Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Paris, France
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont Paris Reviews
A wonderful escape in a busy city Mar 26, 2011
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is to Paris what Central Park is to Manhattan. This romantic park is located in the 19th arrondissement, in the northeastern part of Paris. It was commissioned by Napoleon III in 1864. It was built by the engineer Adolphe Alphand and the architect Gabirel Davioud and took 4 years to complete. The park replaced a gypsum quarry and execution ground.
Buttes-Chaumont park occupies 61 acres (25 hectars) and is all man made. The highlights are the romantic lake, a grotto, a waterfall and the Temple of Sybil on top of a cliff. There are also two Guignol theatres and a playground in the park.
Buttes-Chaumont park has age-old trees with a rich bird life. The lake is the home for gulls, waterfowl, black swans, geese, mallards and many more. The park also has 5 kilometers of trails and paths and is ideal for running and jogging.
It takes an hour or more to explore the park. Don´t forget to cross over to the island where the copy of the Temple of Sybil is. From there it´s a great view of Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur. You reach the island either by the 63 meter (206 ft) long suspension bridge or by the 22 meter high stone bridge. From the island we followed the lake around until we reached the grotto. Hidden inside it, is a 32 meter (105 ft) high waterfall. Don´t forget to look up to admire the man made stalactites. It´s all pretty amazing.
If you get hungry there are three restaurants in the park. Or even better, bring your own picnic basket. We were in the park on a Saturday and it was full of families and friends gathered around their picnic lunch. Since we hadn´t prepared anything we enjoyed a lovely lunch at the restaurant Le Pavillon du Lac.
I can highly recommend a visit to Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. It´s a lovely and romantic park and nice break from touristy Paris.
The metro station Buttes-Chaumont and Botzaris is at the edge of the park and Laumières is a couple of blocks away.
Entrance to the park is free and opening hours are:
7:30 am – 11 pm in summer
7:30 am – 9 pm in winter
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