Parc des Buttes Chaumont in the 19th Arrondissement of Paris is fully immersed in nature, and is worth exploring for a leisure walk with friends and family when on Paris sightseeing tours. The park lies in Montmartre district to the northeast of Paris. The Public Park in Rue Botzaris Street has a rich history behind it. Even the name abbreviates the French word ‘Mont Chauve’, which translates to bald mountain. Buttes-Chaumont spans over 20 hectares, and is replete with green pastures, waterfalls, a suspension bridge, and a temple up high that offer exciting views from a vantage point.
Group visitors with kids will appreciate the cityscapes from above this hilltop-like location. Apart from that, the park is home to an array of birds that comprise moorhens, seagulls and mallard wild ducks. The park also offers some recreational activities for children, and there are cafes and restaurants too to fill their appetite during breaks.
History of Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Buttes-Chaumont was announced to the world on the first day of Exposition Universelle of 1867, an international expo held in Paris City. The park was an instant hit among the French owing to its pristine beauty, among other things. One of its landmark sites is the ‘Temple of Sibyl,’ which resides below the suspension bridge designed by the French civil engineer Gustave Eiffel, the same man behind the Eiffel Tower and viaducts in France.
The man-made waterfall channels water from Canal de l’Ourcq. It’s a beautiful sight to behold and for photography, but only from afar. The bridge below has a reputation of being a suicide bridge, so be careful while you take the leisure walk with kids. Explore a section of Le Petite Ceinture too if you can, an abandoned train line that can be seen from the park’s deep, narrow gorge with trees on the sides.
Once you walk down from the hill, and via the grove, you will come to know there are fences surrounding the railway. The first fence is passable since it’s on the verge of falling, and the second fence, built around three years ago, is tall and offers no gaps at all to pass through. While you enjoy, never fail to take precautions just in case, especially when you explore this place through a Paris tour program for sightseeing.