From Notre Dame to Place des Vosges


A dive into a historical district of Paris which, little touched by the Haussmannian upheavals, has kept many narrow streets with a medieval aspect, and whose architecture is dominated by the private mansions built in the 17th century. The proposed itinerary winds its way through the narrow streets and gardens and allows you to discover a rich heritage, including the Pompidou Center, the Place des Vosges, etc…


This district is so called because until the 12th century, this part of the region was a vast swampy area, often flooded. At that time, religious institutions settled there, then came the Jewish community and later the Valois kings. Everything changed with King Henri IV who left the Louvre to settle in the Hôtel Saint Paul with his court. He then started to drain the marshes to build sumptuous private mansions. It was Henri IV who had the Place Royale (now Place des Vosges) built, which became the largest square in Paris, where you could find the king’s pavilion and the queen’s pavilion. It straddles the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, right in the center of Paris, hence its name “arrondissement de Paris center”. It is also currently the “gay” district of Paris. The Jewish community is still very present there. It is a varied artistic center, with many small museums, installed in old private mansions, and of course the very modern Georges Pompidou center housing the permanent exhibition of modern art. The nightlife is also very developed.


Presentation of the tour : from Notre Dame to Place des Vosges

But first, let’s have a look at the practical details before we start our tour.



The tour passes through :

  1. The flower market
  2. Saint Jacques Tower
  3. Rue des Rosiers street
  4. The Impasse des arbalétriers.


It is a linear itinerary that starts in front of the statue of Charlemagne and ends at the Saint Paul metro station.


For you to get to the departure point, you must take the following public transportations nearby  Notre Dame


Like any of our other strolls, this tour is eco-friendly to preserve the planet as much as your health, it is entirely by foot and is open to all public. During the warmer months, don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses and some sunscreen to avoid sunburns.

Our  friendly advice, bring a picnic or a snack. The Place des Vosges is the perfect place for a lunch break. For the ones with a sweet tooth, we recommend, at the end of the tour, to go to Carette and enjoy their delicious crepes and hot cocoa

 Durée de la balade : 2h


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