Bois de Vincennes
Parc Zoologique de Paris
Reopened in 2014 after nearly a decade of renovations, Paris' largest, now state-of-the-art zoo focuses on the conservation of species...
Parc Floral de Paris
This magnificent botanical park is one of the highlights of the Bois de Vincennes. Natural landscaping and a magnificent collection of...
Like something out of a Renoir painting, the largest lake in Bois de Vincennes is a popular destination for walks and rowboat excursions...
La Cinémathèque Française
This national institution is a temple to the ‘seventh art’ and always screens its foreign offerings in their original versions. Up to 10...
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Bois de Vincennes information
In the southeastern corner of Paris, Bois de Vincennes encompasses some 995 hectares. Originally royal hunting grounds, the woodland was annexed by the army following the Revolution and then donated to the city in 1860 by Napoléon III. A fabulous place to escape the endless stretches of Parisian concrete, Bois de Vincennes also contains a handful of notable sights, including a bona fida royal chateau, Château de Vincennes , with massive fortifications and a moat.
Paris' largest, now state-of-the-art zoo, the Parc Zoologique de Paris , is also here, as is the magnificent botanical park Parc Floral de Paris , with exciting playgrounds for older children. The wood also has a lovely lake, with boats to rent and ample green lawns to picnic on.