Parc Monceau

Montmartre & Northern Paris

Marked by a neoclassical rotunda at its main bd Courcelles entrance, beautiful Parc Monceau sprawls over 8.2 lush hectares. It was laid out by Louis Carrogis Carmontelle in 1778–79 in English style with winding paths, ponds and flower beds. An Egyptian-style pyramid is the only original folly remaining today, but other distinctive features include a bridge modelled after Venice's Rialto, a Renaissance arch and a Corinthian colonnade. There are play areas, a carousel and scheduled puppet shows for kids.

Throughout the park, look out for statues including those depicting composers Frédéric Chopin and Charles-François Gounod (known for 'Ave Maria'), and writer Guy de Maupassant.

In 1797, André-Jacques Garnerin made history by landing the world's first parachute jump (from a hot-air balloon) in the park.

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Nearby Montmartre & Northern Paris attractions

1. Musée Cernuschi

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2. Musée Nissim de Camondo

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Housed in a sumptuous mansion modelled on the Petit Trianon at Versailles, this museum displays 18th-century furniture, wood panelling, tapestries,…

3. Citéco

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This splendidly renovated, turreted neo-renaissance townhouse, built by architect Jules Février for banker Emile Gaillard in the late 19th century, is the…

4. Musée Jacquemart-André


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5. Avenue des Champs-Élysées

0.64 MILES

No trip to Paris is complete without strolling this broad, tree-shaded avenue lined with luxury shops. Named for the Elysian Fields (‘heaven’ in Greek…

6. Palais de l’Élysée

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7. Arc de Triomphe

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If anything rivals the Eiffel Tower as the symbol of Paris, it’s this magnificent 1836 monument to Napoléon’s victory at Austerlitz (1805), which he…

8. Chapelle Expiatoire

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