Things to do from Montmartre to the Louvre
If you’re wondering what there is to see and to do when walking from Montmartre to the Louvre, this article is for you! It will take you about 45 minutes on foot without stopping. But there is actually so many things to do from Montmartre to the Louvre. If you’re spending a few days in the city of Paris, take the time to walk the streets and visit as many places as possible. Read on and find out everything there is to see and to do from Montmartre to the Louvre!
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!
Go shopping at the Grands Boulevards
Strolling the Grands Boulevards while in Paris are a must! Parisians love to go walking and shopping on these large streets, and so will you! Walk down the Grands Boulevards and go to the famous Galeries Lafayette and the Printemps department stores. You will find these two at Boulevard Haussman. To go shopping at the Grands Boulevards is definitely one of the things to do from Montmartre to the Louvre.
Enjoy the Opera Garnier
If you want to visit as many things as possible while walking from Montmartre to the Louvre, you will obviously take longer to get from one place to another but the right bank of Paris is definitely worth the walk!
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 during our Paris landmarks tour that will provide you plenty of informations about history and architecture of the city.
Visit the Musée Grévin
Located on the Grands Boulevards, at the 10th Boulevard Montmartre, the Musée Grévin is a wax museum containing characters from historical events to modern life, movie stars such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and George Clooney, and international figures such as Albert Einstein and Mahatma Gandhi. And children will get to meet Spiderman and Scrat from the Ice Age movies.
Also, inside the Musée Grévin, just before the beginning of your visit, you cross a room called “Le Palais des Mirages”. It was created by Eugène Hénard for the Exposition Universelle in 1900 (the same exhibition for which the Eiffel Tower was built). It was presented in Trocadéro. The Musée Grévin then bought the project and started using it in 1906. It is pretty amazing. Thanks to a gigantic and colorful optical illusion obtained by the use of mirrors and lights, the guest travels through different atmospheres, and it is gorgeous!
Walk the 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 peaceful moment at Palais Royal
People who visit Paris for the first time usually don’t get to see the Palais Royal. To be honest, it is not that famous after all. I consider it to be a hidden gem! Because it is only known by the locals! It is stunning, so it is totally worth the visit! Then, if you get to the garden, you will fall in love with this place. The Colonnes de Buren is also a great highlight of the area if you want to take some pictures because it is an original and fun place!
Relax at Jardin des Tuileries
It is actually the oldest garden of Paris. It is located in the right bank of Paris, between the Louvre Museum and the Concorde Square. Its construction was ordered by Catherine de Médicis, a French queen. She reigned over France from 1547 until 1559. She wanted to decorate the surroundings of the Tuileries palace – that no longer exists for that matter , because she used to spend her spare time there. The Jardin des Tuileries got its name from the tile factories that stood there in the past. The way the garden looks now was designed by André Le Nôtre, a landscape architect. He’s also the man who designed the garden of the Palace of Versailles! It is a “jardin à la française“, based on symmetry and long perspectives!
You now know some of the things to do from Montmartre to the Louvre! I’ve gathered these few suggestions, but there are so many more! Take your time to enjoy the city, all its architecture, history and culture. However, you should know that if you stop at all these places, it will probably take you a whole day! See you soon in Paris!