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Parc de la Villette

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Address: Ave. Corentin-Cariou or Ave. Jean-Jaures, Paris, France
Phone Number: 33-8-03-30-63-06
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This 130-acre park in northeast Paris is home to a music academy, a science...

This 130-acre park in northeast Paris is home to a music academy, a science museum and an IMAX theater.

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An oasis of quiet in the city

A nice park to explore, with many things to see and do. Only visit when the weather is nice though. Don't forget to visit the old slaughterhouse, a locality that plays a key role... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
ArticCynda
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Brussels, Belgium
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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the parc to meet the 2016 delegation of TEAM Rynkeby from Denmark, and realised afterwards that we have a arrived in a true treasure of Paris. Things to do for all tastes and ages, with outdoor fitness, jam sessions, open air cinema and a kids' amusement park (temporary!). It was lovely to stroll through and soak it... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice park to explore, with many things to see and do. Only visit when the weather is nice though. Don't forget to visit the old slaughterhouse, a locality that plays a key role in The Saboteur computer game!

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Calgary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

This parks works on many levels but totally fails on others. There are many interesting spaces for children to play and if you come on a weekend it may be filled with locals. We particularly liked the Dune and Wind Garden. There is also a Dragon Garden with unique slides and a mirror garden. On the fails part there are... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016

Took a taxi out to this park expecting something special, only to find that it was pretty industrial and not very pretty at all. The best bit was the submarine which you could visit with an audio guide.

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

We combined a trip to the park with some time in the science museum and the geode. Our son loved playing on the dragon slide - and we sat in the sun. Relaxed, not busy at all (it wasn't the French holidays yet - I imagine it fills up when the kids are off school). Food was pretty expensive in... More 

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Mechelen, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016 via mobile

What a strange Parc, such a huge contrast with the old part around the seine. You have lots of space, modern architecture, even a Submarine. The walk next to the seine starting at juares is also worth the effort

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Having not been in Paris for 8 years,I had never visited this parc before. I was surprised and delighted to walk and stroll through it and enjoy the people, their activities and the atmosphere as a whole.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

I came for attending a conference being held here and stayed at a nearby apartment and enjoyed walking along the canals in the park and enjoying the interesting architecture. Unless you are already in the neighborhood it probably isn't worth a visit just to see the space given the abundance of things to see in Paris.

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Porto Alegre, RS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

I am and architect and in college my teachers mentioned this parc the whole time, as a exemple of good urban space. Indeed, it is a beautiful place. But not that special as I thought t was... It was no bid deal actually. I wish I spent that time visiting something else in Paris...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

We stayed at a hotel which backed into the park, and spent half a day wondering around the park. The architecture of the gardens is fantastic, loads of separate places in a vast park. Going in Autumn made it even more beautiful. The kids loved it, we loved it. Wanted to visit the museum and Geode, however there was a... More 

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La Villette
This futuristic landscape has come to define the northeast of Paris. The Saint-Denis canal is framed with luscious lawns and metallic buildings over a wide-open space. Home to Europe's largest science museum, this area rewards daytime and nighttime explorations; there are three concert spaces, plus cinemas and bars, and even open-air cinema in the summer. The surrounding homes are a sharp contrast to the futuristic space. Though on the outskirts of Paris, La Villette is worth the short Metro ride from the center.
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