Place des Vosges

Paris has many open-air parks that every traveller must see when they come to visit this beautiful city full of charm and romance. One of these famous attractions in Paris is the Place des Vosges. You will find this Paris landmark in the Marais district which was once the aristocratic neighbourhood of the city as reflected in the 17th-century town houses that surround this Paris attraction. It is also near another famous Paris landmark known as the Victor Hugo house.

Henri IV, who, between the years of 1589 and 1610 was King of France, had the park built starting in 1605. The fact that the park is square with dimensions measuring at 140 meters by 140 meters reflects the city’s focus on European-style planning during that time frame.

The park is filled with statues, fountains, and carefully manicured gardens. A few of the 17th-century aristocratic homes have been converted into hotels. There are many shops and restaurants that surround the park and you can spend the day sampling their delights or buying their wares and take a relaxing break in the Place des Vosges.

One museum around the Place des Vosges is the Maison de Victor Hugo. Victor Hugo is a very famous icon in the history of French arts. He lived between 1802 and 1885 and is remembered for his poetry, novels, playwrights, and essays. In addition to his literary works, he was also a statesman and a champion of human rights.

The house where Victor Hugo lived for 16 years was converted to a museum. Actually, his “house” was the Hôtel Rohan-Guéménée at the time. He and his wife Adèle moved into the house in 1832 and Victor lived the last years of his life in it. The bedroom where he died is preserved to show the setting in his final hours of life.

The museum has tours of the Maison de Victor Hugo taking you from the 2nd floor where he lived. It is set up to display his life before, during, and after his exile. Being a political activist and at odds with the government of Napoleon III, Victor lived in exile after the would-be emperor staged a Coup d’état in 1851, Artifacts on display include his paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, and other correspondence.

As mentioned before, the Place des Vosges is located in the Marais District which used to be the place where aristocrats lived. Today, the Marais is home to numerous art galleries, fashion houses, and Paris restaurants themed with the latest trends. One of these is the Café Charlot. There are also a few nightlife venues in the Marais. In addition to the Victor Hugo house, the community is also includes the Musée Picasso, Musée Cognacq-Jay, and the house of Nicolas Flamel.

Getting There

Any taxi driver will know how to get to the Place des Vosges. If you prefer to take city bus you can get on numbers 20, 29, 69, 76, or 96. If going by the Paris Metro, you can get off at the Saint-Paul, Chemin-Vert, or Bastille Stations and the park is just a short walk away.

Place des Vosges Hotels

Hotel Turenne Le Marais

This 3 star hotel is situated within 100m of the famous Place des Vosges with great public transport links to the rest of Paris. The hotel is also within 2km of the Louvre Museum and 1.5km from Cathedrale de Notre Dame. The hotel is perfectly located, with bars and restaurants a mere 100m away, and fantastic rooms with comfortable beds and great service. The Hotel Turenne Le Marais is perfect for those wanting to stay close to attractions while on a budget.

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Hotel de Neuve Paris 

This hotel is ideal for those who want to reside in the historical part of the Marais. The hotel is situated extremely close to Place des Vosges, with Place de la Bastille also very close. The hotel provides excellent amenities and services, and customer reviews consistently show that this hotel is great value for money, an ideal location and perfect service. A great, centrally located hotel.

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Tours, Guides and Passes

The best way to experience Place des Vosges is to leisurely stroll around the park, taking in the sights and sounds. The perfect day is to take a picnic out and sit on the grass with family and friends. If you are planning on seeing a lot of other attractions in the same day, it could be a good idea to get yourself a money saving pass, such as the Paris Pass. These passes can get you free access to over 60 of the best sights and attractions in Paris including museums such as the Louvre and sights such as the wonderful Sainte-Chapelle, which can save you running around to book all the different tickets and give you more time to relax. The pass also comes with a free 120 page guide, a travel card that includes metro and bus passes and free entry to an additional 7 must-see attractions including a river cruise and wine tasting. It comes highly recommended if you are looking to see a lot of the sights while in Paris. Click below to find out more.

Free Entry to 60+ attractions in Paris (currently 5% off)

The Paris Pass is a great little money saver when visiting attractions in Paris. This pass will give you free entrance to over 60 of the best attractions in Paris including Notre Dame, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and Sainte-Chapelle. On top of that you will receive:

  • Free Travelcard for public transport including Metro, buses and RER trains to help you move around the city with ease
  • Free entry to an additional 7 must-see attractions including a river cruise and wine tasting
  • A 2 day hop-on-hop-off bus tour ticket with informative and interesting commentary – it’s the best way to explore the city
  • Free 120+ page guidebook packed with useful information about the attractions, plus tips and hints about the city to help you plan the perfect trip
  • Complimentary skipping of the lines at certain attractions.

This pass is highly recommended if you are thinking of seeing a lot of sights in Paris and will save you money, time and hassle when visiting Paris.

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