The 5 Most Beautiful Parks Around Paris
Many of the most beautiful parks in the world are lucky to call Paris home. It's no wonder that all of the impressionists painted Parisians strolling through the park and lounging around them every chance they got. The parks are immaculate and breathtaking! Who wouldn't want to do that?!
If you're planning a trip to Paris and want a little inspiration, we're exploring some of the most beautiful parks around Paris so that you can get a good idea of where you would like to spend your time moseying along. Here are the 5 most beautiful parks around Paris, and a few bonus ones for you at the end!
5. Jardin des Tuileries
The beautiful Jardin des Tuileries is Paris' oldest and largest public garden. It's amazing because of it's central location to everything. It is right next to the Louvre, the Seine, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, Musée de l'Orangerie, and more! It's great to come here early in the mornings before the crowds of people, but you won't regret if you come at any other time of the day either. Be sure to visit when the ferris wheel is up, or when the impeccable trees on the grounds are changing foliage throughout the year.
4. Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Situated in the 19th arrondissement is the one of the best local parks in Paris. Tourists don't usually frequent this park, but locals know that it's one of the city's best getaways. There is a stunning little temple/gazebo on top of the main cliff that you're not supposed to climb up into...but if you do, I won't tell! The views from inside it are unbelievable!
The park is quite large and even has a cute local restaurant to grab some food and drinks if you didn't bring your own. I'd definitely recommend coming here on a beautiful day with a picnic in one hand and your lover in the other.
3. Parc Monceau
This public park, which is located in the middle of the 8th arrondissement, is one of the most diverse parks in the city. There are influences from Egyptian, Italian, Chinese, English, Dutch, and Corinthian cultures. The entrance of the park greets you with a gorgeous rotunda as you enter an extraordinary and quiet oasis in the middle of the city. Definitely an ideal spot to come for a walk.
2. Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg is an amazing park that is a favorite amongst both locals and visitors. This popular 17th-century garden, which was created by the Italian monarch Marie de Medici, is a wonderful place to come at any point in the day and eat, relax, walk, nap, or people watch.
Take in the gorgeous architecture and sculptures, catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower, admire the Medici Fountain, or even sail a mini boat in the fountain. Your kids can also enjoy pony rides or traditional puppet shows, locally known as "guignols." There isn't too much grass to sit on, so come early if you want a chair, or be prepared to hunt around for a good spot under the shade.
1. Parc de Sceaux
This might be one of Paris' best kept secrets, but just on the outskirts of town (or a quick metro ride away) is the adorable and picturesque town of Sceaux. Imagine cute, little, French-country-style-looking houses, cobblestone streets, and an unbelievable park with 17th-century gardens that is right in the center of it all.
This park has a sweeping views of the land, an immaculately manicured landscape, a grand country house and museum, and elegant water fountains all throughout the park. The first time I came to this park, I felt like my soul was home. It is breathtaking and absolutely worth a visit. The best part is that it's relatively quiet compared to the other parks since it is further away from the city center of Paris (aka: no annoying tourists!) so you can enjoy a pleasant stay.
Other notable parks and gardens around Paris:
- Parc de Saint-Cloud - Located just on the outskirts of Paris is the cute little town of Saint-Cloud. The park is free for pedestrians and has a wonderful view of the city center of Paris. It's a nice place if you want to escape the tourists.
- Musée Rodin - It's hard to choose what is more beautiful of the gardens of the Rodin Museum: the sculptures or the flowers and pristine landscape.
- Bois de Vincennes - Located just on the eastern tip of Paris is the largest public park in the city. They have everything from boats, theatres, a zoo, a historic chateau, and acres of land to be able to relax and enjoy.
- Jardin des Plantes - Once a royal botanical garden in the Latin Quarter, this park is a perfect place for the whole family since it is adjacent to the Museum of Natural History.
- Jardin du Palais Royal - A nice area in the middle of Paris to walk through and enjoy the architecture and perfectly manicured trees
- Gardens of Versailles - The garden of all gardens. Probably one of the most beautiful places in the world and definitely worth a visit at least once in your life.
- Place des Vosges - A great spot in the heart of the Marais to enjoy the architecture and people watching!
- Parc de Belleville - This park boasts a great view of Paris from the 20th arrondissement.
What is your favorite park around Paris? Comment below with other spots not listed here that would be great to visit!