Nanterre Travel Guide

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Nanterre Things to Do

  • The American Cemetary

    The graves of a lot of American soldiers dead during World War II are located on the top of Mont Valerien, behind this huge gate.The Mont Valerien is devoted to the WW II memory. So it is a right choise to put the graveyard there.

  • The Mont Valerien

    The Mont Valerien sheltered at the end of the Middle Age several hermits and was until the Revolution a location devoted to the faith.During the 18e Century, there was a calvary which attracted the people of Paris who wish to make a pilgrimage the time of one Sunday.Around 1840, the government decided to set up a fortress on the top of the Hill. It...

  • The Saint Genevieve Fountain

    This is one of the rare monument of Nanterre. It is located beside the cathedral and though it is a well it is called a fountain.Saint Genevieve was a young citizen of Nanterre born in 420. Her mother critized her because she was always in church instead to be at home. God punished her making her blind. Genevieve cured the mother with the water of...

  • The Martyr Bell

    This bronze Bell was set up in the park of Mont valerien, in 2004, in memory of the resistants killed in the fortress during WW II.The names of each of them is written on the bell.

  • Parc des Anciennes Mairies

    In the city center, there is a large and beautiful garden : the parc des Anciennes Mairies. So called because the 2 initial city halls were there.This garden is located in the former Nanterre college. It had been inaugurated in 1642 by the Queen Anne of Austria (read the tip about the Fountain Ste Genevieve), may be to thanks for the birth of Louis...

  • La Defense

    La Defense is a business area divided between Nanterre, Puteau and Courbevoie.The Grande Arche is in Nanterre. The architecte is a Danish man whose project has been chosen though he was unknown and had previously built only a church.A ministry is sheltered in the building and an elevator goes to the top from which the visitor can discover a large...

  • Under the Arch (3)

    The strange veil, dotted with pretty big holes, and some strange glass walls that make you zigzaging if you want to enjoy the other view offered by La Defense, over Nanterre itself...

  • Under the Arch (2)

    I have tried and taken an "artistic" photograph... It's not such a success, but it makes it easier to see that the inner part of the Arch is covered with windows ...

  • Under the Arch (1)

    I've never been able to guess why there was this sort of veil built between the pillars of the Arch... Still, it's a permanent part of the whole building...


Nanterre Hotels

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  • L'Amandier Hotel Paris

    14 Avenue Pablo Picasso, Nanterre, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Etap Hotel Nanterre La Defense

    38 avenue Georges Clemenceau, Nanterre, 92000, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Mercure La Defense Parc

    17/20 Esplanade Ch. de Gaulle, Rue des Trois Fontanot, Nanterre, Ile-de-France, 92000, France

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

Nanterre Restaurants

  • Here piggy piggy

    Pig.Mostly pork based products that encompass quite a large amount of the body of the humble pig. Pork grillade - large pork steak served with salad and vegetables.

  • Eat on the stairs !!!

    This is the typical place where loads of people gather, between 12 AM and 2 PM, to eat a sandwich or some vegetables bought in the mall "Les Quatre Temps", a few meters away from the Arch... Of course, you'd better do this in summer : because, when it's cold, and as it is a flat place where the wind blows really much, you would freeze before...

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Nanterre Nightlife

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    maison de la Musique: Music of any sort

    by GUYON Written Nov 20, 2004

    The Maison de la Musique proposes musical intertainements from boring to brilliant. I mainly liked the operettes of Hoffenbach which are acted once a year.
    If you go there, give a tip to the usherette, she may be my daughter.

    Dress Code: Casual : we are simple people in Nanterre

    Maison de la Musique
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Nanterre Off The Beaten Path

  • Tours Aillaud

    These towers can be seen from La Defense. They are blue and white to be in harmony with the sky and the windows have the shape of rain drops. The architect was a dreamer and the reality has had its revenge. It is uneasy to furnish an appartment with rounded walls. The tiles of the external walls do not resist to the freeze and fall on the ground.If...

  • An enigmatic piece of wall

    When you walk up the stairs towards the Arch, when coming from Paris, the first thing you see is this strange piece of an overtagged wall ... I don't know if tags have been added by some people living in the neighborhood or if it was originally tagged and meant something... (or maybe it's a part of the Berlin wall, who knows...)

  • The view from the Arch of La Defense

    I'm not sure that all travelers visiting La Defense know that the city behind the Arch (when watching it from the Paris side, of course) is Nanterre. And the first thing they will see of Nanterre is... its cemetary !!!!


Nanterre Favorites

  • Panorama from the Mont Valerien

    Like DJ does, enjoy the panorama from the Mont Valerien.You can have a comprehensive view of La Defense and of the West of Paris.And it is free.

  • I worked here !!!

    Years ago, I was an intern at the 28th floor of the shining tower of this building. I stayed in this bank for 6 months and they even proposed me a contract !!! But, working in La Defense, from my point of view, is sharpely synonymous of despair and uniformity (in the metro, from monday to friday, you see that everybody wears the same suit, carries...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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