Image by Julia Fortuin

Serre Tropicale – A 19th century jungle

When you’ve had enough of watching monuments and feel like a break from the city, what better to do than go to a historical glass house with tropical plants and imagine yourself in a tropic jungle?

The inner gardens of the Jardin des Plantes (check the Jardin des Plantes article) were on my to-visit list for a long time. Botanics have been a little interest of mine since recently, and the collection of plants here proved to be truly stunning. Plants are like art!

And particularly in the Serres Tropicales, the mix of exotic botanica and the 19th century architecture of the glass house make a perfect aesthetic-romantic match. Nothing seems to have been modernized in recent years, which is just what I like about it. Also not too many people can be bothered to go here, which adds to the meditational tranquility. (A rare thing in Paris!)

For those truly interested in the origins and features of the wonderful plants, helpful explanations are given but unfortunately in French only. They do make me realize that there is another world of fascinating knowledge to discover and remind me to pay more attention even to the little green we have in Paris.

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Details about this spot



Jardin des Plantes, Paris

Opening Times

10:00 - 17:00 daily (last entry: 16:15)


Full tarif: € 7
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)