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Parc André Citroën – A park for all tastes

Neither an old royal garden (like the Tuileries or Luxembourg), nor a ”Haussmannian” park of the late 19th century (like Montsouris or Buttes-Chaumont), the Parc André Citroën belongs to the latest generation of Parisian parks, generally designed on a former industrial site that was redeveloped over the past decades (like Bercy, or La Villette). It owes its name to a former Citroen plant located here until 1982.

A quick glimpse of the park does not show its originality. Besides the helium balloon (which offers a vertical 150 m rise for € 12), it just looks like an empty lawn where local families and groups of friends like to sunbathe, while kids play in the waterjets.

But if you are curious, you’ll be rewarded: to the north of the main lawn, seven hidden manicured gardens – identified by the dominant colour of the flowers – offer an organized but still labyrinthine winding path over three different levels, like in a recreation of the French formal gardens of Le Nôtre. In the southwestern angle, the Garden of Metamorphoses (the landscape designers included many references to alchemy) is also a must-see, with its variety of plants and flowers in rectangular boxes. These gardens offer shady areas, with comfortable wooden body-shaped chairs, and even a very fresh sparkling water fountain near the Northwest entrance (near the Jardin Sauvage, the wildest grove of the whole park).

Don’t miss the Black Garden either: following the great diagonal, this southeastern extension offers peaceful isolated areas beneath the main level.

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Address

2 rue Cauchy, Paris

Opening Times

Mon - Fri 08:00 - 20:30, Sat - Sun 09:00 - 20:30

Price

Free
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)