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Parks and gardens of Paris, a green setting in the capital

Paris is a very beautiful city because it has provided its inhabitants with green spaces, gardens, parks and fountains for fresh air and refreshment. We present a few green spaces located either within the City of Paris or on its outskirts. It should be noted that the Paris region includes other large parks such as Versailles, as well as densely wooded areas.

Luxembourg Gardens

Luxembourg GardensThe Luxembourg Gardens are a world-famous natural area of over 20 hectares in the heart of Paris, open to the public. Parisians and visitors from all over the world come here to eat. There's plenty to do here, from tennis to jogging, as well as regular cultural events such as concerts and party stalls.

Access: Metro line 4 Vavin or Saint-Sulpice station, line 12 Notre dame des Champs station, RER B Luxembourg station

Bois de Vincennes

Bois de Vincennes ParkThe Espace Naturel de Vincennes is a vast green space covering almost 1000 hectares. There's also a lake for those who want to get some fresh air in a rowboat. The Zoo de Vincennes is famous for its 60-metre-high rock, which is currently closed for renovation. Cultural activities, concerts, fairs, exhibitions and meetings are often on offer, much to the delight of visitors. The Bois de Vincennes is at the gateway to Paris, close to the 12th arrondissement.

Access: Metro line 1 Saint-Mandé, Bérault and Château de Vincennes stations Metro line 8 Porte Dorée, Porte de Charenton, Liberté and Charenton - Écoles stations RER A Gare de Vincennes station

Bagatelle Garden

Jardin BagatelleOften referred to as the Botanical Garden of the City of Paris, the Parc de Bagatelle is a cultivated green space in the middle of the Bois de Boulogne. The garden and château were built over a two-month period following a bet between Marie-Antoinette and the Comte d'Artois.

Access: Metro line 1 Porte Maillot

Jardin d'acclimatation

Jardin d'acclimatationAcclimatization gardens and parks are generally places where exotic plants and animals are displayed and preserved on continents. Among other things, acclimatization gardens have several purposes: to list, study, conserve and preserve exotic species. The Jardin botanique de Paris dates from the end of the 19th century and covers just under twenty hectares to the west of Paris, at the beginning of the Bois de Boulogne. It's a vast space where you can see exotic plants and animals from various countries.

Access: Metro line 1 Sablon

Butte Chaumont Park

Buttes ChaumontWith almost 25 hectares of green space, the Parc des Buttes Chaumont is located in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. The Parc de la Butte Chaumont was inaugurated by Napoleon III. The Parc des Buttes Chaumont was built on a former quarry, giving it a very rugged relief, ideal for walkers and joggers. A 1.5-hectare lake lies in the middle of the park, with a 30-metre-high island on top. The Parc des Buttes Chaumont has six entrances, so we'll just mention the main one.

Main access : South of the park metro line 7 Buttes Chaumont station

Parc de la Villette

Parc de la VilletteThe Parc de la Villette, the largest green space in Paris, is located to the north of the city and is crossed by the Canal de l'Ourcq. The Parc de la Villette is part of a complex dedicated to the modern arts, cinema and science and technology with the Cité des Sciences. In summer, the Parc de la Villette offers a vast restaurant area for those who want to stroll around, as well as a wide range of cultural activities.

Access: Metro line 5 station Porte de Pantin Metro line 7 Parc de la Villette

Parc Monceau

Parc MonceauLocated in the north of Paris, Parc Monceau is a green space dedicated to strolling, offering visitors several buildings with diverse and exotic architectural themes. Parc Monceau covers just under 9 hectares, with fountains, bridges and monuments on a wide variety of themes. You can stroll here in summer or winter to enjoy the green space on offer.

Access: Metro line 2, Monceau station

See also: Parc Monceau, a delight for lovers of architecture

Fountain of the Innocents

Fountain of the InnocentsLocated in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, in the Halles district, the Fontaine des Innocents is a listed monument of the city of Paris. On the one hand, the Fontaine des Innocents is a symbol of its frequentation: it's a place where young people can gather to chat and eat their sandwiches. On the other hand, it's also a representation area for various humanitarian associations. It's also a popular place for young people to take up board sports such as rollerblading and skateboarding.

Access: Metro line 4 station les Halles and Châtelet metro lines 7, 14 Châtelet

Medici fountain

Fontaine MedicisLocated in the Luxembourg Gardens, the Medici Fountain is an architectural monument of exemplary richness and beauty. The fountain is decorated with several statues of mythological figures. Construction of the Fontaine de Médicis was commissioned by Marie de Médicis, widow of Henri IV. In the course of its history, the Fontaine de Médicis was moved to the Luxembourg Gardens.

Access: Metro line 4 Vavin or Saint-Sulpice station, line 12 Notre dame des Champs station, RER B Luxembourg station

Stravinsky fountain

Stravinsky FountainA modern work of art, the Stravinsky Fountain is located next to the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Centre de Recherche en Musique Contemporaine. The Stravinsky Fountain is original in the mobility of its sculptures, which also emit sounds evocative of the contemporary Russian composer whose name it bears. The Stravinsky Fountain is also a meeting place and restaurant in the heart of Paris.

Access: Metro line 11, Rambuteau station

Saint-Sulpice fountain

Saint Sulpice fountainLocated in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, this fountain stands in the middle of a square that bears its own name, opposite a large church that gave it its name. The Saint-Sulpice fountain is a Paris landmark that is a masterpiece both for the sculptures that adorn it and for its location. The Saint-Sulpice fountain is very imposing, standing 12 meters high with a square base measuring 10 meters by 10 meters. It was built in the middle of the 19th century by the famous architect Louis Visconti. The fountain is decorated with statues of four of Louis XIV's greatest bishops.

Access: Metro line 4 Saint-Sulpice, Saint-Germain des Prés, Metro lines 4 and 10 Odéon, Metro line 10 Mabillon

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