Designed in the 19th century under the direction of Haussmann, the park has inspired an impressive share of writers, poets, and artists. Too bad the designer, who committed suicide in the park's lake on inauguration day, did not foresee his creation's eventual success.
Location: Main entrances at Avenue Reille and Boulevard Jourdain, 14th arrondissement
RER: Cité Universitaire (Line B)
Bus: Line 21, 67, 88
Tramway: T3 (Parc Montsouris stop)
Nearby Sights and Attractions:
- In the spirit of an English romantic-style garden, the park is filled with ambling wooden footpaths, small waterfalls and brooks, and hidden nooks where shaded flowers and trees render a sense of enchantment and repose.
- The park's enormous man-made lake is a home to ducks, geese, swans, and other birds-- but you are asked not to feed them.
- Kids can enjoy the park's many playgrounds, puppet theater, and a train ride through the park.
- The park's onsite restaurant is pricey, but affords pleasant dining on the patio in the spring and summer months.