Opera Garnier is a lively place in the heart of the Opera district. As a main asset, it is served by a big number of public transport facilities, making it easy to reach the thousand and one tourist sites and historical monuments in its vicinity. Being a tourist destination very recommended, several hotels of 2 to 5 stars are located in this district, which is considered the densest as soon as one speaks of accommodation. These wide avenues embellished the neighbourhood while retracing until then the time during which the Opera was built by the prefect Haussmann under Napoleon III in the 19th century. It is also part of the preferred areas of the Parisians either for shopping or for walking.
This area of the Opera House is responsible of important cultural heritages attracting a large number of tourist attractions known throughout the world. Among others, the famous "Opera Garnier" is a splendid decoration. It ranks among the grandest theatres of the universe with a height of 79m, 172 m long and 101m wide. Indeed, it can accommodate up to 2200 spectators. Les Folies Bergère is also a tourist destination not to miss. It is a well-known concert hall with concerts and musicals from time to time. In addition, several museums including the Grevin Museum and the Romantic Life Museum are also close to the Opera Garnier district. In addition, there are many shopping centres. Let us mention among others the Galleries Lafayette or Printemps that are able to meet all the needs of each especially for those who are looking for aesthetic products or clothes trends of Paris. Do not hesitate to ask for a car service so you can enjoy it.
The Temple neighbourhood
It is located between Sentier and Marais, in the 3rd district, a few meters from the Place de la République. Its name comes from the Templars driven out of Palestine in the years 1118, who founded the House of the Temple. This city is a historic neighbourhood of Paris housing the oldest houses and beautiful hotels of the Great Century. It leaves traces of the times of the Templars through the names of its streets. One can find there the street of the Fontaines-du-Temples, the street of the Temple, the boulevard of the Temple or the street Vieille-du –Temple, from where the name of the city "quarter of the Temple". It is possible to make so many historical visits here.
The Museum of the Lock is a tourist place shaping in this district. In fact, a thousand and one keys and locks do not exist otherwise. The Museum of Arts and Crafts is a 13th century building, which is located in a former priory. Apart from that, the Tile of the Temple is also part of the historical monuments not to miss in the district of Templars where frequently takes place various demonstrations or Parisian fashion parades. One can also visit the "red children's market" which is one of the oldest markets in Paris. Its construction dates back to the 17th century. While staying in this neighbourhood, one can have the actual opportunity to see in Quincampoix Street the first General Bank, the place where, in the eighteenth century, we could trade gold for banknotes for the first time in history. In this district, enthusiasts of creations and art are able to discover a great school of applied art, "Ecole Duperré".
The Marais neighbourhood
It is located in the 3rd and 4th districts of Paris, on the right bank of Seine. The name of this historic neighbourhood comes from an ancient swampy area dating back to the 12th century. Indeed, it is part of the districts located within Charles V’s fortified enclosure. It has nowadays become the neighbourhood of the nobles of Paris. The Marais embellishes the heart of the city by combining the charm of the traditions and the modernity of its beautiful buildings. This area is highly appreciated by Parisians because of its beautiful gardens and remarkable terraces. It is bounded by Bretagne Street to the north, and to the south by the quays of Seine, to the east by Boulevard Beaumarchais and to the west by Beaumarchais Street. There are several churches and religious establishments including the priory of St. Catherine of the Val des Ecoliers and the convents of Blancs-Manteaux. Seven Renaissance hotels are also to be discovered in Marais. Carnavalet and Hotel de Soubise are among them.
Marais attracts a large number of tourists every year thanks to the many museums and historical monuments to the exceptional architecture that it shelters. There are among others the royal square or place des Vosges. It was here that all the important royal ceremonies had been carried out. The marriage ceremony of Louis XIV is one of them. The Carnaval et Museum is one of the very famous tourist sites in Marais. One can find here decors of 17th and 18th century hotels as well as paintings from the Parisian era, including the Montmartre mills, the Bercy port or the Tuileries palaces. However, renovations are underway and it will not be able to welcome visitors again until 2019. You can enjoy a guided tour by a driver if you have decided to reserve a car service in Paris.
Discover the Pont des Arts in Paris
The Pont des Arts, also called the gateway to the arts, was built between 1801 and 1804. It is located between the Institut de la France and the Louvre museum. It has been known worldwide as a "bridge of lovers" and each year attracts millions of tourists from all over the world.
Unlike the arts bridge that we all know today, in the 19th century, a walkway of nine cast iron arches was put in place and was intended for pedestrians. But during the two world wars, it weakened and collapsed. It was only rebuilt in steel and with seven arches between 1981 and 1984.
Memorable arts bridge
Among the curiosities of Paris, the Pont des Arts has become an essential place for tourists and visitors. In 2008, a tradition from Eastern Europe was brought to the bridge. This is the fashion for love padlocks, so couples in love hang the padlock bridge engraved with their names or initials on it. The idea is just to symbolize their love and their passage in the capital. Unfortunately the excessive weight of the padlocks endangered the guardrails of the bridge, and part of the fence collapsed in 2014. Consequently, in 2015 these symbols of love were definitively removed.
Why go there?
Day and night, the bridge gives us a pleasant view of the Institut de France, the Ile de la Cité and the Louvre. It is a symbolic place for lovers to walk, a picnic spot with family or friends. It is also a place of source of inspiration and exhibition for many artists such as painters, designers or photographers. An emblematic place to take beautiful souvenir photos of your visit to the romantic capital.
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43 km separate Asterix Park from Opera Garnier. Carnavalet Museum is also 41 km from the park. Astérix Park is just 17 km from CDG Airport. You have to drive more than 58 km if you want to reach it from Orly airport.