5 Most Beautiful Parks in Paris
Paris is a spectacular city with so many amazing sites to see, it is no wonder why it is the most visited destination in the world with 27 million tourists a year. The museums, theaters, churches, fountains and statues are a few enticing attractions that draw in many visitors. Accordingly, the peaceful and stunning parks catch the attention of a number of travelers.
Paris boosts about its 400 plus parks all of which offer something unique. Here are a few favorites:
Jardin des Plantes
This is the oldest garden in France, created in 1626 to cultivate herbs for medical purposes. Today, it is one of France’s most popular botanical gardens. The park is situated on the River Seine and covers 69 acres. The most important attraction at the Jardin des Plantes is the Natural History Museum which is located on the grounds along with a small zoo and the labyrinth.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Originally owned by the duke of Luxemburg, hence the name, this 55 acre park is probably the most popular in Paris and rightfully so. Throughout the park visitors can admire the many statues including the Statue of Saint-Geneviève. At the center of the park is the Grand Basin, an octagonal pond, where children bring small boats. The park is in no short supply of chairs and quiet places to sit and people watch.
Parc André Citroen
If you enjoy a more modern style then you will love the Parc André Citroen. Finished in 1992, the park is known for its variety. The park has two very modern greenhouse pavilions complete with dancing fountains. Within the park grounds there is a White Garden, Black Garden, Changing Garden, Scent Garden, and Garden of Movement all of which deserve a visit.
Bois de Boulogne
The Bois de Boulogne is an enormous park at the western edge of Paris. What sets this park apart from others is its several gardens, the most important being the Parc de Bagatelle. The Chateau de Bagatelle, the famous rose garden, and the magnificent iris display in May are visible from the Parc de Bagatelle.
The park was created in 1778 and many structures still stand: among the best known are a rotunda at the edge of the park, a small pyramid and a picturesque corinthian colonnade. The flower gardens of Park Monceau are well-known and are an ideal place for a romantic evening stroll; perhaps this is why this park is said to be one of Paris’s most romantic. This park is a favorite with children because of the number of playgrounds found here.
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