Opened as part of the festivities of the Universal Exhibition in 1867, the Parc des Buttes Chaumont is the third largest of its kind in Paris, spreading over 23 hectares (57 acres). Designed in a very romantic style, the park is one of Parisians’ favorites, offering spectacular views over different points of Paris, and an especially good panorama of the Sacre Coeur.
With endless trails and pathways, getting lost in the Buttes Chaumont is an adventure in itself. This mythically designed park boasts the Belvedere of Sybil as its main attraction, a circular structure covered in vegetation atop a cliff in the middle of a lake seems like something taken out of a legend. The belvedere dates from 1869 and is a replica of the Temple of Sybil in Tívoli, Italy and can be accessed via two suspension bridges, one of them eerily called “suicide bridge”.
As if that wasn’t enough, Buttes Chaumont contains rivers and creeks of all sorts, even a 32 m (105 ft) waterfall plunging into a circular lake and falling into a 20 m (66 ft) high cave that’s even decorated with artificial stalactites. Flowers, plants and trees of all types abound here, scattered along Chinese and English-inspired gardens, surrounded by benches and soft patches to lie on and dream the day away.
The park’s name is said to mean “bald hill” because of the barren nature of the soil. The place was once a highly exploited gypsum mine for constructions in Europe and the U.S., until Napoleon III decided to recycle the land and create this lush park. Certainly no one could have imagined that such a gorgeous space would have sprouted in the place of a barren patch of land stripped of its minerals.
This huge green paradise lies to the Eastern side of the city and has become a favorite for generations. Buttes Chaumont is also brimming with activities: apart from the playgrounds, swings, roller rinks and marionette theatres for children, one can also obtain fishing permits and rent boats to explore the lake or go on horse and donkey rides along the park’s paths.
Buttes Chaumont’s great array of bird species also attracts bird-lovers worldwide and its age-old trees – mostly of Asian origin – can fascinate anyone with the slightest botanical knack.
For more information about the Parc des Buttes Chaumont or other Paris' parks, contact us and we will gladly send you further material about any subject of your interest. We will e-mail this information at no cost within 72 hours and it will be specific to your requirements.
Rugby in France currently holds second place in the country’s most popular sports and, despite the south’s overwhelming dominance, it still holds its ground in Parisian...
In 1823, after taking down Trocadero (in Spain), Louis XVIII wanted to commemorate the victory by constructing a Villa Trocadero on Chaillot hill. The buildings were never erected, but the...
L’Assemblée Nationale – formerly known as the Palais Bourbon – houses the National Assembly, France’s lower house. The original Palais was a...