Discovering Vincennes like a true Parisian!
Publish on Tuesday, 10 April 2018 in Activities
Located in the lively 20th arrondissement of Paris, the Hotel Comète can be found in the south-eastern reaches of the capital, near the charming commune of Vincennes. Parisians love to relax here on weekends by taking a stroll in the woods, exploring the Château and visiting the zoo. Come along and discover how much there is of interest in this leafy and picturesque suburb that is so close to Paris and yet has its own distinctive character!
The Bois de Vincennes, nature at the gates of Paris
The Bois de Vincennes is effectively a green lung bordering the capital, a beautiful and peaceful place where nature and her precious ecosystem thrives. With its 995 hectares of parkland, the Bois is the largest green space in Paris. Keep-fit enthusiasts love jogging or cycling here, while hikers can explore its many winding trails. This former royal hunting preserve also boasts a number of lakes that provide a verdant landscape of varied and fascinating nature. Discover the islands of Bercy and Reuilly, surrounded by the serene waters of the large and very picturesque Lac Daumesnil. Fans of beautiful plants and flowers flock to the Parc Floral, which also hosts a number of musical events every spring and summer. You can also go horse riding, rowing, or see a play at the Cartoucherie. The Bois de Vincennes is the ideal Parisian park to satisfy the entire family’s need for relaxation and leisure!
Visit the majestic Château de Vincennes
Built in the 14th century, the Château de Vincennes is the largest royal fortress in France that is still fully intact. Impressively imposing, it stands at the entrance to the town, near the Bois de Vincennes. Of particular note is its 52-metre high donjon tower, guarded by two drawbridges, battlements and a deep moat. The history of the place is fascinating and sparks the imaginations of visitors of all ages. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend at least an afternoon exploring this magnificent monument. You’ll be taken on a gripping journey into the turbulent past.
Natural history and adorable animals at the Vincennes Zoo
A family outing to Vincennes would not be complete without a detour to the famous Paris Zoological Park, or Vincennes Zoo, as it is commonly known. The zoo is home to no fewer than 2000 animals spread across 14 hectares of parkland. More than 180 species are represented from all five continents, and their natural environments have been painstakingly replicated in five biozones. Mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians charm and amaze visitors every day. Check out the zoo’s website for more information.
For this trip to Vincennes, right on the periphery of Paris, choose the Hotel Comète as your accommodation. Our lovely and inspiring setting appeals to solo travellers, couples, friends and family. Within its beautiful vintage and Scandinavian-style decor, the hotel embraces the theme of space, from stars to planets!