Parc du Champ de Mars, Paris

Parc du Champ de Mars, Paris (must see)

Parc du Champ-de-Mars (the Field of Mars) is seen on most pictures taken from the top of the Eiffel Tower. It is one of the most popular parks in Paris and bears the name of the ancient Campus Martius in Rome, a tribute to the Roman god of war. The park's walkway extends for 780 meters between the Eiffel Tower to the north-west and the École Militaire to the south-east. With an area of 24.5 hectares, Jardin du Champ de Mars is one of the largest parks in the city. A rectangular square, called Place Jacques-Rueff, lies in its center. It has been a popular venue for celebrations, official and cultural events and military parades. Live music concerts take place here regularly, especially in summer, producing an unforgettable experience for listeners with the live music being played underneath the starry sky of Paris. Back in the 16th century, the field was just a vegetable plantation. Two hundred years later, the French military used it as a training ground. On August 27, 1783, Jacques Charles and the Robert brothers launched from here the world's first hydrogen-filled balloon flight.

The first anniversary of French revolutionaries capturing the Bastille prison - July 14th, 1790 - was also celebrated on the field. In 1837, it hosted the marriage of the Duke of Orleans, later on followed by five out of the total six Universal Exhibitions held in Paris during the 19th century. The most important of those - responsible for the construction of the Eiffel Tower, Paris's #1 landmark - took place in 1889. Flowering shrubs are scattered beautifully throughout the park and frame the perimeter. Grand firework displays are launched from the field each year on the Bastille Day when the garden gets particularly crowded with picnickers and those waiting for the night to see the incredible firework show. At the eastern end of the garden stands the monument of Peace with the word “peace” inscribed in 32 different languages on 32 columns. Visitors can also leave their own personal message there. The park offers a much-wanted retreat from the hectic city rhythm. The benches are usually packed with tourists waiting for their excitement from the beautiful city of Paris to settle. The location provides spectacular views of the multitude of attractions nearby. Perhaps it is not surprising that many visitors to Paris prefer this park to the Eiffel Tower itself as their favorite spot in the city.

Why You Should Visit:
Best place to get photos of the Eiffel Tower and to see it sparkle every hour! As with other large Paris parks, it can be quite busy on nice days, but there are always quiet spots if you wander around a bit towards the periphery. There are at least two playgrounds, so it is a great spot for kids.

Tip:
Bring a mat/cover for lying about, and try the spaces diagonal to the Tower for a different view...
Some of the park's annoyances include: pesky souvenir sellers & scam artists.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Map

Sight Name: Parc du Champ de Mars
Sight Location: Paris, France
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Palais-Bourbon Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Paris, France

Create Your Own Walk in Paris

Create Your Own Walk in Paris

Creating your own self-guided walk in Paris is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Hotel-de-Ville Walking Tour

Hotel-de-Ville Walking Tour

This tour takes you to explore the 4th arrondissement of Paris (aka "arrondissement de l'Hôtel-de-Ville") visiting The City Hall (Hôtel de Ville), Notre Dame Cathedral, Maison de Victor Hugo and other notable sights of the district otherwise renowned for its cute little streets, cafes, and shops. Rather fashionable as such, it is also regarded by the locals as expensive and congested. We invite you to take this walk and see for yourself whether it's true or not.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Champs-Elysees Nightlife

Champs-Elysees Nightlife

A haven for the arts in Europe, with its influence felt worldwide, Paris boasts a steady stream of visitors to its fine city. After dark, guests to the City of Light can enjoy a multitude of great nightlife establishments that is sure to appeal to anyone looking for a hot night on the town. Whether its live DJs spinning intense electronic beats or a live acoustic jazz band you’re looking for Paris has it all. Take this Champs-Élysées Nightlife Tour and discover the city’s eclectic range of great nightspots.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Opera-Elysees Souvenir Shops

Opera-Elysees Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Paris without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Paris, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Montmartre Walking Tour

Montmartre Walking Tour

Montmartre is one of the most famous and visited neighborhoods in Paris. It has some extremely beautiful plazas and marvelous architectural masterpieces. This tour comprises a few of the most popular places to be visited in Montmartre.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Pantheon (5th Arr) Walking Tour

Pantheon (5th Arr) Walking Tour

The city of Paris is divided into twenty "arrondissements municipaux", administrative districts, more simply referred to as arrondissements. The twenty arrondissements are arranged in the form of a clockwise spiral, starting from the middle of the city, with the first on the Right Bank (north bank) of the Seine. The 5th arrondissement of Paris (also known as "arrondissement du Panthéon") is the oldest arrondissement in Paris, and was first built by the Roman. Take this tour to visit Musée de Cluny, Panthéon, St-Séverin Church and many others.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Palais-Bourbon Walking Tour

Palais-Bourbon Walking Tour

The 7th arrondissement of Paris is the most affluent and prestigious residential area in France, home to the French upper class, plus a number of French national institutions, government offices and diplomatic missions. This neighborhood boasts typically Parisian architecture complete with vibrant cafes, restaurants and gourmet shops which draw foodies in their numbers. Among other attractions on this walk you will visit the Eiffel Tower, Hôtel des Invalides (Napoléon's resting place), Palais-Bourbon, Musée d'Orsay, Musee Rodin, and Musée du quai Branly.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km

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