GARE DU NORD

Gare du Nord
Gare du Nord
Being in the city-centre, Gare du Nord is well connected for exploring the rest of the city, and this is always well worth taking to account when you are comparing Eurostar fares and timetables with flights. As a major national and international station, Gare du Nord has all the facilities you expect in a major airport, including currency exchange, internet access, and a range of car hire operators. Gare Du Nord is also an impressive piece of Neoclassical Architecture. It provides easy connections onto the Paris Metro network, and a good range of bus connections. The Regional RER network (lines B and D) also passes through Gare du Nord.

GARE DE L’EST


The Gare de l'Est provides the only witness left from the first generation of railway buildings. The square in front of the station was occupied between the XIIIth and the XVIIIth century by the Saint-Laurent Fair or Carnival, mentioned by an inscription situated in the left wing corner pavilion. The original building, now the western wing, was built between 1847-1850 by François-Alexandre Duquesney with the help of the engineer Pierre Cabanel de Sermet, and served the line Paris-Strasbourg, functioning since 1844. Its name was changed from Gare de Strasbourg to Gare de l'Est in 1854. Today, trains leave from here for eastern France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

CANAL ST-MARTIN


St-Martin Arch of Triumph
St-Martin Arch of Triumph
Not far from the Gare du Nord and the Gare de l'Est, is the Canal St Martin which crosses the 10th arrondissement, and which will allow you to go on walks alongside the barges. The canal was built in 1825 as a shortcut for river traffic on the Seine, and it also served as a defence against the upstarts eastern arrondissements.


MUSÉE DE L’EVENTAIL


Opened in 1993 this first French Fan Museum presents a collection of about 1000 fans made with various materials since the 18th century and offers technical explanations about the making of fans. The Museum is run by the Atelier Hoguet, a traditional fan-making and repair workshop.