Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

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Parc des Buttes-Chaumont information

Location
Paris , France
Address
rue Manin & rue Botzaris, 19e
Getting there
Metro: Buttes-Chaumont or Botzaris
Opening hours
7am-10pm May-Sep, to 8pm Oct-Apr
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This quirky park is one of the city’s largest green spaces; its landscaped slopes hide grottoes, waterfalls, a lake and even an island topped with a temple to Sybil. Once a gypsum quarry and rubbish dump, it was given its present form by Baron Haussmann in time for the opening of the 1867 Exposition Universelle.

It’s a favourite with Parisians, who come here to practise tai chi, take the kids to a puppet show or simply to relax with a bottle of wine and a picnic dinner. The tracks of an abandoned 19th-century railway line (La Petite Ceinture, which once circled Paris) also run through the park.