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A walk around Roland Garros and the Parc des Princes

A walk in the West of Paris, to discover the treasures of the 16th arrondissement, including woods, parks, museums, restaurants, shopping, and famous sporting venues

The walk begins between the Stade Roland Garros and the Parc des Princes, iconic sports venues welcoming tennis events, wheelchair tennis and boxing (final stages) at Stade Roland Garros and several matches in the men's and women's Olympic football tournaments - including the finals - at the Parc des Princes during the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Between the end of May and the beginning of June each year, Roland Garros hosts the French Open tennis tournament, the 2nd Grand Slam tournament of the year. The Parc des Princes, just across the road, is famous as a venue for matches played by the famous football club Paris Saint-Germain.

1. Fondation Le Corbusier

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The Fondation Le Corbusier, occupying Maison Jeanneret and Maison La Roche - built by the architects Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret between 1923 and 1925, promotes the work of Le Corbusier through a programme of guided tours, exhibitions and events. On your walk, immerse yourself into the artistic world of Le Corbusier and visit Maison La Roche a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A twenty-minute walk away, you can also discover Le Corbusier's apartment-studio, within the Molitor building, the first glass apartment block in the history of architecture, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. Musée départemental Albert Kahn

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Head to the Musée départemental Albert Kahn situated inBoulogne-Billancourt, via the Boulevard de Montmorency, Avenue de la Porte Molitor and Rue du château. This museum, devoted to the the photographic and cinematographic collections of the businessman and collector Albert Kahn, presents a permanent exhibition and a programme of cultural activities based around the visual image. The 4-hectare site, located on the former property of Albert Kahn, includes a contemporary building designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, restored heritage pavilions, a garden with a range of different landscapes - a Japanese garden, an English garden and a French garden - a rose garden, a golden forest and a Vosges forest.

3. Maison de Balzac

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French writer Honoré de Balzac lived in the 16th arrondissement between, 1840 and 1847. Today, his house is a museum open to the public. You can get there by taking Rue Molitor and Rue Jean de la Fontaine. On the way, be sure to admire the Maison de la Radio et de la Musique, housed in an impressive modern circular building. Situated alongside the Seine, the Maison de la Radio et de la Musique offers an exciting musical programme: concerts, radio programmes, guided tours … The Maison de Balzac is in the village of Passy and it was here that the writer wrote his greatest work La Comédie humaine [The Human Comedy]. The museum immerses visitors in Balzac’s world via a presentation of objects, manuscripts, publications, and illustrations. Temporary exhibitions and cultural events round of the programme. The delightful garden and cafe are ideal for a relaxing break with a view of the Eiffel Tower.


4. Bois de Boulogne

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A green wooded area on the Western edge of Paris, the Bois de Boulogne is a wonderful place for an outing: a walk or a bike ride in the woods, or rowing on the Lac Inférieur … A pleasant place to relax in a green setting outdoors. Depending on what you want to do, there are different places to explore in the Bois de Boulogne: the Parc de Bagatelle – famous for its rose garden, the Jardin d'Acclimatation – and its many attractions and activities for children, the Fondation Louis Vuitton – devoted to contemporary art, the Pré Catelan – a 3-Michelin-starred restaurant, the Théâtre de Verdure, the Auteuil racecourse and Longchamp racecourse and the Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil.

Did you know ?

Occupying a former private mansion decorated in Empire style, near the Bois de Boulogne, the Musée Marmottan-Monet has a rich collection of Impressionist paintings, in particular, those of the artist Claude Monet. One of the museum's highlights is Impression Soleil levant [Impression, Sunrise] – the first Impressionist painting, which gave its name to the famous 19th-century painting movement.

5. Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil

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The Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil, an invitation to stroll arounda botanical garden home to a collection of 6,000 plants that are housed in glass and metal historical 19th-century hothouses, and to discover English, Japanese and Mediterranean gardens. The contemporary hothouses are home to 1,000 plant species from the continents of South America, Africa, South East Asia and Australia. An outing that is a refreshing change of scene!

6. Auteuil Market

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Continue to Place Jean Lorrain, a little square in the village of Auteuil, where the Auteuil market takes place on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, when you can stroll around the stalls of fruit, vegetables, meat, and fish. A great opportunity to shop for fresh produce.

7. Congrès Auteuil

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A good way to finish your discovery tour is to take a break and enjoy some good food! The Brasserie Congrès Auteuil serves seafood, fish, grilled meats, and desserts in a chic and elegant setting. You can choose to eat in the light-filled rotunda on the 1st floor or the outside terrace, which has a bucolic atmosphere.

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