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Longchamp Racecourse, Paris

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A 57 hectare (140 acre) horse-racing facility with historic roots, Longchamp Racecourse sits on the banks of the Seine River. It's primarily used for flat racing and noted for its variety of interlaced tracks plus a famous hill that provides a real challenge to competing thoroughbreds. Tracks range from 1,000 to 4,000 m (3,280 to 13,123 ft) in length, with 46 different starting posts. Horses first raced at the track on Sunday, April 27, 1857. The Emperor Napoleon III and his wife, Eugénie, attended this inaugural event, having sailed down the Seine River on their private yacht to watch the third race. Artists have also been attracted to this track. Among those who've painted here are Édouard Manet in 1867 and Edgar Degas in 1871. Plan your visit to Longchamp Racecourse and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Paris vacation builder.
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  • I have visited this venue for the Arc for the last two years and found it a good Racecourse. It is well staffed up, got plenty of facilities bars, toilets, etc. and the queuing time isn't too bad and ...  more »
  • The place itself is enchanting: you can picture Hemingway and his wife (the first one) resting in the garden placing two or three bets on fine horses or imagine those days of enormous berets passing b...  more »
  • Created in 1857 by architect Antoine-Nicolas Bailly, the Longchamp racecourse is devoted to flat racing; it is here each year that the 'Grand Prix de Paris' is contested. Formerly, on the occasion of ...  more »
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  • Very cool complex in the city
  • I personally like this place for riding around the racecourse as many parisian riders. Races at the hippodrome are also a fascinating experience...but all the place is currently under construction!
  • Excellent venue for gigs as well and festivals!
  • I go every year to Longchamp for the Arc. It's one of my favourite tracks in the world, and I've been to a lot. The price is brilliant, first time I went it was 4 Euros to get in and this is for one of the biggest races in the world amongst other Grp 1s. Compare that to £70 to get in at Ascot or Cheltenham. The layout is great, it has the feel of a French Village, it's got a lovely charm to it. Access to bars and food is easy with hardly ever any massive queues. Access to the track is good and visibility fine wherever you stand. The parade ring is charming with tress inside that give it a real country feel. Large screen are easily visible from the bar areas as well. I highly recommend visiting. They will be doing some extensive development work to the site over the next couple of years, I just hope it doesn't loose it's charm.
  • Horse racing. And these horse racing tracks are not even outside the city, but in fact accessible via public bus. Check the website for when the big betting days are.