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Le parc de la Tête d'Or
This "Park of the Golden Head " is in the 6th arrondissement of Lyon on the left bank of the Rhône River. It has an area of 105 hectares, including a 16 hectare lake.
There are seven entrances to the park, including the "Gate of the Children of the Rhône" (Porte des Enfants du Rhône, first photo). There is a Vélo'v station with 29 attachment points near this gate, but when I got there it was completely full (since I was not the only one who wanted to go there by Vélo'v on such a nice day) so I had to go five blocks further along the Boulevard des Belges to the next Vélo'v station (6020 - Musée Guimet) to dock my bike.
This was no problem since the screen at a full Vélo'v station will always show you where the nearest stations are that have spaces available, and give you an extra fifteen minutes to get there. (This works the same way as at a full Vélib' station in Paris.)
Second photo: People in the Parc de la Tête d'Or, near the lake.
Parc de la tete d'or
It is rumoured that a golden head of Jesus is buried within the grounds of Lyon's beautiful park, which is how it got its name. Who knows? The strict park-keepers will not let you go digging it up, they don't even like you picnicking on certain meadows. Nevertheless, this is a fabulous place to spend a sunny day, because there really is so much to see.
It reminded me at first of one of the big English parks in London, Regents Park in particular. There is a large boating lake, and acres of green fields. There is a huge botanical garden, full of species from around the world. Inside the large greenhouse you will see African rainforest trees side by side with Mexican cacti and Asian shrubs, but it is the large collection of carnivorous plants that attracted me. Loud frogs and baby ducks are everywhere in the ponds, and these lead you into the zoo.
Unlike so many zoos this one is free to the public, boasting a large collection of animals such as lions, giraffes, tigers, elephants, and hilarious monkeys. You may or may not agree with zoos - if you do not, then you might not enjoy it here - it is a typical menagerie, really, and the animals do not have enough room. On the other hand, there are children everywhere and this is the only way they can be educated about the wild animals of the world.
Such a great park with so much to do, I would definitely recommend it to anybody.
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Escape from the grayness of the city...
Not that Lyon was a "gray" city, but sometimes I wish there were more green spots. Well, the major, huge green spot in Lyon is the Parc de la Tete d'Or, one of the largest parks of its kind in France with an artificial lake in the middle. When the weather is nice, it's a great place for a picknick, to play Frisbee or just have a sieste in the sun. It's also a great place for kids. There's some animals to see (deer, goats, geese, but also giraffes, elephants and a lion) and a botanical garden, all at free access. Beware, it can get quite crowded at times!
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Parc de la Tete d'Or
When it's freezing cold outside as it was when we were there, a good idea is to go in the parc and visit the tropical greenhouses. It's warm and full of nice plants you can't see everyday in our European countries. Moreover, it's free. And for the same price, you can also see exotic animals such as elephants, giraffes, lions, etc.
Le Parc de la Tête d'Or
I can remember the many time I went to the Parc de la Tête d'Or in the years '69, '70 & '71 when I was a student at the Psychiatric Hospital of Vinatier in Lyon-Bron.
I always succeded to relax when visiting over and over... You shouldn't miss that beautiful parc !
Web: "There are 7 entrances but the most impressive is the "Enfants du Rhône" gate which opens out onto the lake, the centerpiece of the park's landscape design. The immense lawns of romantic inspiration alternate with groves of trees often over a hundred years old. The flower beds, rose and peony gardens bring a year-round touch of color and perfume. The Tête d'Or Park is open to the public and admittance is free. If you want to go for a stroll or just laze under a tree, visit the botanic and rose gardens or maybe the zoo: this is the place."
Indeed a must-see
Very nice place, I loved it most in Lyon.
They have a zoo that is very clever arranged, you have the feeling that animals are almost free. (in fact some birds are free)
You can rent a boat and "sail" on the lake;
I used to go skating there. The rollers are really very good, it's a pleasure to admire them.
"La roserie" is greatfull, especially in may.
There are also some nice places to eat.
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We had time to travel through the zoological quite small one, but at least is of random access and free, and is found inside the park the Trouble d´Or the zoological one groups birds, cute, mammalian. ..Y if the elephants look at a little sad and missing to its African lands, the majority of the animals seems to have adapted well to the climate of Lyon. Antilopes to wolves or bears, Are 6 hectares and more than 300 animals.
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