Parc de Saint-Could
Parc de Saint-Cloud is considered by some to one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe. It has won a number of prestigious awards Including being listed as a "Notable Garden" and a "Historic Monument".
The park measures is 460 hectares and is a great space for getting out and about from Paris. Perfect for walks, enjoying a sunny afternoon, picnics, cycling, jogging etc
What to see
The park has a number of interesting things to see.
Firstly, from the park there is an amazing panoramic view over Paris. It is a sight to behold.
The park used to be the location of a major royal chateau that was destroyed during the French/Prussian war. The chateau was given as a gift to Marie Antoinette by her husband. She had significant impact on the design of the chateau and also the gardens. The chateau was also the preferred residence of Napoleon Bonaparte. The location of the chateau is outlined in the park with trees and a concrete foundation. There is also a small museum in the park dedicated to the former chateau.
There are also a number of structures, waterfalls and ponds that remain from the times of the chateau.
The Andre le Notre gardens in the park clearly show why he was one of the premier French formal garden designers.
In addition to the the le Notre designed French garden there is also an English garden and a rose garden designed by Marie Antoinette.
Things to do
How to get there
The easiest way to get to Parc de Sceacx is by Metro.
There are two options.
Option One: Metro 10 Line.
Option Two: Metro 9 Line.
It is also possible to take the Tram 2 Line and get off at Parc de St-Cloud stop (close to Option One above) or the Musee de Sevres stop (close to Option Two above).
Approximate Distance from Paris: 11km/6.8mi
Time to get there: 20 - 30 minutes from the center of Paris
Transport Method: Metro lines 10 or 9
Approximate Price: The park is free
Worth: From 2 hours to a whole day depending on the weather
and your enjoyment of gardens
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