Bois de Boulogne
Wide open paths, horse-riding trails and sports fields are a few of the highlights in Bois de Boulogne, west of Paris – without, of course forgetting the Jardin d’Acclimatation’s well-kept secrets.
The “storm of the century” on 26 December 1999 is now little more than a memory, and won’t stop you admiring this forest’s seemingly endless variety of trees. Oak trees cover about 50% of what was once the Forêt de Rouvray; and cedars, plane trees, ginkgo-bilobas and countless other species share the rest.
Sportier visitors enjoy walking down the long tree-flanked alleys, and exploring the 28 km of horse-riding trails and 15 km of cycling paths (including a 9.2- km discovery track and a 3.6-km-long loop around Longchamp racecourse). More romantic guests enjoy canoeing on the Lac Inférieur, and fishing in the quiet waters of the many other lakes and ponds.
Emperor Napoleon III inaugurated this zoo and botanical garden in 1860. Children love the boat rides through magical riverside scenery, the farm, the roundabouts, the exotic birds, and the many other attractions.
- Metro: Porte Dauphine or Porte d'Auteuil
- RER: Porte-Maillot or Avenue Foch
Attractions and amenities
- Play areas
- Bikes for hire (by the main gates and the Lac Inférieur)
- Boats for hire (by the Lac Inférieur)
- Rollerblading trail
- Horse riding
- Guided tours
All about the Bois de Boulogue (French version)