The beautiful city, Paris always welcomes travelers with its great charm. You can always experience a sense of joy, no matter which tourist spot you may go to during your Paris sightseeing tours. One such place, the Bois de Boulogne, meaning ‘the woods of Boulogne’ in English, is a large public park located at the 16th arrondissement on the outskirts of Paris. In fact, Bois de Boulogne is an ideal place to visit for all nature lovers.
The Bois de Boulogne park used to be a part of an oak forest named Rouvray that was used by the King of the Franks, Dagobert for hunting. The forest served as the ground for many monastic and abbeys community too. When Napoleon III became the emperor, there were only four central parks in Paris; le Jardin du Luxembourg, le Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin des Plantes, and le Palais Royal.
On his visit to London, Napoleon was inspired by the looks of the Hyde Park, and hence, commissioned to build two parks on the western and eastern edges of the city. He hoped that this way, the public parks could be enjoyed by both the rich as well as the poor people in Paris. Napoleon’s aim was to make the parks a beautiful recreation area with boating, lakes, cafes, shooting galleries, sports fields, riding stables, and other attractions.
Visiting Bois de Boulogne
Inside the park, you can find 8 ponds, 2 lakes, 3 streams, caves, a waterfall, long bridleways, and large lawns for picnicking or playing. You can also see separate floral and botanical gardens, and some amusement areas here.
The Parc de Bagatelle is a landscape garden here, having beautiful displays of irises and roses, and you can even see peacocks roaming around the place freely. There are giant trees, little bridges, caves, rocks, and artificial fountains in the park, all adding to the extra charm of Bois de Boulogne. On the other hand, the Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil is a huge complex of greenhouses located in the southern part of this park and here you can see around 100,000 plants.
For the entertainment zone, the Jardin d’Acclimatation is a great place where there is a theme park, farms, and play areas. The Pré Catelan is a restaurant that hosts the Shakespeare garden, and you can see many bushes, flowers, and trees here that are mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays. Other than that, the Hippodrome de Longchamp in Bois de Boulogne hosts major annual racing events, whereas Roland Garros hosts the annual French Open tournament.