paris is one of the most wooded capitals in Europe. The “City of Lights” has 2 woods, 16 parks, 137 gardens and 274 squares . Parisian green spaces offer you authentic moments of tranquility, relaxation and walking. Discover our top 5 green spaces in Paris.
The park Buttes-Chaumont
Inaugurated in 1867 by Napoleon III and built on quarries, the Buttes-Chaumont Park is located in the nineteenth arrondissement of Paris. At the time, he responded to a desire of the Emperor to give the working classes a green corner . In its nearly 25 hectares, the park, which is one of the largest green spaces in Paris , has a lake, an island, streams, a waterfall and several bridges including a 65 m suspension bridge over the lake.
Several historic trees have been planted there. It also protects a fauna composed of many species of birds. Finally, for a romantic break, the view from the top of the belvedere is one of the most romantic of Paris.
The Luxembourg Garden
Located on the edge of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Garden (22.45 hectares) hosts many physical activities: tennis, basketball, martial arts . This is also where the seat of the Senate is located. The garden has 3 fountains, 106 statues – including a bronze reduction of the Statue of Liberty – and was restored by architect Jean-François-Thérèse Chalgrin during the First Empire.
Created in 1612, it also plays chess and bridge . Free galleries of photographs are regularly exhibited on the grids of the garden which has a part in the French and parts in English.
Twice and a half larger than Central Park in New York , the Bois de Boulogne (846 hectares) includes the Bagatelle Park, the garden of the greenhouses of Auteuil, the Pre-Catelan and the garden of Acclimatation. Located in the old forest of Rouvray, we quote for the first time this place in the thirteenth century, in the charter of Compiegne. In the nineteenth century, Philip Le Bel built a small chapel after a pilgrimage to Boulogne-Sur-Mer, and the wood naturally took its name.
Destroyed and ransacked after the French Revolution, Napoleon III asked, in 1852, landscape Var and then engineer Alphand and landscaper Barillet-Deschamps to redevelop this green space . Today, that’s how we know it.
The Bois de Vincennes
Called originally “Vilcena”, the Bois de Vincennes is the largest green space in Paris , with an area of 995 hectares. It was only between 1855 and 1866, under the command of Napoleon III, that this wood, which contains no more than 4 lakes, was laid out by the engineer, Jean-Charles Alphand, and the architect, Jean-Pierre barrel-Deschamps.
The Bois de Vincennes also has the tropical garden, the castle of Vincennes, the zoological park of Vincennes or the race course of the racecourse of Vincennes .
The Monceau Park
Many artists have painted it (Claude Monet, Georges Braque, Paul Michel Dupuy …). Others photographed him , like Eugène Atget or Sam Damon. Finally, Yves Duteil even sang it . Of a little more than 8 hectares, Parc Monceau is composed of a rotunda, hilly paths, bridges, caves or even marble statues of writers and musicians.
Purchased by the city of Paris in 1852, part of the park was renovated as a public garden by Baron Haussmann and inaugurated in 1861 by Napoleon III. This green space is encircled by luxurious mansions.
We could also add in this classification the André-Citroën Park, the Gardens of the Champs-Élysées, the Tuileries Garden … And what is your favorite Parisian green space?