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Élysée Palace, Paris

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Élysée Palace is the official residence of the President of the French Republic, containing his office, and is where the Council of Ministers meets. You can only view this site from a distance, as security is locked tight. The best time to go may be at the top of each hour, when the changing of the guard occurs. Meanwhile, check out the upscale shopping in the area accompanied by beautiful architecture.

Élysée Palace also has French-style gardens, containing patterned flowerbeds and alleys of chestnut trees lined with hedgerows, in which presidents hosted parties on the afternoon of Bastille Day until 2010. Since then, Nicolas Sarkozy, the former President of France, decided to stop organizing this event because of France's high debt and the economic crisis. Take a look at our Paris travel itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Élysée Palace and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Unfortunately over the façade you can't see because it's all enclosed by high walls and guarded by armed guards.
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  • A nice old building of historical & architectural value full of history.Well maintained. This building has been the official residence of the President of France since 1848. One can see it only from t...  more »
  • The Palace is open free to the public on Herritage weekend in Sept each year. We were so looking forward to seeing this very famous palace. BUT not prepared for the 6 hour wait!! You read right....6 h...  more »
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  • cool place to visit its like the whitehouse of france
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  • Once per year, the Elysees is open. The interiors are wonderful, but be prepared to wait in line. We waited 8 hours to get in and started queuing at 9AM. The French government would benefit from sorting out some ticket system.
  • World famous palace of the President house in Paris.
  • Opens on national day. The queue started midnight, waited some 3hours in icy wind. Well worth the time.