Parc de Belleville, Paris

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The Parc de Belleville, one of the parks and gardens of the 20th arrondissement of Paris, is situated between the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and the Père Lachaise Cemetery.DescriptionThe Parc de Belleville is located on the hill of Belleville, its 108 metres making it the highest park in Paris. At the summit of the park, an almost thirty-metre tall terrace provides a panoramic view of the city. The park was conceived by the architect François Debulois and the landscaper Paul Brichet. It was inaugurated in 1988.The park offers 1200 trees and shrubs, a 100-metre-long waterfall fountain (the longest in Paris), and 1000 m² of lawn accessible to the public. It also contains a wooden playground for children, ping-pong tables and an open-air theatre. At the top of the park lies the Maison de l'Air, a small museum designed to educate visitors to the importance of fresh air and to the problems of pollution.The park also prides itself on its display of annual flowers. The gardeners prepare the flower beds two years in advance, in tight collaboration with the horticultural center of Rungis. Their compositions have received prizes numerous times at the Concours des Décorations Florales Estivales (Summer Floral Decoration Competition), which takes place each year in September.HistoryIn the Middle Ages, numerous religious communities acquired plots of land on the hill. They cleared fields, planted grape vines, and tapped numerous springs. Taverns and guinguettes competed for places there from the fourteenth to eighteenth century.
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  • August 7, 2017
    great place for the view of Paris 100 m altitude, very picturesque and houses of the old Paris, quiet streets far noise cars.. .but should not hang out in the evening, more than dubious characters!
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  • August 5, 2017
    Very happily surprised by the discovery of this park of the 20th arrondissement of Paris. If green, beautiful waterways and a beautiful view suspended in Paris. To visit absolutely!
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  • July 18, 2017
    We specifically booked a hotel near this park because we had seen pictures of the playground that we envisioned our eight-year-old loving. We arrived and found a run down mess of a playground. There w...  more »
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  • June 26, 2017
    This park is in a slightly seedier part of town, but it's worth a visit. If you commit to the walk up the steps, it's rather steep. Or you can take the longer way with sloping paths. The view from the very top is really excellent.
  • August 21, 2017
    Delightful park with an incredibly creative playground built into the side of the hill. The view from the top is better than Montmartre. Most of the park can be descended by stroller.
  • July 25, 2017
    If you are a tourist, you need to pass by this lovely hidden and untouristc place. You will have a great free view over paris once you climb the top. Best time is aroubd sun set.
  • July 9, 2017
    The view is slightly obstructed by trees but is nonetheless nice when the weather is clear. The park itself, however, is in desperate need of cleaning. Worth a quick visit if in the vicinity.
  • June 30, 2017
    Nice romantic beautiful parc in the east side of Paris. Nice views and hills. With a romantic chapel on top. Must see!!!

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