Stop off, do some sightseeing, get back on, start off again: that is what Les Cars Rouges is all about.
Built for the 1889 World Fair, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous buildings in the world and welcomes 7 million visitors a year. For a bird’s eye view of Paris, the Cars Rouges drop you off at the foot of the Tower at stop no.1!
Dedicated to the Roman god of war Mars and the site of military manoeuvres until the end of the 19th century, the Champ de Mars is now a large park located between the Eiffel Tower and the Military academy. At the end of the 19th and start of the 20th centuries, the 1878, 1889, 1900 and 1937 World Fairs were held there.
With its 8.5 million visitors a year, the Louvre is the most visited museum in the world and exhibits 35,000 works of art. The most famous include the Code of Hammurabi, the Venus de Milo, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and Eugène Delacroix’ Liberty Leading the People.
Every year, approximately 13 million pilgrims and visitors tread the square in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral. This perfect work of art from the Middle Ages was built between 1160 and 1330, but the name of its first master builder remains unknown. In the 19th century, Victor Hugo’s famous novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” helped create the legend.
The Musée d’Orsay was originally a train station, as can be seen from the building’s architecture. The museum has one of the largest collections of impressionist paintings in the world and you can see masterpieces such as Édouard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe and Olympia, Degas’s Danseuse âgée de quatorze ans, and even Courbet’s L'Origine du monde.
The Opéra Garnier bears the name of its architect, Charles Garnier. Napoleon III commissioned this opera house as part of the capital’s modernisation programme led by Baron Haussmann. Get off at stop no.6 Opéra-Galeries Lafayette to visit the opera, open to the public during the day. Take advantage of this stop-over to visit the famous Galeries Lafayette, Paris’ fashion Mecca!
Known as the most beautiful avenue in the world, it takes its name from the Elysian Fields, a realm of the afterlife reserved for the righteous in Greek mythology. The avenue is a popular place to gather: indeed, it saw the victory parade in 1944, stages the annual military parade on 14 July (Bastille Day), and was even the scene of celebrations after France won the World Cup in 1998.
Inaugurated for the 1900 World Fair, the Grand Palais is located along the edge of the Champs-Elysées and regularly hosts prestigious trade fairs and exhibitions. The Petit Palais, also inaugurated for the same World Fair, sits across from it and houses a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.
Near the Place du Trocadéro, you will find
- the Palais de Chaillot, built for the 1937 World Fair.
- gardens and an aquarium, as well as the Trocadéro esplanade, also known as the “Human Rights Plaza”, offering a panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower gardens.