Vincennes Travel Guide

  • A letter from the Marquis de Sade to his wife
    A letter from the Marquis de Sade to his...
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  • Inside the Sainte-Chapelle of Vincennes
    Inside the Sainte-Chapelle of Vincennes
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  • The chapel seen from the castle of Vincennes
    The chapel seen from the castle of...
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Vincennes Things to Do

  • Parc floral de Paris at the Bois de...

    Located right next to the Bois de Vincennes , the Parc floral de Paris is one of the four botanical gardens of Paris. It was created at the end of the 1960s to host an international flower competition called les Floralies internationales. It is much more moderate in size than the Bois de Vincennes and can therefore be visited in just a few hours....

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  • Walking around the Bois de Vincennes

    With its 995 hectares, the Bois de Vincennes is the largest nature park in the Paris area. It covers an area of 9.95 square km (by comparison, NYC's Central Park covers 3.41 sq. km and Paris's Bois de Boulogne covers 8.46 sq. km). For several centuries, the Vincennes woods were the hunting grounds of the French royalty. After the French Revolution,...

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  • The Sainte-Chapelle of Vincennes

    During his reign, King Louis IX ordered the construction of a chapel within the walls of the Vincennes royal fortress to house the relics of the Passion of the Christ he had acquired in Constatinople. These included the crown of thorns that was placed on the Christ's head at the time of his crucifixion as well as a fragment of the Holy Cross. They...

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  • A visit to the Château de Vincennes

    The history of the Vincennes castle goes back to the 12th century, when King Louis VII had a hunting lodge built on the site. The lodge was then transformed into a royal residence, which soon became a royal fortress. Several French kings took up residence at Vincennes throughout the years, including King Louis IX (also known as Saint-Louis) who...

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  • Visit the Parc Floral de Paris

    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...

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  • Visit the Medieval Chateau

    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...

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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

  • Lovely cafe in Vincennes

    This little cafe is located close to the beautiful Vincennes City Hall. Despite its amazing location, it's not a tourist trap at all - prices are very reasonnable and the food is great. There was a slight confusion with my order for which the waiter apologized profusely and offered to bring me another plate. I was too hungry to wait and so I...

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  • Another great find in Vincennes

    We hesitated a bit before going to La Table de Troys because it looked like a rather fancy place, but after we took a look at the menu and saw that it featured several interesting dishes at reasonable prices we decided to try it out on my last evening in Paris. I ordered the "salade fermière", an excellent combination of tomatoes, corn, potatoes...

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  • Good spot near the Château de Vincennes

    I very much enjoyed having the lunch in this casual spot located across the street from the Château de Vincennes. The first waitress who came to our table was completely thrown off by my accent (!) so she sought the help of a fellow waiter who was incredibly friendly. Both my friend Cécile and I ordered the vegetarian burger (served with fries &...

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Vincennes Transportation

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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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Vincennes Shopping

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    by Jefie Written Sep 1, 2014

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    A "braderie" is the term used in France to describe an event during which many shops get together to put on one gigantic sale - I guess it's like a blend between a street maket and a sidewalk sale. The summer braderie in Vincennes takes place in mid-June and covers four commercial streets located behind Vincennes City Hall. There is a large variety of products up for sale, and despite the fact that I rarely waste time shopping for clothes during vacations, I couldn't resist taking a look at all the beautiful dresses on sale, especially once I took a look at the price tag. I ended up buying two for a grand total of 12 Euros, one of which I got to wear to a wedding in July. I must admit there is something oddly satisfying, upon being asked where you got a certain dress, about being able to reply "Oh, I bought it during my latest trip to France" ;o)

    What to pay: The dresses I got were only 6 Euros each.

    At La Grande Braderie in Vincennes, France
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Vincennes Off The Beaten Path

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    by Jefie Written Sep 1, 2014

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    I doubt many VTers will travel to Vincennes for this reason only, but I thought it was kind of cool to spot a street bearing my last name :o) However, I was sorely disappointed to find out that the street wasn't named in my honour; it was named after a fireworks maker who built his house on that street back in the 1880s, but I'd like to think he and I are related somehow..!

    Isa Lamarre on Villa Lamarre Street in Vincennes

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