Vincennes Travel Guide

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Vincennes Things to Do

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    by Beausoleil Written Jul 16, 2014

    When city traffic and city crowds become too much for you, take Metro Line #1 in the direction of Vincennes and get off at the very last stop, the Chateau de Vincennes. Facing the chateau, skirt around to the left and take your first right, the Cours de Maréchaux along the side of the Chateau. It's a lovely shady walk and brings you right to the Parc Floral de Paris across the street from the back of the chateau.

    It is part of the greater Bois de Vincennes. The Parc Floral is 35 acres and has activities for children and adults, concerts, botanical displays and hosts various shows. It is a very pretty and peaceful place to escape mass tourism for an afternoon.

    If you enjoy mass tourism, there are concerts and jazz festivals that bring large crowds. The park is free except for notable shows and concerts and then there is a fee. Check the park web site for dates and fees. Most of the time it's free.

    Parc Floral de Paris

    Parc Floral entrance Concert venue Parc Floral Maison Nature Small garden
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    by Beausoleil Written Jul 16, 2014

    Many people don't realize there is a wonderful medieval chateau right in the Paris area. You can get there on one carnet ticket. It's the last stop on Metro line 1 that runs past many of the major tourist stops in Paris. Somehow, though, most people never quite get to the end of the line.

    However, we love medieval architecture and were delighted to discover this huge, ancient castle right at the end of the #1 Metro line. You get off at the last stop, walk up the stairs and are right at the chateau entrance. It is somewhat overwhelming.

    Vincennes was a hunting lodge in the 12th century and has the tallest medieval Keep in France. You can wander the castle, climb the bell tower and then cross to La Ste. Chapelle. The Holy Chapel was built in 1379 and was based on Ste. Chapelle in Paris. You can see the resemblance architecturally, but the windows are not the stunning stained glass of Ste., Chapelle in Paris. The use the chapel for visiting art exhibits and many are very nice.

    When you have finished touring the castle, chapel and grounds, you can walk around it and visit the town with lots of very nice restaurants or continue around to the Parc Floral of Paris and enjoy the huge and lovely park on the outskirts of Paris.

    When ready to return to Paris, get back on the #1 Metro and you are guaranteed a seat because it is the starting point. It's a great day trip and you can spend your evening back in Paris.

    The Chateau is located in the Bois de Vincennes Park in the southeast corner of Paris. The entrance is directly outside the last stop on the #1 Metro line and the actual address is Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes.

    If the museum you wanted to see is closed for the day, the chances are good the Chateau de Vincennes will be open. It is only closed on the 1st of January, 1st of May, 1st of November, 11th of November and 25th of December.

    Chateau de Vincennes Chateau de Vincennes View from the Campanile Chateau de Vincennes from the Parc Floral
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    by mike-tango Updated Sep 17, 2005

    The castle of Vincennes was the favorite residence of the king Louis IX (also known as Saint Louis). Although he was not born here, he often staid there to dispense justice.

    This statue can be seen in front of the castle.

    Saint Louis
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Vincennes Hotels

  • Hotel Daumesnil Vincennes

    50, Avenue de Paris, Paris, Ile-de-France, 94300, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

Vincennes Restaurants

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    by Beausoleil Written Jul 16, 2014

    We were visiting the Chateau de Vincennes and got very hungry from climbing all those stairs so walked across the street and started looking for a restaurant. We'd been eating French (in France) for a couple weeks and we saw this place and smelled the pizza so decided it was time for a change.

    The waiters were very Italian looking and acting which was fun. They were very friendly and immediately took us under their wing. We got a lovely seat looking out at the chateau but inside safe from passing showers. They were very busy but managed it all with good cheer. It was a fun experience.

    Unfortunately I did not take any photos of meal or restaurant.

    Favorite Dish: We did not get the pizza but watched as several other nearby tables did and it looked excellent. It was a wood-fired oven because I could see it from where I sat and I also watched the pizza man making all the crusts behind his own little counter.

    We both got the daily special which was pasta and it was excellent. It's not a gourmet restaurant, but it's a lovely change of pace and if you have your family with you, it might be great fun to go out one night for a pizza. We certainly would go back.

    Town from the Chateau Cross the street and turn left St. Louis in the park across the street
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    by mike-tango Written Sep 15, 2005

    This place is conveniently located. Just close to the metro Chateau de Vincennes entrance.
    Don't expect great french cuisine, but this is the right place if you want to eat a pizza or a steack with friees or a big salad. Also a good place just to have a beer, seating on the padeo ...
    Very crowdy in the evening and especially during the week-ends, when it becomes the meeting points of the youngsters from the area.

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    by mike-tango Updated Sep 15, 2005

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    There are 2 main ways of going to Vincennes through public transportation :
    RER line A station Vincennes
    Metro 1 direction Chateau de Vincennes

    Take the metro ! The RER is more expensive and the metro station is just in front of the castle.

    In the metro Line 1

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