Your trip to Paris will undoubtedly include all the big sightseeing spots such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées, but if you’re a country dweller at heart or if you’ve got green fingers when at home, you’ll probably be most curious about the 400 plus parks and gardens that are peppered across Paris.
You’ll also appreciate spending a little quality time away from the crowds of tourists whilst on your Paris tour and one of the simplest and cheapest way to do this is with a gentle stroll around Paris’s many beautiful parks. Luckily there are plenty of walking tours of the Gardens of Paris which are ideal if you have a spare afternoon on your trip. Below are a few of our favourite green spaces to wile away an afternoon or two.
Pretty Pere-Lachaise cemetery in the 20th arrondissement was created by Napolean Bonaparte as part of his 19th century revamp of Paris, and features thousands of trees. Of course, you also spend time in the serene graveyard where you can spot world famous residents such as Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison and Balzac.
Parc André-Citroën, which lies in the 15th arrondissement next to the Seine was created by the landscape designers Giles Clement and Alain Provost. And yes, it is named after the man who manufactured the Citroën car, and the park actually used to be where the car factory stood! On a walking tour of this geometrical, modern park, you’ll be whirled around the garden’s green spaces and explore wild spots, pretty fountains and immense fully working greenhouses.
Further out in the 12th arrondissement next to the Bibliotheque and the River Rheine, is the Parc de Bercy, which was once a buzzing wine market. Stroll the smooth lawns here and admire the rose gardens (with 95 varieties of roses), vineyards and orchards for a peaceful glimpse of Paris’s green heart. We’re also fond of the labrynth and the charming vegetable patch which was cultivated by the school children of Paris!
It really does pay to take some time out and enjoy the spectacular scenery and ambience afforded by Paris’s pretty parks. Which is your favourite park in Paris, or anywhere in Europe for that matter? Let us know below!
Read more on Paris Walking Garden Tours
Learn more about Paris