Tourist Guide Paris

Parks in Paris

Parks in Paris

Bois de Bologne

What is Central Park for New Yorkers is the Bois de Bologne to Parisians. With a total of 8.45 km² it is the largest urban park in Europe. In the 1900’s the younger generation in particular would amuse themselves here – either to read, to listen to the music played by the many musicians, or simply just to sit and chat in a peaceful environment. Unfortunately this park is intersected by several roads because there are hiking, bike and horse trails on which the visitor can also simply relax.


Parks in Paris

Jardin du Luxembourg

This park is the most famous in Paris and lies very close to the University of Sorbonne therefore it is often used by students for intellectual discussions. Throughout the whole year visitors can take a seat on the provided chairs and enjoy the sunshine whilst the children can ride in the extra large barrel boat. Already by the start of the 17th Century at the behest of Maria of Medici, the park and bordering palace were created in accordance to a Florentine model; the palace was to be used for celebrating glittering parties before relaxing in the park. Today the palace is used as the seat of the Senate.

Jardin des Tuileries

The baroque style park was created in 1666 as a front garden to the Louvre. This park was one of the first in the world and thus indirectly served as a template for other later parks. In this park there are statues of 18 women which can be found in between the finely trimmed hedges and are almost regarded as unreal. In this park one will mainly find the middle-aged and older generations who simply want to enjoy the sunshine or who have come here for a casual chat.

Jardin des Plantes

If Louis the XIII had not existed then neither would this park! It was this king who enabled the creation of this park in 1633, as a teaching and healing-herb garden for the medical students at that time. This park is thus one of the proofs of the hitherto largely unknown social commitments of a king, as before this time it was never heard of that a French king was committed to the general population. As a result it came as no surprise that in the 19th Century the government at the time allowed the accommodation of the natural history museum here. Due to an increase in the knowledge of natural history the contents of the museum could always be expanded.