Eight hundred year old history
Characterized by its glass pyramid from its entrance hall, the Louvre is today the largest museum of art and antiquity in the world. Inaugurated in 1793, it was previously a royal palace of Paris. Visitors can enjoy its many collections covering an extensive geographical area and several periods since Antiquity, as well as famous pieces such as the Mona Lisa, the Venus of Milo.
3.3 km / 2.050 miles (10 mn by metro)
Western artistic creation
The Musée d'Orsay has the richest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art in the world. Inaugurated in 1986, it is known for its collections of painting, sculpture, graphic art, photograph representing Western art from 1848 to 1914. Visitors will also enjoy the beauty of the place, a train station that looks like a palace.
1 km / 0.620 miles (12 mn walk)
Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathedral of art and history
Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, occupies a symbolic place in the capital and is the most visited monument in France. A religious and heritage building, this Cathedral of art and history is linked to several moments of French history. It has been built for two centuries and it celebrated its 850th anniversary of construction in 2013. Visitors can contemplate the gargoyles, the steeple, the stained glass and rose windows, as well as climb the towers for a panoramic view of Paris.
1.4 km / 0.870 miles (15 mn walk)
A necropolis of well-known French figures
Located in the heart of the Latin Quarter and on the top of the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, the Pantheon is a former church and a grandiose building inspired by the facade of the Pantheon of Rome. It honors the great characters who have marked the history of France, such as Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Marie Curie or Alexandre Dumas and are buried in its crypt. Visitors can browse from the various drawings of the Pantheon, decoration, inscriptions and symbols present the construction of the French nation but also enjoy a view of Paris from the colonnade of the dome.
1.6 km / 0.994 miles (15 mn by metro)
Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle
Diversity of the living world
Located in the Jardin des Plantes, the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle is one of the oldest institutions of this type in the world. Founded in 1793, it presents rich galleries and collections: life-like animals, fossils, minerals, meteorites and also laboratories for scientific research. Visitors also enjoy the Grandes Serres and the Botanical Gallery where they explore a range of very different environments. Children will also find their happiness by visiting the Ménagerie, one of the oldest zoos in the world, and the Galerie des Enfants, where they will be amazed by the diversity of plants and animals from various environments.
2.3 km / 1.430 miles (18 mn by metro)
French and English gardens
Covering an area of 23 hectares and located on the edge of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Jardin du Luxembourg is split into French gardens and English gardens. Created in 1912 upon the initiative of Queen Marie de Medici to accompany the Luxembourg Palace, it houses a hundred of statues, greenhouses of orchids, the Medici fountain and the Orangerie. In addition to walks through the garden, visitors can enjoy outdoor activities such as playing tennis, chess and bridge. It is also ideal for families, in fact, rides and slides have been installed for children
850 m / 0.528 miles (10 mn walk)
Hôtel National des Invalides
Place of national memory
High place of national memory and classified as an historical monument, the Hôtel national des Invalides is today one of the most prestigious monuments in Paris. Built in 1671 at the request of Louis XIV, it was intended to house the disabled soldiers who had served France. Nowadays, it is still a hospital and hospice for wounded war but the building also houses the Eglise Saint Louis des Invalides, the Eglise du Dome with a military necropolis including the tomb of Napoleon I, the Museum of Plans- Reliefs as well as the Army Museum. Visitors will discover the history of the Army of France through the collections.
1.8 km / 1.118 miles (20 mn by metro)
The Rodin Museum, one of the most important museums in France, houses the collections of Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel, his muse. In addition to discover his sculptures, drawings, and photographs, visitors can also stroll through the museum's garden and meet his master creations. : The Thinker, the Burghers of Calais, the Gates of Hell.
1.6 km / 0.994 miles (20 mn by metro)
Former royal necropolis
Located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church is the oldest church in the capital. Founded in 558, it was once a royal necropolis. Visitors can admire its primitive Gothic style as well as its nave of Romanesque art.
140 m / 0.086 miles (2 mn walk)