Parks and gardens

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Parks and gardens

Parks and gardens are invaluable natural spaces. A fragile heritage, they help preserve biodiversity. They are also great for sport and relaxation. Here is a list of just some of the major parks and gardens in Strasbourg.

Parc de l’Orangerie

Developed initially between the 18th  and 19th  centuries, the Parc de l’Orangerie is now the largest park near Strasbourg city center and the one most visited by residents.

There are spaces set aside for children and lots to discover with numerous attractions such as playgrounds, a carousel of small cars, a boating lake, bowling alley and a pesticide-free rose garden.

It also houses monuments and sculptures, including the Pavillon Joséphine and the Burehiesel.

The University of Strasbourg botanical garden

Created in 1619 and developed in its present location in 1884, the Botanical Garden of the University of Strasbourg has over 6,000 species of trees and flowers from all over the world. The plants are housed in an arboretum and greenhouses one of which is classified as a historic monument. It is a unique place for a stroll and quiet contemplation.

Parc de Pourtalès

This park gives pride of place to nature largely represented by the forest and numerous trees from the Rhine environment. This is a popular meeting place at weekends for Strasbourg residents, offering a picturesque landscape set off against the beautiful architecture of Pourtales Castle, classified as a historic monument since 1984.

Parc de la Citadelle

Following the capitulation of Strasbourg in 1681, Vauban designed an imposing citadel, halfway between the city and the Rhine bridge. The remains of this building were then redeveloped in 1964 giving us the Parc de la Citadelle as we know it today.

The park is often the scene of events such as music and intercultural festivals in the summer, meetings of associations in September or the plant festival in October.

Jardin des Deux-Rives

A physical testimony to Franco-German friendship, the Jardin des Deux-Rives extends across both sides of the Rhine. It is dominated by the footbridge linking Strasbourg to Kehl for pedestrians and cyclists. It regularly hosts cultural events and festivals, as well as works by international artists.