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The Champs-Elysées, considered to be the heart of Paris, is one of the most famous promenades in the world. It is located on the Axe Historique (Voie Royale) which crosses the city from the Louvre to the La Défense district. A true symbol of Paris' splendor, it is spreading over 2 km in the 8th arrondissement.
Only a few steps away from the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysées offers its visitors both culture and shopping. On the one hand, the avenue leads to many famous landmarks in Paris, such as Place de la Concorde, the Louvre Palace, the Tuileries Garden and the Arc de Triomphe. Other highlights not to miss include the Grand and Petit Palais, the Palais de la Découverte and the cultural center Louis Vuitton. On the other hand, starting from the famous roundabout, there is a total change of scenery. This is where the most popular shopping street starts, the true kingdom of beautifully adorned luxury shops. While strolling down this avenue, shopping enthusiasts are likely to encounter one of the many celebrities that shop around here. This impressive setting where elegance and chic go hand in hand seduces over 500,000 people each day, all drawn here to admire the prestigious avenue that has become a symbol of Paris.
The Champs-Elysées features the best places for going out in Paris, as well as many restaurants, museums and palaces. A great variety of means of transport is available so that visitors have easy access to all points of interest.
In order to get to the Place Charles de Gaulle by metro, Line 1 offers two convenient stops: “Champs Elysées – Clémenceau” and “Georges V”. “Champs Elysées – Clémenceau” can also be reached by Line 13. Lines 8 and 12 make a stop at “Concorde” so that travelers can explore one of the symbolic venues of the French Revolution: Place de la Concorde. For those who want to start their tour right in the middle of the Champs Elysées, Line 9 and its “Franklin Roosevelt” station are the way to go.
The RER A stops at the “Charles-de-Gaule Étoile” station.
By bus, lines 22, 24, 28, 30, 31, 32, 42, 52, 72, 73, 80, 83, 84, 92, 93, 94 and Balabus go directly to the Champs Elysées.
A short history
Before becoming a prestigious symbol of high life, this avenue had a completely different background and it was definitely not the spot that the middle and upper class would prefer back then. In fact, this large boulevard was best known for its loose women, robbers and outlaws. It's only after the French Revolution that it got radically transformed into the elegant promenade that people would love to stroll down in their pilgrimage to the Abbey of Longchamp or when looking for a change of air in the countryside.
In 1789, this avenue was officially named “Les Champs Elysées” and it started to gain more importance under Napoleon I, Louis XVIII and Napoleon III, up to the point that it became a mecca to the bourgeoisie. During the 20th century, many hotels and luxury shops opened their gates to the public and the avenue became, little by little, the meeting point for Paris' high society.
In 1994, the Council of Paris decided to cut down car traffic and extend the pedestrian zone so that visitors could better enjoy their walk. It also imposed design guidelines to all businesses in the area in order to preserve the beautiful urban landscape.