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If you love beautiful architecture, gardens, and flowers galore, Parc de Sceaux is the place you must absolutely visit if you want to properly experience springtime in Paris. Around April, cherry blossoms abound, and one astute scout is sure to let everyone know when peak bloom is happening.
Beyond the cherry blossom orchard, there’s a small château, extensive grounds, and a lagoon. Many come to picnic, walk, and even do something as quotidian as jog. It’s a really special place and one that is beautiful any time of year—but spring in Paris makes the Parc de Sceaux extra special.
How to Get to the Parc de Sceaux from Paris
The town of Sceaux, is an approximately 30-minute train ride from the major Métro/train station Châtelet. You can also hop on at Cité Universitaire; you will have to get on the RER B at some point. If you have the Navigo métro card, you will get there without a problem and have access to all transports.
Once you get off at the train station, it’s a short 10-minute walk to the park, and there are multiple entry points. It’s free. If you’re not sure where to go, follow the gaggle of people who are bound to be headed in the same direction.
Parc de Sceaux renowned for its cherry blossoms, which bloom in fluffy frivolity throughout the month of April (and are quick to disappear). But cherry blossoms aside, the park is a lovely place for a picnic, afternoon stroll, museum visit…the list goes on. I even saw a man fishing in the canal. (Advisable to NOT eat what you catch.)
When I think of parks, small neighbourhood hangouts usually come to mind. Well, Parc de Sceaux is 184 hectares…which is, I believe, smaller than Central Park…but still ginormous compared to my suburban childhood haunts. I location scouted a few weeks ago, and I’m glad I did. Silly me for thinking that tout ira bien if I just walked in blind with no plan. “The cherry blossoms will be easy to find,” I said. “We won’t have to look long. The train station is right there.”
Joke was on me. My friend and I ended up walking about a mile before finding the location I wanted for the photoshoot. The park has a canal akin to the one at Versailles, which means it’s long. Really long. It’s also in the shape of a cross. There are no bridges to traverse it, an if you want to cross from one side to the other…you have to walk ALL THE WAY AROUND. Safe to say, I did not plan on exercising that day, but I did. I’m pretty sure I ate some cookies afterward.
The park is open all year round, and in the sunshine is lovely for picnics on the grassy fields under the flowers. Benches line the canal, fountains sparkle, and you’ll find some pretty amusing sculptures. At the time that I am writing this, the château is undergoing renovations and is closed, but I encourage you to check back and see when it’s open again. However, the many gravelled paths, abundance of greenery, and the romantic way the sun hits the water at sunrise or sunset gives you plenty to see and appreciate, museum or not. Plus, entrance to the park is free. As my dad likes to say: “Free?!?! CHARGE!!!!!!!!” (Charge as in, run as fast as you can to whatever is free.)
Visiting the Town of Sceaux
The town of Sceaux is a quaint little place — get off at Sceaux on the RER B to be closest to the cherry blossoms and the town centre. It’s lined with grocers and boulangeries, making it easy to pick up a picnic on your way. And whether or not the blossoms are there, it’s a beautiful place!
Parc de Sceaux
RER B Robinson, stop Sceaux (Note: Robinson is the only line that stops at this station.)
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