Bois de Vincennes

sights / Parks & gardens

Bois de Vincennes information

Paris , France
Street blvd Poniatowski
Extras 12e
Getting there
metro Porte de Charenton or Porte Dorée
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Lonely Planet review

In the southeastern corner of Paris, Vincennes Wood encompasses some 995 hectares. It is one of the ‘lungs’ of Paris. On its northern edge, Château de Vincennes is a bona fide royal château with massive fortifications and a moat. The château grounds can be strolled for free, but the 52m-high dungeon (1369), a prison during the 17th and 18th centuries, and the Gothic Chapelle Royale (Royal Chapel) can be visited only by guided tour; call ahead for times.