If you’re planning a trip to Paris, you must have written down a ton of monuments in your to-do list: the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre Museum… But what about the green areas? London has Hyde Park, Madrid has the Retiro Park and Berlin has the Tiergarten… And what about Paris? Well, the parks of the capital of France may not be its main attraction, but they sure deserve a visit. We have prepared a list of the best parks in Paris so you can spend a full day relaxing in a green and beautiful place with the whole family. Take good not of them!

 

The best parks in Paris: Jardin des Tuileries

If we had to mention a single park in the City of Love that would be the Jardin des Tuileries or Tuileries Garden, which is the most famous park in the city. It’s in a very convenient location, between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre Museum, right in the city centre, so it’s the perfect spot to relax during a busy day of sightseeing. It was built for Queen Catherine de Medici by the same architect who built the famous French gardens of the Palace of Versailles, but it became a public park after the French Revolution.

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The best parks in Paris: Buttes-Chaumont

If you’re tired of the tourist circuit in the city of Paris, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont may very well become the highlight of your trip to France. Since it’s located in the19th arrondissement, pretty far from the city centre, you won’t be encountering many other tourists in there. What you will see instead are waterfalls, beautiful trees and bucolic paths. Prepare some picnic food, bring a book and a blanket, and forget you are in one of  the biggest cities of Europe. Your kids will have a lot of fun running around freely. You can do some sightseeing as well, and visit the beautiful Temple de la Sibylle, which stands proudly at the top of a cliff.

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The best parks in Paris: Bois de Boulogne

Of course, in our list of the best parks in Paris we couldn’t ignore the impressive Bois the Boulogne (Boulogne Forest), the second largest park in Paris. Did you know that it is more than twice the size of New York’s Central Park? There you will be able to see two beautiful artificial lakes and eight ponds connected by artificial streams. However, they are so beautiful that you won’t even realise they’re man-made. There are also cascades and different gardens, such as the Chateau de Bagatelle and its English Garden, or the Pré-Catelan, where you will be able to see old and majestic trees such as a sequoia from 1872 or a European beech from… 1782! Kids will also be able to have fun, as there is also the Jardin d’Acclimatation, which used to be a zoo and where there are some attractions for children, such as a puppet theatre and a train ride. If you’re in the mood for some culture, you can visit the Louis Vuitton Foundation, a museum located in a building by architect Frank Gehry. As you can see, there are so many places to visit in the Bois de Boulogne that you could make a day out of it.

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The best parks in Paris: Bois de Vincennes

The beautiful Bois de Vincennes is slightly bigger than the Bois the Boulogne, which makes it the largest park of Paris. It was commissioned by emperor Napoleon III and built next to the majestic Château de Vincennes. There you will find all sorts of installations, such as velodrome or a hippodrome, but also beautiful parks full of plants and flowers such as the arboretum or the botanical garden. Of course, you will also find lakes and monuments, such as the Temple of Love located by the Lac Daumesnil. It’s the perfect spot for a quiet, romantic day with your partner.

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The best parks in Paris: Jardin du Luxembourg

We started the list of the best parks in Paris with a famous one, the Tuileries Garden, and we end it with the other most famous one, the Jardin du Luxembourg or Luxembourg Garden, located in the 6th arrondissement. There are many monuments to visit in this beautiful French garden, such as the impressive Medici fountain or the beautiful Luxembourg Palace, which is nowadays the seat of the French senate. It has an impressive interior, which you can visit in a group tour if the Senate isn’t in session, of course. Otherwise, the beautiful green park is a mandatory visit nonetheless.

 

Are you ready to enjoy the greenest part of the capital of France? Don’t forget to tell us which of these parks in Paris you liked best – we’d love to hear from you!

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