Park Bagatelle

Bois de Boulogne

Built in 1775, the elegant Château de Bagatelle is the work of architect François Joseph BĂ©langer. This castle was born following a bet by the Count of Artois, then owner of this estate, with the young queen Marie-Antoinette. For him to win it, he had to build it in less than two months. A successful bet, but the story does not say what was at stake in the bet…

But what is particularly striking in Bagatelle is the magnificent English garden, designed by the famous landscape architect Thomas Blaikie. Then, during the 19th century, various additions were built: the orangery, the famous stables, the terraces…

It was only from 1905, then owned by the Paris City Council, that this park became property of the City hall of Paris, that this park has become a botanical collection garden. The rose garden is particularly famous and contains more than a thousand species of roses, including original creations by park gardeners.

 

In the spring, as the first flowers bloom, visitors, even the most insensitive to floral art, remain speechless before the magnificence of these parterres. Between ponds, kiosks, caves, small bridges, waterfalls and century-old trees, this is a walk that will delight the whole family.