In Ile-de-France, Parc Monceau in the 8th arrondissement of Paris offers you a rustic walk through its magnificent garden. Paris City Vision makes you discover this vast green space in France, thanks to several famous artists.
History of Monceau park
Parc Monceau is a pleasurable garden between the city of economy and currency and the Nissim de Camondo Museum of French Art and Furniture. Its creation dates back to 1830 when the park was attached to the village of Monceau.
In 1769, the Duke of Chartres, future Duke of Orleans, bought a hectare on the plain of Monceau to build a pavilion, "La folie de Chartres," and a vast park of twelve hectares, one of the first Anglo-Chinese style gardens. The park featured various constructions, an Egyptian pyramid, a minaret, a Gothic castle, a Dutch mill, false ruins, and rivers.
The park was transformed several times over the centuries, buildings were destroyed and its size reduced by half. We can discover today some remains of the original garden: a rotunda with a colonnade; the Naumachie, a Corinthian colonnade around an oval basin, or a Renaissance arcade, remains of the 'Hôtel de Ville', burnt down in 1871 during the Commune. The bridge, waterfalls and caves were built by Baron Haussmann. The park, which also has many sculptures by artists and painters, remains a happy place today.
Inaugurated in 1861 by Napoleon III, the park has since remained as we know it today. It was immortalized in 1876 by Claude Monet in his painting "Le Parc Monceau". The place inspired other artists in their pictures such as Georges Braque, Georges d'Espagnat, or Gustave Caillebotte. This area is also famous for being much appreciated by Marcel Proust for his walks by the lake.
You will find very imposing hundred-year-old trees, including a sycamore maple dating from 1853 and a 7-meter high plane tree dating from 1814. The park's flora is growing thanks to other trees such as hackberry trees, lime trees, and oaks.
Monceau Park also boasts an incredible fauna. Indeed, it shelters a great diversity of birds, thanks to the lake and the trees' freshness. You will also find many ducks and fish as you approach the lake.
Access to Parc Monceau
Parc Monceau opens its doors to you free of charge all week long in long time slots. From 7 am to 10 pm all year round, Parisians and tourists alike can enjoy a stroll in this exceptional place.
Located precisely at 35 boulevard de Courcelles in the 8th arrondissement, you can quickly get there on foot, metro, or by bus. Come and enjoy one of the most beautiful gardens of the capital by passing through these magnificent wrought iron gates. This green space in the heart of downtown allows you to enjoy a break of calm and serenity.
If you take a stroll in this large park, you can be tempted by the many services available from the moment it opens. As a family, children of all ages will be able to enjoy the many activities on offer. Several attractions occur in the heart of the garden, such as playgrounds, sandpits, a skate park, a carousel, and even pony rides. Several drinking water points and a snack-bar will allow you to eat quickly.
Nearby, other sites are in place for the pleasure of tourists, such as the square Monceau.
In case of bad weather or strong wind, the park may be exceptionally closed. Don't forget to check if you want to venture there for your daily sports outings. The same goes for most parks in the Ile-de-France region: Parc de la Villette, Jardin des Tuileries, Square des Batignolles and the gardens of the Palace of Versailles. If you want to discover the wealth of parks in Paris, you should know that every year is held at the gardens and urban agriculture festival. Many activities are back every year on this occasion. The animations and workshops allow you to live a rich and unique experience in the heart of the green spaces.
Paris City Vision remains available to accompany you on your walk in one of the most flowery parks in Paris surrounded by luxurious mansions (reviews, photos, map...). Our service also invites you to a whole day dedicated to Monet and his works during the Tour Monet: Giverny and Musée Marmottant, priority access.