Trocadéro gardens, Grand Palais, Champs-Élysées, Invalides … An essential walk around the Eiffel Tower
From its legendary summit, the French capital appears even more beautiful - so small seen from above and yet at the same time so vast. But did you know that the area around these mythical 330 metres of metal is also full of attractive sites? The River Seine flows below the Eiffel Tower. From the landing stages, one can embark for a discovery tour of Paris on the water. All around, huge skyscapes, monumental palaces, esplanades and century-old trees provide an extraordinary panorama. A top site for open-air escapades, Chaillot hill is also a giant in terms of art and culture. The choice is yours; a thousand treasures are within your grasp! An array of diverse and varied events livens up the vast area of Trocadéro. Throughout the year, museums and cultural sites offer a wide range of temporary exhibitions.
Situated a short walk from Gustave Eiffel’s majestic tower, the Avenue des Champs-Elysées lives up to its reputation as the 'world’s most beautiful avenue' more and more each year. Around it and between the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde are luxury stores, the most prominent restaurants, four-star hotels, prestigious entertainment venues (Queen, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées … ) and the most popular museums and monuments (Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais … )
Situated on the opposite side of the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, Trocadéro is home to splendid gardens and ornamental ponds and fountains as well as the cultural richness of the Palais de Chaillot, the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine and the Musée de la Marine. Just behind Trocadéro is the ‘village’ of Passy with its charms of yesteryear, its church and its cemetery where Manet and Debussy are buried.
Trendy and chic, Iéna has stamped an omnipresent creativity on this district: the Palais de Tokyo, the Musée d’Art Moderne, the Palais Galliera … A must since the death of Princess Diana in 1997, the bridge at Alma has become a constant place of pilgrimage for visitors. But Alma is also about fashion (Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint-Laurent), the arts (Musée du Quai Branly) and the spiritual (Cathédrale Américaine de Paris).
With its imposing size and its intimidating canons, the Hôtel National des Invalides (home to the Musée de l’Armée and the tomb of Napoleon) symbolizes the power of a district which, in a small area, boasts the Palais Bourbon, the Champ-de-Mars, the Musée d’Orsay, Musée Rodin, the Ecole Militaire and the Pont Alexandre III.
A veritable architectural feat at 330-metres-high, the Eiffel Tower remains THE symbol of Paris but every year it also becomes more and more symbolic of France to foreigners. It is difficult to exist in the shadow of such a giant. There are however newcomers on the scene (Musée du Quai Branly) and older residents (Ecole Militaire, Trocadéro, Invalides … ), its glorious neighbours, don’t seem to mind the imposing shadow of the tower. Quite the opposite, this popular tourist area is full of interesting places to visit whether on foot, by Vélib’ or on the Seine