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.