Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges is one of the oldest planned and certainly the most beautiful squares in Paris. Located in the Le Marais district, it is an extremely quiet place, yet it is in the middle of a dense urban development.

The Place de la Vosges was built by King Henry IV between 1605 and 1612 and has an exact square plan measuring 140 x 140 metres.

The park is surrounded by 36 palaces

At first glance, the almost identical appearance of all 36 buildings, sometimes somewhat pretentiously called palaces, is striking. On each side of the world, the middle largest palace always has a passageway to the surrounding neighbourhoods.

The centre of the square is filled with a large and beautifully landscaped park with 4 fountains in the corners and a large equestrian statue of Louis XIII in the centre.

The square became a model of European architecture for many centuries to come.


If it's not price that matters to you when choosing a hotel, but comfort and style, stay at one of the two luxury hotels located right in one of the palaces on the square.

How to get there

Place des Vosges is located in the eastern part of the centre and has 3 metro stations within a 10-minute walk.

  • Bastille station (550 metres)
    • Metro 1 - Hotel de Ville, Chatelet, Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Petit + Grand Palais, Arc de Triomphe, La Défense, Gare de Lyon, Nation, Chateau Vincennes
    • Metro 5 - Bassin de la Villette, Gare de l'Est, Gare du Nord, Gare d'Austerlitz, Place d'Italie
    • Metro 8 - République, Opera, La Madeleine, Place de la Concorde, Invalidovna, Champ de Mars, Zoo
  • Saint-Paul station (550 metres)
    • Metro 1 - see above
  • Station Chemin Vert (350 metres)
    • Metro 8 - see above

In addition, there are two bus lines passing directly by the square (Place des Vosges stop):

  • Bus 29 - Gare de Lyon, Centre Pompidou, Bourse, Opera, Gare Saint-Lazare
  • Bus 96 - Belleville, Centre Pompidou, Hotel de Ville, Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, Conciergerie, Latin Quarter, Gare Montparnasse

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