Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

 
Walk in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont
23 January 2018 Price range : 0 - 10 USD
If you are on holiday in Paris and between two visits of the famous monuments of the city you want to take a break, what better place to do it than a park? Paris is full...More
If you are on holiday in Paris and between two visits of the famous monuments of the city you want to take a break, what better place to do it than a park?
Paris is full of beautiful and pleasant parks: Jardin des Tuileries, Bois de Boulogne, Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin des Plantes, etc. But today, let's talk about a less known: the park des Buttes-Chaumont. Located in Belleville, the park is generally less visited than the others listed above because tourists rarely want to move away from the tourist loop. Indeed, the park is located in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. However, it is one of the city's most magical spots.

Story time:

Its surroundings were known for its infamous Gibet de Montfaucon, a place where the bodies of hanged criminals were put after their executions (from the 13th century until the end of the 18th century). The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, before being a parc was actually a zone of gypsum quarries. During the expansion of Paris in 1860, Napoleon III decided to transform the old Gypsum quarry into a magnificent garden. The park, with its meandering paths, waterfalls, temples and vertical cliffs, was designed by Adolphe Alphand. It was inaugurated on 1st April 1867 on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition held in Paris.

The lake inside of the park is also a "creation" because the waters come from the Canal de l'Ourcq. You will also be able to see and cross the suspended bridge, created by Gustave Eiffel (yes, the same who designed and built the Eiffel Tower).

Interesting information:

- The entrance is free.
- Sightseeing tours are often organised (check on the website).
- It is open every day.
- It opens every day at 7 am but the closing time is subject to change (generally between 8 pm and 12 am but I recommend checking the site the day of your visit).
- It is adapted to disabled people.
- There are some restaurants inside of the park.
- There are activities for children.
- Dogs are admitted.
- You can bring food and/or beverages.
- There are toilets.

Hope you will enjoy your visit!
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