Bois de Boulogne

Bois de Boulogne information

Paris , France
Address
Street bd Maillot
Getting there
metro Porte Maillot
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Lonely Planet review

On the western edge of Paris just beyond the 16e, the 845-hectare Bois de Boulogne owes its informal layout to Baron Haussmann, who was inspired by Hyde Park in London. Be warned that the Bois de Boulogne becomes a distinctly adult playground after dark, especially along the allée de Longchamp, where male, female and transvestite prostitutes cruise for clients.

The southern part of the wood has two horse-racing tracks, the Hippodrome de Longchamp for flat races and the Hippodrome d’Auteuil for steeplechases.