Half way between a large Parisian garden and a small village, the Cité Universitaire has some beautiful pavilions that are registered historical monuments.
It is worth mentioning the Swiss Pavilion, first house built by Le Corbusier; the huge Maison Internationale inspired from the classical French architecture; or the Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe, the oldest house in the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris.
After visiting the Cité Universitaire, you can go to Montsouris park, another beautiful garden in Paris.
The Coulée verte René-Dumont in Paris, also known under the name of Promenade Plantée, was created in 1988 and was the world’s first elevated park. It is a way of 4,7 kms with a lot of plants, a walking path and a bicycle path built on top of the obsolete Vincennes railway infrastructure.
At its west end near the Bastille, the parkway rises 10m above the surrounding area and forms the Viaduc des Arts, over a line of shops featuring high quality and expensive arts and crafts.
💰 Fares Free entry
🕑 Open Hours Until the 31st of August:
Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 20:30 pm.
Saturday & Sunday: 8:30 am – 20:30 pm.
📍 Location 1 Coulée verte René-Dumont, 75012 Paris. Behind the Opéra Bastille (at the crossroads between the Rue de Lyon and the Avenue Daumesnil). Metro: Bastille (L1, 5, and 8).
The Jardin des Plantes is the main botanical garden in France and part of the Natural History Museum. It was created in 1635 as a medicinal garden and used throughout the centuries by botanists, doctors and pharmacists. Today, it’s one of the most attractive green areas of Paris.
The Natural History Museum is located in four different galleries along the park: the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, the Mineralogy Museum, the Paleontology Museum and the Entomology Museum.
In the Jardin des Plantes there is also a small zoo, Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes, one of the oldest zoological garden in the world.
💰 Fares Free entry. To visit the museums and the zoo you will have to pay an admission ticket.
🕑 Open Hours
Summer: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm.
Winter: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm.
📍 Location Between the Rue Linné, Rue Buffon, Rue Cuvier and Quai Saint Bernard. Metro: Gare d’Austerlitz (L5 and 10), Jussieu (L7 and 10). RER: Austerlitz (Line C).
Places nearby 🚩 Île de la Cité / Île Saint-Louis 🚩 The Panthéon 🚩 Notre Dame Cathedral