The lavishly laid out parks and gardens are one trademark of the city of Paris. In fact, this green and tranquil space in a way defines Paris along with its rich tradition of art and culture. The gardens and parks, remnants of the renaissance era still linger across various regions in Paris. The parks located in the city attract many visitors who are on their Paris tour.
Many parks in Paris are truly astounding yet remain unknown to most of the visitors. The Bois de Boulogne is one such famed and splendid park in Paris. Located on the western side of Paris, Bois de Boulogne is the second largest park in the city measuring 845 hectares in area, falling behind the Bois de Vincennes, its counterpart.
A Short History
The origins of the Bois de Boulogne are traceable back to the periods of the French aristocracy. Originally, a rich oak forest, the Bois de Boulogne was the favorite hunting spot of the kings. The Hundred Years War shaped the place, as Louis XI planted many trees and paved numerous roads in the park. Napoleon III is credited with landscaping the oak forest into the park, as it exists today. The park opened to the public after the revolution. It was officially added to the 16th arrondissement of Paris in 1929.
The Bois de Boulogne is basically divided into three regions. The northern part includes the Fondation Louis Vuitton, a modern building in Paris opened in 2014 and Jardin d’Acclimation, which is a zoological garden containing many exotic animals. The central portion of the park is ideal to take relaxing strolls and contains parts of the forest alongside an artificially built lake. The southern portion of the park is mainly intended for hosting sporting events such as the French Open.
Points of Interest
This majestic park is a true delight for visitors in a Paris private tour. It is the ideal destination for anyone deciding to spend a little time away from the busy city to experience the silence of nature. The two lakes are definitely a great place to spend time and allow visitors to rent rowing boats to sail through the lakes.
The numerous gardens inside the park, like the Jardin Shakespeare and the Jardin du Pre Catlan are some popular areas where visitors can watch some fine plants. The Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil is another point of interest within the Bois de Boulogne that has an impressive collection of exotic plants. The largest rose garden in Paris, the Jardin de Bagatelle is located west of the Bois de Boulogne.