Paris Parks That Are Worth Visiting

Despite being the most densely populated city in Europe, Paris has a lot of green spaces where you can relax and enjoy a bit of nature.

There are Italian style gardens like the Tuileries, parks artificially sculpted out of the landscape like Buttes Chaumont and Montsouris, the space-age Parc Andre Citroen, and wild woods like the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes.

Below are two parks and two gardens I think are worth a visit:

Jardin du Luxembourg

This is the large garden in the Latin Quarter.

As it's close to the Sorbonne, it attracts a lot of students at lunchtimes. However, it's also popular with the sporty crowd and there are a lot of joggers and tennis courts.

It's a great place to relax and eat one of those wonderful French sandwiches.... and, to watch a slice of French life (particularly during a sunny weekend)

Jardin Du Luxembourg

And, for sightseers, there are a couple of things of interest:

Firstly, the gardens house the French Assembly, one of France's parliaments.

Secondly, there is a beautiful water feature behind the Assembly building that's worth seeing.

Jardin des Tuileries

The Tuileries were designed by the same gardener who created the gardens at the Palace of Versailles. So, if you've not got the time to go out to Versailles, it's worth having a look at the Jardin des Tuileries.

It's located in between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde.

Parc Buttes Chaumont

The park at Buttes Chaumont is evidence that, for all the amazing tourist sites in Paris, the Parisians like to keep the best stuff for themselves.

It's located in the north east of the city and is a man-made park with a lake, grotto and waterfall.

To learn more about the park and how to get there, there's a separate page for the park here: Buttes Chaumont.

Bois de Vincennes

If you're coming to Paris in late spring/summer, the Bois de Vincennes is well worth a visit.

It's the large park/woods ("bois" means "wood") to the east of Paris. You can get there via Metro #1 (get off at Porte Doree and walk up the hill)

What will you find there?

From late March to late May, there's the Foire du Trone, a large funfair. And, throughout the summer, you can rent rowing boats and spend an hour rowing around the Lac Daumesnil.

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