Bois de Boulogne, the largest park of Paris, features world famous Roland Garros Stadium, Fondation Louis Vuitton designed by Frank Gehry, high end restaurants, Longchamp and Auteuil racecourses, beautiful lakes and hiking trails.
With its lakes, pedestrian, bicycle trails and restaurants, Bois de Boulogne is a 865 hectare oasis on the affluent west side of the city. Fondation Louis Vuitton, designed by Frank Gehry, is one of the greatest sights in Paris.
Bois de Boulogne is open 24/24 and accessible by metro or Velib bicycle. Locate Bois de Boulogne on Paris map.
The Bois de Boulogne features top sights including three major sport arenas and a splendid 21st century monument.
Roland Garros: famous tennis courts
Paris Saint Germain Arena, the Parc des Princes
Longchamp: famous horse racecourse
Fondation Louis Vuitton: a Frank Gehry architecture
Bagatelle: lovely flower gardens
Jardin d'acclimatation: amusement park for children
Bois de Boulogne lakes: lovely lakes, canoes
Stade Roland Garros is a tennis venue complex located in Bois de Boulolgne. It hosts the French Open, also known as Roland Garros, a Grand Slam championship tournament played annually around the end of May and the beginning of June. The facility was constructed in 1928 to host France's first defense of the Davis Cup. It is named for Roland Garros, a pioneer aviator and World War I hero.
The 8.5 hectare venue has twenty courts, of which three large-capacity stadiums, a restaurant and bar complex.
Bois de Boulogne boast three high end restaurants where you can lunch or dine outside when the weather is fine.
Pre Catelan: a famous Michelin three stars restaurant. Expensive, but worth it.
Grande Cascade: The 19th century decor and the excellent food go together with affordable menus at lunchtime.
Chalet des Iles: take the boat, land on the island and have lunch at Chalet des Iles, far from the city.
Bois de Boulogne was commissioned by French Emperor Napoleon III, the nephew of Napoleon, as part of his urban renewal project. For centuries, the crown maintained control of the forest of Rouvray on the spot. After the revolution of 1789, the area became the possession of the central government. In 1852, when the Second Empire was declared, the government ceded the property to the city of Paris. Work began on the design of a park. Years of exile spent in England introduced Napoleon III to the English garden style. He resolved to turn the park into an example of his favored style and assigned the task to engineer Adolphe Alphand, under the supervision of Baron Haussmann. The creation of two lakes, ideal for a tour du lac walk, and of the Longchamp Racecourse were two milestones of the project.
Top Paris gardens.
Created and financed by the LVMH Group (Louis Vuitton, Dior, Guerlain, Moet & Chandon, Hennessy), the Fondation Louis Vuitton encourages and promotes artistic creation both in France and internationally.
In 2006, the Fondation Louis Vuitton commissioned a spectacular monument designed by Architect Franck Gehry and located in Bois de Boulogne. The Fondation Louis Vuitton opened to the public on Monday, 27 October 2014. Fondation Louis Vuitton web site.
Completely renovated, Camping Paris extends over 7 hectares along the Seine river in Bois de Boulogne. There are 510 pitches for tents, caravans, camper-vans, rental accommodation.
There are a central lodge opening out onto a terrace, a children's playground, shower blocks, a small grocery store, free wifi, a shuttle bus to Porte Maillot metro station.