A Second Empire jewel
A place for walks since its creation in 1860, the French capital's green lungs, inspired by Hyde Park, Paris's Jardin d’Acclimatation boasts a remarkable heritage of more than 1,800 trees. Almost 160 years after Napoléon III's landscape gardener finished drawing up the plans, the Jardin is regaining its original large ellipse, the Allée Alphand, as designed by Barillet-Deschamps. Prepare to be enchanted by its poetic curve inspired by “charming London”, by its undulating park and by the alternating species and heights. The river is unobstructed along its entire length and its banks edged with cherry trees become idyllic places for visitors to stroll.
Take a stroll through our woods
The Jardin has 18 hectares (45 acres) of entirely re-landscaped park where visitors can enjoy a relaxing ramble. Meadows, footpaths, belvederes... its plant palette is laid out around “living pillars”. Four hundred oak trees, most of which were planted in the 19th century, are a common feature throughout the park. Among these, “Quercus robur”, the English oak, stands proud close to the Great Aviary, the Great Stables and the Flying Chairs amusement ride. This, along with the black pine, is one of the species that crosses the boundary and forms a link between the Jardin and the rest of the Bois de Boulogne. Exotic specimens, such as the Californian redwood, the horse chestnut and the Himalayan cedar brought back from the far-off Americas, mingle with the native vegetation of France.
Run your hands through the grass, dip your toes in the water
The Empress's Belvedere, at the park’s Porte Saint-James entrance, boasts over 100 pines, birches, ashes, aspens, wild plum trees and hornbeams.
Lying down on the grass of this picturesque hill, you can catch a distant glimpse of the Eiffel Tower, whilst, to your side, Gambetta's dovecote takes pride of place. Lulled by the gently lapping lake, you are surrounded by stillness. At the foot of the hill, you can make out the animal pens of the Small Normandy Farm, where goats, sheep and donkeys roam... Water brings the setting alive: the Paddling Pool and Dry Fountain are safe, refreshing spaces for children to play.
Botany in all its glory
An additional three hectares (seven acres), adjacent to the Fondation Louis Vuitton, have also been re-landscaped to restore the Jardin’s original vistas. Cappadocian maple, walnut trees, red oaks, and lime trees with heart-shaped leaves have been planted in a new wooded and shaded area, dotted with benches that invite visitors to sit for a spot of reading or to enjoy a conversation. At the foot of the Fondation’s glass building is the Great Green Mirror, the Jardin’s new backbone. This 5,000 sq.m glade is bordered at the opposite end by the Great Aviary, designed by Gabriel Davioud almost two hundred years ago.