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Bois de Vincennes

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This large park on Paris's eastern side includes the Château de Vincennes and a popular zoo among its many attractions.
293 avenue Dausmenil, 75012 Paris, France
Bercy / Nation
+33 1 43 28 41 59
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All reviews huge park floral park buddhist temple rented bikes can rent boats walking trails nice park your bearings bike ride few hours visiting paris zoo lakes forest castle picnic metro
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Reviewed January 11, 2019

One of the two forets in Paris. The foret is quite big and much less crowded than Bois de Boulogne. Good place for a walk and a jogging.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Zhengfsrm
Reviewed January 6, 2019

Well, actually, this was some years ago. We were renting an apartment in Vicennes and frequently rented bikes. We would ride through the forest and often ride to down town Paris, park the bikes and visit the city. This is the best way to actually...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

One of the green lungs of Paris, a huge park on the East side, with a zoo, the remnants of an international expo, lots of bike and hiking paths, a castle, and best of all, lakes where you can rent boats for rowing.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed November 24, 2018

There are green spaces, paths for running/walking/biking, playgrounds, a picturesque temple and a lot of geese.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 13, 2018

Bois de Vincennes is perfect for a stroll or a run at anytime of the day. It's larger than it looks with lots of pathways to explore. Great for taking a break away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

Yes it was an accident that we got here. Wow, what a great place. Lovely gardens. Didn’t see the zoo, too busy walking but would spend more time next visit .. autumn colours everywhere... saw the little driverless Navette in the park. Strange looking. I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 21, 2018

The enormous park on the east side of Paris, most noted for the zoo and row boats on the lake. Also the site of the Foire du Trone each spring. You can get lost here.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed July 31, 2018

Very nice park to spend a few hours in. We also rented a boat to go around the lake. All in all it's clean, quiet, and great to spend some time outdoors.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Really worth a half day walk or if you're as fit as the locals, a run or bike ride around. Very bushy with main pathways ans many sidewalks into the bushland. If you're into sunbath in natural style there is a designated area for nudists.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank sydneyloner
Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

Nice environment! Lots of people but everyone is very respectful. I suggest to take the boats is a nice experience.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Sue P
October 6, 2015|
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Fairly certain there is no bike rental at the Bois, however, there may be a bike rental at or near the Vincennes metro station. If not, it really is walkable - just will take a long, leisurely time.
Karina L
April 9, 2015|
Response from Chris B | Reviewed this property |
Hi - last week in Paris we went to the races at Longchamp (Bois du Boulogne) and it seemed pretty easy to just buy a ticket at the gate (5euros). Not sure if it will be more difficult in the height of summer but as with all... More
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Shirley A
Underhill, Vermont
An interesting stroll, perhaps (6 Replies)
Bon jour / bon soir It turns out that I am not going to Pere LaChaise on Sunday, June 2, after Clignancourt as my cousin, who is just arriving, wants to go later in the week. I'm based at the Hotel Carledez Cambronne 3 Place du Général Beuret 75015. Of course I don't have to stay nearby. I thinking of a visit to the Bois de Vincennes or a stroll down an interesting avenue perhaps. Do you all have any ideas or suggestion, s'il vous plait? Merci
May 04, 2013|
Response fromAnnette C|
If you want someplace closer to your home base, the Grenelle market on Sunday is a good one, too.
Maureen C
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Bois de Boulogne or Bois d Vincennes? (10 Replies)
My husband and I have been to Paris more than once and this time we hope hope to spend a day in one of the parks. Would the Bois de Boulogne or the Bois de Vincennes be the best choice for two seniors who love to walk and people watch? Any other specific recommendations for things not to be missed in the woods? Thanks! Maureen
April 10, 2017|
Response fromzondermaan|
In the day then, as the bois de Boulogne has always had a sulfurous reputation.
Gare de Lyon to Bois de Vincennes (9 Replies)
i want to walk along the Promenade Plantee from my hotel near Gare de Lyon to the Bois de Vincennes. Then, I want to visit the Chateau. Is there clear signage to get to the Chateau when I arrive? I would like to take a bus (rather than the metro; trying to stay above ground on this trip) to return to Gare de Lyon. The Chateau website says only certain buses (like the fairly direct #46) are available on certain days. Has anyone ever done this trip? Words of wisdom appreciated.
July 26, 2010|
Response from3CONILS|
If you walk along the Promenade Plantee you will arrive close to the bois de Vincennes western side but, unless you are familiar with maps (my Michelin paris par arrondissements has it on page 41) it is a bit confusing...you need to leave the promenade at boulevard Soult and walk south to Porte Doree where you enter the Vincennes park. Follow the wide path "avenue de Dausmesnil" within the park..it leads to the castle. You are talking about at least 2-2.5 km, AFTER walking along the whole...More