Parks of Paris: Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

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Temple de la Sibylle on the cliff

Spring has finally arrived! What better way to celebrate than to visit another charming and magical park in Paris. The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is located in the 19th arrondissement, which is in northeastern Paris. I’d say this park is somewhere between the Jardin du Luxembourg and Parc Monceau in terms of charm, jaw-dropping beauty, and sense of magic. It’s definitely one of my favorite parks in the world. Let’s wander around!

Compared to the Jardin du Luxembourg and Parc Monceau, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is a much larger park. I took the Metro to the the Buttes Chaumont stop. I thought it would be easy to find the most famous landmark in this park, the Temple de la Sibylle, because it’s located on a high cliff surrounded by a lake.

However, I found that it was quite difficult to find. I couldn’t see any cliff or lake upon entering the park. In fact, I felt like I had to walk halfway around the park to find it. And this park is quite large, so walking halfway around was a lot of walking! Finding the same exit in order to leave the park was also quite a walk…I think the park definitely needs more signage for exits!

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I had to stop and ask directions to the cliff and the temple from other park visitors, and they were very helpful in pointing me in the right direction. It’s good to know that not only do a lot of people speak English in Paris, but they are also very helpful!

I finally spotted the cliff and the Temple de la Sibylle! From a distance, one can see the entire picture of the temple at the top of a cliff surrounded by a lake.

It really is like a scene out of a fairy tale, with a tower (or the temple in this case) perched upon a high cliff, and accessible only by a hidden bridge.

As you can see, this scene is very picturesque and serene. It’s no wonder that Parisians often spend their leisure time in this park to read, stroll, jog, picnic, or just people watch.

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A fairy tale scene

I spotted a bridge in the distance, which people told me to cross in order to find Belvedere Island, where the temple resides on its cliff. The bridge’s red color stood out among all the lush greenery.

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You can’t tell from the pictures above, but this is a very long suspension bridge, over 209 feet long! It’s also suspended over 26 feet above ground.

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Interestingly, Gustave Eiffel, the same architect that built the Eiffel Tower, also designed this bridge.

Beautiful Parisian architecture can be seen from the park, indicating that even though the park provides a nice reprieve from busy city life, it’s still not too far away.

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I like how the design of the bridge and cliff makes the visitor really work to see the temple – it really heightens the anticipation and makes the visit feel special. It’s kind of an Indiana Jones moment!

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Approaching Belvedere Island and the Temple de la Sibylle.

I climbed up the steps so I could see the Temple de la Sibylle close-up. Apparently I thought the view from the top of the cliff was a bit anti-climatic because I didn’t think it was worthy of even one picture!

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I climbed back down and crossed the bridge once again in order to view the entire scene of the cliff, Temple de la Sibylle, and lake. I really think the temple is more impressive from ground-level. I’ll let the following pictures speak for themselves.

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I spent a few hours just wandering around. Since I was visiting this park solo, I didn’t want to wander too far or even explore the caves in case I got lost.

This park has many more scenic landscapes of waterfalls and caves that I can’t wait to see on my next visit. I’m glad I took the time to focus on only the cliff and temple on this visit because they are the highlights of Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.

Although I mentioned celebrating spring at the beginning of this post, these pictures were actually taken in September. I think the color changes typical of the fall season provided such beautiful colors along the cliff. It was like a colorful waterfall of leaves.

Thanks for sharing this visit! Have you visited Parc des Buttes-Chaumont? What was your favorite part of the park? Leave a comment to share your experiences!

For additional adventures at Paris parks, check out our posts on the Jardin du Luxembourg and Parc Monceau.

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