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Parc Montsouris Paris Overview

Parc Montsouris is one of the largest recreational natural spaces in the urban delight of Paris built by Napoleon 3 as an initiative to create green outdoors. Spreading across an area of 15.5 hectares, the park is mostly crowded with students as it lies in the vicinity of rue d'Alésia and accommodation of the Cité Universitaire de Paris student. Parc Montsouris possesses a stone monument with the exact location of the crossing imaginary line of the ‘Meridian of Paris’.

Parc de Montsouris is one of the largest green spaces of four large urban parks in Paris, located in the 14th arrondissement. The Park was built as a part of the development of the city of Paris along the cardinal points owing to its growing population back in the 19th century. Parc Montsouris was built by Emperor Napoleon 3 to provide recreational natural green space amidst the city’s urban lifestyle. Jean Charles Adolphe Alphand had designed this park in the style of an English landscape spreading across 15.5 hectares of area.

Parc Montsouris was opened in 1869 but was officially inaugurated in 1875. The park is located in the space between rue d'Alésia and the Cité Universitaire de Paris student accommodation, making it frequently occupied by the students in your Europe travel packages. The park hosts a variety of flora and fauna like rare species of trees like Princess tree, Pride of India, and Silk trees. Cheerful animals are seen to be playing in the park such as wild ducks, herons, and different migratory birds.

Besides the green space, Parc Montsouris Paris encompasses a beautiful lake along with marvelous statues. Shipwrecked by Antoine Etex, Monument to the expedition of Colonel Paul Flatters, Desert drama, and Lion’s death are magnificent sculptures to look for in the park. The popular restaurant of Pavillon Montsouris is in the park where you can grab the tastiest meals.

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Highlights

• Relax in Park Montsouris, one of the largest recreational green areas away from the urban hassle of the city of Paris.
• Meet and greet the two large painter buckeye trees at the entrance of the park.
• Witness beautiful swans and ducks moving around the artificial lake of Green Park.
• Have a look at the beautiful stone that indicates the presence of the Meridian of Paris.
• Check out the rare species of flora-the weeping beeches at the banks of the central lake of the park.
• Catch the mesmerizing look of the only large Red Dawn Redwood tree standing gracefully in the park.
• Eat delicious food with your loved ones at the Pavillon Montsouris restaurant.
• Have a look at the Montsouris meteorological observatory and Montsouris Reservoir holding one-third of the drinking water of the city.Suggested Read: Places To Visit In Paris For HoneymoonCheck & Book Now for Best Offers On Eiffel Tower Tickets

How To Reach

By Bus: You can take bus lines 21, 67, and 216 from La Transverse Bievre Montsouris.

By Metro: You can board a train from Porte d’Orleans. 

By RER: You can reach the venue from Cite Universitarse by RER B.

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Best Time To Visit

The best parc montsouris horaires is during the evening around 3-4 PM. This is the best time as the atmosphere is full of playful vibes with people relaxing and enjoying the area.

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Other Essential Information

  • Booking is must required for visiting Parc Montsouris as this place is usually crowded.
  • Opening hours are from Monday to Friday 08:00 AM to 09:30 PM and Saturday-Sunday 08:00 AM to 05:45 PM.
  • You can easily reach via RER B if you are visiting Cite Universitarie before the visit to the park.
  • Maintain the park’s cleanliness by not throwing any sort of litter in the park.  
  • Don’t pluck beautiful flowers and grass.
  • It is strictly forbidden to hurt animals living peacefully in the park. 
  • You can visit the nearby attractions like Cite Universitarie, the Eiffel Tower, and Museum of Louvre, etc.

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Point of Interest for Parc Montsouris Paris
Flora and Fauna of the Park
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Flora and Fauna of the Park

The park comprises lush greenery with an enchanting artificial lake flowing throughout. The lake has beautiful swans and ducks moving peacefully under the cover of trees and plants. Emperor Goose is a popular animal in the park. A red Dawn Redwood is the most wonderful tree to witness.

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Stone of Meridian of Paris
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Stone of Meridian of Paris

The imaginary line of Meridian of Paris where the longitude is zero passes through this park. The stone monument used to indicate its location with the name of Emperor Napoleon. However, this monument got scraped off the Emperor’s name during the French Revolution and is now located seventy meters away from the actual coordinates.

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Sculptures
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Sculptures

Structures made up of bronze and marble are inside the park like "Column of Armed Peace" by Jules-Felix Coutan (1889), "First thrill" by René Baucour (1921), "Lion's death" by Edmond Desca (1929), "Shipwrecked" by Antoine Étex (1859), "Thomas Paine" sculpted by Gutzon Borglum in 1936, dedicated in 1948, "Desert drama" by Georges Gardet (1891), "Purity" by Costas Valsamis (1955), "Mine accident" by Henri Bouchard (1900) and many more.

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