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.
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…