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Élysée Palace, Paris

Categories: Government Buildings, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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3.6/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
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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  • 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...  read more »
  • Like Downing Street in London security is high around important government buildings and so it is impossible to get a great view. However it was nice to pass by. 
  • You can come take a look, but there is not much to see from the street. The pictures are allowed. A lot of security in the area.
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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.
  • The French White House, this is where the President resides. During Heritage Days in September, you can sometimes line up to take a tour inside. SO worth it!
  • Opens on national day. The queue started midnight, waited some 3hours in icy wind. Well worth the time.
  • Nice architecture
  • if you can see something, good for you
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