THE NATION NEIGHBOURHOOD

PLACE DE LA NATION, VINCENNES,  BERCY, AND FURTHER EXPLORATION

DISCOVER

THE NATION NEIGHBOURHOOD

 

The district of Nation is quite calm and often forgotten by the tourists, even by some Parisians who never set foot in the district. Yet the streets around Place de la Nation are full of good places to discover. The Place de la Nation, formerly known as "Place du Trône" and then "Place du Trône- Renversé", is a square in Paris on the border of the 11th and 12th arrondissements, with 10 major avenues converging.

 

LA PLACE

 

Originally called Place du Trône, Place de la Nation was created to celebrate the entrance of Louis XIV back into Paris after his marriage with Maria Theresa of Spain in 1660. Since then, the Place de la Nation has evolved, prioritising its inhabitants and its users, and is therefore very well connected by several lines of metro, bus, trains and tramway. Place de la Nation also hosted a "Demolition Day" this year, thanks to the "Reinvent Nation!" project, a symbolic event due to the participation and valorisation of local citizens since the beginning of the project.

 

BOIS DE VINCENNES

The Bois de Vincennes is the capital's second largest 'green lung', after the Bois de Boulogne. It is located in the east of Paris, on the edge of the 12th arrondissement. The Chateau de Vincennes, a magnificent example of medieval architecture, remains the wood's most notable monument, open every day. There are plenty of chances to relax, have fun or play sport. The Parc Floral is a family paradise with its play areas, including 18-hole mini golf, slides and ping-pong tables. It also offers a large choice of free events, particularly during summer, like the Paris Jazz Festival. On one of the lakes, visitors can go for a boat ride, and fans of horse racing can bet at the racecourse. 

 

LE 11e ARRONDISSEMENT

Just a few minutes away from Nation Pavilion you will discover fashionable Parisian neighborhoods such as Bastille, Faidherbe-Chaligny, Saint-Ambroise, Chemin Vert, and all the parks, bars and restaurants inter-connecting these areas. On the other side, you find artistic places to visit, like Voltaire and Rue de Boulets, and then just a few minutes further down the line, you arrive at Vincennes and its beautiful park, full of greenery and lakes.

 

BERCY VILLAGE

This historical district now welcomes a new, one-of-a-kind point of interest in Paris: Bercy Village. This pedestrian area is peaceful, overflowing with flowered terraces, recreational areas, cinemas, shops, and everything is fashionable and artistic, and best of all, free for all. Bercy Village is a place of relaxation and cultural discovert, thanks also to Bercy Park, collaborations with Bercy Arena and the Cinémathèque Française, as well as the new Rive Gauche district just across the Seine.

 
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