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Sightseeing with Transilien

Want to explore nature, art or history in the Greater Paris area? We can get you there.

NATURE

 

Dourdan National Forest is dominated by a giant, 500-year-old oak towering to the height of a ten-story building. Listed as a Natural Monument, the Six Brothers Oak was named for the six trunks that make up its base. A marked forest trail leads visitors to it and Dourdan’s other venerable oaks.

learn more at the dourdan tourism site
(in French)

Take RER line C to Dourdan la Forêt station.

 

The Forest of Fontainebleau, with its huge recreation area, has become a rock-climbing and walking destination for Parisians. Scattered with low blocks of sandstone marked with rock-climbing routes ranked by degree of difficulty, it’s the perfect opportunity for safe climbing with very little equipment.

 

Forest of Fontainebleau

 

Climb aboard Transilien line R, and get off at the Fontainebleau Avon station.

 

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(in French)

 

 

 

 

Located just east of Paris, the Vaires-Torcy regional recreation park is the perfect spot to unwind, with family swimming and a wealth of other activities. Vaires offers windsurfing, catamaran sailing, canoeing and other water sports, while Torcy is ideal for golfing, horseback riding, and relaxing on the beach.

 

Vaires-Torcy recreation park website
(in French)

Take Transilien line P to Vaires-Torcy station.

 

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(in French)

 

Address: route de Lagny, 77200 Torcy

 

The park at Marly is all that is now left of the country residence that Louis XIV built to escape the bustle of Versailles. With its broad avenues and magnificent views, it’s the perfect place for a walk or even a run. Close by is an authentic telegraph tower built by French inventor Claude Chappe in 1798: to take a tour, make a reservation with the Tourism Office in Marly-le-Roi.

Get there with Transilien
(in French)

 

Take Transilien line L to Marly-le-Roi station.

Address: avenue des Combattants, 78160 Marly-le-Roi

 

 

Once the estate of French kings, Domaine de Saint-Cloud has gardens that stretch over 460 hectares, with beautiful groves, fountains and sculptures. Stroll through and admire the majestic views designed by legendary French landscape architect André Le Nôtre. Now listed as a Historic Monument, the estate rises to a 160-m peak, offering spectacular views of Paris and its surroundings.

 

PLAN YOUR VISIT TO SAINT-CLOUD

 

Take Transilien line U or L to Saint-Cloud station.


History

 

Chantecoq Mill stands in a wooded park in Puteaux, northeast of Paris. Built in 1648 and listed as a Historic Monument in 1935, it is thought to be the oldest windmill in the Hauts-de-Seine département. Legend has it that French King Henry IV had his headquarters here at the time of his famous conversion.

 

get there with Transilien
(in French)

Take Transilien line U to Puteaux station.

 

Address: Parc du Moulin, 157, avenue de la République, 92800 Puteaux

 

 

Housed in a portion of historic Poissy Abbey, the Toy Museum features children’s toys and games dating from 1850 to the 1950s. The collection has delights for young and old—rocking horses, stuffed animals, tea sets, electric trains, scientific games and more. And there’s an entire room of dolls, from the Parisiennes of France’s Second Empire to Barbie™.

 

If you’re very good, Transilien line J will take you there. Get off the train at Poissy station.

 

 

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(in French)

 

Address: 1, Enclos-de-l'Abbaye 78300 Poissy

 

 

 

Listed as a World Heritage Site for 30 years, Versailles is the ultimate expression of art and power in 17th-century France. Tourists from all over the world come to visit the royal apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Chapel and the Royal Opera House. The Palace covers 63,154 sq m divided into 2,300 rooms, and its 715 hectares of parkland and gardens are dotted with statues and fountains.

 

 

Official website oh the palace of Versailles

 

Take RER line C to Versailles Château – Rive Gauche station, the last stop on the line.

 

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(in French)

 

The bow has been integral to history on every continent—in hunting, warfare, sport and even children’s games. Housed in a château once owned by the Dukes of Valois, the Museum’s collection traces the evolution of the bow and archery from prehistoric times to our own. Also on display is a selection of hunting bows from around the world.

 

Plan your visit

 

Take Transilien line K to Crépy-en-Valois station and follow the arrow.

 

Address: rue Gustave Chopinet, 60800 Crépy-en-Valois

 

 

 

Put ashore at the River Craft Museum (Musée de la Batellerie) in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine—the largest of its kind in France—and see its true colours. The courtyard is full of boats, shipyard tools and gear, and navigation devices, and the 700-sq m museum contains 200 models of riverboats, plus a collection of several hundred objects, drawings and engravings. Something for everyone.

 

Take Transilien line J to Conflans-Sainte-Honorine station.

 

 

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(in French)

 

Address: 3 place Gévelot, 78700 Conflans-Sainte-Honorine

 

The first great masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis has been the resting place of French kings and queens since the time of Saint Louis: its collection of more than 70 recumbent statues and sculpted tombs is unequalled anywhere in Europe. The interior of the basilica is bathed in colourful light from 12th- and 19th-century stained-glass windows and a spectacular rose window over the centre door.

 

Plan your visit

 

Take RER line D and Transilien line H to Saint-Denis station.

 

Address: 1, Place de la Légion d'Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis

 

 

 

Built to resist invasion with 22 towers and over a kilometre of fortifications, Provins nonetheless welcomes visitors. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town is a treasure trove of French history. Visit the Caesar Tower, underground passages and Tithe Barn, and participate in one of the many events recreating the medieval world.

Learn more
(in French)

Take Transilien line P to Provins station.

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Address: chemin de Villecran, 77160 Provins

 

 

Tucked away at the end of an alley, the Scheffer-Renan mansion houses the Museum of the Romantics, dedicated to the art and literature of the 19th century. The life and work of novelist George Sand are prominently featured, and the collection includes canvases by the painters Théodore Rousseau and Ary Scheffer, who lived here.

 

Plan your visit

 

Take RER line E to Haussmann Saint-Lazare station

 

Address: 16 rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris

 

 


ART

 

Dedicated to contemporary photography, the Centre gives Greater Paris a forum for sharing ideas on both traditional photography and digital technologies.

 

Plan your visit
(in French)


Take Transilien line E to Émerainville-Pontault-Combault station.

Address: 107 avenue de la République, 77340 Pontault-Combault

 

Put yourself in the picture. Now listed as a Historic Monument, Claude Monet’s charming home in Giverny is as carefully composed as his paintings: both the flower garden and the water garden, with its famous water lilies, are true works of art. Enthusiasts can also visit the Impressionist master’s studio and view his collection of Japanese prints, now on display in the house itself.

 

website of the claude monet foundation

 

Take Transilien line J to Vernon station, then board the free shuttle to Giverny.

 

Address: 84, rue Claude Monet, 27620 Giverny

 

 

Auguste Rodin bought the light-filled Villa des Brillants, built on the heights of Meudon, at auction in December 1895. Today the villa houses numerous plaster studies by the renowned sculptor, including his most monumental works. In the garden you will find the Thinker, Rodin’s most famous sculpture, on the artist’s tomb.

Plan your visit

Take Transilien line N to Meudon station.

 Address: Musée Rodin Meudon 19, avenue Auguste Rodin, 92190 Meudon

 

 

 

Impressionist painter and collector Gustave Caillebotte inherited his father’s country house at Yerres and vacationed here, painting more than 90 canvases during the summers in the 1870s. Designed in the style of a typical 19th-century English landscape garden, the grounds have kept much of their sophisticated charm. Inside, an exhibit examines the life and work of Caillebotte, who was both painter and patron of the arts.

 

 Plan your visit
(in French)

 

To get there, take RER line D to Yerres station.

 

Address: Parc de Caillebotte 8, rue de Concy, 91330 Yerres

 

 

Lights, camera, action! Make a short journey across Paris to explore the life of French film actor Jean Gabin (1904-1976), who spent his childhood and adolescence in Mériel. The Museum is devoted entirely to Gabin, using his films, correspondence and other mementos to spotlight his private and public life. In front of the museum is a bust of the actor sculpted by Jean Marais, another icon of French cinema.

 

Plan your visit
(in French)

 

Transilien line H gets you there directly. Get off the train at Mériel station.

 

Address: place Jean Gabin, 95630 Mériel