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Discover Montmartre Cemetery

Most metropoles like Paris are popular with their bustle and the enormous range of activities but still you need a quiet and peaceful place from time to time. Montmartre Cemetery is one of those places where you can experience nature and culture at the same time. Go for a walk under the leafy shade of its more than 700 trees and refill your batteries.

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The Montmartre Cemetery, officially called “Le Cimetière du Nord”, was established in 1825. It extends to a surface of 27 acres and consists of more than 20,000 burial plots. After Père Lachaise Cemetery it is perhaps the most celebrated necropolis in Paris. Many famous people have been laid to rest there, for example French authors Emile Zola and Stendhal, composer Hector Berlioz or Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone. The information points at the entrances offer plans which will help you find the tombs of all the celebrities you wish to see. You can download a map of the cemetery in English and Spanish as well as an itinerary to the graves of famous women buried there.

Apart from that, Montmartre Cemetery is known for its beautiful sculptures and the architecture of its tombstones such as the replica of Michelangelo’s Moses on the grave of David Iffla, otherwise known as Osiris.Montmartre Cemetery, Sculpture Moses

Want to visit Montmartre Cemetery?

Do you want to spend an afternoon without paying a lot? No problem! Admission to Montmartre Cemetery is free of charge.

During your visit please remain quiet and show some respect to the deceased and their relatives.

Public toilets and drinking fountains are provided but it is not allowed to take dogs into the cemetery.

Getting thereMontmartre Cemetery

To get to Montmartre Cemetery you can use public transport. You can either take the metro line no. 2 or 13 and get off at Place de Clichy or the bus lines 30, 54, 74, 80 and 95. The Montmartrobus, which serves a whole bunch of stops within Montmartre, is another way to get to the cemetery.

Address: 20 avenue Rachel – 75018 Paris

Parking

You can also go there by car of course. The closest car park is Parking Clichy Montmartre which is accessible 24/7. Online reservation is possible but you can buy tickets on-site as well. Take a look at the website of the corresponding car park for specific information about prices and offers.

Opening hours

March 16 – November 5

Monday – Friday:             8.00-18.00

Saturday:                          8.30-18.00

Sunday:                            9.00-18.00

November 6 – March 15

Monday – Friday:            8.00-17.30

Saturday:                         8.30-17.30

Sunday:                           9.00-17.30

Opening hours for Sundays are also valid for public holidays. The last chance to enter the cemetery is 15 minutes before closing. Opening hours can vary in case of exceptional weather circumstances such as ice or storms.

Opening hours – Information Offices:
Monday to Friday: 8.30 – 12.30 and 14.00 – 17.00

Exceptional opening:
1 January, Easter, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, 1 May, 8 May, Whitsuntide, Whit Monday, 14 July, 15 August, 1 November, 11 November and 25 December.

Disability

For your visit you can download a map for disabled people. The entrance via Avenue Rachel is the easiest way to enter the site. If you have difficulties walking, we would not recommend going to this cemetery due to the paving and slopes.

The Paris City Council offers tours for the deaf and hard of hearing. They are free of charge for concerned ones, if they bring corresponding proof. Group tours are priced at €85,00 during the week, plus a supplementary charge of €25,00 for Sundays, public holidays and tours in foreign languages.

Other famous cemeteries in Paris

1) Cimetière du Montparnasse

Montparnasse Cemetery is the most celebrated cemetery of Paris with many sepulchers of celebrities, such as Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Paul Sartre and André Citroën.

Address: 3 boulevard Edgard Quinet – 75014 Paris

2) Cimetière du Père Lachaise

Opened in 1804, the Père Lachaise Cemetery is a former Jesuit retreat with a surface of 109 acres and countless tombs of famous artists, scientist and writers, for example Frédéric Chopin, Molière, Édith Piaf, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde. Learn more about Père Lachaise Cemetery here.

Address: 16 rue du Repos – 75020 Paris

 

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strasbourg, france in 15 days all inclusive, places to visit in France

Strasbourg

Situated in the beautiful region of Alsace, Strasbourg lies on the French-German border: for this reason, it offers visitors a unique mix of French and German culture, with typical medieval houses and sights.

strasbourg, france in 15 days all inclusiveBordering the West bank of the Rhine river, Strasbourg provides Franco-German culture, ambience and sights: for instance, the beautiful Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, with its astronomical clock and its towers, offers a unique medieval atmosphere, while the famous historic quarter called Petite France offer a great number of channels and medieval houses. There, you can follow the Barrage Vauban – a defensive structure built on the river – and enjoy all the typical houses which are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

The town houses several European institutions, such as the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. The centre of the city, called Grand Île, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site: although always disputed throughout centuries, Strasbourg has been a crucial cultural, historical and social bridge between Germany and France.

strasbourg, barrage, france in 15 days all inclusiveThe city absorbed the Germany influence in its stunning architecture and, as you walk into the town, you will feel as if you are entering a childhood fairytale village. It is simply picturesque. Enjoy a glass of wine from one of the famous Strasbourg caves or a cold mug of beer from one of its equally spectacular breweries. If visiting in the winter, you can also go to the Christmas fair, a real treat during the holiday season.

Although many castles and churches have been destroyed in 1944 during the Allied bombing raids, the main ones are still intact or have been renovated: thus, Strasbourg can still offer, especially these days, a unique and amazing insight into the Franco-German culture and into the Gothic and Romanesque atmosphere of the Middle-Ages.

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City of Reims

What to see in Le Marais?

Le Marais is one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of Paris and is located in the 3rd and the 4th districts. This is a place full of history which is divided in several parts with, in each one, different atmospheres. We no longer count what you could do in this quarter !

A little bit of history

Shopping on Sunday in Paris, Off-Beaten Paths Paris, le marais

Credit: wikipedia

Le Marais is located over an old wide swampy area, hence its name (« Marais » means  « Marsh »). It was built in the Middle Ages, housing historical buildings such as the wall of Philippe Auguste, and religious buildings built around it, such as Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis Parish. In the 17th century, King Henri IV built the present Place des Vosges (formerly Place Royale), a perfect place for walks. Later, in the 19th century and even earlier, Ashkenazi jews persecuted in Eastern Europe settled in the neighborhood. Today, the Jewish quarter is a legacy.

Le Marais has become, today, a district both historical and trendy. This neighborhood is also known for being gay-friendly.

How to experience it?

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Philippe Auguste’s wall is located not far from the Saint-Paul gardens, and was built in the 12th century by this King of France who reigned at the same time. It is the oldest wall in Paris, and it served to delimit the boundary between Paris and the exterior.

You can also find the Hotel de Sens, which is a 15th century historical hotel which houses now a library, and which has its own gardens, the Jardins de l’Hôtel de Sens, in which you can enjoy the sun during the beautiful days.

Picasso Museum, Paris Museums, le marais

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This area is not only full of history but also of arts. The Picasso Museum (Musée Picasso), inaugurated in 1985, exhibits the documents and works of the artist, as well as the House of Victor Hugo (Maison de Victor Hugo), located on the Place des Vosges (built by King Henri IV), where he lived from 1832 to 1848. You will also be able to visit a jewish art gallery, the Art 25, as well as the Museum of Art and History of Judaism (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme).
The Carnavalet Museum (Musée Carnavalet), which traces the history of Paris, is also located in the district, where you can learn more about the history of Le Marais (check more information here).

Self-Guided walking tour, le marais

Le Marais includes a jewish quarter called Pletzl (Pletzl means “small place” in Yiddish), which begins in the rue des Rosiers, this cobbled street where you can taste delicious falafels at l’As du Falafel (pay attention to the length of the queuel because they are victim of their success!) or at Mi-Va-Mi. You can also find synagogues or kosher shops in this historical place, inhabited by the jewish community since the Middle Ages.

le marais

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The Holocaust Museum (Mémorial de la Shoah), not far away from the emblematic Pltetzl, is a must-see and is one of the most emotional places in the neighborhood. There are permanent exhibitions, with documents from the Second World War, including the Holocaust, during which the Jews of France and Europe were deported. There is a crypt containing the victims’ ashes, pictures, the names of the deportees, the names of the Justes (those who hid the Jews). As well as a bookstore that offers more than 3000 references on this topic.

Le Marais is probably the most gay-friendly neighborhood in the capital, where you can find many gay bars. You can also find thrift stores, such as Kilo Shop, one of the thrift shops in Paris where you can make really good deals.

Enjoy your walk in Le Marais !

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Bois de Boulogne

How to explore Bois de Boulogne

With its 2100 acres Bois de Boulogne is the 2nd biggest park in Paris. It is located between the western suburbs and River Seine. The area used to be the hunting ground of the French kings until it was turned into a modern park by order of Napoleon III.

During the day, this space is perfect for family and sport activities. It offers playgrounds, picnic areas and a boat hire on Lac Inférieur as well as 9 miles of cycling routes and 17 miles of bridle paths. You can take a break at several restaurants and fast food stalls all around the park, such as Châlet des Îles on the island in Lac Inférieur.

  1. Find your way through Bois de Boulogne

Bois de BoulogneThe north

Here is where you find the museum Fondation Louis Vuitton – a building of extraordinary modern architecture which was designed by Frank Gehry and hosts different fine-art exhibitions. The zoological garden called Jardin d’Acclimatation is located right next to the museum. It offers theme park attractions like pony rides in addition to a cultural program and a marvelous landscape.

The center

Most of the central part of the park consists of wooded areas and the two artificial lakes, Lac Inférieur and Lac Supérieur. Those are popular with their running and walking paths. Boats can be hired on the north-eastern shore of Lac Inférieur.

Located in the heart of Bois de Bologne, Pré Catelan includes the Jardin Shakespeare. Jardin Shakespeare hosts a large collection of plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays as well as Théâtre de Verdure which is turned into Paris’ largest open air theater in summer.

The botanical garden Parc de Bagatelle is in the north-west of the area. This park is especially beautiful because of the interplay of its magnificent landscape, wildlife, its Anglo-Chinese pagodas and the Château de Bagatelle built in the 18th century. Watch the colorful peacocks roaming between huge trees and beautiful ponds! Make sure you don’t miss the fabulous rose garden with its 10,000 rose bushes where exhibitions, events and classical concerts take place in summer.

Bois de Boulogne

Bois de Boulogne

The south

In fact, you can find sports fields in all corners of the park, for example basketball, hockey and rugby fields or a bowling pitch. Though, most of them concentrate on the southern and western part. Besides, there are hippodromes and tennis stadiums at the southern end. Apart from the sports activities you can go for a stroll in Jardin des Poètes or the botanical garden Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil where you can admire numerous species of tropical plants.

  1. Getting there

You can reach Bois de Boulogne easily by using public transport. Bois de Boulogne is served by metro lines 1 (Porte Maillot), 2 (Porte d’Dauphine), 9 (Michel-Ange-Auteuil) and 10 (Porte d’Auteuil) and the RER C (Avenue Foch, Avenue Henri Martin). You can also use the bus lines 32, 52, 63, 73, 82, 241 or 244 which serve stops on the borders and those inside the area.

In case you plan to go there by car, there are several roads crossing the park. You can leave your car at one of the car parks inside the area so that you don’t have to walk all the way from the entrances to your destination.

  1. Discovering the park

Bois de BoulogneIf your time is limited and you don’t want to spend a whole day in the park, we would recommend to go by bike and explore the cycling paths in Bois de Boulogne. You can either use your own one or borrow a bicycle from one of the numerous Vélib’ stations all around the area. If you are not able to use Vélolib’, there are two bike hires (av Mahatma Gandhi, av Foch).

Of course, there are wonderful walking paths, too. If you would like to visit the park on foot, make sure you have enough time – the park is large! Stroll around, relax on a bench at the lake and enjoy the fresh air! Public drinking fountains are provided so that you don’t have to carry heavy bottles.

  1. Important tips and information

  • Please take note that Bois de Boulogne turns into a red-light district at night, especially along the Allée de Longchamps!
  • Before your visit, download a map of the park in order to find your way more easily.
  • Think about what you want to visit and plan your route in advance. The area is large!
  • Please be aware that there may be fees for entrance and activities in the different gardens.
  • Several websites located the Musée en Herbe inside Bois de Boulogne. It is not! In fact, the museum is located in the 1st arrondissement. Its current exhibition is called “Hello, my game is…” – a contemporary art exposition about video games.

 

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