Trocadéro and Passy

With its prestigious museums and emblematic fountains, Trocadéro is an obvious place to visit

Situated on the opposite side of the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, Trocadéro is home to splendid gardens and ornamental ponds and fountains as well as the cultural richness of the Palais de Chaillot, the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine and the Musée de la Marine. Just behind Trocadéro is the ‘village’ of Passy with its charms of yesteryear, its church and its cemetery where Manet and Debussy are buried.

1 Musée national de la Marine

Musée national de la Marine, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Discover one of the world’s oldest maritime museums, a meeting place for lovers of the sea and the curious-minded: models of ships from the 17th century onward, painting and maritime objects, legendary figures and current maritime issues are all explored here. The impressive age and diversity of its collections have contributed to its reputation as one of the world’s most important maritime museums.

2 Passy cemetery

Cimetière de Passy, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

This tiny Paris cemetery offers a wonderful vantage point from which to admire the Seine, the Palais de Chaillot and the Eiffel Tower. A number of famous artists are buried here: Édouard Manet, Tristan Bernard, Claude Debussy … their tombs sheltered by a hundred or so chestnut trees lining the paths.

3 Museum national d'Histoire naturelle - Musée de l’Homme

Musée de l’Homme, Galerie de l'Homme, mezzanine, d'où venons-nous, Museum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris © Patrick Tourneboeuf - OPPIC - Tendance floue

Even its name will change! Come back in 2013 to discover a brand new wonderful Musée des Sciences naturelles de l’homme. To include a great journey through time from man’s appearance 150,000 years ago to the present day, in a totally museum layout.

4 Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine

Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

Housed in a wing of the Palais de Chaillot, this cité – open to all – devotes its 23,000 sq.m. to the urban environment. The museum’s galleries present architectural moulds, medieval and Renaissance wall paintings and an architectural panorama from 1850 to the present day.

5 Musée Clemenceau

Musée Clemenceau - Salle à Manger, Paris © Musée Clemenceau

The public can visit the apartment where Georges Clémenceau lived from 1895 until his death in 1929 and his famous garden. A documentary gallery contains mementoes and documents on this statesman, journalist, writer, traveller and lover of the arts.

6 A stroll in the Village de Passy

Village de Passy, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

This former woodcutters’ hamlet with its little countryside laneways has lost none of its ‘olde-worlde’ charm. The church in the centre of the village adds to the pastoral ambiance!

7 Musée du vin

Musée du vin, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

Former wine cellars in rue des Eaux are a delightful place to find out more about the history of wine, wine regions, and utensils. Oenology courses and tasting sessions are also offered as an option. Wine tasting and wine appreciation classes are also offered.

8 Maison de Balzac

Maison de Balzac - Sculptures, Paris

Located in a former 'folie' built at the end of the 18th century, and then on the outskirts of Paris, the Balzac Museum, the writer’s only residence to survive to the present day, offers a showcase for his personal mementoes, manuscripts and objects. Don’t hesitate to visit this fascinating museum where you’ll discover the author’s secrets and - if only for an hour or two - the capital’s distant rural past.