The best nature walks to do around Paris

Sometimes happiness is at the end of the subway line! At the terminus of line 9 is Saint-Cloud’s national domain. This huge green area once housed a castle and seems to be typical of the gardens designed by Le Nôtre, with its straightforward perspectives and fountains … But the park also offers a unique view of Paris, large meadows and an educational courtyard for the smallest. The wooded areas give you the impression of being in the middle of the forest in the heart of Paris.

Espace Rambouillet in the forest of the same name allows families to discover the hidden beauties of trees and wildlife without the risk of getting lost. We follow marked routes and by being discreet we can see deer, roe deer or wild boar in the distance. You can also enjoy the eagle forest, discover more than 120 birds of prey of 30 different species and their demonstrations in the open air in free flight.

Contemporary art exhibitions, workshops for young audiences, live shows on sunny days make the Domaine de Chamarande a place with a very close cultural program. But it is also a space that alternates between forest, green meadows and well-kept gardens, in addition to a small island where many bird species take refuge. You can even picnic there!

A short 45-minute walk takes you to the magnificent Château de Chantilly estate, one of the jewels of the French heritage, which houses the intact treasures of a 19th-century prince, Henri d’Orléans. On the program: the Château de Chantilly, its collections of works of art collected in the Condé Museum, its park and a forest, the Chantilly Forest, but also buildings, including several historical monuments, with in particular the Grandes Ecuries. They house the Horse Museum, which presents the relationship between man and horse since the beginning of civilizations and offers riding shows dedicated to the art of dressage all year round.

Step back in time to the time of troubadours, knights and girls. The medieval city of Provins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is ideal for an exotic and enchanting stroll. Throughout the year, many shows and events restore the city’s spirit from past times and take its visitors back to the heart of the Middle Ages.

Stone houses, low walls covered with ivy, steep paths on the banks of the Oise … This village is surrounded by forest and wheat fields and has always inspired artists and especially the Impressionists. After visiting the many houses of artists, do not miss the Château d’Auvers-sur-Oise and its magnificent garden.

About forty minutes from Paris by train, the Parc de la Vallée de la Chevreuse offers many walking and cycling tours. Monasteries, castles, rivers, forests … you will be amazed by these sumptuous and picturesque landscapes. A free shuttle, the balado bus, which departs from Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse station, takes you to the most emblematic places in the area, especially the Château de la Madeleine and the Vaux de Cernay. Carried by Cernay’s broth, these impressive waterfalls are the ideal place for a family picnic.

We move a little away to meet the beauty of art and nature, towards Giverny and Maison Claude Monet. Claude Monet lived from 1883 to 1926, that is, forty-three years, in his house in Giverny. He was as passionate about gardening as colors and designed his flower garden and water garden as real works. As you stroll through your garden and house, visitors still feel the atmosphere that reigned in the master of Impressionism, marveling at the flower arrangements and water lilies that were his greatest sources of inspiration. For a moment of pure relaxation.

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