Bassin de la Villette, Paris

4.3
#6 of 9 in Nature in Paris
A man-made lake surrounded by shops and historical buildings, Bassin de la Villette serves as an ideal spot for a leisurely stroll. Sunshine, fresh air, and the buzz of pedestrians infuse the shores with energy. Colorful parasols and long stretches of green lawns line either side, tucked below old tree canopies. Inaugurated by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1808, the lake quickly became the setting for many social events. Today, it functions as a hub of art, culture, and science, with cinemas, museums, restaurants, and pubs all within close proximity. The lake itself provides many water-based recreational activities, so consider renting a sailboat or kayak and getting out on the water. Our Paris trip planner makes visiting Bassin de la Villette and other Paris attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Wow! What an amazing facility laid on for the people of Paris. Two banks of the canal basin turned over to a wide assortment of recreational activities. Security at both ends but not particularly...  more »
  • Lovely place to go swimming, FREE of charge. Previous reviewer is right about their strict rules and tourists being looked over twice at the entrance gate, but nothing like that he describes happened....  more »
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  • This is the place we stayed holiday Inn express excellent hotel 🏩 deal comes with bed and breakfast, superb breakfast they served it's on the canal if you want travel to other part tube station is thete and so many cafes nearby on the canal itself thete is cinema Hall, restaurants, cafes you can hire boat and peddlers, small Park with children play ground and many more things beautiful loved it
  • Whales are in, and sharks too! J'aime es so viel!

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