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Visit Paris: From the Pompidou Centre to the Arc de Triomphe

A hike from the Pompidou center to the triumphal arch, passing by the Louvre, the Tuileries garden, the Place de la Concorde and the Champs Elysées. You can get a GPX track.

The proposed hike starts at the Louvre and follows the historical axis of Paris that begins at the Louvre Museum and continues along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile, and beyond to the Pont de Neuilly and the Arche de la Défense. The start is at the Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges-Pompidou (CNAC), commonly known as the Centre Georges-Pompidou or Centre Beaubourg. This centre houses one of the two most important collections of modern and contemporary art in the world. It is also known for its characteristic architecture where the technical parts (ventilation, elevators...) are voluntarily apparent and marked by a color code.

A visit to the Louvre will allow you to admire the square courtyard, the Denon and Richelieu wings and of course the pyramid. The Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world, and inside you can see the famous painting of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. The gardens of the Carrousel and the Tuileries will allow you to admire the gardens designed by André Le Nôtre.

The walk ends at the Arc de Triomphe. The perspective on the roof of the monument is a must see.

The tour is mainly done on line 1 of the metro. You can take it to shorten the trip.

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Duration: 2 h.

Georges Pompidou Centre

Georges Pompidou Centre
The departure is at the Pompidou centre or Beaubourg centre (RER A Châtelet-les-halles). Built in the 70's, the centre houses one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary art.

Passing in front of the Town Hall

Passing in front of the Town Hall
Passing in front of the Paris City Hall. Burned down during the Paris Commune, it was rebuilt identically. Under the Royalty, the Place de gréve, dedicated to capital executions, was located not far from there.

Rue de Rivoli

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Rue de Rivoli
We take the rue de Rivoli to the Louvre. In the distance, you can see the Arc de Triomphe and the La Défense district. This perspective will be visible all along the route.

Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum
The Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world. We'll just walk through it. The entrance is through the square courtyard.

Louvre Museum: Richelieu wing

Louvre Museum: Richelieu wing
After the square courtyard, we discover the pyramid (in fact the entrance of the museum) and the Richelieu wing. The pyramid was inaugurated in 1989. Ponds frame the pyramid. In the basement is the inverted pyramid.

Triumphal arch of the Carrousel

Triumphal arch of the Carrousel
This triumphal arch was erected for the battle of Austerlitz by Napoleon. It marks the beginning of the carrousel garden which is extended by the Tuileries garden.

Carrousel Garden

Carrousel Garden
The carousel garden is composed of beds and lawns in labyrinth. About twenty statues by A. Maillol adorn the garden.

Tuileries Garden - Place de la Concorde

Tuileries Garden - Place de la Concorde
We leave the Tuileries garden by the Place de la Concorde. We will then go up the Champs-Elysées.

Passing in front of the Grand Palais

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Passing in front of the Grand Palais
The big palace was built for the universal exhibition of 1900. The small palace faces it. The big palace is famous for its recently renovated glass roof.

Champs-Elysées

Champs-Elysées
The second part of the Champs-Elysées has all the biggest shops. To note, the Fouquet's, the Louis Vuitton store...

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe
The triumphal arch marks the end of the route. It was originally designed to celebrate the Napoleonic battles. At the foot of the building is the tomb of the unknown soldier of the 1914-18 war. A ceremony takes place every evening at 6.30 pm.

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