Take a stroll down the most famous avenue in the world. The Avenue des Champs-Elysées stretches between the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde in the chic French capital. Situated a short walk from Gustave Eiffel's majestic tower, the avenue is lined by many historical and beautiful buildings to admire along the route, as well as a number of luxury stores, prominent restaurants, prestigious entertainment venues and the most popular museums and monuments.
A triumphant journey
Start your walk at Napoleon's famous antique arch, L'Arc De Triomphe. Commissioned in 1806 to celebrate the victories of the Great Army, it was completed in 1836. Standing at 50 meters high and 45 meters wide, this beautifully decorated arch is a national symbol and the center of any parade or national event. It also hosts the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, who died in the First World War. Next, prepare to saunter down this elegant avenue, which has offered numerous entertainment options for decades. It plays host to cafes, restaurant terraces and cinemas, meaning you'll never be stuck for inspiration or refreshment, or opportunities to people watch! Even the McDonald's is a little different along this route, with the famous Golden Arches being colored in white to fit in with the color scheme. Alternatively. enjoy some window shopping among glamorous Parisians, with the multitude of haute couture boutiques, ready-to-wear fashion stores and high-tech showrooms. Everything can be found at all times of the day on the Champs Elysées: films, dresses, racing cars, food, books, music and perfume.
History, Science and Splendor
As you make your way down the tree-lined avenue, you'll eventually reach the Jardin des Champs-Élysées. This public park occupies 13.7 hectares and is a beautiful location for a picnic, or simply to wander around and enjoy the calming natural environment. Contained within the park are several restaurants and theaters, providing a fantastic selection of world-class arts and dining options in the most serene and picturesque location. Also housed within the gardens, is the Grand Palais, a large historic site and exhibition center, which contains the Palais de la Découverte. This ultra-modern science museum allows visitors to discover 'science in motion' and embark on a journey through the universe in the planetarium. The Petit Palais, meanwhile, is the city's fine arts museum and has been since 1902. It displays collections of painting, sculpture and art objects from antiquity to 1918. Finally, the avenue ends on the Place de la Concorde. Built between 1757 and 1779, the square was originally named after King Louis XV. During the French Revolution, the square was renamed "Place de la Revolution" and was the venue for gruesome executions by guillotine of more than 1,200 people including King Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette. Today, its name "Place de la Concorde," is a reference to peace and harmony. From here, the Louvre and other major Paris landmarks are easily accessible.