Follow the route up and down, up your desire.
- Museums of all kinds
- Monuments of yesterday and today
- Amusement and theme parks
- Let’s go green
- Paris from the sky
- How to get around
Monuments of yesterday and todayFrom the Palace of Versailles to the Stade de France or Paris Ile-de-France, the choice of sites to visit is eclectic. Here’s a guide of the Parisian region so you can discover some iconic landmarks that will appeal to both children and grown-ups.
Let’s start with the Palace of Versailles, southwest of Paris. Built in the 17th century, a royal residence until the French Revolution, Versailles is the most lavish French château. Visiting the great royal apartments and the Hall of Mirrors, with its thousand mirrors, is a must. The grounds extending over 815 hectares are also not to be missed. There, you will be able to discover the beautiful gardens designed by Le Nôtre. The kids will love to take the little train around the grounds, cycle or take a pony ride. Also very popular with children: exploring the educational farm at the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette. Another 17th century château particularly suitable for children in Yvelines is the. Classed as an historical monument, it also has beautiful grounds with French and English gardens, which have received the award ‘Jardin remarquable.’ It is also host to fifty wax figures made by the Musée Grévin (Louis XVI, Gambetta, Marcel Proust) that make visiting the château both educational and fun. All year round, the château also offers storytelling sessions based on Charles Perrault’s fairy tales. The kids will love it!
Northwest of Ile-de-France, just 30 minutes from Paris in the Val-d’Oise, the Château d'Auvers is a beautiful 17th century building that immerses visitors in the time of the Impressionists. A multimedia exhibition combining special effects, projections, photos and old film pay homage to the painters (Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Monet, Degas, Renoir...) who made their mark in the Oise valley. An exciting outing for young art and history lovers!
Also to the north, but much closer to the capital, the Stade de France, in Saint Denis, is open every day of the year except during events. For football fans, it’s the mythical place where France won the World Cup in 1998. For music fans, it’s the venue of spectacular concerts (The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Depeche Mode, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyoncé & Jay Z, etc.).
Finally, east of Paris, close to the tube, the Château de Vincennes will intrigue children with its fortress-like facade. Climbing to the top of the keep – the highest in Europe – as part of a guided tour is an experience that will delight visitors of all ages.