We have visited this park in the centre of Caen in Normandy, France many times during different seasons and never fail to enjoy it’s beauty. The park is maintained to a high standard and the gardens are well planted throughout the seasons. In 2019 the park celebrated it’s 25th year of existence. Seeing the park as it is now it’s incredible to think that the area was used as a municipal landfill for more than fifty years (1923-1973).
The park covers approximately 17 hectares (42 acres) and to enjoy the park in it’s entirety will see a good few kilometres pass underfoot. There are steps that meander up through the wooded sections although these can be avoided by using the paths which rise more gently to the higher parts of the park. The park is organised in to different areas. The most notable are probably the rose garden and the panorama but to be honest we enjoy the general atmosphere of the whole park and have been compelled to visit many times over the years. Yet still we discover new bits that we have missed before (or forgotten about).
There is much to like about the “Parc de la Colline aux Oiseaux” it’s a great place to walk with much to keep the mind occupied. There are places to picnic, areas for the children to enjoy, and there are no charges to enter the park. If you visit Normandy it would be sad if you don’t give this a place on your itinerary.
More information can be found here: https://caen.fr/annuaire-equipement/colline-aux-oiseaux
This video was filmed in it’s entirety at the park over many different visits during different seasons and hopefully provides an insight in to what to expect.
The cameras used in this video are:
Panasonic G80. Pansonic 12-60mm f3.5/5.6 lens. Panasonic 14-140mm f3.5/5.6 lens. Olympus 45mm f1.7 lens. (used for more than 50% of the included contents).
Samsung NX1 with a variety of Tamron Adaptall II legacy lenses.