We all love Paris, its charm, its architecture, its food. But sometimes, us Parisians get tired of seeing the same old narrow streets, tall buildings and dirty pavements. We long for greener spaces, fresher air and wider pathways. Luckily, this can all be found 20 minutes away from the city centre…
The parc de Sceaux and its castle are located South of Paris, on the RER B. Just hop on a train, and you can go for a picnic or just a long run (what Parisians are known to go to Sceaux for).
Sometimes referred to as a “mini Versailles”, the castle of Sceaux, and its park are breathtaking. First built in the 17th century, its architecture is more similar to 19th century castles, as it was rebuilt after the French Revolution. Fortunately, some original buildings like the orangerie and the stables have been saved and thus nicely contrast the main castle. The park is very big and allows for long jogs, or meditating spots.
We really enjoyed walking around the park, petting the fluffiest puppy ever (his master was ok with it, I promise!) and even spotting sheep!
Although it was a grey day, the castle still looked beautiful and sun rays sometimes appeared to show the park in another light. It’s so easy to access (and free!) I will certainly be back for picnics in the summer, will I be seeing you?
Domaine de Sceaux
8 Avenue Claude Perrault
Access: RER B, stops Bourg-la-Reine, Sceaux or Parc de Sceaux
Park is free to access and open every day from 7am to 9.30pm
The castle and museum: permanent collections are 3€ (concession: 1.50€)
All buildings are closed on Tuesday.
The castle is open at 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm
The “Pavillon de l’Aurore” is only open on the week-end from 2pm-5.30pm