☆ Bois de Boulogne ☆
A part of the forest that once surrounded ancient Paris, the Bois (Wood), a place of debauchery in the 18th century, became a fashionable promenade in the Belle Époque period thanks to the wide lane linking it to Paris, the creation of lakes and little rivers, the Pré-Catelan in 1855, along with racecourses in 1857 and 1873..
A green 845 hectare ‘lung’, which paths are a favourite place for joggers, horses and cyclists; the great waterfall attracts photographers, while rowing boat fans enjoy the lake, and children have fun in the play areas..
16th. M° Porte-Maillot.
Since 1860, the Jardin d’Acclimatation has been a paradise for children with its Enchanted River, little train, fairground rides, farm, vegetable garden, and puppet theatre..
Bois de Boulogne (16th).
Tel: 01 40 67 90 82.
Oct to May: 10am-6pm. Jun and Sep: 10am-7pm.
Park: €2.70, train: €2.50 (both ways). RR: 50%.
Under 3s: free.
Attractions and minifarm.
Garden workshops: Wed, Sat,Sun, daily during sch hol.
1 day (10am-4pm): €42.20.
1/2 day (10am-12-noon or 2pm-4pm): €17.70.
Exploradôme open daily from 10am-6pm.
Hippodrome d’Auteuil and Hippodrome de Longchamp
Do you have a preference for steeplechases or flat racing??
The former take place on the eastern side of the Bois de Boulogne, at the 33-hectare Auteuil racecourse, with 18 hectares of track, hedge and steeplechase..
For cheering on the jockeys and thoroughbreds in flat racing, the 57-hectare Longchamp racecourse in the western part of the Bois is the place to go..
In both cases, you don’t have to worry about being a betting fanatic to enjoy a good day out!!
Around the track and stands, you have the choice of panoramic restaurants, brasseries, picnic areas, free children’s areas, games and ponies as well as behind-the scenes visits..