PARIS — Buttes-Chaumont

The 19th Arrondissement of Paris is found in the northeast and in the past has had little to offer tourists. Recently it has undergone a renewal and now you can find here parks, cinemas and a science and industry museum.

The sights found here are:
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Parc de la Villette
La Cité des Sciences

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Parc des Buttes Chaumont
This is one of Parisians favourite parks because it has fantastic views over the Sacré Cœur. The location of the park has had many uses over the years including as a place where gallows were once used to execute criminals, it was used as a quarry as well as a tip. The park was officially opened as a public park in 1867 during the expo of that year. The most noatable feature of the park is the large rocky cliff with its 32 metre waterfall and the circular lake at the bottom of it. On the top of the cliff is a small temple modelled after the ancient Roman Temple of Sybil in Tivoli, Italy. In the park you will find a grotto, a suspension bridge as well as some lovely walks to enjoy.

Parc de la Villette

Parc de la Villette
This is the largest and most modern park in Paris and it contains a cultural centre, a concert hall, a museum, and more. The cultural centre was a former hall for livestock but is now a centre for all kinds of performances. Also in the park are the ‘Praries’ which are huge open spaces that can be used for games and picnics with views of the nearby Canal de l’Ourq. At the centre of the park is an open-air movie theatre which has screenings throughout the summer. There are ten themed gardens in the Parc de la Villette which are a lot of fun. The gardens include the Dragon Garden with its climbing apparatus in the shape of a dragon and a giant slide, the Mirror Garden with 28 free-standing mirrors among the trees and the Garden of Movement which is especially popular with children with its play area of different moving apparatus. One other unusual feature in the park is the Argonaut which is a submarine that you can visit from Tuesday to Friday from 10.30am to 5.30pm and on the weekend from 11am to 6pm. It costs €3 and you can only pay by credit card. This park has enough entertainment to amuse adults and children for a full day.
For more information about the Parc de la Villette visit the website at: http://www.villette.com (in French only)

La Cité des Sciences
This museum is found at the top of the Parc de la Villette and is one of the world’s largest and most visited science museums. It has lots of hands on displays and simulators which makes it popular with both adults and children. Some of the highlights are the Explora which is where you can pilot a plane, step inside a camera and travel through the human body amongst others; the Géode which is one of the world’s largest geodesic domes; the Omnimax movie theatre with its 1000 square metre screen and the Cinaxe which is a simulator.
For more information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.cite-sciences.fr/en/cite-des-sciences