Parks and Gardens in Paris near Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Nestled among the French capital’s world-famous sights are a surprisingly large number of green spaces, where visitors can take a breather from the bustle of Parisian life. With more than 400 options to explore, from pocked-sized gardens to grand parks and historic stately escapes, there are plenty of urban oases in the City of Light. Discover the must-see parks and gardens in Paris with the help of this two-day itinerary.
After breakfast, take a 15-minute drive to the first park of the day, Parc Monceau.
The history of Parc Monceau is evident from the moment you pass through its wrought iron gates. Dating back to the 17th century, the park is filled with statues, Renaissance archways and colonnades, a Venetian bridge, and even a model Egyptian pyramid. It’s a peaceful escape in the heart of the city’s eighth arrondissement.
Then, take a 10-minute drive to Bois de Boulogne.
Bois de Boulogne
Bois de Boulogne is an 850-hectare adventure playground that was once a royal hunting ground. Swapping hunting for sports, the park is now a key leisure hub for Parisians. From boating on Lac Inférieur and horse riding on the bridleways to watching horse racing on the Longchamp Racecourse, there’s plenty to entertain visitors all year round.
Still within Bois de Boulogne, seek out Parc de Bagatelle.
Parc de Bagatelle
Created in 1775, Parc de Bagatelle is one of four botanical gardens in Paris. For more than 240 years, the garden has been cultivating intriguing varieties of trees and plants. One of the most romantic spaces in Paris, the park offers artificial waterfalls, quaint bridges, a Chinese pagoda and a large rose garden filled with ten thousand rose bushes.
Walk through the Parc de Bagatelle to get to the Roseraie de Bagatelle.
Roseraie de Bagatelle
Found within the already picturesque surrounds of the Parc de Bagatelle lies the famed rose garden. A staggering number of fragrant roses – somewhere around 10,000, cultivated from 1,200 different species – call this idyllic corner of Paris home. In addition to the beautiful blooms, the park often hosts performances, concerts, and events.
Next, take a 35-minute drive to Parc Montsouris.
The regal Parc Montsouris is arguably the finest English garden in Paris. Created by Emperor Napoléon III, the beautiful park features statues, impressive tree-lined landscaped lawns, exotic trees, a lake, and cultural attractions including the Meteorological Observatory and the Mire du Sud – a monument marking the Paris meridian. There is also a bandstand which hosts free concerts throughout the summer months.
Hail a taxi for the 15-minute journey back to the hotel.
Start the day with a 15-minute drive to Square du Vert-Galant.
Square du Vert-Galant
A tiny park at the tip of Ile de la Cité, Square du Vert-Galant is as charming as it is remote. Built in honour of King Henri IV of France, it received its name ‘Vert-Galant’ due to the King’s reputation for having many mistresses. It’s a popular spot with lovers and affords beautiful views of the river, which surrounds it on three sides, and the nearby Musée du Louvre.
Take a 20-minute drive or a 30-minute walk to the next garden.
A hidden square near Le Marais, Jardin Saint-Gilles-Grand-Veneur is a peaceful space where locals go for quiet reflection. Tucked away behind the shops and galleries of Rue de Turenne, it’s hard to find but worth the effort. It’s accessible via a choice of two narrow alleyways that cut through a building – look out for the iron gates leading to Rue de Grand Veneur or Rue de Hesse.
Next, take a 15-minute drive or a 30-minute walk to Parc de Belleville.
Delve into the heart of Jardin des Plantes to discover Jardin Alpin, an alpine garden which brings more than 2,000 plant species from the mountains to the city. Over a space of more than 4,000sqm, botanists have created microclimates in which they can grow and cultivate various plant life as though in the wild. Even if you don’t know much about nature, it’s a beautiful walk.
The next garden, Parc Floral de Paris, is then a 20-minute drive away.
Parc Floral de Paris
Located within the giant Bois de Vincennes park, Parc Floral de Paris is a popular park and botanic garden with abundant wildlife and plant life. Enjoy a walk through the grounds, a picnic on the lawn or even a round of mini golf, before venturing out into the wider park for sports and activities such as boating and horse riding.
Reach the final destination via a 25-minute drive.
Parc de la Villette
A cultural hub in the north of Paris, Parc de la Villette is a large 55-hectare urban park with lawns (often hosting shows and festivals), ponds, fountains and play areas. A whole host of cultural attractions line the park, including the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie and the Musée de la Musique. Every summer, the park holds an al fresco film festival.
To get back to the hotel, it’s a 30-minute drive.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.