The presence of several parks and gardens is a big relief for visitors to relax and rejuvenate in between while visiting the sights in and around Paris. The city has some of the most lavishly laid out renaissance inspired gardens and parks unlike any other in Europe. Paris is thus a rare fusion of natural beauty and cultural tradition that promises a unique experience to visitors. The Bois de Vincennes is one such park and the biggest one in Paris.
Located just on the outskirts of Paris, this park is maintained by the city and remains an important part of all the Paris private tour programs. In fact, it has become the favorite spot for several visitors on Paris tours. With an estimated area 9.95 square kilometers, the Bois de Vincennes has several attractions in the form of rich grass fields, forest, lakes, a zoo, a botanical garden, etc. Visiting the Bois de Vincennes while on a Paris private tour is an excellent way to enjoy nature and relax while away from the commotion of the city.
The Bois de Vincennes has four lakes in total known as Lac de Saint-Mande, Lac de Gravelle, Lac Daumesnil and Lac des Minimes. One of the most impressive among them is Lac Daumesnil that is located to the west of the park. It is the largest lake in the part covering an area of 12 hectares making it ideal for boating. This lake also consists of two islands.
The other large lake is Lac des Minimes that covers an area of six hectares and consists of three islands.
Chateau de Vincennes
Chateau de Vincennes is a large French royal fortress used during the 12th to 18th Century. Housed inside this park, the Chateau de Vincennes monument is a fine example of medieval architecture and remains the only fortified castle in Paris. It was used for many purposes such as royal residence, hunting lodge, fortress, and a state prison to hold convicts. It is open every day and visiting the place is an incredible way to acquaint with the life in medieval times.
Floral Park and Zoo
Bois de Vincennes houses a remarkable floral park that consists of several varieties of flowers and plants. Some of them include a rich collection of rhododendrons, dahlias, camellias, irises, and many others. The central sage located inside the also hosts jazz concerts or other performances occasionally. The Zoo de Vincennes is also located near and is surrounded by several trees. Its notable attraction is a 65-meter high rock.
Ferme de Paris
The Ferme de Paris is a working farm located in Bois de Vincennes. The farm houses several animals such as cows, pigs, sheep, goats, and rabbits. It is a delight for children and adults interested in the countryside and its lifestyle. Entry to this farm is free, but the farm is open to visitors only on weekend afternoons.