19 walks around Paris

Balades autour de Paris

Are you in Paris and looking to get away from it all for a day? Here are the 19 walks around Paris we recommend for everyone!

There’s so much to see in the City of Light that we sometimes forget that the region is also full of unsuspected beauty and other delightful places. In fact, this statement applies as much to visiting holidaymakers as it does to residents of the capital, who often return to their only favorite spots at the weekend. The walks around Paris are numerous, varied and of varying lengths.

Some are well known, others a little less so. There’s something for everyone. We’ve tried to focus on places that are accessible by car or train, for a day’s visit or stroll. So here’s our selection of 19 walks around Paris!

1. Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

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📍 42 kilometers

🚗 By car: 40 minutes

🚆 By train: 55 minutes

Kids love it, but adults are divided… Since the early 1990s, Disneyland Paris has remained one of the most popular rides around Paris. It’s the ideal place for a family getaway with the kids, who are over the moon with their favorite cartoon characters.

But adults aren’t left out either, with attractions such as Space Mountain and the numerous roller coasters.

2. Vallée-aux-Loups Arboretum

Balades autour de Paris : Arboretum de la Vallée-aux-Loups

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📍 9 kilometers

🚗 By car: 35 minutes

🚆 By train: 50 minutes

Located in Châtenay-Malabry, the park was created at the end of the 18th century as a first-rate botanical garden. With its 2,500 trees and plants, the arboretum’s collection is very rich indeed. It’s one of the most beautiful walks around Paris.

It’s a place where you can relax and unwind, and get away from it all! It’s such a far cry from Paris… For literature buffs, the park also includes the Châteaubriand house.

3. Versailles

Château de Versailles

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📍 22 kilometers

🚗 By car: 40 minutes

🚆 By train: 40 minutes

📷Sightseeing / Activities: Château de Versailles and its outbuildings (gardens, Queen’s hamlet, Trianon), Cathedral, Salle du jeu de Paume

Versailles is a must-see outside Paris. Of course, the town is marked by its former royal presence, spearheaded by the Château, not to mention the magnificent outbuildings such as the gardens, the Trianon and the Hameau de la Reine.

It’s easy to spend the day pretending you’re Louis XIV or Marie-Antoinette – there’s so much to see and so many places to stay. But that would be to miss out on the city of Versailles, with its beautiful streets and superb cathedral. A gruelling day, but one we won’t forget!

4. Enghien-les-Bains

Balades autour de Paris : Enghien-les-Bains

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📍 40 kilometers

🚗 By car: 30 minutes

🚆 By train: 14 minutes

📷 Things to see and do: Enghien casino, walk around the lake

A town apart in the Paris suburbs, Enghien and its lake were created in 1850 following the discovery of France’s most sulfurous thermal springs. This status enables the town to host the only casino within 100 km of Paris – a real boon for gamblers!

But Enghien is also a unique stroll around Paris thanks to its lake, beautiful greenery and a moment of escape from the hustle and bustle of the capital.

5. Impressionist Island

Balades autour de Paris : Île des Impressionnistes

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📍 20 kilometers

🚗 By car: 35 minutes

🚆 By train: 30 minutes

📷 What to see / What to do: walk on the island

Revered by 19th-century painters, hence its name, l’île des Impressionnistes is a little getaway in the middle of the Seine. Its park is ideal for walks and picnics in summer. Definitely one of the most pleasant walks around Paris.

6. Parc Astérix

Parc Astérix

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📍 46 kilometers

🚗 By car: 40 minutes

🚆 By train: 33 minutes

Parc Astérix is the region’s other major theme park. Less magical for children than Disneyland, it’s popular with thrill-seekers! Less than an hour from Paris, you’ll be tempted to spend the day there.

7. Giverny

Plus beaux villages de Normandie : Maison de Monet, Giverny

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📍 75 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h15

🚆 By train: 1h15

📷 Things to see/do: stroll through the village and discover Claude Monet’s heritage

Claude Monet is responsible for the current reputation of this small Normandy village. By settling here, the painter found a new source of inspiration for his art and embellished the village with his house and gardens.

Today, Giverny is a real pleasure, one of the most beautiful visits around Paris, a little escape for a day. What’s more, when the weather’s on your side, all you want to do is stay as long as possible, sipping your coffee or a glass of wine.

8. Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte

Château de Fontainebleau

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📍 60 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h

📷 What to see / What to do: the two castles

A day out for lovers of royal architecture! Located just a few kilometers from each other, the two castles can be visited on the same day if you have a car. As the two buildings are quite different, there’s no risk of a feeling of déjà-vu.

In summer, Vaux-le-Vicomte offers night-time candlelight tours on Saturdays. A feast for the eyes!

9. Auvers-sur-Oise

Balades autour de Paris et Auvers-sur-Oise

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📍 30 kilometers

🚗 By car: 45 minutes

🚆 By train: 1h10

📷Sightseeing: visit the village and castle, follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps

If Giverny is synonymous with Monet, Auvers-sur-Oise is intimately linked with Vincent Van Gogh. The village has inspired many other painters, but Van Gogh is the one who has had the greatest impact. You can visit his last home.

Auvers-sur-Oise also has its own château, which, while not as famous as others, is of great architectural interest.

10. Senlis

Balades autour de Paris : Senlis

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📍 50 kilometers

🚗 By car: 50 minutes

🚆 By train: 1h10

📷 What to see / What to do: discover the city center, visit the castle and museums

With its superb cathedral, chateau and half-timbered houses, Senlis is a worthwhile stroll around Paris for lovers of historic architecture. We love the small, relatively quiet town center, where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch.

11. Chantilly

Visiter les Hauts-de-France : Château de Chantilly

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📍 47 kilometers

🚗 By car: 50 minutes

🚆 By train: 1h10

📷 Things to see/do: visit the castle, Chantilly cream tasting

Located just a few kilometers from Senlis, Chantilly can easily be visited in the same day if you have a car. The town’s chateau is its main attraction, with its sublime architecture and immense estate. It’s one of our favorite walks around Paris.

But in Chantilly, you can enjoy the cream of the same name, which originated in the town. To your taste buds!

12. Montfort l’Amaury

Montfort l’Amaury

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📍 50 kilometers

🚗 By car: 45 minutes

🚆 By train: 45 minutes

📷Sightseeing: stroll through the village, visit the Ravel museum and the château

A small medieval town in the Yvelines region, Montfort l’Amaury is a great idea for a stroll around Paris. With its fortified castle and narrow streets, the town boasts superb architecture and numerous places to eat and drink.

For fans of Maurice Ravel, a renowned museum is dedicated to the composer.

13. Parc naturel régional du Gâtinais français and the Château de Courances

château de Courances

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📍 60 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h

📷 What to see / What to do: visit the castle, hike in the park

This is one of the best walks around Paris for those who want to go green. The park offers a wide range of activities: hiking, leisure centres, museums… there’s something for everyone!

The Château de Courances is the main architectural attraction. Less well known than its neighbor Fontainebleau, it’s easy to visit thanks to its small size, and the wood-beamed tea room is splendid!

14. French Vexin Regional Nature Park

Parc naturel régional du Vexin français

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📍 68 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h10

📷 What to see / What to do: hiking, equestrian activities

For hiking aficionados, the French Vexin is the place to visit around Paris. The trails are numerous and well-marked. It’s hard to find better in the Paris region. For those who like horseback riding, it’s possible to take a tour on horseback.

15. Provins

Tour César (1181) - point de repère et emblème de Provins. Provins - commune de Seine-et-Marne, région Ile-de-France, France.

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📍 90 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h25

🚆 By train: 1h25

📷 What to see / What to do: visit the city center, attend shows

A trip around Paris for those who want to see an eagle show at the foot of the ramparts. This is Provins’ main attraction, a superb show of these enchanting birds.

The medieval town center is also magnificent, making it a great day out.

16. Thoiry Zoo

Zoo de Thoiry

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📍 53 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h

The largest zoo in the Paris region, with its famous safari trucks to see African animals in semi-liberty. A trip around Paris enjoyed by young and old alike.

17. Chartres

Chartres

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📍 90 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h20

🚆 By train: 1h20

📷Sightseeing: visit the city center and cathedral, various museums

With its magnificent cathedral, Chartres is a great way to get around Paris. It’s almost an hour and a half’s drive away, but there’s still time to explore the historic town center, which we love.

The walk along the Eure with the fortifications of old Chartres is very pleasant in fine weather. A lovely place for a coffee on the terrace.

18. Reims

facade of the cathedrale of reims

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📍 146 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h40

🚆 By train: 45 minutes

📷Sightseeing: visit the cathedral, the royal square and the city center

A historic city in royal France, Reims is where the sacrament of the king takes place for ten centuries. This tradition has enabled the city to embellish itself with royal buildings and a marvellous cathedral.

Of all the walks around Paris, Reims is a benchmark for French architecture and history!

19. Orleans

Visiter le Centre Val-de-Loire et sa capitale : Orléans

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📍 130 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h40

🚆 By train: 1h20

📷 Things to see and do: cathedral, floral park, Maison de Jeanne d’Arc

The town of Joan of Arc has many little-known treasures, not least of which is its much-loved floral park. La Pucelle is very present, from her equestrian statue to the house where she spent a few months, transformed into a museum, the town has eyes only for her!

Orléans is a stroll around Paris, and a walk along the banks of the Loire is a truly relaxing experience.

Now you know where to go on your weekends, to escape the capital for a while!