Parc de Bagatelle
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Situated in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, the Parc de Bagatelle is one of the city's most enchanting botanical gardens. It offers everything you need for a picturesque afternoon stroll: a splendid little castle (designed in one frenzied night by its architect François-Joseph Bélanger), an orangery, a vegetable garden and no less than 10,000 rose bushes representing 1,200 different varieties. A multi-million-livre folly commissioned by the Comte d'Artois (brother of Louis XVI), the park carries its name – bagatelle means 'trifle' – with a deal of irony. At least the French public are getting their taxes' worth today: this is a valuable patch of bucolic elegance in a city with a severe deficiency of green.
In the summer, the park doubles up as a venue for the annual hippie-fest We Love Green, and for a varied programme of gigs and classical concerts.
Route de Sèvres à Neuilly
|Transport:||Métro : Porte d'Auteuil, Pont de Neuilly ou Jasmin ; Bus : 43|
|Opening hours:||Daily 9.30am–5pm (Oct-Feb); 9.30am–8pm (Mar–Sep)|