Pont-Neuf station – Metro line 7 serves the following stations: :
• « “Porte de la Villette” for the Museum of Science and Industry,
• « Gare de l’Est” for direct access to Gare de l’Est train station serving eastern France including Strasbourg
• « Chaussée d’Antin- La Fayette » which gives you direct access to the Parisian department stores Printemps and Galeries Lafayette
• « Opéra » opens out on the boulevards, their shops, their historic brasseries, the Opera Garnier, the rue de la Paix, which runs to the Place Vendôme
• Pyramides, Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre give you access to the Louvre Museum, the arcades of the rue de Rivoli and the Palais Royal
• Place Monge opens out onto the Jardin des Plantes
The Louvre Rivoli Station – Metro Line 1 serves the following stations: :
• « La Défense » – and « L’Esplanade de La Défense », Access to theGrande Arche de La Défense and Business district and the «4 temps Shopping Centre»
• « Les Sablons » for the Jardins D’acclimatation
• « Porte Maillot » and its Palais des Congrès for the convention centre, which hosts conventions and representations
• « Charles de Gaulle – Etoile » at the foot of the l’Arc de Triomphe
• « George V », « Franklin Roosevelt », « Champs Elysées Clémenceau » along the beautiful Avenue des Champs Elysées
• « Concorde » et « Tuileries » bear their name perfectly
• Palais Royal -Musée du Louvrefor the Louvre and the Comédie Française, the place of Palais Royal and the Buren’s Columns facing the Ministry of Culture and the Constitutional Council towards Palais Royal Gardens
• « Hôtel de Ville » across from the Hôtel de Ville and BHV Paris
• « Saint-Paul »at the heart of the trendyMarais district, near thePlace des Vosges
• « Bastille » in the famous square across from the Bastille Opera House, overlooking the Marais and the Faubourg Saint-Antoine and its artisans.
• « Gare de Lyon » is also one of the main railway stations in Paris serving the South East of France, in particular Lyon, Marseille and the French Riviera…
• « Château de Vincennes » takes you visit the Royal Castle with its Medieval and Classicist architecture and its unique character and a park that is no less interesting with its wood, it’s beautiful Parc Floral, its zoo, which finally is expected to reopen in spring 2014.
The Station Chatelet Les Halles – Lines 4, 1, 7, 11, 14 of the Metro and RER A, B et D
This station is the most important transport hub in the Ile de France region and thus Paris, without mentioning the many buses that leave from the surrounding streets and avenues. Moreover, this station will benefit from the important work currently taking place in the redevelopment of Les Halles and the construction of Canopée des Halles. The stations served are countless.
Here is a small selection.
With Line 4 you get to “Porte de Clignancourt” with its famous flea market, “Saint Germain des Prés”, a very attractive area, “Montparnasse Bienvenue” for access to Montparnasse train station for the west of France by the TGV lines and drops you off at the foot of the Montparnasse Tower and its beautiful viewing platform over the city of Paris.
On line 11 you get access to the recently renovated Place de la République and the popular and picturesque area of the 20th district of Place Belleville, the Historic Chinatown of Paris, Place des Fête a few meters from Parc des Buttes Chaumont.
On line 14, itself already an attraction known as the Meteor, you will be able to access prestigious destinations from Saint-Lazare train station -to Olympiades in the heart of the other Parisian Chinatown; Madeleine, Pyramides, Chatelet, Gare Lyon, Bercy (and its Omnisport Centre) Cour Saint-Emilion and François Mitterrand Library… Each station has its own attraction!
RER A, B and D are no less newsworthy connecting us directly to the airports of Paris, to the strategic train stations and Disneyland Paris… What more could you want?
RER A – This line takes you directly to Disneyland Paris in 45 minutes from the heart of Paris but also to Gare de Chessy and its Low Cost TGV, Valley Village of Val d’Europe, Gare de Lyon, The University of Nanterre, Le Vésinet and Saint-Germain en Laye as well as Maison Lafitte or Joinville le Pont. Not to mention Auber, the station serving Opera and Department stores where you can take the Roissy Bus.
RER B – A line of many of the more strategic attractions, taking us straight to Roissy airport, Orly airport via Antony and the Orly val, the Orly Bus and the Catacombs at Denfert Rochereau, The Exhibition Centre and its great exhibitions, the Bourget, Stade De France in Saint Denis, Le Parc de Sceaux…
There is also an essential connection with RER C at Saint-Michel Notre Dame. Indeed, the RER C takes you to the Majestic Gateway of Versailles and its gardens in 45 minutes…
RER D - Smaller and less touristy, it gives broad access to the Paris region and its treasures extending from Orry la Ville to Melun and Malesherbes
The Louvre Museum is 200 metres away; you can easily walk to the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Tuileries, Place Vendôme, the Opera House, to the Modern Art Museum at the Pompidou Centre. The Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe are also not too far away.
You are also in the perfect place for shopping. The Forum des Halles, 50 metres away, is getting a makeover but remains open during its restructuring, major fashion chains, fast food, multiplex cinema, swimming pool… It’s all there.
The rue de Rivoli, just around the corner from rue du Roule, which offers throughout its 3km that connects Concorde to rue Saint-Antoine, is home to a succession of shops, commercial buildings of all kinds, BHV Paris, the most popular department stores, the Louvre Museum, the Théâtre du Châtelet, etc… A walk to suit all interests, all appetites and all budgets!
If prestigious streets tempt you from the other side of rue du Roule parallel to rue de Rivoli, rue Saint Honoré begins. It retains its medieval character to the Rue du Louvre and then begins a metamorphosis that is total from Place du Louvre du Palais Royal.
Close to us, there are local shops and food shops dear to the Parisians and then as it progresses towards the Place Vendôme, upmarket shopping.
Rue Montorgueil has become one of the most popular meeting places in Paris. Restaurants, food stores, and terraces… Picturesque, it is where the Bohemians can be found. You will certainly find what you’re looking for there too.
However, if you prefer not to walk or the weather is not too forgiving, we are surrounded by three metro stations (Louvre Rivoli, Chatelet and Pont-Neuf). They serve numerous stations including those that give you access to all the major intramural tourist attractions.
Chatelet-Les Halles station also directly serves the Gare de Lyon and Gare du Nord train stations, and Roissy and Orly airports on the RER lines. By RER A you can reach Disneyland Paris directly in 30 to 45 minutes.
An adventure in Paris
Courtesy of Paris Eiffel Tower News and Monument Paris.
Welcome to Paris! This page has been designed especially for you who may be visiting Paris for the first time. We wanted to give you some friendly advice on how to prepare for your arrival, and some ideas for interesting things to do during your stay in the City of Light. Enjoy!
Once you have rested from the stress of the journey trip and settled in to your comfortable room, you are ready to go on an adventure through the streets of the capital! But before you set foot outside, make sure you dress comfortably for the occasion.
Tout d’abord, chaussez-vous bien. Apprêtez-vous à marcher longuement, car vous vous arrêtez très souvent pour découvrir un tas de détails intéressants. Vous savez comment une journée de shopping en magasin peut vous ruiner les jambes… S’arrêter, repartir, s’arrêter de nouveau… Bref, si vos pieds ne sont pas bien chaussés, préparez-vous à souffrir.
For example, visiting the Eiffel Tower means queuing for 30 minutes for the ticket, then several minutes waiting for the elevator, an hour of trampling on the floors of the Tower, and more time waiting to come down… So you will need a good pair of shoes, and too bad for fashion if you need to sacrifice beauty for comfort!
The weather in Paris can be temperamental: a sunny morning can quickly turn very cloudy accompanied by a gentle cold wind. For our Canadian friends accustomed to the weather in Montreal, the climate in Paris can seem very mild. But for our visitors from the south of France, it is useful to know that apart from May to September, Paris is not hot. So do not hesitate to bring a sweater and a good windbreaker in your luggage.
And in any case, do not forget your umbrella, it may become your best friend in the streets, especially if you want to take pictures of the city… rain and camera lenses do not mix.
You are now ready to go out, well equipped for the occasion. Some useful tips:
Avoid taking a taxi during the day and notably in the morning before 11am and in the late afternoon from 4pm to 8pm. The streets are packed, and taking a taxi during these hours is sure to entail helplessly watching the meter run. Take the metro; it’s easier, cheaper and very fast. Here is a map of the Paris metro (click the image).
The price of taxi rides: the meter displays the fare and one of three letters: A, B or C. If you are in central Paris or on the Boulevard Périphérique, the A rate applies during the day from 6am to 8pm, and the B rate during the night until 6am. When you leave the inside of Paris, the driver will turn on the B rate during the day and the C rate from 8pm. If you are far away from Paris, the C rate applies at all times. You will pay extra for every piece of luggage you load into the boot of the car, and if you take the taxi from an airport. Do not try to hail a taxi on the street if you are less than 100 metres from a station: taxis cannot pick up passengers near a train station; they must go to the front of the station itself. So stay away from the station, or get the taxi from the station.
Restaurants begin to get busy around 12.15pm and stay busy until around 1.30pm. At night they get busy at 7.30pm and do not usually get quieter before 10pm. If you do not want to wait to eat, dine early, between 6pm and 7pm or book. Warning: Restaurants rarely serve between 2pm and 6pm, at these times you will have to go to a Brasserie: they serve at any time.
Enjoy a drink on the terrace of a café and watch Parisians and foreign passersby: what a pleasant past-time! But know that your drinks are often charged at premium prices compared with inside.
Now you are armed with these tips, you are ready to conquer the asphalt. We can move on to places that we advise you not to miss.
Paris attractions and monuments:
The “Grande Dame” of Paris was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889, held to commemorate the centenary of the Revolution. The tower is approximately 350 metres high! Admission (elevator to 2nd floor): EUR 9 for adults, EUR 5.30 for children under 12 years. Opening hours: 1st January-13th June: 9:30am to 11pm daily. (for more active guests, the access stairs are open from 9.30am to 6pm), 14th June-31st August: 9am to midnight every day.
Notre Dame de Paris
Construction began in the year 1163 and was completed 200 years later, around 1345. The cathedral can accommodate over 6,000 worshipers. Admission is free of course, but if you want to climb the tower, it will cost about 6 Euros. The architects did not plan for an elevator, sorry, so those with a heart condition should abstain from taking the path to heaven… Opening hours: 8am to 6.45pm daily. Guided tours: 9.30am to 6.45pm daily. Masses: 8am, 9am, noon, 6.45pm.
The Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe
Only the section of the Champs Elysees from Place de la Concorde to the Grand Palais deserves its nickname of “most beautiful avenue in the world”. The rest of the avenue is lined with shops and restaurants, which are often too expensive. Try the side streets. Do not forget to visit the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the avenue, built in the mid-eighteenth century to commemorate Napoleon’s victories. The entry cost is about 6 Euros, and free for children under 12 years. Opening hours: 9.30am to 11pm daily from April to October, and 10am to 11pm daily from November to March.
Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur
The Romano-Byzantine basilica crowns the Montmartre hill. Begun in 1875, construction was completed in 1914. Admission is free, but access to the crypt and dome incurs a fee (about 5 Euros). To save your legs if you are a little tired, you can take the funicular, a little tram. From Anvers metro station, start to climb the hill via rue Tardieu. The funicular station is there. Until the nineteenth century, Montmartre was a village outside of the confines of Paris’ fortifications. The film Amélie Poulain gives you an overview of the place, which you must visit, and not just because it has no less than 7 museums!
Les Invalides Church
The Les Invalides hospice building was started in 1671 by the order of Louis XIV, who wanted a home for impoverished soldiers and the seriously injured from his many wars. The work was completed quickly, but he then added a church. The work took a total of thirty years. You can visit the church, several museums, and the tomb of Napoleon 1st, whose body was returned from St. Helena in 1830. Admission is 6 Euros, and free for children under 12 years. Opening hours: October to 31st March: 10am to 4.45pm, April to 30th September from 10am to 5.45pm.
Saint Germain des Prés/Latin Quarter
This area, whose history is closely linked to the cultural and artistic life of our city is bounded on the north by the Malaquais dock and to the south by rue du Four. To the west, rue des Saints-Pères is on the border with the seventh arrondissement and rue de Seine is at the crossroads of the la Monnaie and Odeon districts. This area is both a strategic place in the cultural life of Paris where artists’ studios, libraries and museums are plentiful, and a fashionable place where it is good to be seen.
Place des Vosges
It was Henri IV who ordered the construction of the famous square, which was completed in 1612, two years after his assassination by Ravaillac. Initially named “Place Royale”, it was renamed “Place des Vosges” by Napoleon 1st, who wanted to pay homage to the inhabitants of the Vosges department for their speed in paying their taxes. The square is remarkable both by its style (it is lined with 36 buildings dating back to its construction), in which stands the statue of Louis XIII.
Walking in Paris
Paris offers a number of interesting itineraries for those who enjoy walking. You can follow the waterways (the Quays of the Seine, of course, but also the Canal St Martin) or even the old route of the railway from Strasbourg, 17km long taking you 15 metres in height to the heart of the 12th District (Coulée Verte). You can also spend some quality time relaxing in one of the green spaces in the capital: the Jardins du Luxembourg, Buttes-Chaumont, Montsouris, Georges Brassens Park. Do not forget to discover the gardens of the fourteenth district. And if you want history and architecture, stroll in St Germain des Prés and next to the Church of St. Sulpice.
A lively and interesting city
These are just a few of the walks you can do in Paris. To discover the capital, guests can enjoy free access to the Members Only section of the Paris Eiffel Tower News website, which has a lot of information on the capital.
The site is written in English, but it has many pictures and you can send your loved ones electronic postcards with pictures of Paris. Entrance to the site is through the thank you page you see right after you have made your booking with the hotel.
The hotel staff want to be of service to you during your stay in Paris.