The Louvre is more than a world-class art museum. The Louvre was originally a fortified castle on the Seine, and the foundations of this medieval fortress can be seen in the its underbelly. In 1358, Charles V abandoned the royal Conciergerie across the river in favor of the Louvre. It remained the royal residence until the 16th century, when child-king Louis XIV moved into the Palais-Royal directly behind it to escape his would-be assassins. Today, the Louvre is wall-to-wall masterpieces, from ancient Egypt to early 19th century modernism. The famous glass pyramids designed by I.M. Pei were installed in 1989, and the Palais Royal's gardens feature contemporary sculptures by Daniel Buren. The Louvre is open late on Friday evenings, and entry is free on the first Sunday of the month.
Getting Around Paris
The best way to get around Paris is by using public transportation. The metro, bus or RER suburban trains are by far the easiest and most efficient way to move around the city. The metro operates from 6:30 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6:30 a.m. until 2:15 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The bus operates Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Some bus routes that serve major transit hubs have extended hours until 12:30 a.m. Metro and bus fares start at 1.70€. Multiple pass books (which afford you a discount) are available as are day passes. Taxis are also a convenient way to get around the city. Minimum fare is 6.40€ and charges vary based on traffic and time. All Paris taxi services can be contacted by calling 01 45 30 30 30.
Nearby Airports
  • Charles de Gaulle Airport-CDG
  • Paris Orly Airport-ORY
Airport Taxis
  • 45€ (depending on traffic)
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