Elysee (8th Arr) Walking Tour II, Paris

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.
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Elysee (8th Arr) Walking Tour II Map

Guide Name: Elysee (8th Arr) Walking Tour II
Guide Location: France » Paris (See other walking tours in Paris)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Author: karen
Arc de Triomphe

1) Arc de Triomphe (must see)

The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l'Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. It should not be confused with a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre. The Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

The monument was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, and its iconographic program pitted heroically nude French youths against bearded Germanic warriors in chain mail. It set the tone for public monuments, with triumphant patriotic messages. The monument stands 50 meters (164 ft) in height. Its design was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus. The Arc de Triomphe is so colossal that three weeks after the Paris victory parade in 1919 (marking the end of hostilities in World War I), Charles Godefroy flew his Nieuport biplane through it, with the event captured on newsreel.

Why You Should Visit:
If you want to avoid the chaos of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy breathtaking Parisian panoramas, then this is where you should head.
The architecture of the streets from this view gives you a real understanding of Paris.

You can take the 'spiral staircase' to the top, but for those who can't do the climb, there is an elevator.
There are places to rest and a gift shop inside, too.
Tickets are €12 and under-18s are free.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-10:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Place des Etats-Unis

2) Place des Etats-Unis

Place des États-Unis (The United States Plaza) is a public place in Paris, situated about half kilometer south of Place de l’Etoile and the Arc de Triomphe. It consists of a plaza and a beautiful park lined with trees. The park is officially named Square Thomas Jefferson and the buildings facing it all have Place-des-États-Unis addresses. Many streets join together at this place. Originally, the square was called Place de Bitche after an eponymous village in the Moselle department in north-eastern France. However, because of its resemblance to the somewhat obscene English word “bitch”, the name was eventually changed to Place des États-Unis. On 13 May 1885, a bronze model of the Statue of Liberty was put up here in front of the American diplomatic mission. The model was used as a fund-raising tool to collect money for the construction of a full-sized statue and its transportation across the Atlantic to the United States. It stood in the middle of the square until 1888.

A monument to American dentist Horace Wells, inventor of anaesthesia, also stands here. On 4 July 1923, the President of the French Council of State, Raymond Poincare, dedicated a monument in Place des États-Unis to the Americans who volunteered to fight in World War I on the side of France. Many statues have been erected in the square to commemorate famous personalities over the years. It is an interesting site to visit and see these monuments, much as to have a bit of a break from the city noise.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Musee Baccarat

3) Musee Baccarat

The Musee Baccarat is a private museum of crystal in Paris. It houses the most valuable collection of Baccarat crystal, featuring pieces produced for world fairs, 19th century universal exhibitions and international celebrities. The museum sits in a prestigious house on Place des Etats-Unis, once the home of art patron, Marie-Laure, who held marvelous parties here attended by renowned artists, the likes of Man Ray, Cocteau and Dali. Presented here fine glass-work includes vases, dishes, limited-edition collections created by famous designers, and pieces custom-made for heads of state (e.g. Napoleon), royals and celebrities.

The collection of crystal impressively complements the interior, decorated by trend-setting designer Philippe Starck, grand with a crystal chandelier sunk in an aquarium of water, a two meter high glass chair, and many other monumental pieces. The display reveals technical and stylistic achievements that have earned Baccarat its reputation and numerous gold medals and other prizes at international shows. Also on the premises is the famous chic restaurant, called the Baccarat Cristal Room, and a shrine for renowned crystal makers. The Musée Baccarat is one of Paris's, literally, most glittering experiences. No visit to the city is complete without seeing this place!

Operation hours: Monday, Wednesday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Guimet Museum

4) Guimet Museum

The Guimet Museum is a depositary of Oriental Art in Paris. Emile Etienne Guimet, a Lyon industrialist, founded the museum in 1879 to present religions of Ancient Egypt, Classical Antiquity, and Asia. In 1876, Guimet embarked on a world tour, during which he visited Egypt, Greece, and eventually reached India, China and Japan. On this journey, Guimet collected many artifacts which he later put on display in a museum, opened in Lyon in 1879. In 1927, the Musée Guimet came under the administrative control of the French Museums Directorate which donated large collections of objects brought back by major expeditions to Central Asia and China. Also, that same year, the museum received the original works that had previously been exhibited at the Trocadéro Musée Indochinois.

By 1953, the Musée Guimet had become known all over the world for its ample art collection, comprising items from various civilizations of Asia. The museum has been actively involved in a research, and has accumulated a large library and photographic archives catering to a growing public interest in Asian civilizations. Thanks to the financial help from the French Museum Acquisition Funds and the generosity of numerous private donors, whose names are duly acknowledged in the main entrance hall, the museum continues to enrich its collection further. Those interested in the Oriental culture, should definitely take some time off sightseeing and spend a few hours exploring this museum.

Operation hours: Monday, Wednesday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Musee Galliera

5) Musee Galliera

Musée Galliera, also known as the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, is a museum solely devoted to the history of fashion and costume. Housed in a 19th century Renaissance palace, owned by the Duchesse Galliera, it was officially opened in 1977. A matching, beautiful 19th century style garden encompasses the building. Maurice Leloir, a historian and costume collector, laid the foundation of the Société de l'Histoire du Costume in 1907. He donated his collection of nearly 2,000 garments and accessories to the city of Paris in 1920 on the condition that it be kept in the Museum of Costume. Later, the collection was transferred to the Musée Galliera.

Numerous exhibitions, both temporary and permanent, are held in the museum annually, each dedicated to a specific theme. About 100,000 pieces of clothing, from the eighteenth century onwards, have been displayed here, including: costumes owned by famous historic personalities and those created by well-known designers, undergarments (slips, corsets, etc.), accessories (jewellery, hats, fans, purses, carves and gloves), as well as graphic arts and photography (stamps, drawings, photographs and advertisements). It is practically impossible, nowadays, to imagine Paris without fashion and perfumes. For many people fashion has become part of a daily life, which is, perhaps, one of the reasons the Musée Galliera has been such a success. All the biggest names in the fashion industry have had their shows in the museum. With over 100,000 pieces of clothing in collection, there is a good chance you will see something new each time you visit. Many delicate items are put on display only temporarily, at certain times of the year. The museum is an excellent way to pay homage to the fashion industry and to trace its development over the years. If you are keen on fashion, a visit to the Musée Galliera will definitely be worth your time.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Wednesday, Friday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Palais de Tokyo

6) Palais de Tokyo

Le Palais de Tokyo is a contemporary art museum in Paris, France. The museum is situated in the eponymous building, the "Palais de Tokyo" built in 1937, located near the Trocadéro, in the 16th arrondissement and also hosting the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris). The building has hosted a number of establishments, projects, and creative spaces, since its construction. Among them; le musée d'art et d'essai (1977-1986), FEMIS, le Centre National de la Photographie, and in 1986 the Palais de Cinema. The current museum's exhibit space opened to the public in January 2002. The Pavillon was established in 2001. Intended as a studio and laboratory space for resident artists and curators invited to the project, the Pavillon is an experimental program, designed to demonstrate the resident artists' youthful creativity.

Operation hours: Monday, Wednesday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sight description based on wikipedia
Palais de Chaillot

7) Palais de Chaillot

For the Exposition Internationale of 1937, the old Palais du Trocadéro was demolished and replaced by the Palais de Chaillot which now tops the hill. It was designed in classicizing "moderne" style by architects Louis-Hippolyte Boileau, Jacques Carlu and Léon Azéma. Like the old palais, the palais de Chaillot features two wings shaped to form a wide arc: indeed, these wings were built on the foundations of those of the former building. However, unlike the old palais, the wings are independent buildings and there is no central element to connect them: instead, a wide esplanade leaves an open view from the place du Trocadéro to the Eiffel Tower and beyond. The buildings are decorated with quotations by Paul Valéry, and they now house a number of museums. It was on the front terrace of the palace that Adolf Hitler was pictured during his short tour of the vanquished city in 1940, with the Eiffel Tower in the background. This became an iconic image of the Second World War.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Musee de l'Homme

8) Musee de l'Homme

Located in the west wing of the Palais de Chaillot, the Musee de l'Homme, also known as the Museum of Mankind, forms part of the National Museum of Natural History. This is one of the world's grandest museums of anthropology, ethnology, palaeontology and prehistory, containing over one million objects - the most extensive collection of such sort in France. The museum spans over 10,000 square meters. One third of the space is dedicated to the prehistoric and ethnographic collections; the remainder is occupied by temporary exhibits and a library. The institution conducts serious research, involving greatest professionals in their fields.

The four permanent collections include: "The Night Times", describing the development of humans from the ancient era and exhibiting human fossils; "Six Billion Humans", showing the growth of world populations and the future challenges facing the humans; "All Relatives, All Different", outlining the unity and diversity of humans through biology, genetics and linguistics; and "Galleries of Ethnology", covering Africa, Asia, America, Arctic and the Pacific Islands. One of the rooms, called the Room of Music, houses a large collection of musical instruments. Among them are such truly rare pieces as the prehistoric Vietnamese lithophone. When hungry or in need of rest, you can always sit down and have a bit of a bite and simply unwind in the on-site cafe which, among others delights, offers visitors an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower.

Editor's Note: The museums is closed for renovation until 2015.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Place du Trocadero et du 11 Novembre

9) Place du Trocadero et du 11 Novembre

Trocadéro, the location of the Palais de Chaillot, is an area in Paris just across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. The hill of Trocadéro, also known as the hill of Chaillot, was once the site of a village. The square is officially called Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, but is commonly referred to as the Place du Trocadéro. The World Fair was held here in 1867, for which purpose the Palais du Trocadéro was built to serve as a meeting place for international guests. Designed in the form of a large concert hall, with two wings and two towers, it showed a remarkable blend of exotic and historical references. The palace was also fitted with a large organ. In 1977, after two modifications, the organ was moved to the Auditorium Maurice Ravel in Lyon. Another notable feature of the building, located beneath, was a large aquarium which contained fish from the French rivers.

It was renovated in 1937, and then, again, in 1985. The space between the palace and the Seine was lavishly decorated with gardens and fountains. The Palais de Chaillot was erected on the top of the hill, in stead of the old Palais du Trocadéro, to accommodate International Exposition of 1937. It was designed in a classic Moderne style. Its two wings are independent buildings without any physical connection. The buildings have been inscribed with quotes of Paul Valéry, and today accommodate several museums, namely: the Musee National de la Marine (The National Maritime Museum), the Musee National des Monument, and the Musee de Homme (The Museum of Mankind). The Palais de Chaillot has also housed the first NATO headquarters and, as such, may present a great deal of interest to history buffs!
Sight description based on wikipedia
Musée National de la Marine

10) Musée National de la Marine

Editor's Note: This museum is closed for renovations – reopening late 2021.

The Musée National de la Marine is a maritime museum found in the Trocadero of Paris. This center of nautical culture charts the history of the French navy and naval dockyards from the 13th century onwards manifested in a large collection of antique and contemporary models of ships and port installations, maps, and navigational instruments. A variety of topics presented here in great detail includes fishing, boating, aeronautics, and underwater exploration. In 1748, Henri-Duhamel du Monceau, Inspector General of the French Navy, donated his collection of ship models and naval machinery to King Louis XV on the condition that it would be used for teaching students of the newly established school of naval engineering and architecture. Today, these objects form the core of the collections of France's #1 maritime museum.

In terms of historical value, the museum is on a par with the Central Naval Museum of Saint Petersburg, Russia, the oldest maritime museum in the world, founded in 1709. The Musée National de la Marine incorporates six branches and has over 40,000 objects in its care, depicting every aspect of nearly three hundred years of French maritime history. The institution plays a vital role in many local cultural and maritime activities and regularly hosts guest exhibitions. The museum's program suits all ages and is a great attraction to explore and learn about France's great naval past.

Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed-Fri: 11am-6pm; Sat, Sun: 11am-7pm
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.
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: 3.2 km
City Orientation Walk I

City Orientation Walk I

Paris, the largest city and the capital of France, is one of the leading business, politics, education, entertainment, science, media, arts and fashion centers of the world. Paris also is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with over 45 million tourists every year. Don't miss the chance to visit some of its most popular tourist attractions listed below:

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.9 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. This itinerary includes Musée de l'Orangerie, Pavillon de Flore, Tuileries Gardens, Musee du Louvre, Musee d'Orsay and many other prominent sights.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 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: 3.1 km
The French Revolution Landmarks Walking Tour

The French Revolution Landmarks Walking Tour

The French Revolution had a huge impact on France's history as it gave rise to a radical democratic republic and resulted in violence during the Reign of Terror. A lot of Paris' buildings were damaged beyond repair in the course of the Revolution. The sites they occupied are of a great historical value now. This guide is to highlight the landmarks of the French Revolution that remain.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km
Saint-Germain-des-Prés (6th Arr) Walking Tour

Saint-Germain-des-Prés (6th Arr) Walking Tour

This tour takes you to explore the 6th arrondissement, covering Saint-Germain-des-Prés quarter, the River side districts and the areas nearby the Luxembourg Garden. It is 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 Saint Germain des Prés - the oldest church in Paris, Jardin du Luxembourg, Le Palais de Luxembourg and other notable sights.

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

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Paris for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Paris has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Paris's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Paris Pass, Paris Explorer Pass, Paris Museum Pass, or Paris Night Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple Paris' top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Paris hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Novotel Paris Les Halles, Les Rives de Notre-Dame, 9Confidentiel.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Paris, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Paris typically costs from around US$20 up to US$200 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Paris from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the two interconnecting routes (your ticket is valid for both).

- Alternatively, you can cruise along the river Seine on a similar hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat viewing Paris's top attractions from a different angle, able to get on and off as often as you want at any of the eight stops along the Seine riverbanks. The ticket is valid for one day (24 hrs) and may be upgraded to two days (48 hrs).

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts about 3 hours and allows you to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Paris on a bike tour. In the course of 4 hours you will visit the city's most spectacular sights stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Take a walk around Paris with a knowledgeable guide for an alternative view of the French capital. Over the course of this 2-hour walking tour you will get insights and hear stories about every major classic sight of this fascinating city. A complete overview of Paris from the ground up!

- Come see the best of the French capital in just one day in a combo of a Seine river cruise and historical walk of Paris. You may start either with the Eiffel Tower or the Notre-Dame Cathedral making your way around the iconic sights of the city: the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, Alexandre III bridge, Invalides, Concorde Square, Orsay Museum, etc.

- Missing out on the French food, whilst in Paris, would be worse than a crime – it would be a mistake! If you don't want to make such a mistake, consider a private 3-hour food tour of Paris complete with a set of 10 unforgettable tastings the memories of which will last you a lifetime. Just make sure to bring along your appetite to make the most of the savory treats awaiting!

- Live a chocoholic’s dream right at the heart of Paris! Follow your sweet tooth sense on this 2-hour guided “chocolate walk” in central Paris visiting some of the best chocolate boutiques of the French capital, learning about peculiar chapters in the history of the city and the place delectable chocolate played in it. Adding to the excitement is a round of free tastings.

Day Trips

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Paris, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Versailles, Fontainebleau, Champagne region, Loire valley, Normandy, or a combo of Honfleur and Giverny. For as little as US$90+ to US$200+ per person you will get a chance to discover highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, see the favorite residence of the French royalty, world-famous vineyards, charming castles, and historic battlefields of World War II. For any of these tours you may be picked up either straight from your hotel or any other place in Paris, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned minivan or train (whenever applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.