Saint-Germain-en-Laye Travel Guide

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    view from our window at Campanile SGL
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Saint-Germain-en-Laye Things to Do

  • Birthplace of king Louis XIV

    Saint Germain en Laye is his birthplace and he lived here as king for many years before moving on to the other castle.... There is now a gastronomic restaurant but the original building part whre the king was born rest intact.I give you a bit of history I like and encourage to stop by behind the château.Louis XIV, King of France, was born at Saint...

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  • church Saint Germain

    great church gorgeous inside, built in 1824. The fourth built on the spot from the first done by Mansart in 1683. the tomb of king James II of England is inside he lived in town for 13 years daughter Louise Maria Stuart was born here. just across from castle museum.It has a wonderful organ ordered by king Louis XIV to Alexandre Thierry in 1698,...

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  • Chateau museum of SGL

    a great historical castle back is the place of birth of Louis XIV, and now it is a superb antiquities museum of artifacts from the region of ile de France,and elsewhre in France. And just walks away from city center Saint Germain en Laye with its 700 stores of delights,and plenty of eateries, direct connection to paris on the RER A train.the market...

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  • maison Maurice Denis

    one of the highlights of visiting this royal town not far from Paris and easy connection on trains and RER A.The house of Maurice Denis is close on the chapel but the street level and first floor are open to the public until further order as per site. Otherwise open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10h to 17h30 and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10H...

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  • PARISH CHURCH

    Opposite the Chateau we noticed a rather lovely Parish Church. This Church turned out to be quite interesting.Why?This Church was commissioned by Louis XIV in 1683, and was built with its back to the castle. In 1765, Louis XV decided the Church had to be rebuilt because of this. In 1824 during the digging of the new foundations three small lead...

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  • SAINT LOUIS - ST. GERMAIN EN LAYE...

    Another part of the Museum we were able to visit was Saint Louis Chapel.The chapel of St. Louis is Gothic and part of the old castle. This Chapel once housed many important pieces including the Holy Crown, the True Cross fragment, relics of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Lance, the Holy Sponge and the Mandylion.During the different "ages," treasures...

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  • MUSEUM OF NATIONAL ANTIQUITIES

    It was in 1862, that Napoleon III decided that Chateau Germain en Laye would become an Antiquities Museum. As we were there, we decided to go inside the Chateau and visit the Archeological Museum. The Museum had an excellent display of approx 30,000 pieces making it one of the biggest in Europe.There were pieces on display from Paleolithic times...

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  • CHATEAU SAINT-GERMAIN EN LAYE & GARDENS

    Chateau de Saint-Germain Castle is an imposing sight in the Town with the same name.There is quite a history to this Chateau. In the beginning, an old fort that dated from around the year 1238 stood in this location, then King Charles V constructed the old chateau in 1348 on the original foundations. This Castle was demolished and rebuilt by...

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  • The Church Is Across from the Chateau...

    The Church of Saint-Louis-Saint-Germain was built in the period around 1800. It was built near the Chateau and the RER, next to what is now the Place Ch. de Gaulle. This is also next to what in 1834 was the first railroad in France which ran between Paris and St. Germain en Laye.

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Saint-Germain-en-Laye Transportation

  • by train to Saint Germain en Laye

    well the city is connected to paris by sncf trains as well. The station the Grande Ceinture connect with gare Saint Lazare with regular trains . It is at the Place Christiane-Frahier all along the N184 that you can take by car from paris CDG airport as well. The area around it its residential and nice architecture buildings

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  • easy on the RER A

    take the RER A train at several locations in Paris and you are in front of castle in SGL ,just five minutes from the old city center. Nice easy ride and see all the wonders of Saint Germain en Laye

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Saint-Germain-en-Laye Shopping

  • library universe now Gibert

    One of my favorite libraries in the area, now with the photo of the old name, today both the one here and Versailles are Gibert et Joseph , but the tradition continuesit has two locations in SGL, the fine library at rue des Coches offers product even for gifts of great value ,fantasy and current items. The one I went and was very nice is the...

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  • market days or marchés

    one of our local favorite markets when lived near, and the occasion to walk its historical royal streets birthplace of Louis XIV. the markets or marché is an event in France you need not to missed; fresh produce, meats, but most of all the typical way of life of the French people that cannot be relate in any book just see for yourself.The markets...

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  • grocery and else shopping

    for groceries, inexpensive clothing, sundries, every day needs go to Carrefour Chambourcy along N13 just outside city limits. hypermarche almost everything you can think of best prices

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Saint-Germain-en-Laye Local Customs

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    by gwened Written Jun 14, 2014

    one of the highlights of visiting or living in SGL is the fête des loges. This is something my kids enjoyed since living nearby in Versailles. We came here often for shopping and enjoying the over 700 shops as well as this event very typical of the city.

    Camp des Loges out in the forest it is France oldest Fair dating to 1652! It is this year from June 27th to August 17 ,see the site for other years
    http://www.fetedesloges.org/

    It is open Mondays to Thursdays from 15h-01h30, Fridays 15h-02h,Saturdays 14h -02h Sundays and holidays from 14h-01h30. The entrance is free ,and for the rides you purchase tickets on those you want to participate. You can buy them upon entering the area, and parking is free for cars.

    If you want to come from Paris, take RER A1, direction St-Germain-en-Laye.
    if by car take expressway Autoroute A13, exit St-Germain-en-Laye. nightime you have the buses
    Noctilien BUS N153 ( gare St Lazare - gare de St-Germain-en-Laye RER ) -will run from 0H30 to 5H30 during the entire week stop or Arrêt in front of Château -it will take about 40 minutes ride.
    Once in town, there will be a petit train for 2,50€ that will take you from the RER station to the Fête des Loges from 14h to 23h45.

    There will be rides and attractions for the whole family,over 200!! such as Super Minos or les Dingues au Volants for the kids to the CountDown or Power Maxxx, Flying men and the super Niagara for the older Young in us ! The traditional Train Fantôme and the Palais des Glaces will be back too !
    We love the Niagara and have found a photo.Enjoy it tradition and family fun in a King's town.

    main entrance F��te des loges and petit train the Niagara!! the alleys of the fair at SGL
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Saint-Germain-en-Laye Off The Beaten Path

  • Pavillon Sully

    one of the hidden beauties of this royal town of France that I lived near and spent many times in it. The Pavillon Sully. A bit of history I like and of course see it from the outside as it is a private property now and only a few Lucky ones can go Inside ::)The history of the Pavillon Sully is inseparable from that of the Château-Neuf de...

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  • Chateau du Val

    a wonderful property often overlook and right by the more famous castle, one of the old hunting grounds of king Louis XIV. i will give you the history as I like it, lived nearby for many years and I think it should be mention and walk by it as now it hold the Légion d'honneur.Built for Henri IV, the Château du Val is originally one of the many...

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  • Walk the inner city and around castle

    Great walks can be had around the castle on the forest side, a formal royal hunting grounds favorite of king Louis XIV who was born in the old castle now gone, the one you see its the new castle and now a museum of antiquities (very good).the roads like the N157 in the 2nd photo is on the domaine de saint germain en laye ,where once kings used to...

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Saint-Germain-en-Laye Favorites

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    by gwened Written Jun 14, 2014

    Favorite thing: This is a royal town of France, birthplace of Louis XIV and he lived at the castle too as king. Its a wonderful town full of over 700 Shops in city center, a great market ,and great lively city. I was glad to lived near for many years and came often here.

    We see the rue Thiers where it goes alongside the castle and continues to the pavillon henri IV the birthplace of king Louis XIV, here at this hotel for many years and even before it was a restaurant as today, many stayed such as Alexandre Dumas in the 1840's lived here, and writes some of his work such as Les trois mousquetaires( The Three Muskeeteers ) and Le comte de Monte-Cristo (the count of monte cristo). Also, Jacques Offenbach spent the month of May 1877, the spring of 1879 and the summer of 1880 here. He will compose some pages for his last works such as Les Contes d'Hoffmann ( the stories of Hoffmann) and Belle Lurette (beautiful lurette).

    The man the street is name after was Adolphe Thiers,first President of the IIIe République, that came to rest and died here on September 3,1877. From November 1 to 16, 1955,coming on the way to exile to Madagascar,the Moroccan king Mohammed V stayed here with his family in a suite. There is a plaque to commemorate this event in the festivities of the twins city of SGL and Témara.

    What can i said about the castle the Château Vieux of SGL magical and now the archeological museum of great importance and the Church of St Germain ,nice and guarding Kings Inside. At night it is very romantic indeed walking by here.

    The rue du vieux marché is the old artery of the city where on days and especially on Saturday you have one of the best market days in all the region and this includes Paris. The rue des coches, more shops a great parking coches that I used sometimes, and very near castle and Church. IN old SGL sublime.

    Fondest memory: walking at night around the castle and its narrow Streets across on the Church of Saint Germain.Very romantic and great shopping in old city center.

    by rue Thiers castle and church at night the grill side from gardens to castle the view from the promenade ,gardens to Castle rue du vieux march�� city center SGL rue des Coches just ar castle and parking
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    Oct 26, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    the castle museum is undergoing rénovations dearly needed as none since 1875. The Chapel where the Young future Louis XIV was baptised is the first one to be redone, starting with the belltower. the rest remains open. FYI

 
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