Louvre (1st Arr) Walking Tour I, Paris (Self Guided)

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.
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Louvre (1st Arr) Walking Tour I Map

Guide Name: Louvre (1st Arr) Walking Tour I
Guide Location: France » Paris (See other walking tours in Paris)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: karen
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Musee de l'Orangerie

1) Musee de l'Orangerie (must see)

The Musée de l'Orangerie is an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings located on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. It contains works by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Chaim Soutine, Alfred Sisley, and Maurice Utrillo among others. The gallery is on the bank of the Seine in the old orangery of the Tuileries Palace on the Place de la Concorde near the Concorde metro station.

A cycle of Monet's water-lily paintings, known as the Nympheas, was arranged on the ground floor of the Orangerie in 1927. The museum has housed the Walter-Guillaume collection of impressionist paintings since 1965. The Orangerie was renovated in order to move the paintings to the upper floor of the gallery. They are now available under direct diffused light as was originally intended by Monet.

Why You Should Visit:
Although the highlight here is a panorama of Monet's water lilies, there is plenty of first-rate artwork in the basement, too.

Tip:
Go to the l'Orangerie and buy a combination ticket for the Musée d'Orsay. The price is right and you'll be saving time by not waiting in line at the Orsay.

Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed-Sun: 9am-6pm; closed on Tuesdays
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Jardin des Tuileries

2) Jardin des Tuileries (must see)

The Tuileries Garden ('Jardin des Tuileries') is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in Paris. On October 6, 1789, as the French Revolution began, King Louis XVI was brought against his will to the Tuileries Palace. The garden was closed to the public except in the afternoon. Queen Marie Antoinette and the Dauphin were given a part of the garden for her private use, first at the west end of the Promenade Bord-d'eaux, then at the edge of the Place Lous XV. After the King's failed attempt to escape France, the surveillance of the family was increased. The royal family was allowed to promenade in the park on the evening of September 18, 1791, during the festival organized to celebrate the new French Constitution, when the alleys of the park were illuminated with pyramids and rows of lanterns. The garden was also used for revolutionary holidays and festivals.

Why You Should Visit:
It's free, you can lounge in green chairs, have an ice cream or a drink, people watch and enjoy some calm before entering the nearby Louvre or resuming your stroll down the Champs-Élysées.
From the pond near Place de la Concorde, you can see the Eiffel Tower and also a lot of beautiful bird life.

Tip:
Don't just stay in just one place – explore a variety of views and spots, as each provides a different perspective!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume

3) Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume

The Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume dating back to the year of 1986. It is a museum of contemporary art, located in the north-west corner of the Tuileries Gardens. The rectangular building was constructed in 1861 during the reign of Napoleon III. The building in which the museum is located had a rich history, as it originally housed real tennis courts (the name of this game in French is jeu de paume). After this it has been a place to store Jewish cultural property. In 1991, the Jeu de Paume reopened as "France's first national gallery of contemporary art", with an exhibition devoted to Jean Dubuffet. Subsequent retrospectives were dedicated to international artists. In 1999, the museum chose American architect Richard Meier as the subject of its first-ever architectural exhibition. Since 2004 the Jeu de Paume has developed into a center for modern and postmodern photography and media and mounting survey exhibitions.

Operation hours: Tuesday: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm; Wednesday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Musee de la Mode et du Textile

4) Musee de la Mode et du Textile

The Musée de la Mode et du Textile contains almost 80.0000 costumes dating back to the 16th century to the present. Another hundreds of thousands of fabrics chronicle the history of textiles. The highlights of the collections you can find here are the 7th-century Coptin tunic, court costumes from the era of the Sun King and other vintage articles. The museum dates to 1905 when the Musée des Arts Décoratifs started collecting outstanding examples of silks, embroidery, printed cotton, costumes, lace, and tapestry. In 1948, another collection of fashion and textiles was begun by the Union Française des Arts du Costume on an initiative by costume historian François Boucher. In 1981, the two collections merged, and in 1986, they opened to the public in the Louvre. Important French fashion designers and textile artists whose works are held in the collection include Azzedine Alaïa, Pierre Balmain, André Courrèges, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Jeanne Lanvin, Paul Poiret, Paco Rabanne, Yves Saint Laurent, Elsa Schiaparelli, Madeleine Vionnet, Sonia Delaunay, Raoul Dufy, and others.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Comedie-Francaise

5) Comedie-Francaise

Be sure to stop by the famous Comedie–Francaise as this is the place where you can start following the Arago Rose Line or Paris Meridian that is controversially dealt with by Dan Brown. The Comédie-Française or Théâtre-Français is one of the few state theaters in France. It is the only state theater to have its own troupe of actors. The company's primary venue is the Salle Richelieu. The theater is part of the Palais-Royal complex and located at 2 rue de Richelieu on the Place André-Malraux in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. The Comédie-Française was founded by a decree of Louis XIV on August 8, 1680 to merge the only two Parisian acting troupes of the time. Since 1799, the Comédie-Française has been housed in the salle Richelieu at 2, rue de Richelieu. This theatre was enlarged and modified in the 1800s, then rebuilt in 1900 after a severe fire. The theater has also been known as the Théâtre de la République and La maison de Molière (English: House of Molière). It inherited the latter name from the troupe of the best-known playwright associated with the Comédie-Française, Molière. He was considered the patron of French actors. He died seven years before “La maison de Molière” was rechristened the “Comédie-Française,” and the company continued to be known popularly by the former name even after the official change of name.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palais-Royal

6) Palais-Royal (must see)

The Palais-Royal, originally called the Palais-Cardinal, is a palace and an associated garden located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. Facing the Place du Palais-Royal, it stands opposite the north wing of the Louvre, and its famous forecourt, screened with columns and, since 1986, containing Daniel Buren's site-specific art-piece, Les Deux Plateaux, known as Les Colonnes de Buren. Originally, the Palais Cardinal was the residence of Cardinal Richelieu, who had hired the architect Jacques Lemercier to design it. Construction was completed in 1629. Today it houses the Conseil d'État, the Constitutional Council, and the Ministry of Culture. At the rear of the garden are the older buildings of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France with a collection of more than 6,000,000 books, documents, maps, and prints; most of the collections have been moved to more modern settings elsewhere.

Why You Should Visit:
A little seclusion in a busy part of town that really transports you to a different place and time – imagining what court life must have been like.
Ideal for a day/night walk (much more beautiful by night).

Tip:
On the other side of the garden is the trendy Rue des Petits-Champs with nice wine bars, and the beautiful Place des Victoires.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7am-11pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Louvre des Antiquaires

7) Louvre des Antiquaires

The Universal Exhibition of 1855 prompted Napoleon III to build in Paris a hotel fit to accommodate international guests. Thus, the Hôtel du Louvre, with 700 rooms and a huge number of stores, came into being on Palais-Royal square. Grands Magasins du Louvre was like an immense trading post with continuous activity going on throughout the year within its fifty-two departments and many counters. Special theme exhibitions were held here on a regular basis. At one point, the Palais-Royal hall had as many as two million toys on display. Soon, the store proved hugely successful and the building was fully dedicated to commerce, seeing the hotel move out onto the other side of the square. Traces of the original Grands Magasins du Louvre are still visible in the form of the stone lions on either side of the main entrance.

In 1975, almost a hundred years after its construction, the facility was in a very bad shape. A British investor came up with its renovation plan and so, on 26 October 1978, after three years of intense work, the new Louvre des Antiquaires site opened its doors. Today, with nearly 250 stalls spread over three floors, the place offers a distinguished selection of objets d'art, furniture, coins, and ancient fabrics. Each of the items on sale here is properly authenticated for origin. Every year, approximately five hundred thousand international tourists visit the place. The luxury and diversity of items presented suffice to satisfy the most discerning customers, making Louvre des Antiquaires a truly unique place in Europe.
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Louvre gift shop

8) Louvre gift shop

What to buy here: Museum Art Books are a perfect gift for those friends of yours who are really jealous that you were able to walk through Rodin’s gardens, explore the Louvre, and experience the Musee D’Orsay. Don’t worry, you can buy a book or print at a museum gift stores and bring some of your museum experience back to loved ones. If you buy at the museum gift store, plan to spend around 20 euro for a book and 5 euro for a print. Louvre gift shop, bottom floor: Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France. Metro: Palais-Royal.

Operation hours: Monday, Thursday, Saturday - Sunday: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm; Wednesday, Friday: 9:30 am - 9:45 pm
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Louvre Pyramid

9) Louvre Pyramid (must see)

The Louvre Pyramid is a large glass and metal pyramid, surrounded by three smaller pyramids, in the main courtyard (Cour Napoleon) of the Louvre Palace in Paris. The large pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. Completed in 1989, it has become a landmark of the city of Paris. Commissioned by the President of France François Mitterrand in 1984, it was designed by the architect I. M. Pei. The structure, which was constructed entirely with glass segments, reaches a height of 20.6 meters (about 70 feet); its square base has sides of 35 meters (115 ft). It consists of 603 rhombus-shaped and 70 triangular glass segments. The pyramid and the underground lobby beneath it were created because of a series of problems with the Louvre's original main entrance, which could no longer handle an enormous number of visitors on an everyday basis.

Why You Should Visit:
Gives the Louvre an extra touch, especially during the evening with all the lights on.

Hours:
Mon, Thu, Sat, Sun: 9am-6pm; Wed, Fri: 9am-9:45pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Musee du Louvre

10) Musee du Louvre (must see)

The Musée du Louvre is one of the world's largest museums, the most visited museum in the world, and a historic monument. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) which began as a fortress built in the late 12th century under Philip II. Remnants of the fortress are still visible. The Musée du Louvre contains more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments with more than 60,600 m2 (652,000 sq ft) dedicated to the permanent collection. As of 2008, the collection is divided among eight curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings. The Louvre exhibits sculptures, objets d'art, paintings, drawings, and archaeological finds. It is the world's most visited museum, averaging 15,000 visitors per day, 65 percent of whom are tourists.

Why You Should Visit:
One of a kind experience & still one of the most wonderful places for an art lover.

Tip:
Like everyone says, buy tickets or museum pass early and don't forget the lesser-used underground mall entrance "Port de Lions".
There are SO many wings, floors, and exhibits that you must plan several hours if you hope to see it all!

Opening Hours:
Mon, Thu, Sat, Sun: 9am-6pm; Wed, Fri: 9am-9:45pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Pavillon de Flore

11) Pavillon de Flore

The Pavillon de Flore is a section of the Palais du Louvre in Paris, France. Its construction began in 1607, during the reign of Henry IV, and has had numerous renovations since. The Pavillon de Flore was built to extend the Grande Galerie, which formed the south face of the Palais du Louvre, to the Palais des Tuileries, thus linking the two palaces. During the French Revolution, the Pavillon de Flore, situated at the southwest corner of the Palais des Tuileries at the time, was renamed Pavillon de l'Égalité (House of Equality). Under its new name, it became the meeting point for several of the Committees of the period. Many other committees of the Revolutionary Government occupied the Palais des Tuileries (referred to by contemporaries as the Palace of the Nation) during the time of the National Convention. Notable occupiers included the Monetary Committee, the Account and Liquidation Examination Committee. However, the most famous was the Committee of Public Safety.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Musee d'Orsay

12) Musee d'Orsay (must see)

Located on the left bank of the river Seine, Musee d’Orsay is a famous museum in Paris which houses many sculptures and paintings, both impressionist and post-impressionist. Many of these works had been held here even before the museum was established in 1986. At the turn of the 19th century, two large railway stations were built in Paris, namely: Gare de Lyon and Gare d'Orsay. The latter had a more important location and was planned by Compagnie d'Orléans. The amount of metal used in its construction exceeded that used to build the Eiffel Tower.

The Gare d'Orsay opened on July 14th, 1900, in time for the Paris World Exposition, and was widely regarded as a jewel of industrial architecture. By 1939, however, it was no longer deemed suitable for new, longer trains, and thus switched to serving suburban destinations only. During World War II, part of the station was used as a mailing centre. Over the years, the Gare d'Orsay has appeared in several movies, and, at one point, housed the Renaud-Barrault Theatre Company. It was completely abandoned from 1961 and escaped demolition only thanks to the French president Pompidou. In 1977, the French government decided to convert the building into a museum of 19th-20th-century art. The Bouygues industrial group took over the construction, done to a design by well-reputed ACT Architecture, whereas the Italian architect Gae Aulenti oversaw the conversion process.

On 1 December 1986, President Francois Mitterrand cut the ribbon for the newly established museum, which thenceforth has been known as the Musee d'Orsay, with a permanent collection spread over four levels, and a terrace. An impressive 20,000 sq. meter floor space on all four levels complements the multitude of great works from the impressionist and expressionist movements, including Naturalism, Realism, Architecture, and Sculpture. The d'Orsay is undoubtedly one of the most stunning museums you will ever have visited!

Why You Should Visit:
For a smaller venue and beautiful artwork by the masters, this is the place!
Houses not only paintings and sculpture but also decorative furnishings that would have only graced a palace!

Tip:
The secret pleasure here is the gorgeous 5th-floor restaurant under the huge clock and with one of the best views of Paris. Great value for money.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun: 9:30am-6pm; Thu: 9:30am-9:45pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Paris, France

Create Your Own Walk in Paris

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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
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
City Center Nightlife

City Center 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...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Louvre (1st Arr) Walking Tour II

Louvre (1st Arr) Walking Tour II

This is part 2 of the 1st arrondissement tour of Paris exploring one of the smallest and oldest districts of the French capital, home to some of Paris's major landmarks, as well as business and administration offices. On this tour you will visit Place Vendome, The Pont Neuf, La Conciergerie and many other notable attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 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
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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km

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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.