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The City of Light at Night

An evening walk from the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.8 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Paris lights up in the evening, making it possibly more beautiful than during the day. Instead of visiting a few of Paris’ classic... more »

Tips:  The best time to walk this tour is during the spring, when the weather in Paris is at its best.

On June 21 La Fet de la Musique... more »

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Points of Interest

After spending at least two hours absorbing the great masterpieces of the largest museum in the world, exit the museum and pass by the metal-and-glass pyramid created by Chinese-American architect I.M Pei. This ultra-modern construction was completed in 1989 and provoked controversy for its startling contrast to the museum's classical look.... More

As you walk from the Louvre to the Tuileries you'll pass underneath the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. Built in 1807 this was the entrance to the Tuileries Palace and a replica of the Arch of Septimus Severe in Rome. The eight statues, four on each side, represent the soldiers of the Napoleonic Empire. A chariot drawn by four Corinthian-style... More

Since the 19th century, this 63-acre garden has been where Parisians meet, celebrate, walk and relax. It was first conceived by Queen Catherine de Medicis in 1567 to model the gardens of her native Florence, Italy. The garden was remodeled by royal landscape architect André Le Nôtre in 1664 and still closely follows that same design.

The garden... More

This is the city's largest square and where a number of French political figures like Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI and more than 1,000 others lost their life in the midst of the French Revolution. The central monument used to be the guillotine, but is now a 75-foot-tall obelisk covered in hieroglyphics presented as a gift to the city from Egypt in ... More

Continue your tour along the most famous promenade of Paris past haute fashion boutiques and car dealerships toward the looming Arc de Triomphe.

Nighttime is when the Champs-Elysées is at its prettiest. Created in 1616, the Elysian Fields were once meant to be an extension of the Tuilleries Gardens. Over the years the avenue has gone through many... More

To reach the biggest triumphal arc in the world, commissioned by Napolean in 1806, at the end of the Champs-Elysées, make sure you take the underground passage instead of attempting to cross through traffic in the busy roundabout.

Once at the arc's center take an elevator or climb the staircase to the arc's top to see an exhibition hall filled... More

Take the Metro to the Trocadero stop to view one of the most recognizable structures in the world and an essential stop on any visit to Paris.

The Eiffel Tower, weighing 7,000 tons but exerting the same pressure on the ground as an average-size person sitting in a chair, caused as much controversy as I.M. Pei's glass pyramid when it was first... More