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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  • August 17, 2017
    Very nice great architecture, with this indoor garden and its fountain, freshness under its trees, this small moment of rest before you continue your journey in this magical swamp.
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  • August 17, 2017
    With a bit of sufficiency we approached this square ... then we enjoyed how beautiful with its equal on four sides, its cafes and street performers in the arcades ...
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  • August 17, 2017
    The former magnificent Royal place is an oasis of calm in the middle of Paris. Here you can enjoy beautiful and enjoy the peace and quiet. In addition, there are numerous Cafés and restaurants, where you can also sit. The place is surrounded by great town houses. Victor Hugo lived in one. Today the Museum can be visited.
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  • August 16, 2017
    The experience was not that great but the people who were serving us were nice. We ordered medium rare for our formule main course but mine was into the rare side so I switched mine with my boyfriend who enjoyed it. The place was neat. Only 3 stars because it was not as we expected it. We were not blown away by the whole experience.
  • June 27, 2017
    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.
  • July 15, 2017
    Beautiful park/courtyard along with shops and restaurants within the square. We relaxed on the lawn by the fountain, milled around the different art stores. Home of Victor Hugo is in one of the corners. Wonderful place to relax. Several small openings to explore with beautiful gardens.
  • September 6, 2017
    This is a lovely little park and surrounding beautiful buildings with pedestrian mall under beautiful arches, with Victor Hugo's home and shops and outdoor artists and bistros. Not amazing just a really nice place -- the highlight of one of our days in Paris just walking and lounging there.
  • June 30, 2017
    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.

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