5 spectacular lesser-known city parks around the world
Going beyond the tourist traps.
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in Paris, France
This gem was created when Paris absorbed a nearby French village and decided to turn part of it into a park in the 19th century. Jean-Charles Alphand built the park, and it opened its figurative doors in 1867.
The place is full of greenery and far less formal than many other French parks. Its architecture features a picturesque, rustic style inspired by ancient Rome as well as the chalets and bridges of the Swiss Alps.
The place is a delight to walk through, with more than 3 miles of roads and 1.4 miles of paths, which pass by lakes, bridges (including one designed by Gustave Eiffel, the creator of the Eiffel Tower) and waterfalls.