Parc de lOrangerie (Strasbourg)

Across from the Council of Europe's Palais de l’Europe, 2km northeast of Grande Île, this flowery park, designed in the 17th century by Le Nôtre of Versailles fame, is a family magnet with its playgrounds and swan-dotted lake. In summer you can rent row boats on Lac de l’Orangerie. Kids can get up close to storks and goats at the park’s mini zoo .

Beautiful gardens designed by Le Nôtre in 1692. The gardens were appropriately converted to host Empress Josephine when she visited the site in 1804. The Josephine Pavilion, a small house reconstructed following a fire in 1968, periodically hosts various exhibitions. The surrounding neighbourhood, developed after 1870, features wide streets flanked by imposing buildings of the gothic-Renaissance period, excellent examples of Prussian architecture.

The Parc de l'Orangerie is a definite must-visit during your trip to Strasbourg. You'll likely have to take a 20-odd minute tram ride up, whence you can enjoy the scene change from town to residential along the way, as well as the inspiring building housing the official seat of Euro-Parliament. Be sure not to miss that tram - the next one won't be coming for a while.

The park itself is a peaceful one. It has a lot to offer, and its many pretty paths are superb for an afternoon stroll. In the middle of the park sits a building, noted as a residence for one Empress Josephine. Many statues sit about the park, along with a plethora of flowers and benches on which you can admire them. There's a small zoo, and a playground for the wee ones.


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