Bois de Boulogne

large public park the western edge of Paris, France

The Bois de Boulogne is a large public park in the west of Paris. It was created between 1852 and 1858 during the reign of the Emperor Louis Napoleon.[1] It is in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, near the suburbs of Boulogne-Billancourt and Neuilly-sur-Seine.

The lower lake in the Bois de Boulogne

The Bois is the second-largest park in Paris, a bit smaller than the Bois de Vincennes on the eastern side of the city. It covers an area of 8.46 square kilometres,[2] which is 2.5 times larger than Central Park in New York,[2] and comparable in size to Richmond Park in London.

Within the boundaries of the Bois de Boulogne are an English landscape garden with several lakes and a cascade; two smaller botanical and landscape gardens; a zoo and amusement park; a complex of greenhouses holding a hundred thousand plants; two tracks for horse racing; a tennis stadium where the French Open tournament is held each year; and other attractions.

Bois de Boulogne


  1. Dominique Jarrassé, Grammaire des jardins Parisiens, p. 94
  2. 2.0 2.1 General information about Bois de Boulogne. Accessed 19 July 2011.