While spring is showing up, we dash to relax in one of the parks and gardens the left bank has.
1/ Le Jardin du Luxembourg
This iconic garden bordering the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés was created in 1612 on the initiative of Queen Marie de Médicis. It is very popular with Parisians and tourists for its large area (61.8 acres), a huge fountain Médicis, its tennis courts, its statues and its rose garden. The Jardin du Luxembourg is representative of two styles, since it is divided into two parts, one in English and one in French. Throughout the year, photography exhibitions are organised on the railings of the site, as well as concerts in it bandstand. The place is also famous for its numerous facilities for children (merries-go-round, slides, puppets etc.), while their parents play chess, or why not the controlled boats!
Find the opening hours for the Jardin du Luxembourg (in French).
Le Jardin du Luxembourg
Rue de Médicis-Rue de Vaugirard
Metro: Odéon (line 4) or Luxembourg (RER B).
2/ Le Parc Montsouris
Le Parc Montsouris is one of the largest green spaces in central Paris. Favourite place for students to have a walk due to its proximity to the Cité Universitaire of the capital, it is also home to many species of birds to observe. Like in the Jardin du Luxembourg, it organises free concerts, given in its bandstand, usually from May to September. For the record, the park was built under Napoléon III and inaugurated in 1869. It is well known for its rare trees such as the Persimmon tree or the Chinese Parasol Tree, with its lake, its beautiful statues and its restaurant named the Pavillon Montsouris, where you can enjoy fine French cuisine. By the way, this property was built in 1889 for the 1892’s Universal Exhibition. It has since been registered as a French Historic Monument, thanks , among others, to its very beautiful glass wall and breathtaking view on the park.
Until April 30th, 2016: open from Monday to Friday from 8:00am until 8:30pm, and on weekends from 9:00am until 8:30pm.
From May 1st to August 31st, 2016 : open daily from 7:00am until 9:30pm.
See all the schedules. (In French)
Le Parc Montsouris
2, rue Gazan
Metro: Porte d’Orléans (line 4) or Cité Universitaire (RER B).
3/ Le Parc André Citroën
This green space is one of the most recent of Paris. Inaugurated in 1992, it replaces the old Parisian factory of the French car manufacturer Citroën. Designed by leading architects and landscapers, Patrick Berger, Gilles Clément, Jean-Paul Viguier, Alain Provost and François Jodry, it is the only park to be directly open on the Seine. The Parc André Citroën is famous for its main attraction, the Ballon de Paris, a captive gas balloon which offers an ascent at 164 meters high, in family and a breathtaking panorama on the capital. Otherwise, there also are tennis tables, water slides, spring toys and other ball games areas for children. The older ones will be delighted to visit the greenhouses, or to admire the rare plants and other exotic trees on the site.
Until April 30, 2016: Open from Monday to Friday from 8:00am until 8:30pm and from 9:00am until 8:30pm on weekends.
From May 1st to August 31st, 2016: Open from Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 9:30pm and on weekends from 9:00am until 9:30pm.
See all the schedules. (In French)
Parc André Citroën
2, rue Cauchy
Metro: Javel (line 10).
4/ Le Jardin des Plantes
Created in the late sixteenth century, the Jardin des Plantes was originally the Jardin du Roy. Today it houses the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, the geology and mineralogy gallery, the large tropical greenhouses but also alpine, green, botanical gardens, irises and perennial plants, a menagerie and a rose garden on 59.3 acres. Throughout the year, the various sites organise numerous exhibitions to discover all the wealth of fauna and flora. This green space is the favourite place of athletes who come to run here and for lovers who stroll here before joining the Seine banks. A place that will enthrall children, who can also enjoy a life-size labyrinth!
Open every day, in summer from 7:30am until 8pm, and in winter from 8:00am to 5:30pm.
Le Jardin des Plantes (in French)
2, rue Buffon
Metro : Gare d’Austerlitz (line 10).
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