Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Address: 1 rue Botzaris, Paris, 75019, France

- Free


Discover waterfalls, caves and a lovers' leap in Paris's most romantic park.

The picturesque Buttes-Chaumont, laid out under Napoléon III in the 1860s, is what the French call an "English-style" garden, that is rolling lawns, mature trees and grottoes rather than gravel paths and avenues. I adore its mixture of natural and fake - it was created on the site of old gypsum quarries, in part dynamited away to create a lake and craggy island with a classical temple on the top (modelled on Tivoli in Rome) with wonderful views over Paris, and a cave complete with manmade stalactites. You'll find all the facilities of a good local park too, with puppet shows, pony rides and playgrounds for kids, tea room and restaurant.

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A great place to picnic in summer.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation