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Place des Vosges, Paris

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The oldest planned square in Paris, Place des Vosges is a quiet spot surrounded by cafes and shops. Listen to the trickle of water from one of the four fountains while sitting at a bench. Henri IV built this perfect square 140 sq m (460 sq ft) from 1605 to 1612 to use as a royal pavilion for duels. Green lawns radiate out from its center. Expertly manicured lindens surround a formal plantation of mature linden trees called a bosquet, which provide a shady oasis. With our custom trip planner, Paris attractions like Place des Vosges can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Each of the city’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, has a personality all its own. If you prefer high-end accommodations and to be in the middle of the action, look for lodging in the 1st through the 4th arrondissements. For more affordable lodging and access to major metro lines, try the 12th. The Oberkampf area of the 11th arrondissement has an edgier, more hip vibe. For easy access to tourist sites,  the 16th is within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomph and the Eiffel Tower, and the 17th is within walking distance to the Champs-Elysées. Avoid the 18th, 19th, and 20th, because these can be dangerous, especially if you’re not familiar with the city.
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  • we sat in the park , and had lunch overlooking it, on a balmy day in June. families with small children played nearby and many people sat and watched the beautiful fountains. this is a wonderful elega...  more »
  • This is a lovely park, but smaller than you might anticipate. I loved the symmetry of the fountain and groomed trees. Nice shady spots with chairs, sedate gravel paths. As much as I enjoyed, more than...  more »
  • The pretty park at the centre of the Place des Vosges is a perfect place to start your walk around the Marais. Take time to wander through the vaulted walkways and maybe stop for a drink at one of the...  more »
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  • One of the oldest areas on France. Beautiful buildings, a play structure with tons of shade that my 5 and 7 year old were able to play under even in the rain. Would be great for any weather. Could go for a couple's picnic, outdoor kid time or for the art galleries and food. Absolutely lovely. It would be a 5 star in any other city but I have to reserve those in Paris for the very best.
  • Should I really describe this historic square? You can find elegant art galleries all around the square, and of course some of the best Parisian cafes among them. Don't forget to visit Home of Victor Hugo in the corner of the square.
  • A beautiful place to visit, quiet and with lots of sits to rest. It is near some art galleries and interesting places, also beautiful. Very recommended!
  • One of a nicest square of Paris! A typical part of the historic district! Really touristic anyway!
  • Nice and quiet park in the heart of Paris. Surrounded by historical​ buildings. Home if Victor Hugo. Nice café s and ice cream parlors. Good place to relax.