Situated towards the west of the city centre and within easy reach of many of our Paris holiday apartments, the Bois de Boulogne offers a fantastic day out for all ages.
Brimming with picturesque gardens and boasting a huge array of activities such as boating, horse riding and cycling, this impressive public park is most definitely worthy of a visit. Occupying a huge area alongside the 16th arrondissement of Paris is the magnificent Bois de Boulogne, the second largest public park within the city. Originally used as a hunting forest by French Royalty, the landscape was transformed in the mid 1800s, under the orders of Napoleon III, into a place which is bursting with things to do. From relaxing, green open spaces to horse riding and cycling, the Bois de Boulogne provides something for everyone who visits.
Inspired by Hyde Park in London, with many areas designed in an English garden style, the park is still filled with many of its original oak and cedar wood trees, which line its tranquil pathways and create a picturesque setting. Several delightful lakes, ponds and streams can be found throughout the Bois de Boulogne, providing an opportunity to hire a boat or canoe and enjoy a fun filled afternoon of sailing. Many cafes and restaurants are also housed within the park, offering a superb range of meals and refreshments for visitors.
For the children and those young at heart, the Bois de Boulogne is equipped with plenty of fabulous playgrounds, together with the entertaining Jardin D’Acclimatation. Located to the north of the park, this charming area is home to a multitude of facilities including a zoo, an amusement park and a mini golf range. Regular puppet shows, as well as pony trekking and children’s workshops also take place throughout the day within the gardens. Positioned upon the western edge of the Bois de Boulonge, close to the banks of the magnificent River seine, is another of the park’s much-loved amenities, its excellent camp site, which is spread out over an impressive 7 hectares and boasts over 500 pitches.
The Bois de Boulogne is also renowned for its collection of well-known landmarks, such as the Longchamp Racecourse which is the main racetrack in the city of Paris, the Stade de Roland Garros, an impressive tennis complex which is used to host the French Open and the Parc des Princes, Paris Saint-Germain Football Club’s stadium. The Chateau de Bagatelle, a small, 18th century castle set within the striking Bagatelle garden, is yet another sight not to be missed within the park, as is the historic garden known as the Pre-Catelan, which features an enchanting theatre dedicated to the works of Shakespeare.
All in all, the Bois de Boulogne is a place which offers a multitude of services and is an attraction definitely worthy of a visit. Providing the perfect setting for a relaxing picnic or a scenic walk, the park is also somewhere to experience an action packed day away from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city centre of Paris.
*Please note that it is recommended to visit the park during the daytime and not during the evenings.