Things to do between Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower
If you’re coming to Paris and don’t feel like using the public transports, this article is for you! If you rather be walking around the city, getting from one landmark to another on foot, reading this article will be very helpful. It will enable you to find out some of the things to do between Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower, because visiting these two landmarks are obviously in your plans while in Paris. The Eiffel Tower is located 5.6 kilometers away from Montmartre. If you walk straight from Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower, without stopping, it will take you a little more than one hour, about one hour and fifteen minutes, but you probably want to see some important and interesting places during the walk.
In general, Parisians walk a lot, may it be on the streets or even along the aisles of the metro. Walking is part of the Parisian lifestyle. During the week, we walk to get to work. On weekends, we walk around the city, go shopping, stroll around parks and enjoy everything the city has to offer. If you would like to do the same and experience the city like locals do, read on and find out some of the things to do between Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower!
While still in Montmartre, on your way to the Eiffel Tower
In this first part of the article, I will be telling you some of the things you will find to visit while in Montmartre, on your way towards the Eiffel Tower.
Enjoy authentic art at Place du Tertre
If you like authentic art and appreciate looking at artists at work, you need to go to the Place du Tertre, which is only three minutes away from the Sacré-Coeur. Montmartre artists gather in this square, do portraits and illustrations of the neighborhood. Many of them live from their art. Also, in case you’re looking for a different type of souvenir from Paris, you can buy little paintings and illustrations of Paris and Montmartre from them. Buy the paintings directly from the artists, not from the little souvenir shops around the Place du Tertre because these are fake!
Declare your love in front of Le Mur des Je t’aime
Le Mur des Je t’aime means The wall of “I love yous” in English. It’s definitely one of the highlights of the neighborhood of Montmartre because it’s so fun, original and romantic! The words “I love you” are written on the wall in more than three hundred different languages. You should go there with your lover and take a picture together! I’m sure it will make a great photo to be framed and put in your living room when you return back home!
Have a peaceful moment at Cimetière de Montmartre
Before leaving Montmartre, try to go to the Cimetière de Montmartre. There are plenty of cats wandering in the cemetery, which is actually their home. In the twentieth century, many cats were abandoned in the cemetery. Municipal services used to capture them and put them down, until a few persons stood up and struggle for animals rights. Cats needed to be fed, treated and castrated. The “L’école du chat“, which means cats school, association was born. Since then, the association kind volunteers feed the cats that live in the Montmartre cemetery and take care of their well-being. Their work has to be rewarded, so don’t hesitate to donate or even to adopt and go back home with a new Parisian friend!
In this part of the article, I will be sharing with you some of the in-between attractions you will find while walking from Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower.
Rest in Parc Monceau
If you don’t feel like roaming the streets of Paris and are kind of scared of getting lost, you can simply walk down the Boulevard de Courcelles that will get you to Place des Ternes, then walk the Avenue de Wagram towards the Arc de Triomphe. After crossing the Place de l’Étoile, get to Avenue d’Iéna that will allow you to reach the Eiffel Tower.
While walking down the Boulevard de Courcelles, stop at Parc Monceau and have a quiet rest. This park is really lovely and the best place to rest before continuing walking towards the Eiffel Tower.
Admire the Opéra Garnier
If you rather take advantage of the situation and visit as many things as possible while walking from Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower, you will obviously take longer but the right bank of Paris is definitely worth the adventure!
The Opéra Garnier is one of the highlights you will see. It is located 2.2 kilometers away from Montmartre. The trip on foot lasts about thirty minutes. The palace is a great example of Neo-Baroque architecture. You can learn a lot more about the Opéra Garnier and the right bank, our Paris landmarks tour will provide you plenty of informations about history and architecture of the city.
Enjoy neoclassical architecture at Église de la Madeleine
The construction of La Madeleine was ordered by Napoleon, the first. He wanted a temple to celebrate his armies victories. It then became a church in 1845. Inspired by the Greek and Ancient Rome architecture, the church is a good example of neoclassical architecture. Inside you will be amazed by all the columns, paintings and statues! You can see La Madeleine from the Place de la Concorde, which is definitely a photo op! You should also know that many funerals of important figures happened in this church, such as Josephine Baker in 1975, Dalida in 1987 and Johnny Hallyday in 2017.
Walk the luxurious Place Vendôme
The Place Vendôme is one of the most luxurious and exclusive squares of Paris, it is surrounded by world famous Ritz Palace and the most renowned jewelers of Paris.
The square’s construction was decided by Louis 14th who wanted a deluxe space in which grand royal events could take place. The bronze column erected on the middle of the Place Vendôme is inspired by Trajan’s Column in Rome. It commemorates the Battle of Austerlitz and was made of melting down 1200 canons taken from Russian and Austrian armies.
Have a photo op at Place de la Concorde
The Place de la Concorde is now pretty spectacular and elegant, but during the French Revolution there was a guillotine where thousands of people were executed. Among them, some famous people such as Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI and Robespierre. At the end of the Reign of Terror, in 1795, the square was named Place de la Concorde. Several centuries of History happened on this square, this is why it got so famous.
In 1831, the viceroy of Egypt, offered to France two obelisks, but only one actually made it to Paris. Nowadays, you will find the Crillon Hotel, one of the oldest and most luxurious hotels in the world. Many famous celebrities stay there during their stay in Paris, such as Madonna.
Celebrate your victories at Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe stands gloriously at the beginning of the Champs Elysees. From its top, you will be able to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the city of Paris. Napoleon promised his soldiers they would come back home passing under arcs of triumph after their victory in the battle of Austerlitz. He is the one who ordered the construction of the Arc de Triomphe, but he never got to see it finished. The Arc de Triomphe was finished in 1836, during king Louis Philippe reign, and was to celebrate both the Imperial and Revolutionary armies.
This monument is a national icon that accompanies the celebrations of the whole country, such as the Bastille Day, every year on the 14th of July, but also the victories of the France national football team, for instance.
You now know some of the things to between Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further information about anything! If you want a few suggestions of things to do around the Eiffel Tower, the Musée Galliera and the Musée de l’Homme might interest you. I also recommend you to consider joining some tours, such as the hidden gems tour, the Paris landmark tour but also the Paris night tour, for you to enjoy the most of the right bank of Paris!