Jardin des Plantes

sights / Parks & gardens

Jardin des Plantes information

Location
Paris , France
Address
place Valhubert & 36 rue Geoffroy-St-Hilaire, 5e
Getting there
Metro: Gare d’Austerlitz, Censier Daubenton, Jussieu
More information
www.jardindesplantes.net
Opening hours
7.30am-8pm Apr-Oct, 8am-5.30pm Nov-Mar
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Founded in 1626 as a medicinal herb garden for Louis XIII, Paris’ 24-hectare botanic gardens – visually defined by the double alley of plane trees that run the length of the park – are an idyllic spot to stroll around, break for a picnic (watch out for the automatic sprinklers!) and escape the city concrete for a spell. Upping its appeal are three museums from the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle and a small zoo .

Other attractions include peony and rose gardens, an alpine garden, and the gardens of the École de Botanique, used by students of the school and green-fingered Parisians. The beautiful glass-and-metal Grandes Serres , a series of four greenhouses, have been in use since 1714, and several of Henri Rousseau's jungle paintings, sometimes on display in the Musée d'Orsay, were inspired by his frequent visits here.