Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is one of Paris's hidden gems, not so well known by tourists, but loved by locals

Beautiful Parc des Buttes-Chaumont at dusk
Beautiful Parc des Buttes-Chaumont at dusk cc licensed photo by (vincent desjardins)

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 Visit

Fee: 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 bisButtes Chaumont 0 minutes
M5Laumière5 minutes
M11Pyrénées6 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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Rated 4.6 out of 5

5 Star Rating One of the coolest park inside Paris. It's big, it has lawns, brooks, a lake with a fake mountain in the middle. And ducks!

Jean-Paul Audouy - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating This is one of the best parks in Paris! Built in the 19th century by Napoleon III in a disused quarry. It has by far the most dramatic landscaping you'll find in town. There are waterfalls in an artificial cave several storeys high and brooks and rivulets leading down the steep hills. You can walk out to a belvedere for a unique view over northern Paris, most viewing points in the city look toward the Eiffel Tower and downtown. The place is full of flowers and in the summer, they keep it open all night. Popular spot for evening picnics. Allowing your dog off leash is prohibited, but there are a few areas where it won't bother anyone, especially during the cold months. Sunny weather brings out lots of runners and big crowds of people strolling, but it's all very friendly. Often you can see wedding parties taking photos around the shallow duck pond. Fenced off area for people practicing Tai chi and other martial arts. Pétanque just outside the park at the high end. Pony rides for children. Plenty of drinking fountains and a public toilet.

Jon Edward Jordan - 9 days ago

4 Star Rating Lovely park to walk around, nice to sit by the water and people watch or up on the hill overlooking the city. Good place to bring a picnic. Lovely place to go for a run

Christina Giblin - 27 days ago

5 Star Rating Ran into some awesome, fun Parisians who told us the park's history. It was a mine hole and almost became a landfill to be covered over until an architect laid out plans to make this amazing park. 100% man made and gorgeous.

Quinton Marquiss - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating 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 - 2 months ago


The start of a new day in beautiful Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

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