It’s quiet, it’s small, it’s hidden in-between place Jourdan, the Parliament and rue Belliard. It has a pond, a few nice buildings, a long history, a few paths to walk around it, benches to rest and nobody will complain if you lay down with your picnic basket (as long as you take your trash home!).
Since summer 2013 there’s the nice addition of “Le petite nuage“, a small bike cart selling organic ice creams (in summer) and waffles (in winter) every day of the week till 14:30, very nice!
It was created as a zoological garden back in 1851, and at that time even giraffes were living there. Now you can see rare trees and animals, students passing by (there’s a high school, slightly falling apart I’ve been told, but it still fascinates me) and the Solvay Library which is now a conference centre.
Since may 2017 one of the buildings in the park has been turned into the “House of European History”. I haven’t been yet but I am sure will be fascinating for all of us lovers of Europe!
Up the hill you can play basketball, and in winter I’ve seen the pond completely frozen… I feel bad for the poor swans living there!