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Bois de Vincennes

The Bois de Vincennes is 995 hectares of trees, lakes, islands and grass and offers miles of trails for walking, biking, or horse back riding, as well as a Parc Floral, a zoo, an arboretum, a teaching farm, and a Buddhist Temple. Several lakes and fountains add to the visual interest.
Address: 75012, Paris France
Area: Eastern edge of the 12th arrondissement
Arrondissement: 12th
Opening times:
Transport: M° (Metro) - Château de Vincennes (M1) or Porte Dorée (M8) or Porte de Charentonor (M8); RER: Joinville-le-Pont (A); Bus: 46, 86 vs
Entry Cost: Free of charge

History of Bois de Vincennes

The Bois de Vincennes is a remnant of ancient forest belt surrounding Lutece. This royal hunting ground, now the largest green space in Paris, is crisscrossed by 32 miles of roads without cars, almost 20 km of cycle paths and bridleways. The path has now been restored along the route the royal hunts of Louis XV. The Vincennes was reserved for royal hunting since the 11th century.

It is said that it was under one of its oaks that St. Louis administered justice. Louis XIV became enamored of Versailles, the castle and the woods were a bit neglected. Louis XV took the baton and launched a massive reforestation plan which ended in 1731, paving driveways and drawing roundabouts. Wood became a promenade open to everyone except servants and cars.

The City of Paris received timber management in 1860 under Napoleon III, and began to rebuild this magnificent space, with the aim of making a public park. The work was entrusted to the engineer Alphand, who transformed the wood into a vast landscape park, as he had done to the Bois de Boulogne. Despite these efforts, the wood is again the ravages of men during the War of 1870 and the Third Republic extended its military, which had not completely disappeared. It was after WWII that the City of Paris began to take care of its broad avenues. It has since launched a massive reforestation plan.