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Hotel de Ville Paris

February 26th, 2009 by paris

Not a hotel, but the City Hall and Mayoral seat of Paris. Situated on the Place de l’Hotel de Ville this is a magnificent example of French architecture.

After a fire in 1870 only the shell of the building remained. So the exterior is 16th century renaissance, but the interior is late 19th century.

The Hotel de Ville Paris is not a tourist attraction as such, but you can walk into the foyer (free entry) and admire the exhibitions showing the history of Paris. Tours are available of the Hotel de Ville Paris, in French, free of charge, but you need to book in advance, for details go to www.paris.fr/portail/culture/portal.lut

Ice skating

From December till March there is free ice skating in the square in from of the Hotel de Ville Paris, and skate hire is 5 euros, what an experience, to ice-skate in Paris. From noon till 10pm Sun-Thurs, noon till midnight Fri/Sat.

After visiting the Hotel de Ville Paris why not have a wander round one of the city’s most interesting areas:

  • the beautiful Place des Vosges,
  • the gay bars of the Marais
  • Jewish quarter round the Rue des Rosiers

How to get to the Hotel de Ville Paris

Metro: Hotel de Ville

RER: Chatelet Les Halles

Site

Virtual Tour

http://streaming.paris.fr/visite_virtuelle/html/en/debit_en.html

Pariscope

Available at any newsstand in Paris lists daily tours at various attractions including Hotel de Ville.

Address and Phone

4 Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville

Paris 75004 France

+33 1 49 52 53 54

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