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The 15th arrondissement in Paris

On the left bank of the Seine in south-west Paris, the 15th arrondissement is characterised by its numerous parks and green spaces, both natural and man-made, which has made the area a rather pleasant place, and perfect for city walks. There’s Parc André Citroën, with its modern architecture, but also the Jardin Atlantique, with its greenery flourishing on the tracks of Montparnasse Station. And don’t miss Parc George Brassens, where you’ll find its second-hand book market, plus children’s playgrounds and lawns and benches simply for relaxing.

You’ll also find distinctive green spaces with great walking routes such as the Allée des Cygnes (Swan Path) on an artificial island created on the Seine at the beginning of the 19th century. Accessible only to pedestrians and site of the famed miniature replica of the Statue of Liberty, it stretches a kilometre up to the feet of the Eiffel Tower. The ruins of the Petite Ceinture railway that once circled the capital are also home to numerous quaint spots that have been transformed into public parks.

As well as green spaces, the 15th arrondissement has the famed Musée Pasteur, a museum offering a scientific tour in the footsteps of the genius Louis Pasteur, as well as a visit to the crypt where he and his wife lie in rest. If you love sculpture, you’ll love the Musée Bourdelle. Finally, the Beaugrenelle shopping centre, with its 45000 m² of commercial and leisure space, is the place for retail therapy! Ideally located close to the Eiffel Tower, the Jardin du Luxembourg and other places of interests in Paris, the 15th arrondissement is linked to the rest of the capital by numerous metro and bus lines.

Montparnasse Station

Straddling the 14th and 15th arrondissements, Montparnasse is one of the largest railway stations in Paris. The current station, built in the 1960s alongside Montparnasse Tower, features the Jardin Atlantique park plus imposing concrete architecture. The station, which historically connected Paris and Brittany, now serves much of western France, from Lower Normandy in the North to the Pyrénées in the South, and onto Spain.

Unesco

The headquarters of UNESCO is one the most emblematic 1950s buildings in Paris. Created by architects Marcel Breuer and Bernard Zehrfuss, it occupies one of the two angles of Place de Fontenoy, located across from the Ecole Militaire. Inaugurated in 1958, it is the most international building in Paris. It has an impressive collection of original artwork from world artists such as Giacometti, Calder, Picasso, Moore and Miró.

Beaugrenelle

The Beaugrenelle district is a dynamic area, a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower, the Motte-Picquet and the charming Rue du Commerce. Recently built and ultra-modern, the Beaugrenelle shopping centre has lots of brands on offer. It's the perfect place to take a stroll or hit the shops. 

Boulevard Garibaldi

Boulevard Garibaldi, home to Hotel Baldi, is located in the 15th arrondissement between the Boulevard de Grenelle and the Boulevard de Pasteur. It follows the route of the former Fermiers Généraux city wall built between 1784 and 1790, one of many that once surrounded Paris. Boulevard Garibaldi is named after the Italian general of the same name who fought alongside the French in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871.

Trocadéro

The Place du Trocadéro offers one of the greatest views in Paris. Its vista over the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars is the stuff of dreams. Located on the former Chaillot hill, where Queen Marie De’ Medici had a country house built in 1583, the square at the foot of the gardens at Trocadéro is not to be missed.