The 19th century was a fascinating time in Paris. It’s hard to choose among the city’s many 19th-century landmarks. As a result, this walking tour is potentially the longest in this series. But the guide includes options for tailoring the walk to fit your time, energy, and personal interests. The tour begins with a look at monuments to Napoleon I and Napoleon III’s imperial aspirations including the Arc de Triomphe and the 19th-century Louvre. It also includes buildings which are emblematic of the city’s 19th-century economic aspirations including the Paris stock exchange, several banks, and the Saint-Lazare railroad station. You'll see how shopping evolved in Paris, from atmospheric covered passages such as the Galeries Vivienne and Colbert, to grand department stores like Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps. The Palais-Royal, the Opéra Garnier and the Musée Jacquemart-André provide a glimpse into how wealthy Parisians lived and entertained themselves during this era. And you'll visit two beautiful churches, Saint-Augustin and Saint-Eugéne-Saint-Cecile. The tour ends with an optional visit to the 19th-century structure that has become the city's most iconic monument, the Tour Eiffel.
Start: Arc de Triomphe (Métro: Charles de Gaulle/Etoile) or
Place de la Concorde (Métro: Concorde)
Finish: Musée Jacquemart-André (Métro: Saint-Philippe-du-Roule) or
Tour Eiffel (Métro: Bir-Hakeim)
Distance: 3-4 miles (short version); 4-5 miles (long version)
Time: 4-5 hours (short version); the better part of a day (long version)
Best Days: Tuesday-Friday