There are many great parks scattered throughout Paris but none is quite like Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. This park owes its uniqueness to an original thinking designer Baron Haussmann who designed the entire park with the aid of Adolphe Alphand, a well known landscape architect.
The area where the park now sits was an area that few visited, it was in fact originally an area reserved strictly for the execution of criminals and then at a later stage in its history it became a limestone quarry as well as a public dump. These facts alone make the park a prime example of how easily land that has been used for industrial purposes can be converted into something that is good for the public.
It was Napoleon the Third who decided that it should be converted into a park for the enjoyment of the working class in that area. The park is especially distinctive because the entire park is actually situated on a rocky outcrop that yields the best views of the city of Paris and is therefore one of Parisians' favourite parks to stroll through or just spend time relaxing in.
In designing the park the Baron Haussmann decided on some very radical and revolutionary design techniques. For example, he decided to use dynamite as a sculpting and land shaping technique with some very dramatic and interesting results. The park features a 32 metre waterfall and on top of the cliff is a small temple inspired by the Roman temple to the goddess Sybil.
The park, which stretches for 24 hectares features a both a suspension bridge and a slightly notorious suicide bridge over thirty feet above the ground. There is an accumulated total of around five kilometres worth of walkways and paths to guide you through the beautiful gardens located around the park. There is even a little grotto. All of these features combine to make the park the third largest built this way in Paris. The park is quite easy to get to and there are in fact two Metro entrances leading to the park, namely Botzaris and Buttes Chaumont. There are also a number of exotic species of tree, many of them Asian, such as the Himalayan Cedars, Byzantine Hazelnuts and Siberian elms, to name but a few.
Nearby attraction: Canal Saint Martin
Facts For Your VisitFee: No
Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.Hours This Week:
- Monday: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Thursday: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Friday: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Saturday: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Sunday: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Address: 1 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris, France
Phone: 01 48 03 83 10
Official Website: Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M7 + M7 bis||Buttes Chaumont||0 minutes|
How to get to Parc des Buttes-Chaumont by Metro / RER
By Metro: Via Metro Line 7 go to Louis Blanc Station and transfer to the M7bis to Buttes Chaumont Station. The park entrance is just ahead of the exit on your right. Via Metro Line 5 go to Laumière Station; exit and walk straight south along Avenue de Laumière to the park entrance. Via Metro Line 11 ride to Pyrénées Station; exit onto Avenue Simon Bolivar and follow it north west to the park gate.
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Ratedout of 5
Great park for a weekend walk, jog, or picnic. A restaurant or two to eat at can be found inside the park as well
Joel Fish - 8 days ago
It was absolutely amazing!! Especially the getting locked inside part of our visit...There was no "10 minute warning" sound before all the gates were locked, and my companion and I were locked inside with DOZENS of others; we were forced to climb over the fence, which is NOT EASY TO DO unless you happen to be a gymnast or an acrobat...I would visit (and be locked in) again each time I visit this wonderful city. Just remember that CLOSING TIME MEANS CLOSED SO GET OUT BEFORE you're padlocked inside!
Gabrielle Dawkins - 15 days ago
Very nice park with great views, a nice lake, and rock formations. A bit busy on weekends, especially the scenic spots. Lots of up and down, great for challenging jogging. Nice lawns to relax on.
Alexander Wagner - 1 month ago
LOVE IT. One of the few parks in Paris where you can more or less do what you like. Including (call me crazy) walking on the grass! Great for running too. Three good bars within the park as well.
Freepiste #freepiste - 2 months ago
Gorgeous park. If you are in Paris for only a weekend or so, I wouldn't do it, as there is so much else to see. But if you visit for longer, and start to feel the urge to do something relaxing and peaceful away from the crowds -- this is it. Bring some food and have a picnic, spend an hour or two walking around among all the green. The area south of the park is quite pleasant for a brief wander too. A little bit slower and quieter (and cheaper!) than the rest of the city. I found a nice bakery, I'm sure there are other good surprises too.
Steven Egan - 5 months ago