Bois de Boulogne
The western counterpart of the Bois de Vincennes, the Bois de Boulogne is a vast expanse of green on Paris' west outskirts. Originally the site of royal hunting grounds and a monastery, the Bois de Boulogne has been thoroughly adopted by today's Parisians as an essential place to breathe and play.
Another romantic-style park, the tamed wood offers visitors waterfalls, bluffs, lakes, and breathtaking walks among oaks, cherry trees, and countless other varieties. The park is also known for its devoted cyclists, its enormous children's garden, and its seedy night scene--incidentally, stay away from the park at night.
By Courtney Traub, About.com Guide
Like its counterpart east of Paris (the Bois de Vincennes), the Bois de Boulogne just west of the city is a place where Parisians go to breathe and enjoy spacious green surroundings. A historic spot which French nobility once used as hunting grounds and that inspired great painters like Van Gogh or Monet, the Bois de Boulogne is a lyrical expanse of greenery and calm where picnics, bike rides, boating, and even fishing can make you feel like you're far away from the urban blight.
One word of warning: prostitution rings thrive around the Bois de Boulogne after dark. Avoid the area at these times.
Location: Main entrances near Porte Maillot, Avenue Foch, and Porte d'Auteil in west Paris.
Metro: Porte Maillot, Les Sablons, Porte Dauphine, Porte d'Auteil (Line 1, 2, 10)
RER: Porte Maillot (Line C)
Nearby Sights and Attractions:
- Two lakes stretch along the east end of the park near Porte Dauphine, offering romantic views of waterfalls, majestic trees, and islands. Boats can be rented around both lakes.
- At the center of the park, near the racing club, is the Pre-Catalan, a historic garden that features an open-air Shakespeare theater (shows in French and occasionally in English) and a legendary purple beech tree.
- The Jardin D'Acclimation at the north end of the park will keep the kids busy and content and features a zoo, boat rides, miniature golf, and more.
Bois de Boulogne
Visit Bois de Boulogne in Paris
With its lakes, pedestrian, bicycle trails, attractions and restaurants, Bois de Boulogne is a welcome 865 hectare oasis on the affluent west side of Paris.
Paris metro: Porte Dauphine on line 2 and Porte d'Auteuil on line 10.
Bois de Boulogne in Paris
Bois de Boulogne top attractions
Jardin d'acclimatation: amusement park for children
Roland Garros: famous tennis courts
Longchamp: famous horse racecourse
Parc des Princes: PSG soccer team stadium
Bagatelle: lovely gardens
Pre Catelan: famous restaurant
Grande Cascade: famous restaurant
Bois de Boulogne lakes: lovely lakes, canoes, Chalet des Isles restaurant on island.
Bois de Boulogne history
Bois de Boulogne was commissioned by FrenchEmperor Napoleon III, the nephew of the greatNapoleon, in the second part of the 19th century.
Roland Garros in Bois de Boulogne
Bagatelle in Bois de Boulogne, Par
Prix Arc de Triomphe in Bois de Boulogne
Roland Garros Stadium in Bois de Boulogne