Shared shuttle transfer to the Parc de Bercy in Paris


History and visit to Bercy Park in Paris

Bercy Park, one of the most spacious gardens in Paris, flourishes along the banks of the Seine at 41 rue Paul Belmondo. This historic site was once occupied by former Bercy wine warehouses, located between the charming Bercy Village and the dynamic Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy. Nestled in the Gare de Lyon – Bercy district, in the 12th arrondissement, the park was created in 1993, thanks to the collaborative vision of four architects and two landscapers: Bernard Leroy, Bernard Huet, Jean-Pierre Feugas, Madeleine Ferrand, Philippe Raguin and Ian Le Caisne. Spanning 14 hectares, Bercy Park is a true green setting which offers a haven of peace and freshness in the heart of the capital. Opening hours vary seasonally, welcoming visitors from 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. and continuing until 5:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m., allowing everyone to enjoy its varied scenery and facilities . Bus lines No. 24, 87, as well as metro line No. 14 at Cour Saint-Émilion station provide easy access to the park.

From the 12th century, the location of Bercy Park was the scene of a lordship before becoming the property of a rich family. In the 19th century, the site was transformed into important wine warehouses, stimulating the wine trade to the capital thanks to tax exemption. The wines arrived by tank wagons at the Rapée station and by boats along the banks of the Seine. The banks of the Seine became a place of conviviality popular with Parisians, animated by giguettes and various festivities. With the 20th century, the demolition of the fortifications of Thiers marked the beginning of the decline of the warehouses which, in the 1970s, were abandoned. The total redevelopment of the district in the 1990s, aimed at revitalizing the former warehouse site, led to the creation of Bercy Park, inaugurated in 1997, and since then connected to the National Library of France by the Simone de Beauvoir footbridge since 2006.

The park is made up of three distinct zones: the flowerbeds, in the center, offer botanical diversity through nine thematic gardens, including a scent garden and a vegetable garden. The large meadow, near the Palais Omnisports, is an open space, ideal for leisure with its lawns, large trees and water games. Finally, the romantic garden offers a peaceful setting with its reconstructed dunes, its ponds, and the Maison du lac which hosts seasonal exhibitions on nature and gardens in Paris.

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