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Luxembourg Garden

Luxembourg Garden

What will you see?

Luxembourg GardenThe garden is divided in 2 sides: French and English side. It houses the French Senate. It is known for the Medici Fountain, its statues, flower beds (orchid…), ponds where children can play with wooden boat… There are tennis courts, ponies and others activities. 

How to experience it?

It is a family garden, you can take a stroll or sit on a bench (chill out, read a book …)

Practical Information

Hours: between 7:30 and 8:15 until between 16:30 and 21:30, depending on the season. More information here

Prices: Free entry

Access: Metro Odéon (lines 4 and 10), Mabillon (10), Saint-Germain-des-Prés (4) / RER B Luxembourg

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Tuileries Garden

Tuileries Garden

What will you see?

Tuileries GardenIt is a public garden located next to the Louvre Museum and the Concorde Square. It became a public park after the French Revolution. You will see a lot of statues and ponds. Between the Louvre Museum and the Tuileries you can find the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (an arch to commemorate Napoleon military’s victories).

How to experience it?

A place to do with either your friends or family. You can combine with your Louvre Museum visit, it is a peaceful place for a picnic or for a walk.

Tuileries GardenDuring summer (from mid-June to mid-August), the Tuileries Garden hosts its traditional funfair. Both Parisians and visitors of all ages come to enjoy the rides such as roller coaster, bumper car, Ferris wheel, carousel, ghost trains, fishing games, ring throwing games … You can also chill out by eating ice cream, cotton candy, churros, candy apple … For your information the entry is free but the rides are not (open around 11:00 to 00:00).

Practical Information

Hours: From 7:00 to 21:00 (until 23:00 in summer)

Prices: Free entry

Access: Metro Tuileries (line 1) – Concorde (lines 1, 8 and 12) – Palais-Royal (lines 1 and 7)

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Museums You've Never Heard Of, Invalides, army museum

Invalides

What will you see?

InvalidesA former hospital for the veterans of King Louis XIV’s wars, the National Residence of the Invalides is nowadays also a museum about the military history of France. There are many things to visit such as the Army Museum (which includes a beautiful artillerie collection), the tiny museum of military maps in 3D, the Museum of Contemporary History (about the 2 World Wars), the Memorial dedicated to Charles de Gaulle and of course the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte located under the Golden Dome.

How to experience it?

It could take an entire day if you decide to visit everything!

For those who are short in time, you can focus on the tomb of Napoleon and the dome, which you can see in about half an hour only. But if you have more time, and especially if you are a history buff, do no hesitate to visit the rest, and especially the tiny museum of military maps which can be visited in only 15 to 30 minutes.

In summer time, you can enjoy a picnic on the lawns of the Esplanade des Invalides, located just in front. 

Practical Information

Invalides

Hours: Open every day, but hours change based on season. View hours here 

Prices: from 12€

Access: Metro Invalides (lines 8 and 13)

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Concorde Square

Concorde Square

What will you see?

Concorde SquareIt is the largest square of Paris. Until 1830, the square was renamed several times before being called ‘Place de la Concorde’. It is surrounded by prestigious hotels and is located next to Tuilerie Gardens and the Champs-Élysées. Next to the square you can find the Orangerie and the Jeu de Paume museums.

It is where, during the revolution, many famous people were beheaded such as Robespierre, King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.

There is a high Egyptian obelisk standing at the center of the Concorde Square which is called ‘Luxor Obelisk’. It is the oldest monument in Paris. It was classified as a historical monument in 1936.

At each corner of the square, 8 statues represent the major cities of France. On each side of Luxor Obelisk, 2 fountains represent the Seas for the first one and the Rivers of France for the other one. 

At certain times of the year, a Ferry wheel called ‘La Grande Roue’ is installed on Concorde Square. This gives the visitors a chance to see Paris from a different view.

How to experience it?

Concorde SquareIt is a nice place to visit after taking a stroll along the avenue of Champs-Élysées. If you are going to take the sightseeing bus you will definitely pass by the square. 

A guided tour is available for those who are really interested in architecture history.

You can enjoy a beautiful view over several Parisian monuments all at once from there, especially when they are illuminated at night.

Practical Information

Access: Metro station Concorde (lines 1, 8 and 12)

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