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Trips to Paris 16th Arrondissement

Things to See in Paris – The 16th district hosts many attractions you may want to discover on your trips to Paris, such as the neighbourhood of Trocadéro, historical museums, and large sporting venues, including the Parc des Princes.

Pallais de Chaillot and Trocadero
Palais de Chaillot and Trocadero Behind It

Awesome Things to See in Paris Trocadero and the Palais de Chaillot

Across from the Eiffel Tower, on the right bank of the Seine River, is Trocadéro, which is on a hill. On your trips to Paris, you can lounge at one of the many wondeful restaurants and cafes while overlooking the Seine and the spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower.

This is also a great spot from which to view the fantastic fireworks displayed from the Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day on July 14th. If you plan to be here for Bastille Day or simply want a great view of the Eiffel Tower, stay at one of the charming hotels in Trocadéro or surrounding area.

On this hill was the former village of Chaillot, and this is the site of the Paris monument and museum, Palais de Chaillot,

The Palais de Chaillot includes the Museum of French Monuments (Musée national des Monuments Français) and the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (City of Architecture and Heritage).

Things to See in Paris Lush Parks and Prestiges Residences

The 16th district, which is on the right bank of the River Seine, includes mainly the residential districts of Auteuil and Passy and is also home to a large number of diplomatic embassies mostly on the famous Avenue Foch, the widest street in Paris.

For some outdoor attractions and adventures during your Paris trips, the Bois de Boulogne, the second-largest public park in Paris, is a great place to spend the day exploring nature along with the exhibits in the park.

Bois de Boulogne
Bois de Boulogne

Bois de Boulogne is a wonderful park for a picnic or a full day of adventure. There are many pathways within the park and you can hike for hours. I spent a whole day walking around the park and would advise you to bring a map, a few snacks and bottle of water.

There is also a train ride and playground for children, as well as the Exploradome exhibit and museum.

Things to See in Paris – Luxurious Restaurant in the Park

At the south end of the park is one of many hidden Paris attractions, the lovely restaurant, La Grande Cascade, located on Allée de Longchamp which runs through the Bois de Boulogne.

What a romantic and idyllic setting!  La Grande Cascade is nestled in a forested hideaway beside a cascading falls – that’s where it gets its name. But come well dressed to dine at this upscale venue on your Paris trips and not in your hiking gear.

Avenue Foch near Bois de Boulogne
Avenue Foch and Avenue de la Grande Armee – View from Arc de Triomphe

The 16th arrondissement is commonly thought to be the richest part of Paris and features some of the most expensive real estate in France.

The view in the left of the photo above is of Avenue Foch and the Bois de Boulogne and Avenue de la Grande Armee on the right with the district of La Defense in the background, which are some of the most famous things to see in Paris.

Palais de Tokyo Building by the Seine
Palais de Tokyo, Musee d’Orsay and the Louvre are on the Seine River

Things to See in Paris Museums and Sports Venues

The 16th district is home to many Paris museums including the Maritime Museum, Museum of Mankind, Palais de Tokyo (Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris), the Guimet Museum, Maison de Balzac and more.

Maison de BalzacMaison de Balzac

The Maison de Balzac is a house museum in the former residence of French novelist Honoré de Balzac.

The ground floor of the house has contains a library of the author’s manuscripts, original and subsequent editions, illustrations, books annotated and signed by Balzac, books devoted to Balzac, and other books and magazines of the period.

There have also been excavations taking place in the house as underlying cavities have been identified by pottery shards as former troglodyte dwellings dated to the time of the late Middle Ages. These excavations, however, are not open to the public.

Guimet Museum in Paris
Guimet Museum

Guimet Museum is a museum of Asian art in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, France.

It has one of the largest collections of Asian art outside Asia.

Guimet Museum includes a fine collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and many objects relating not merely to the religions of the East but also to those of Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.

Parc des Princes Stadium is the stadium where Paris Saint-Germain football club plays its home matches, Roland Garros Stadium, where the French Open tennis championships are held, and Stade Jean-Bouin, home to the Stade Français rugby union club.

Parc des Princes Stadium
Parc des Princes Stadium

Interesting Paris Facts:

  • The 16th is also the only arrondissement in Paris to be divided into two separate postal codes; the southern part carries a postal code of 75016, while the northern part has the code of 75116.
  • One of the opening scenes of the 1965 James Bond film “Thunderball” was shot on Avenue D’Eylau in the 16th arrondissement.

Paris Trips – Top Picks of the 16th Arrondissement

  • Avenue Foch Jardins de l’Avenue Foch
  • Bois de Boulogne (Boulogne Woods) Exploradome
  • Maison de Balzac – House of Balzac
  • Guimet Museum
  • Musée Baccarat
  • Musée national de la Marine – Maritime Museum
  • Musée de l’Homme – Museum of Mankind
  • Musée Marmottan Monet
  • Palais de Tokyo (Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris)
  • Palais de Chaillot, (Palace of Chaillot)
  • Passy
  • Trocadéro

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