Le Parc de la Tête d’Or: Lyon’s Playground

Designed in the 1850s by two Swiss landscape designers, Le Parc de la Tête d’Or is Lyon’s biggest park. This park is situated on 111 hectares on the right bank of the Rhône river and is literally Lyon’s playground as it is frequented by locals all year round. It features a large lake, a rose garden, a couple plant greenhouses, a botanical garden, and a zoo! The weather has been so nice recently that people have been frolicking in the grass even in the middle of February.

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Now I know the Tête d’Or isn’t anything like the Parisian Jardins de Luxembourg or Tuileries, but I have to hand it to Lyon. This is a pretty epic park as far as the traditional definition of park goes.

The Park also features a World War I Memorial (unpictured) designed by Tony Garnier. If you don’t know of him, don’t worry. Stay tuned for the end of March…

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3 thoughts on “Le Parc de la Tête d’Or: Lyon’s Playground

  1. M-fizzle says:

    this place would be cool even WITHOUT the zoo animals
    close to your abode?

    • minhzie says:

      nope, it’s in the north of the city, right across from the croix rousse hill. i live in the southern part of the city, so it’s about a 5 km distance. running from my place to the parc de la tête d’or is actually a lovely run because the Rhône goes straight to one of the entrances!

  2. […] from the north. From the entrance of the Parc de la Tête d’Or, it’s around 3.75 miles along the banks of the Rhône to reach La Confluence. It’s a […]

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