What to do and see in Montreuil, France: The Best Places and Tips

October 11, 2017 Christa Meece

Discover the best top things to do in Montreuil, France including Chateau of Vincennes, Musee d'Orsay, La Fabrique a Spectacles, Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris, Sainte-Chapelle, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre Museum, Luxembourg Gardens, Musee de l'Orangerie, Pont Alexandre III.
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1. Chateau of Vincennes

Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, France +33 1 43 28 15 48
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4 based on 857 reviews

Chateau of Vincennes

The Chateau de Vincennes was used as royal residence from the 12th to 18th century and it has preserved its medieval towers, the Sainte-Chapelle and the 14th century keep which is the highest of its kind in Europe. In 1365, Charles V, King of France, transformed the family manor house at Vincennes into a more suitable royal dwelling and built the present keep to house his art collection and manuscripts. From the early 15th century to the 1800s, the keep was used as a prison, a symbol of absolute State power, which saw the imprisonment of famous figures such as Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade, and Mirabeau. After extensive restoration work, the Sainte-Chapelle at the Château de Vincennes has re-opened to the public and visitors can now fully admire its remarkable decorative ensemble. Started in 1379, and based on the model of the royal chapel in the Palais de la Cité in Paris, the Sainte-Chapelle at Vincennes realised the dreams of King Charles V to add a truly exceptional religious edifice to this impressive fortress. Open: > 1st April to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 6.15 p.m. > 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 8,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

Reviewed By MagneticCommand - Washington Boro, PA

I really recommend you visit the Chateau Vincennes. It's a very easy trip on the Metro (last stop on the yellow line, east) and is almost deserted.
The Twelfth Arrondisment (sp?) is quiet, with good shopping and some great bistros. The Chateau is a two minute walk from the Metro and easy to find. Inside the Sainte Chapelle is, I think, nicer than the one on the Ile de Cite - and a lot less crowded. The tour is almost the same as it was in the Middle Ages, when it was featured in the Tres Riches Heures du Duke du Berry.
Chateau Vincennes has played a pivotal role in French history for centuries, yet almost no one knows about it. For starters, it's where Henry V, king of England, died, and where Mata Hari was executed in 1917.
The staff inside the Chateau are enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and the rooms themselves well restored. There were a lot of children there the day we visited having the time of their lives in a real castle.
After your visit, you can take a picnic to the large park behind the Chateau.

2. Musee d'Orsay

1, Rue de la Legion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France +33 1 40 49 48 14
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4.5 based on 55 reviews

Musee d'Orsay

This beautiful museum, once a railroad station, now houses a staggering collection of Impressionist art, as well as other items created between 1848 and 1914. In 2011, the museum is running a renovation of the top floor (impressionist gallery). Only ground and medium floor are accessible. The top floor will re-open on the 20th of October. Meanwhile, some impressionist masterpieces are not visible.

Reviewed By sargent0 - Swindon, United Kingdom

On our last full day in Paris we visited Musée d’Orsay. We got there early (and thank god we did) arriving at 09:40 just after opening to join a huge queue which stretched to the corner of the block. It took us just over an hour to get in, but it was worth the wait.
Also being the first Sunday of the month, entry was free which was a real bonus though the full price ticket is only €12 per adult.
On arrival we head straight up to the 5th floor to the only cafe which was open at the time. Worth noting that until 11:45 they only serve tea, coffee, cake and desserts so we ordered tea, a pint of cola and my husband had a Belgian waffle. Once lunch could be ordered I had the Salade Parisian and my husband the Fois Grais.
Both of which was very nice and all in all cane to around €45
We started our visit on the 5th floor after our lunch and it is without a doubt the best section.
With a huge collection of Monet, Renoir you would not be disappointed by the majority of Exhibitions. I particularly liked the Sisley collection.
Having arrived at 11:15 we departed around 14:30.
It’s a stunning museum with a collection which I am sure would have something for everyone.
I’ll be honest, I was very surprised by how much of the art work I really liked. I would never have classed myself as a fan of the Impressionists as our personal art collection is very modern day while quite eclectic to say the least but there were a number of the Monet and Sisley pieces which I found quite stunning.
For €12 each you cannot go wrong with a visit to this beautiful museum which in itself is a piece of art, originally an old railway station, this old building is something to be admired in its own right.
Would absolutely recommend if you can stand the queues.

3. La Fabrique a Spectacles

31 rue de Vincennes, 93100 Montreuil, France
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

La Fabrique a Spectacles

They are guided walking tours with real life profesionnal artists and comedians who will entertain the whole family. The streets and their squares will become the backdrop for the natural scenery. The one and half hour walk entitled " Vivez l'Histoire ! " is not just a guided tour, not just a play, it's both at the same time so even better!

Reviewed By Alison S - Sydney, Australia

This was an excellent tour led by an vibrant, entertaining and skilled actor who gave us all the opportunity to experience the wonders of La Tour Eiffel.
It was wonderful to be able to skip the queue and see some of the hidden treasures of the Eiffel Tower.
A most worthwhile experience. Entertaining and educational.

4. Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris

8 Rue Scribe, Place de l'Opera, 75009 Paris, France +33 1 58 05 49 42
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris

This performance hall hosts opera, ballet and chamber music Performances.

Reviewed By wiseguy1282005 - Hong Kong, China

Grand looking building both inside and outside, excellent place for photo taking. Just one minor issue regards left behind your ID before you can rent the audio guide. Really? That's a bit strange. I would rather to be asked for higher rental fee for it.

8 Boulevard du Palais,, 75001 Paris, France +33 1 53 40 60 80
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Sainte-Chapelle

The Sainte-Chapelle is the finest royal chapel to be built in France and features a truly exceptional collection of stained-glass windows. It was built in the mid 13th century by Louis IX, at the heart of the royal residence, the Palais de la Cité. It was built to house the relics of the Passion of Christ. Adorned with a unique collection of fifteen glass panels and a large rose window forming a veritable wall of light,the Sainte-Chapelle is a gem of French Gothic architecture. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> 1st March to 31st October: Monday to Friday: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.45 a.m. and to 2.15 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st November to 29th February: Monday to Friday: from 9 a.m. to 12.45 a.m. and to 2.15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. The best time to visit is in the morning from Tuesday to Friday. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December and in case of negative temperatures.

Reviewed By Dave_Cowley_Road - Oxford, United Kingdom

I recommend visiting here if you are in Paris. It is quite unique: a vision of Paradise viewed through 13th century eyes. The upper chamber has the most exquisite and breathtaking stained glass on every side, drawing your eyes heavenward.

6. Notre Dame Cathedral

6 Parvis Notre-Dame | Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France +33 1 42 34 56 10
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Notre Dame Cathedral

This famous Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture on which construction began in the 12th century, stands on the Île de la Cité and is the symbolic heart of the city.

Reviewed By davefields73 - Sheffield, United Kingdom

Notre Dame is an unbelievable stucture with some of the largest bells in history. You can climb up the towers to the first floor where there are fascinating gargoyls and great views. You must check out the bell tower and see the biggest bell you've ever seen! If you dare you can go right to the very top of one of the towers and get some great shots of Paris.

7. Louvre Museum

99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France +33 1 40 20 50 50
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Louvre Museum

Home to Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the Louvre is considered the world's greatest art museum, with an unparalleled collection of items covering the full spectrum of art through the ages.

Reviewed By Jen B - Kazan, Russia

I enjoyed the Louvre much more than I anticipated. It is beautiful. We purchased tickets for the opening time slot, which I highly recommend. Of course my first stop was the Mona Lisa. I have always wanted to see her, so I made sure to get there before the throngs of people showed up. Then it was fun to go back later in the day and see her as she really looks with hundreds of people trying to get that great picture, which I did get!
Also looked at the Venus de Milo of course and countless paintings, antiquities and other works of art that I thought I might never see in person. I think my favorite painting though was David's The Coronation of the Emperor Napoleon, just the sheer size of it was impressive!
We were there for about five hours and did not see everything, so plan accordingly if you are one who wants to see it all. I don't have kids, so I'm not really sure if children would truly appreciate what the museum has to offer. If you are taking kids, try not to go when it's too crowded. It's mostly standing around looking at beautiful works of art without much else for them to do. If you appreciate art and museums, this is the place for you. I will definitely return to check out what I missed this time around. Enjoy!

Rue de Vaugirard, Boulevard St. Michel, Rue Auguste-Comte and Rue Guynemer | I iooll, 75006 Paris, France +33 1 42 34 20 00
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Luxembourg Gardens

These formal Gardens, open to only royalty before the French Revolution, now serve as one of Paris's most popular destinations for relaxation.

Reviewed By Photographer17 - Scottsdale, Arizona

Beautiful Gardens with serene walking trails. If I lived in Paris, I’d visit this park all the time. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of France.

9. Musee de l'Orangerie

Jardin des Tuileries - Cote Seine, 75001 Paris, France +33 1 44 77 80 07
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Musee de l'Orangerie

Reviewed By Jabrd

Less crowds, more art. One of, if not the best Impressionist collections in the world. Buy ticket here for this and D’Orsay, and skip line at D’Orsay

10. Pont Alexandre III

1 Pont Alexandre III | Quai d'Orsay, 75008 Paris, France +33 1 46 33 98 38
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Pont Alexandre III

Reviewed By FFFins - Atlanta, GA

We always visit this bridge around sunset when we go to Paris. The bridge itself is gorgeous and it has a great view of the Eiffel Tower. There is always lots of activity and good people watching. From here it is an easy walk to the Grand and Petite Palais or stroll all the way up to the Arc d'Triumph for a nice stretch of the legs.

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