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Boulevard St. Germain, Paris

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Youthful energy characterizes Boulevard St. Germain, famous as the birthplace of existentialism. You'll find medieval architecture, lively nightlife, and old cafes along this predominantly pedestrian street. Wander through the collection of high-end shops, eclectic bookstores, diverse design shops, museums, first-rate art galleries, and boutique hotels. Use our Paris itinerary maker to add Boulevard St. Germain and other attractions to your Paris vacation plans.
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  • Boulevard Saint Germain has many charm and cachet, students and tourists like to stroll for shopping, or read books, having a nice drink on a terrace; also if you like art, prestigious art galleries h...  more »
  • The Saint Germain boulevard is an important route of traffic in the Western sense, of the Concorde bridge, East to the level of the Sully bridge on the left bank. It crosses the 5 th, 6 th and 7 th district and the neighborhood "Latin" it is the work of Baron Haussmann during the period of the capital structure; It takes its name from the prestigious and very old church St. Germain of meadows. The construction of the boulevard has required the demolition of many buildings, some were however spared and remains still today including street of the school of medicine and the rue de Seine. Including at no. 53 is a beautiful Mansion from the 18th century. Boulevard on the West, which leaves from the bridge of the Concorde and the National Assembly, is little animated with buildings official as the Department of the armed forces and environmental standing buildings style Haussmann. There are a few restaurants, bars, brasseries and luxury shops. This part until the boulevard Raspail is not of particular interest. In its central part, at the level of St. Germain of meadows, the boulevard is lively and very commercial with many luxury goods shops. Cafes prestigious as that of "Flora", of "two Magots" and the Brasserie Lipp, welcome many tourists and Parisians in a setting very "connected" with at summer of crowded terraces! The Church Saint Germain of meadows, of romano-Gothic style is a little jewel of style and works of art that deserves a visit. The old streets of the neighborhood, have a very special charm with their old houses, squares, like that of Fürstenberg, the street of the cans that leads to the place Saint Sulpice, etc many restaurants along the boulevard and there is something for all tastes and all budgets. Similarly some cinemas still exist at the level of the subway "Odéon" more far in the direction of the Boulevard Saint Michel, don't miss the charming "Court of Commerce Saint André" small passage paved with shops and restaurants, remnant of an ancient place of life. When the boulevard reaches the heart of the latin quarter, the mood changes because of the proximity of universities and the Sorbonne, with many bookstores, cafes where do students come from. The Museum of Cluny "Of the middle ages" in a style close to the boulevard, medieval building is worth a visit. Just after crossing the boulevard St. Michel, feel free to stroll through the old streets of the Seine side neighborhood, with notably the Huchette Street and its restaurants and the Church Saint Severin and his former cloister. Further to the level of the metro station "Maubert Mutualité", a lively market takes place several times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7: 00 to 14:30. Between the boulevard and the Seine, the area is old with old streets and beautiful buildings. On the side South of the boulevard can also "climb" up to the "mountain Sainte Genevieve" historical site of ancient Lutèce. There, at the level of the Rue Monge, street of the mountain St. Genevieve, which leads you to the Hall of Fame. In its eastern part to the bridge of Sully, the boulevard is quieter with style buildings and restaurants and a few shops. We then see the big building of "Institute of the Arab world" that completes the tour. Sully Bridge allows access to Ile Saint Louis and then to the right bank. Access is easy with many subway stations.
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  • One of the charms of Paris. Unfortunately, invaded by the signs of international luxury especially around Church of Germain.
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