Experience the heart of Paris and its world famous landmarks by staying in one of our self-catering apartments in the 1st arrondissement. We have a great selection of short stay apartments in this central area and you can find their prices and availability by adding the dates of your planned visit to Paris and selecting ‘search’. Feel free to contact our support team for any assistance or to ask questions. And then that just leaves the packing and activity planning left to do – don’t miss out on visiting the Louvre, relaxing in Jardin des Tuileries or shopping at Les Halles. Below you find our most popular Louvre – Les Halles apartments and a link to all apartments in the 1st arrondissement.
Most popular Louvre - Les Halles apartments
From Charle de Gaule (CDG) airport station you have the following options:
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This exciting and central part of Paris is filled with a number of food stores, many of which are located close to our Louvre – Les Halles apartments. So pop out to the supermarket to purchase all the goods you need to complete your self-catering short stay. Not in the mood for home-cooking? We have selected some excellent restaurants in which you can enjoy lunch or dinner.
The 1st arrondissement is one of the oldest parts of Paris and considered the very centre of the city. From here the districts build up number by number in a clockwise spiral outwards to cover the city. Located on the right bank of the beautiful Seine it incorporates the west part of Ile de la Cite, one of two naturally formed islands in the river. This area was also the heart of earlier settlements here including the city of Lutetia which was conquered by the Romans in 52 BC. Today it is one of the smallest and remains one of the least populated arrondissements in the city.
A large part of the district is taken up by the magnificent Louvre and the adjoining ornate gardens of Jardin des Tuileries. One of the world’s largest and most prestigious museums and recently named the ‘world’s most popular museum’, the mammoth Louvre hosts over 35,000 objects within 652,300 square feet of exhibition space. Since there is so much to see here it is wise to arrive early in order to get your money’s worth. Highlights of the museum are the famous glass pyramid sculpture that so unexpectedly charmed Prince Charles’ architectural eye and the iconic Venus de Milo. It is also home to the world’s most famous portrait, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. It’s up to you to decide for yourself if her ‘enigmatic smile’ warrants the incredible international attention it receives. The Louvre was originally a royal palace until 1682 when Louis XIV upped sticks and took his royal seat to the famously extravagant Palace of Versailles instead. He chose to use the Louvre to display the royal collection of royal treasures and antiquities and from then it began its life as a museum, all be it a private one.
After a visit to the Louvre you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of art and culture so why not clear your head in the beautiful gardens of the Jardin des Tuileries which are located just next door to the gallery? Commissioned by Catherine de Medici in the 1560s and first opened to the public in the 1660s, these beautifully elegant formal gardens cover around 63 acres. A leisurely walk here comes highly recommended and if you have children with you then head to the pretty fountain where you can rent little sailing boats that they can sail in the surrounding shallow pond. There’s also another little water feature in the gardens where you can feed the fish which always seem to be hungry and are far from shy.
If you are a fan of flora then you may like to take a look at the Musée de l’Orangerie which is located on the southern side of the gardens. Originally a 19th century ornamental greenhouse, it was converted into a gallery space for impressionist art in the 1920s. The highlight of this delightful building has to be Monet’s Nympheas, a series of mammoth canvases depicting water lilies which were created specifically for this exhibition space. The Musée de l’Orangerie is free on the first Sunday of the month however it is always absolutely jam packed with visitors. The normal entrance fee of 7.50 Euros is surprisingly reasonable and well worth if for a more peaceful visiting experience.
Les Halles lies just a few minutes north of the Louvre. This has been traditionally the site of some kind of market place or another since before records for the city began. Today you will find a modern precinct here known as the Forum des Halles which is actually sunk into the ground to such an extent that it can hardly been seen from ground level. This subterranean palace of retail is not only packed with shops but also restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas and the world’s largest underground railway station. There’s even a wax works museum here, the Musée Grévin. The garden area outside also features unusual sculptures, fountains and mosaics.
An area worth while exploring from one of our Louvre – Les Halles apartments!
Stay in one of our Louvre – Les Halles apartments to walk and experience all these Paris must sees!
The Louvre pyramid. Paris, France.