Paris is one of those cities that can be discovered on foot. At every street corner, history takes shape, names are remembered and the beauty of the places amazes. Each district has its little something, its charm, its ipseity. The 6th arrondissement is legendary. And if you are looking for a hotel to visit Paris 6th arrondissement on foot, book at the Hotel de Seine. Let us be your guide in this neighborhood that we love so much …
Why visit Saint-Germain-des-Prés on foot?
The best way to discover Paris
One thing is certain, walking is the most beautiful way to discover Paris. Imagine walking through the streets of the Capital and coming face to face with history. The Arènes de Lutèce, for example, takes you back nineteen centuries! Incredible ! You are in the middle of the bleachers, overlooking the Gallo-Roman site and surrounded by Haussmann buildings. This is Paris. But how could you have imagined that there was such a treasure just behind the gates of the rue de Navarre?
It is by taking the time to push open the doors, to venture into the narrow alleys, to enter the vaulted passages, that one unboxes the capital’s finest gifts. Public transport, although numerous and very practical in Paris, unfortunately does not provide access to some little-known places. Plus, the architecture itself is worth seeing. Walking in Paris requires looking up, and letting go to follow the beauties that surround us. Freestone, caryatids, sculpted doors, there are so many secrets on the walls of Paris that it would be a shame to bow your head and contemplate the sidewalk … 😉
Visit Paris with the family
If you decide to come and visit Paris with your family, know that it is much easier and more pleasant to avoid public transport. The metro, often overcrowded and the buses sometimes caught in traffic jams, make journeys complex for a family, especially with small children. If you opt for accommodation in the heart of the city, you can easily reach the main tourist sites such as the Louvre Museum, the Luxembourg Gardens or the Cité de la Découverte.
What places for a family visit to Paris?
Here are some addresses for your family stay in Paris:
- The Natural History Museum, its Jardin des Plantes, its greenhouses and its Menagerie
- The Musée en Herbe
- The Acclimatization Gardens
- The Chocolate Museum
- The Tuileries Garden with trampolines and fountains
- The Cité des Enfants at the Cité des Sciences (from 2 to 7 years old kids)
- Boat trip on the Seine, …
A district on a human scale
What we like about Saint-Germain-des-Prés is that it is easy and quick to get around on foot. Why ? Because it is a neighborhood on a human scale. Large boulevards, historic alleys, intimate squares, the 6th arrondissement is totally suitable for walking. And it is so pleasant to take a break on the terrace to rest and watch the passers-by animate the suburb. 😀 A great reward after a crazy day pounding the streets of Paris.
Ideas for walks to visit Paris 6th arrondissement on foot
One day course
If you are passing through Paris 6 for a day, here are some ideas for discovering the district by walking:
- Start your day at Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, enter the Church, and sit down at Les Deux Magots with a coffee and a croissant.
- Take the rue de l’Abbaye to Place Furstemberg and imagine the ancient abbey of Saint-Germain around you.
- Visit the Delacroix Museum, the painter’s former home and studio. You will be charmed by the small garden.
- Stroll through the streets of Buci, the Ancienne Comédie and enter one of the many art galleries in the area.
- Take rue de Seine, stop for a croque-monsieur at La Palette.
- Then head to the Institut de France and the romantic Pont des Arts. From there, Paris looks at you from all sides. Admire.
2 days and 1 night in Paris
If you are staying in Paris for one night and want to enjoy the city and the districts of Paris without any transport, here are some very nice ideas for walks to add to the one above:
- After your walk on the Pont des Arts, take a look at the booksellers and go down along the quays. Over the water, at nightfall, Paris reveals itself.
- Opt for a dinner for two at the Monteverdi, or at the Christine, or with the family at the Vagenende or Au 35. Why not an evening at the Cabaret? Moulin Rouge or Crazy Horse?
- Return to your hotel, we recommend one below. 😉
- The next day, have breakfast facing the lively rue de Seine.
- Meet at Place Saint-Sulpice, look up. Have you seen the two very different spiers of the Church?
- Rue des canettes, place for Shopping or for a gourmet break near the Saint-Germain Market.
- The Carrefour de l’Odéon and the Cour du Commerce Saint-André lead to the rue Saint-André des Arts and to the Place Saint-Michel.
- Then, on the other side of the Seine, the Ile de la Cité, cradle of the city with the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Ile Saint-Louis which smells of old Paris. As for the visit, do not miss the Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie, historical gems.
Of course, you can also visit one or more floors of the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysées, the Place de la Concorde and its view of the Madeleine and the National Assembly, the Canal Saint-Martin, or Montmartre and the Place du Tertre. Just consider getting a skip-the-line ticket or booking tours in advance if that’s what you want. Whether for a weekend or for several days in Paris, there is no shortage of visits to Paris.
Off the beaten track
It is quite possible to already know the places mentioned above and to have visited the 6th arrondissement several times. If you want to discover Paris differently, you should like this:
- Did you know that there is the Port de l’Arsenal in the heart of Paris? And yes, a marina in the center of Paris! Relaxing, even exotic.
- The Museum of the Prefecture of Police is a very astonishing and fascinating place. The history of the police can be traced there since the 17th century.
- The Fairground Arts Museum is enchantment embodied. The Festival du Merveilleux, which takes place at the end of the year, is the perfect holiday visit. Be careful, however, of the opening hours of this museum, which is not open all year round.
- Too many people are unaware that the Opéra Garnier can be visited. And what a visit! A magical, exceptional place! Stairs, gilding, gallery, not to be missed!
- Do you know the Monnaie de Paris Museum located in Saint-Germain?
Staying in the center of Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Visit Paris 6th arrondissement on foot from the Hotel de Seine
The Hotel de Seine is a charming 30-room hotel located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The pretty rue de Seine connects the Senate to the Seine river and the Pont des Arts. On the threshold of the Hotel de Seine, Parisian life is in full swing. Right next door, rue de Buci and its lively terraces, booksellers and galleries, Paris and all its soul.
From the of the 52 rue de Seine, you can visit Paris on foot. In a few minutes, you will reach the Latin Quarter, the Orsay Museum, the Pompidou Center, or the Cluny Museum. Push a little further for Bercy, Place des Vosges or even the Grand Palais (less than an hour’s walk). And if you really want to get away, public transport will easily take you to the Château de Versailles or the Château de Vincennes.
The closest train station to the Hotel de Seine is Gare Montparnasse, 5 minutes by metro if you have luggage, but in about 20 minutes you can walk to your train.
In Summer, walks along the quays and in the gardens are particularly enjoyable, but come to think of it, there is no off season. In autumn, it is good to walk and take a break in a tea room and in winter we like to be pampered in the warmth after strolling the streets of the city. In addition, during the Christmas season, the windows of department stores, the Christmas tree in Lafayette Gallery and street decorations give Paris the enchantment it deserves so much.
Hotel de Seine, charm and comfort in the center of Paris
For your stay in the heart of Paris, the Hotel de Seine offers rooms with very Parisian charm. Comfort, warm welcoming and good value for money for the 6th arrondissement.
The hotel offers rooms for 1 to 3 people, including superior rooms. All rooms are equipped with:
- Wifi with free connection
- Individual air conditioning
- Marble bathroom with Clarins toiletries
- Flat screen TV
- Quality bedding
- Double glazed window
- Safety box, …
Breakfast is served between 7:00 am and 11:00 am in the breakfast room facing rue de Seine, as a sweet and savory buffet. A squeezed orange in the morning is a great start to the day! A continental breakfast can be served in your room, which allows you to extend your stay in complete privacy. The price is 15 euros per person and 8 euros for children under 12 years old.
According to the opinions of our customers, the strengths of the Hotel de Seine are as follows:
- Location (perfect for visiting Paris on foot)
- Size of the rooms for the neighborhood
- Comfort of the beds
Book your stay at the Hotel de Seine now to visit Paris 6th arrondissement on foot by phone, email or on our website. You will always get the best price and the best conditions by booking directly with us.