Saint-Germain-en-Laye Travel Guide

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Saint-Germain-en-Laye Things to Do

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • church Saint Germain

    great church gorgeous inside, must see it, 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.enjoy it


    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...


    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...


    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...


    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...

  • 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.

  • Visit the Museum

    The Vieux Chateau was rebuilt in 1540 and today is the National Antiquities Museum with a large part of the beautiful Gardens still in use. The museum begins with paleolithic objects of great interest and ends on the upper level in the Merovingian period. It contains every early civilizations and has most interesting collections related to the...


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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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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


Saint-Germain-en-Laye Off The Beaten Path

  • 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...

  • stairs of caves or escalier des grottes

    ashame can't find more photos as walk by many times, and great views of Paris across the Seine, this is a historical part of SGL that has been renovated for many years, finally the south side is open tothe public.Another not to missed if coming to see the castle birth of Louis XIV and the museum of antiquities that it houses now.Some historical...

  • Church of Saint Léger

    a wonderful historical church of SGL. its even older than the more famous Saint Germain(see tip)The parish was founded at the beginning of the middle ages at the top of the val de Ru de Buzot. A village was built around a chapel, dedicated to saint Léger, elevated by King Thierry III a Merovingian kiing, in honor of the martyrdom of the saint,...


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  • gwened's Profile Photo
    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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