Palais-Bourbon Walking Tour, Paris

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.
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Palais-Bourbon Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Palais-Bourbon Walking Tour
Guide Location: France » Paris (See other walking tours in Paris)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Author: karen
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Parc du Champ de Mars

1) Parc du Champ de Mars (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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Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower)

2) Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower) (must see)

The Eiffel Tower is a 19th-century iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris that has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower, which is the tallest building in Paris, is the single most visited paid monument in the world; millions of people ascend it every year. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch for the 1889 World's Fair. The tower stands 324 m (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-story building. It was the tallest man-made structure in the world from its completion until 1930, when it was eclipsed by the Chrysler Building in New York City. The tower has become the most prominent symbol of both Paris and France, often in the establishing shot of films set in the city.

Why You Should Visit:
There are other spectacular views of Paris that require much less time and hassle; however, this is one of the most iconic structures in the world and it's definitely a must-do if you pre-book a timed entry ticket from the TE official website.

Tip:
Remember to bring along some warm clothes, because it can get much colder at the top, especially when it's windy.
During the day, if it is hot, bring an umbrella to offer you some shade, and lots of water.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-11:45pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Musee du Quai Branly

3) Musee du Quai Branly

Situated close to the Eiffel Tower, the Musée du Quai Branly is a museum dedicated to the art, cultures and civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. In English it is known as the Quai Branly Museum or MQB, for short. The name derives from the location which, in turn, is named after the physicist Edouard Branly. The most unusual feature of the Branly building is the 8,600 square foot vertical garden one side of which appears as a woolly animal. Architect, Jean Nouvel, designed the building and Patrick Blanc came up with the idea of and planted the "living wall" (200m long by 12m tall) as part of the exterior. Patrick Blanc’s hydroponic Vertical Garden System, known in French as Le Mur Vegetal, allows plants and buildings to coexist peacefully.

Implementing the living wall was a huge undertaking and cost an estimated hefty $266 million. President Jacques Chirac announced the project in 1996. Creation of the museum required that two respected French museums gave up their collections. This sparkled a hot debate among curators, anthropologists and art historians. The biggest challenge was to combine diverse items, such as a mask from New Guinea, a Nepalese bronze Buddha or a terracotta jar from Central America, in the best possible manner. The Musée du Quai Branly contains collections of the now-closed museums, featuring 267,000 objects in its permanent collection, of which only 3,500 items are currently on display. The museum embraces several buildings, a multimedia library and a garden. Its frontage, facing Quai Branly, features very tall glass paneling which affords passers-by a spectacular view of the interior gardens from the outside.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Wednesday, Sunday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm; Thursday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Musée des Egouts de Paris

4) Musée des Egouts de Paris

Le Musée des Égouts de Paris, or the Paris Sewer Museum, is dedicated to the sewer system of Paris. Tours of the sewage system have been popular since the 1800s and are currently conducted at the sewers. Visitors are able to walk upon raised walkways directly above the sewage itself. The entrance is near the Pont de l'Alma. It may be out of sight and doesn't have the best location, but the exhibits you can find there are just wonderful, especially if you are familiar with Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. The sewer network dates back to the year of 1850. You can also watch a brief movie and take a quick tour of the maze of sewer pipes.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Michel Chaudun

5) Michel Chaudun

Considered to be one of the world's best artisan chocolatiers – Michel Chaudun offers you everything from simple dark or milk bars and truffles to truly amazing chocolate sculptures that can't be found anywhere else. So it is definitely a must for chocolate and art lovers.

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm.
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Pont Alexandre III

6) Pont Alexandre III (must see)

One of the most beautiful bridges in Paris, the Pont Alexandre III is a deck arch bridge that spans the Seine in Paris. It connects the Champs-Élysées quarter and the Invalides and Eiffel Tower quarter. Widely regarded as the most ornate, extravagant bridge in the city, it is classified as a French Monument historique. It was built between 1896 and 1900 under the supervision of Tsar Alexander III whose name the bridge is wearing. It is decorated with lamps, angels, nymphs and winged horses. The construction of the bridge is a marvel of 19th-century engineering, consisting of a 6 meters high single span steel arch. The design, by the architects Joseph Cassien-Bernard and Gaston Cousin, was subject to strict controls that prevented the bridge from obscuring the view of the Champs-Élysées or Les Invalides. Numerous sculptors provided the sculptures that feature prominently on the bridge.

Why You Should Visit:
Just about every bridge in Paris is beautiful but this one probably tops them all – a museum by itself!

Tip:
Make sure you take the time to cross this bridge on foot and sail under it by boat. They are very different, but spectacular views.
If you go at night, make sure to walk down the stairs and look from underneath – you can get amazing pictures.
There is also a little "antiques" market at the foot of the bridge along the riverfront – a good way to satisfy your browsing desires.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Assemblée Nationale

7) Assemblée Nationale

Assemblée Nationale, the lower chamber of the French parliament, is housed in the building originally known as Palais Bourbon (the Bourbon Palace). Its construction started in 1722 under the supervision of Italian architect, Lorenzo Giardini, to a design by himself and Hardouin Mansart. After Giardini's death in 1724, Jacques Gabriel took over the project and completed it in 1728. The name of the palace refers to the Royal house of Bourbon, who were ousted by the republicans during the French Revolution. The Palais Bourbon was renovated and enlarged in 1765. In 1768, the adjoining Hôtel de Lassay was also embraced into the complex. The latter was declared a national property during the French Revolution. At that time, the National Assembly, which existed from June 17 until July 9, 1789, was a transitional body between the Estates General and the National Constituent Assembly.

Between 1804 and 1807, Napoleon Bonaparte added to the palace a colonnaded front in a bid to mirror the Madeleine temple on the opposite bank of the Seine. Since 1830, the Palais Bourbon has been the seat of the Assemblée Nationale. If you want to visit the building, you must arrange an advance reservation.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Musée Rodin

8) Musée Rodin (must see)

The Musée Rodin in Paris, France, is a museum that was opened in 1919 in the Hôtel Biron and surrounding grounds. It displays works by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Rodin used the Hôtel Biron as his residence from 1908, and subsequently donated his entire collection of sculptures to the French State on the condition that they turn the building into a museum dedicated to his works. The Musée Rodin contains most of Rodin's significant creations, including The Thinker, The Kiss and The Gates of Hell. Many of his sculptures are displayed in the museum's extensive garden. The gardens around the museum building contain many of the famous sculptures in natural settings. Behind the museum building are a small lake and casual restaurant. The museum has also a room dedicated to works of Camille Claudel. Some paintings by Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh which were in Rodin's personal collections are also presented.

Why You Should Visit:
The museum's setting makes for a pleasant, laid-back viewing experience where you can forget about checking the time on your watch or rushing around to see the items on display.
The gardens give intimacy to viewing the sculptures. There is also an open area with benches to chill, a café & gelato shop, and a small pond.

Tip:
Do stop in the entry garden to pose for cheesy photos of yourself looking pensive next to the massive statue of The Thinker!

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-5:45pm; closed on Mondays
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Les Invalides

9) Les Invalides (must see)

Les Invalides, officially known as L'Hôtel National des Invalides, is a group of buildings in Paris containing museums and monuments relating to the military history of France. It was originally built as a hospital and retirement home for aged and unwell war veterans. The complex had fifteen courtyards, with the largest – Cour d’honneur ("Court of Honor") – reserved for military parades. Completed in 1676, the complex once housed up to 4,000 war veterans. Some very important war heroes of France, including Napoleon Bonaparte, are buried here. A veteran’s chapel, Église Saint-Louis des Invalides, was built in 1679. Libéral Bruant, the architect of the Hôtel des Invalides, designed the church, and Jules Hardouin Mansart oversaw its construction.

After the completion of the veteran’s chapel, Mansart was asked by Louis XIV to build another, detached, centrally-located (so as to demonstrate its supremacy) royal chapel. The most striking feature of this chapel is a 107-meter dome, inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The interior of the dome, painted in Baroque style, creates an illusion of space if looked at from below. The chapel took 27 years to build and is a stunning piece of French Baroque architecture. The Hôtel des Invalides is currently home to three museums, namely: The Musee de l’Armee, The Musée des Plans-Reliefs, and the Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération. The former is a large museum recounting military history from the early Middle Ages to the Second World War. It features weapons, uniforms, maps, etc., not only from the western world but also from Oriental countries like Turkey, China, Japan, India.

The Musée des Plans-Reliefs (the Relief Maps Museum) displays detailed scale models of French fortresses and fortified cities from the 17th century. The Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération documents France's liberation movement during World War II. Les Invalides is a place well worth visiting. Please note that you will need more than a day to appreciate it in its entirety.

Why You Should Visit:
From Napoleon's campaigns to the world wars, it is all here for you to see. The exhibits cover not just the military aspects of the wars, but also their economic, social and political aspects, their causes and the aftermath. Then, to top it all off, there is Napoleon's tomb. Unmissable and really grand!

Tip:
There is a café on site run by the famous patisserie Angelina's, so go and have some tea and cake for a nice break... :)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm
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
Top Paris Museums

Top Paris Museums

The following tour comprises a few great museums situated along the Seine. As France has a rich historic past and a vast cultural background, there are a lot of museums exhibiting collections that prove that. You can visit some of them by taking the suggested walking tour presented below.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 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
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
Religious Sights Walking Tour

Religious Sights Walking Tour

Paris is one of the cities that can fairly be considered a religious destination because of the number of churches that one is able to visit here. Reports show that, for instance, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, recorded 13.65 million visits in 2006, and the number is increasing every year. This is a tour that includes some of the most beautiful Christian relics located in the center of Paris - the Latin Quarter.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km

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