Paris has 3,000 hectares of green space and no fewer than 455 parks and gardens. It is at the top of the tree as the greenest capital city in Europe. From large forests to the smallest local public squares with countless parks and gardens in between, green geography is perfectly woven throughout the urban landscape.
In Paris, the tradition of the garden lies at the heart of historical and contemporary environmental planning. Major buildings, be they official (the Senate, Palais-Royal), cultural (the Louvre) or scientific (the Natural History Museum), present their verdant extensions for a perfect interaction between nature and culture.
Jardin du Palais-Royal, Paris 1st.
Jardin des Plantes, Paris 5th.
Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris 6th.
Jardin d’Acclimatation, Paris 16th.
For those who appreciate greenery on a grand scale, the French capital boasts some splendid parks which stretch over several hectares and punctuate the urban landscape with institut de beauté paris vast splashes of green. Each district sports its own particular space with a wide variety of layouts and installations. There is something for everyone.
Parc André-Citroën, Paris 15th.
Parc Monceau, Paris 17th.
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Paris 19th.
Parc de la Villette, Paris 19th.
Parc de Belleville, Paris 20th.
The woods of Paris
The Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes are two unconditional favorites, where city-dwellers reconcile themselves with nature. Families find plenty of activities for children on playgrounds nestled among the trees. Cyclists have ever wider itineraries to follow. Horse riders and joggers in search of fresh air, get a vast network of riding and hiking trails.
Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12th.
Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16th.
At the foot of Sacré-Coeur, nestled in the magical neighborhood of Montmartre, the Paris vineyards constitute a rural detour out of time. 1,500m² of vines are harvested here each year at the Clos Montmartre festival, on the second weekend in October. Parisians and visitors alike are welcome to join in the festivities, including the picking of the grapes and tasting workshops, and to admire the fireworks, finally taking home a bottle of the latest vintage at the end of the evening. A wine grower’s life in the heart of Paris!
Art in the park
There are gardens as art… and art in the gardens. In Paris, city parks are often associated with art works, either as permanent fixtures or during temporary exhibitions. The gardens of the Musée Rodin form a natural setting for works by the sculptor. In the Tuileries gardens, statues from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries are dotted along the pathways. In the gardens at Palais-Royal, the contemporary Colonnes de Buren (Buren’s columns) contrast with the classical architecture of the surrounding buildings