Parc de la Citadelle is very easy to reach on foot from the Étoile district. This parkland stretches over 12 hectares, on the vestiges of an old military fort designed by Vauban in 1681. The site was renovated and made into a park in 1964, and the remains of the old citadel (the scarp wall, bastions, gates, and water-filled moats) have all been restored.
This green lung near the Esplanade neighborhood is perfect for a family outing, a romantic walk, or a day out with friends.
Everyone can find an activity that suits their age and mood here. There are several playgrounds for children, football pitches and basketball courts, gym equipment, picnic tables…
The paths are great for walking or jogging at any speed, and there are plenty of benches where you can sit in the shade of a plane tree or weeping willow.
As a quiet stream snakes its way through the old moats, dragonflies twirl through the air between the waterlilies. A swan is busy with its daily grooming routine, while the red-eared terrapin turtles are sunbathing on a rock in the water. On one of the bridges, a gaggle of children are trying to spot the (imaginary) “cocodile” of la Citadelle.