For some time we have been thinking about listing our favourite Parisian parks and gardens. Et voilà: some of Paris‘ most beautiful parks and gardens have been compiled by our team in a top 10 list below. If you have another suggestion, let us know by leaving a comment… we’d love to hear from you!
1. Jardin des Tuileries
The impeccably formal Garden of the Tuileries were designed and laid out from 1640 by André Le Nôtre along the Historical Axis that he started to trace.
It remains the largest and oldest public garden in Paris today.
Find out more on the Tuileries Garden.
2. Jardin du Luxembourg
Among the many parks and gardens of Paris, the Luxembourg Garden is certainly one of the favourite green places of Parisians, students and tourists. Fascinated by this oxygen bottle in the centre of the capital, visitors enjoy the greenery punctuated with a multitude of statues, playgrounds and the famous Guignol puppet show.
Find out more on the Garden of Luxembourg.
3. Parc Monceau
Parc Monceau is situated in the 8th arrondissement and covers an area of 8.2 hectares. Landscaped in the 18th century with many follies (Corinthian pillars, an Egyptian pyramid), Parc Monceau was restored during the Second Empire in an English style made up of curved walkways and randomly placed statues. The public garden is a very popular play area for children residing locally.
Find out more on the Parc Monceau.
4. Jardin des Plantes
More than just a public garden, the Jardin des Plantes is the main botanical garden in France. Situated in the 5th arrondissement on the Left Bank, the garden was created in 1626 under the name of “Jardin du Roi” (Garden of the King). The garden features historic glasshouses, a maze (le labyrinthe), a small zoo and a beautiful rose garden.
5. Jardin des Champs-Élysées
The lower section of the avenue des Champs-Élysées, from the Place de la Concorde to the Rond Point des Champs-Élysées, is bordered on each side by the English gardens designed by the architect Hittorff (1838). Consisting of lawns, beautiful conker trees and shrubberies, they blend harmoniously with the pleasure pavilions.
Find out more on the Champs-Élysées.
The green esplanade of the Champ de Mars spreads between the classical façade of the École Militaire and the famous Eiffel Tower. The park is named after the Roman god of war: Campus Martius (Field of Mars).
The vast esplanade welcomed the World Exhibitions of 1867, 1878, 1889, 1900, and 1937. Anywhere you sit in the park you will have a majestic view of the Eiffel Tower – so grand that you will never forget it!
7. Parc des Buttes Chaumont
The public park of Buttes-Chaumont was created in a former gypsum and limestone quarry by Baron Haussmann between 1864 and 1867 to serve the growing population of the 19th and 20th arrondissements. The English landscape park features a grotto, waterfalls and a romantic Roman temple on the top of a promontory known as the Temple de la Sibylle, which is a miniature version of the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, Italy.
8. Cimetière du Père Lachaise
Against all odds, the Père Lachaise Cemetery in the east of Paris is one of the favourite green place to Parisians and tourists alike. The largest cemetery of the City of Paris, Père Lachaise is also the first garden cemetery and greatly differs from other similar places such as the Montmartre or Montparnasse cemeteries. Along the promenade, visitors can discover the graves of many celebrities: Guillaume Apollinaire, Honoré de Balzac, Sarah Bernhardt, Maria Callas, Frédéric Chopin, Jean de la Fontaine, Molière, Jim Morrison, Édith Piaf, Marcel Proust, and Oscar Wilde.
9. Lac inférieur, Bois de Boulogne
The large public park of Bois de Boulogne along the western edge of Paris was commissioned by Napoleon III between 1852 and 1858. Like its eastern counterpart, Bois de Vincennes, the large woodland includes an English landscape garden. The Lac Inférieur is the largest artificial lake of the park and includes an island accessible by boat on which stands a small wooden kiosk known as the Kiosk of the Emperor. Beautiful trees, small boats, swans and ducks, contribute to the picturesque and romantic scene of the place.
10. Lac Daumesnil, Bois de Vincennes
Paris’ largest public park, the Bois de Vincennes was landscaped between 1855 and 1866 under the reign of Emperor Napoleon III. The artificial Daumesnil Lake is set in a beautiful English garden and includes two islands on which stand a Temple of Love and a Swiss Chalet.
There are other interesting squares in Paris worth mentioning:
- Parc Montsouris
- Parc de Bercy
- Promenade Plantée
- Jardin de Reuilly
- Jardin du Trocadéro
- Park of Musée Rodin
- Garden of Palais Royal
- Square Jean XXIII at the chevet of Notre-Dame (pictured above)
- Parc Georges Brassens
- Parc des Batignolles
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- cemetery = cimetière (m)
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