Mare aux canes, forêt de Saint-Germain

Saint-Germain-en-Laye forest

Historic property of the kings of France, this sprawling forest of hundred-year-old trees offers an escape into nature, not far from the capital. Beautiful excursions on foot, on horseback, or on bicycle are guaranteed.
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Description

Located north-west of Paris, just 25 minutes on the RER train, this former royal hunting ground is a 3,500-hectare oasis offering magnificent walks that combine history and nature.

A royal history

The forest owes its present name to Saint Germain, bishop of Paris, who lived here as a recluse in the 6th century. The forest subsequently became a royal domain favoured for stag and fox hunting. Francis I, then Louis XV, built the hunting lodge La Muette. To discover it, take the Grande Terrasse, imagined by Le Nôtre; over 2km long, it offers an exceptional view of the west of Paris.

Sport or stroll

Enjoy hundreds of kilometres of forest paths for a real breath of fresh air. You may stumble across the former Loges Convent or the fairytale Château du Val.

To discover the different species of trees, follow the salamander route markings (the emblem of François I), that will guide you on a 2.5 km walk. Budding ornithologists can observe the rich fauna along the banks of the Etang du Corra pond, busy with ducks, coots and geese.

And every summer since 1652 the Fête des Loges, one of the oldest funfairs in France, has been held in the forest.

Community facilities

Access and contact

78100 Saint-Germain-en-Laye

    Days and opening hours

    All year round.

    Prices

    • Free

    Facility

    • Picnic area
    • Themed path
    • Car park
    • Orientation board

    Services

    • Pets welcome
    • Themed tour
    • Guided tours

    Activities

    • Activity
    • Health trail

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    Spoken languages

    • French
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