Elysee (8th Arr) Walking Tour I, Paris

On this tour you will explore the 8th arrondissement of the French capital, one of its busiest and chic neighborhoods, thanks to the presence of Avenue des Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. If shine and glamour are up to your liking, we invite you to take this walk in a mixed crowd of fashionistas, tourists and local workers, and see some of Paris's most prominent attractions, such as as Le Grand Palais, Palais de L'Élysée, and more.
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Guide Name: Elysee (8th Arr) Walking Tour I
Guide Location: France » Paris (See other walking tours in Paris)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: karen
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Eglise de la Madeleine

1) Eglise de la Madeleine

L'Eglise de la Madeleine is a Roman Catholic church located in the 8th arrondisement of Paris. It was built in order to honor Napoleon's army but today it is affiliated with a Benedictine abbey and hosts some of the most fashionable wedding ceremonies in Paris. The construction of La Madeleine started during the reign of Louis XV but the construction was stopped as the first design wasn't accepted. It was then built as a commemorative monument for Napoleon's "Grand Armee". However its role got lost when the Arc de Triomphe was completed in 1808. Today it is a great place for afternoon concerts that take place several times a week.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Place de la Concorde

2) Place de la Concorde (must see)

The Place de la Concorde is one of the major public squares in Paris, France. Measuring 8.64 hectares (21.3 acres) in area, it is the largest square in the French capital. It is located in the city's 8th arrondissement, at the eastern end of the Champs-Élysées. The Place was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1755 as a moat-skirted octagon between the Champs-Élysées to the west and the Tuileries Garden to the east. Decorated with statues and fountains, the area was named Place Louis XV to honor the king at that time. The square showcased an equestrian statue of the king, which was torn down during the French Revolution and the area renamed "Place de la Révolution". The new revolutionary government erected the guillotine in the square, and the first notable to be executed at the Place de la Révolution was King Louis XVI, on January 21, 1793. Other important figures guillotined on the site, often in front of cheering crowds, were Queen Marie Antoinette, Princess Élisabeth of France, Charlotte Corday, Madame du Barry, Georges Danton, Camille Desmoulins, Antoine Lavoisier, Maximilien Robespierre, Louis de Saint-Just, and Olympe de Gouge. The guillotine was most active during the "Reign of Terror", in the summer of 1794, when in a single month more than 1,300 people were executed. A year later, when the revolution was taking a more moderate course, the guillotine was removed from the square.

Why You Should Visit:
Great place for photos and for taking a stroll; centrally located so you can fan out from here to just about any place in Paris.

Tip:
In the square, there is a big Ferris wheel, which offers breathtaking views over Seine river, Louvre Museum, Jardin des Tuileries, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower... This wheel turns three times more than the London Eye and costs much less!
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palais de L'Élysée

3) Palais de L'Élysée (must see)

Palais de l’Elysée has been the official residence of French presidents since 1871. It is located on Rue Saint-Honoré, one of the most prominent streets in Paris, lined with 18th and 19th-century buildings. The palace was constructed in the early 18th century and was initially owned by the Earl of Evreux. In 1753, Madame de Pompadour came into its possession. According to her will, the building was eventually passed on to King Louis XV and had changed hands several times before it was taken over in 1786 by the Duchesse de Bourbon-Condé, who renamed it Elysées-Bourbon. It was here that Napoleon Bonaparte masterminded his coup of the 2nd of December 1851. The Palais de l’Elysee became a presidential residence in the late 19th century.

The presidential office, located in the Gold Saloon, has changed very little since 1861; the terrestrial globe, a significant part of the interior, was brought in by Charles de Gaulle. Today, the French Government holds regular meetings at the palace. In the underground section, there is a room with a red button, by pushing which the President of France can activate the country's nuclear arsenal. Also in this room are the large screens and equipment for direct communication between the Commander-in-Chief (the President), the Minister of Defence and the leadership of the strategic air force. After the palace was enlarged by architect Lacroix and its interior repainted in the lavish style of the Second Empire, it was opened as a private property. Unfortunately, nowadays it is almost impossible for ordinary folk to get into the palace, but it is still worth the while to view it from the outside. So, whenever in Paris, make sure to walk by.

Tip:
Once per year, the Palace is open to the public for the European Heritage Days, but the queue starts at midnight.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Grand Palais

4) Grand Palais (must see)

The Grand Palais ("Big Palace") is a large glass exhibition hall that was built for the Paris Exhibition of 1900. Built at the same time as the Petit Palais and the Pont Alexandre III, it involved four architects: the main façade was the work of Henri Deglane, the opposite side the work of Albert-Félix-Théophile Thomas, the interior and the other two ends given to Albert Louvet, with the entire job supervised by Charles Girault. The building's façade is a prototypical example of Beaux-Arts architecture, and the main roof is an expanse of steel and glass. As a whole, the exterior of this massive palace combines an imposing Classical stone façade with a riot of Art Nouveau ironwork, and a number of allegorical statue groups including work by sculptors Paul Gasq and Alfred Boucher. Two monumental bronze quadrigas by Georges Récipon terminate each wing of the main façade.

Why You Should Visit:
What is more Parisian than seeing an exhibition, a parade or a show at the Grand Palais?
It is very chic and the monument with its glass roof – most impressive when illuminated at night – is a magnificent setting that leaves no one indifferent.
Numerous outstanding exhibitions, multiple entrances, cinema, skate ring sometimes, art fairs, fashion shows, restaurant and many more...

Tip:
Check out the Petit Palais just across the street while you're here, too!

Opening Hours:
Mon, Thu-Sun: 10am-8pm; Wed: 10am-10pm; closed on Tuesdays
Last admission 7:15pm (9:15pm on Wednesdays)
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Musée Jacquemart-André

5) Musée Jacquemart-André (must see)

The Musée Jacquemart-André is a public museum created from the private home of Édouard André (1833–1894) and Nélie Jacquemart (1841-1912) to display the art they collected during their lives.

It features works by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, Bellini, Botticini, Luca Signorelli, Cima da Conegliano, Pietro Perugino, Neri di Bicci, Vittore Crivelli, Luca della Robbia, Paolo Uccello, Canaletto, Jean-Marc Nattier, Alfred Boucher, Quentin Massys, Rembrandt, Anthony van Dyck, Frans Hals, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Jacques-Louis David, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Thomas Lawrence, Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Sandro Botticelli, Andrea Mantegna, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin.

Why You Should Visit:
A lavish place to escape crowds and still experience outstanding works/exhibits. Furnishings and art collection are all as the couple left it.

Tip:
Make sure to have lunch or tea in the terrific café with a Tiepolo ceiling – the original dining room of the house. The setting and the dessert are not to be missed!
Note that it is possible to visit the gift shop and the café without purchasing a museum entry.

Opening Hours:
Mon: 10am-8:30pm; Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Musée Nissim de Camondo

6) Musée Nissim de Camondo (must see)

The mansion was built in 1911 by the Comte Moïse de Camondo, a banker, with architect René Sergent, to set off his collection of 18th-century French furniture and art objects. Its design was patterned upon the Petit Trianon at Versailles, though with modern conveniences. Both house and collections were bequeathed to Les Arts Décoratifs in honor of his son, Nissim de Camondo, killed in World War I, and opened as a museum in 1935. Today, the house is maintained as if it were still a private home preserved in its original condition. Three floors are open to visitors: the lower ground floor (kitchens), upper ground floor (formal rooms), and first floor (private apartments). They can enjoy the impressive interior and wonderful design.

Why You Should Visit:
A place to drift back into time, filled with an exquisite collection of decorative arts; very interesting from both art & human perspectives, as the bitter-sweet story behind the home is just as compelling.
The location near Parc Monceau and the development of the adjacent area are most enjoyable.

Tip:
If you've read Edmund de Waal's book "The Hare with the Amber Eyes", you'll enjoy this gem of a building even more.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Sun: 10am-5:30pm; closed Monday & Tuesday
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
Elysee (8th Arr) Walking Tour II

Elysee (8th Arr) Walking Tour II

This is the 2nd part of the 8th arrondissement tour of Paris, exploring one of the busiest districts of the French capital. Among the tourist highlights visited on this walk is the famous Arc de Triomphe, plus a number of museums and historic monuments.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 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
Le Marais Walking Tour

Le Marais Walking Tour

The district Le Marais used to be a bourgeois area in the past and a major center of the Paris Jewish community that still exists today. Here, you will find different bookshops specializing in Jewish books, restaurants with traditional Jewish food and a synagogue. You may consider taking the self-guided city tour presented below to visit all the important attractions in Le Marais.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 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
Luxembourg (6th Arr) Walking Tour

Luxembourg (6th Arr) Walking Tour

This tour takes you to explore the 6th or so-called Luxembourg arrondissement, one of the most expensive districts of Paris, home to posh boutiques, eateries and iconic cafes once favored by legendary writers, the likes of Hemingway and Camus. The area is particularly renowned for its unique architecture, rich history, and deeply rooted intellectual tradition. On this tour you will visit Jardin du Luxembourg, Le Palais de Luxembourg, Saint-Sulpice Church and other notable sights.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Louvre (1st Arr) Walking Tour I

Louvre (1st Arr) Walking Tour I

The capital of France is made up of 20 administrative districts, commonly referred to as “arrondissements”. The 1st arrondissement of Paris sits mainly on the right bank of the River Seine and is one of the city's oldest, smallest and least populated areas. It is home to some of Paris's major landmarks, while the remainder of it is taken up by business and administration offices. On this tour you will visit Place du Châtelet, La Conciergerie, Le Palais Royal, Musée du Louvre and many other notable attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km

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