Bois de Boulogne
Bois de Boulogne spans over 865 hectares of Paris and is located along the edge of the 16th arrondissement. It was once used as a hunting ground called Foret de Rouvray and is now the second largest park in the city, just behind Bois de Vincennes. Artificial waterfalls and caves were created here back in the 1860’s around the Lac Inferieur. The park also features several lakes, botanical and landscape gardens, a zoo and amusement park as well as a racing track for horses. The French Open tennis tournament is held every year within the park’s boundaries; it is one of the four most important events in tennis.
Bois de Vincennes
The Bois de Vincennes is the largest public park in Paris and it is located on the eastern part of the city. It was built between 1855-1866 by Emperor Louis Napoleon. It covers an area of 995 hectares, which is approximately 10% of the whole of Paris. This means it is 3 times larger than Central Park in New York and similar size to Richmond Park in London. The most important feature is the Chateau de Vincennes, where Kings of France resided back in the old days. It also contains a zoo, a floral garden, a horse-racing track, a velodrome for cycling and the French national institute of sports and physical education.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg is located in the 6th arrondissement and covers an area of 22.5 hectares. It is known as the garden on the French Senate, which is located here. It is very popular among the locals as well as tourists. People come here with children for its pony rides, ice-cream stands, puppet shows and merry-go-round.
Parc de la Villette
Parc de la Villette is located in the north-eastern part of the 19th arrondissement of the French capital. It is famous for the large number of cultural venues, which are situated here. This includes Europe’s largest science museum – City of Science and Industry. The park was designed by a well-known French architect – Bernard Tschumi, who created this wonderful landscape in 1987 as part of the urban redevelopment project. Since the opening of Parc de la Villette, many famous architects have been able to design and build beautiful, contemporary building here such as Jean Nouvel and Christian de Portzam parc.