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Hotel de Ville Tours

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Hotel de Ville
An architecturally and politically important building, the Hôtel de Ville in Paris has housed various government bodies since the 14th century; it’s currently home to Paris’ mayor and city council. The landmark is famed for its decorative facade and well-appointed interiors, and it also hosts exhibitions and events throughout the year.

The Basics
Hôtel de Ville—the Paris City Hall—dates to 1357. Initially housed in Maison aux Piliers, the landmark was rebuilt and expanded between 1533 and 1628. Considered a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, that building was burned to the ground by the Paris Commune government. Following a period of renovation that lasted from 1873 to 1892, its facade was reconstructed and its interiors redesigned.

Today, the monument is home to some of the city’s most important government offices, including Paris city council and the mayor of Paris. It can be seen on hop-on hop-off bus tours, as well as on bike and walking tours. Given its location on the Seine, Hôtel de Ville can also be admired on river cruises.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Individual visits to the monument are currently suspended, though tour groups can file an application, preferably two months in advance.
  • The building is outfitted with elevators, disabled bathrooms, and other features that make it accessible to visitors with limited mobility.
  • Though much of the landmark is closed to individual visitors, Hôtel de Ville opens its doors during European Heritage Days, held each September.

How to Get There
Located in the Fourth Arrondissement, the Hôtel de Ville Métro station—served by lines 1 and 11—is just steps away from the monument, while the Châtelet – Les Halles station (served by lines 1, 4, 7, 11, and 14, as well as the RER A, B, and D), is less than a 10-minute walk away. Alternatively, take bus lines 38, 47, 67, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 76, 85, or 96. 

When to Get There
The Hôtel de Ville is currently best seen from the outside, as only planned group tours can enter. The interior is open to these groups every day except Sundays and bank holidays. It often hosts free Paris–themed temporary exhibitions and comes alive during the festive season with its annual outdoor Christmas market.

The Hôtel de Ville’s Interior
Although the landmark is only open to planned group tours, the interior is worth seeing as it’s filled with elegant murals painted by prominent 19th-century artists. The landmark is also famed for its extravagant function room, designed to resemble Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors.
Address: 5 Rue de Lobau, Paris 75004, France
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Paris Full-Day Tour: Become a Parisian for a Day

Paris Full-Day Tour: Become a Parisian for a Day

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Eat, shop, and sightsee like a true Parisian on this full-day tour of the City of Light. Soak up the glamour of Paris’ fashion district and historic shopping arcades, browse the stalls of a local market, and peek inside churches only known by locals. Follow your guide through the bustling neighborhood of Le Marais, passing Notre-Dame, the Louvre, and the Centre Pompidou. Along the way, taste a host of Parisian delights including macarons, pastries, cheese, wine, and French liquors. This small-group tour is limited to just 12 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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  • 8 hours
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Vedettes de Paris Seine River Cruise Direct Access E-Ticket

Vedettes de Paris Seine River Cruise Direct Access E-Ticket

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Glide by the famous sights of Paris on a relaxing sightseeing cruise down the Seine River. See treasured riverside monuments including the Eiffel Tower, Musée d'Orsay, the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral from aboard a comfortable riverboat. Learn about the history of passing attractions through audio commentary, and upgrade to include your choice of French-inspired aperitifs and snacks.
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  • 1 hour
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Seine River Bistro-Style Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise on board Paris en Scene

Seine River Bistro-Style Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise on board Paris en Scene

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Make the most of your time in Paris with a combination of a cruise on the Seine and a 3-course dinner. This 75-minute dinner cruise allows you to see the main attractions of the City of Lights while you enjoy a casual meal. Relax into a comfortable armchair facing one of the boat's windows, the better to take in the view, and watch sights like the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, and Eiffel Tower drift by. Upgrade the experience to include wine or Champagne with dinner.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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The Original Marais District Food Walking Tour with Wine and Cheese Tastings

The Original Marais District Food Walking Tour with Wine and Cheese Tastings

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Get to know the Parisian neighborhood of Le Marais on a food walking tour with a guide who introduces you to local food vendors and artisans. You'll see sights like Hôtel de Ville and visit the oldest covered market in Paris, Marche des Enfants Rouges, as you learn about and taste the fine products found in this historical yet trendy district.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Le Marais District & Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Le Marais District & Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Experience the oldest part of Paris with this guided walking tour of Le Marais. Along with a guide and a small group, you'll explore this historic district, passing through old parks and courtyards as your guide regales you with historic tales. You'll also get to spend some time in the old Jewish Quarter, full of kosher shops and restaurants and home to a large Parisian Jewish population to this day.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Off the Beaten Track: Guided Bike Tour of Paris Local Districts and Stories

Off the Beaten Track: Guided Bike Tour of Paris Local Districts and Stories

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See Paris like a local as you pedal around its vibrant neighborhoods, lively markets and hidden sights on this small-group bike tour. Explore the famous Latin Quarter, the Jewish communities of Le Marais and the historic Place de la Bastille, as well as enjoying views of iconic landmarks like Notre-Dame Cathedral. With plenty of rest stops and photo opportunities, this tour is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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Seine River Commented Cruise Direct Access Ticket with Vedettes de Paris

Seine River Commented Cruise Direct Access Ticket with Vedettes de Paris

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Embark on one of our cruise boats and discover all the secrets of Paris thanks to the expert knowledge of our guides. These cruises were created in order to surprise you between breathtaking views of the monuments on the docks of the Seine river and unique comments. Parisians or visitors, adults or children, wonderement assured. The best way to visit Paris, guaranteed without blister on your feet!
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  • 1 hour
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Paris City Tour by Minivan and Montmartre

Paris City Tour by Minivan and Montmartre

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See the highlights of Paris and its lively bohemian quarter, Montmartre, with this morning or afternoon tour, including Île de la Cité. Enjoy a minivan tour of major Parisian monuments like the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées, followed by free time in Montmartre. The tour includes pickup and drop-off at your central hotel; the small group size of no more than eight people ensures personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Small group Paris tour: Wine, Cheese & Pastries at the Marais

Small group Paris tour: Wine, Cheese & Pastries at the Marais

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Dive into the gastronomic wonders of Paris on this tasting tour of the Marais. Explore the gay-friendly, eclectic district full of medieval architecture and Jewish-influenced eateries, and hear engaging historical commentary along the way. Crunch into a delicious baguette, try a macaron made by an esteemed pastry chef, and sample French liqueurs. Pass by top attractions including the Hôtel de Ville, Rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, Rue des Rosiers, la Place des Vosges, and la Place de la Bastille. Numbers are limited to 12 people on this small-group tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Paris Highlights Immersive Coach Tour with Histopad

Paris Highlights Immersive Coach Tour with Histopad

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Short on time in Paris? This express city tour by comfortable coach introduces you to Paris’ world-famous attractions in just a few hours. Choose from several departure times throughout the day, and enjoy a convenient way to see major sights like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Pont Neuf, Place de la Concorde and more.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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6-Hour Private Custom Tour of Paris

6-Hour Private Custom Tour of Paris

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Marvel over medieval monuments and modern masterpieces on this private 6-hour of Paris. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you stroll around the Latin Quarter; admire icons like Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Louvre; and pose for photos beneath the Eiffel Tower. Your itinerary is yours to customize as you please, so you could enjoy window-shopping along the Champs-Élysées, admire the grand architecture of Place de la Concorde or get off-the-beaten-track and seek out little-known sights.
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  • 6 hours
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Paris City Highlights Private Half Day Tour including Montmartre District

Paris City Highlights Private Half Day Tour including Montmartre District

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Experience Paris with a knowledgeable private guide on this half-day sightseeing tour by private minivan. You’ll see the city’s major landmarks, from the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysées to Notre-Dame and the Louvre. Make several photo stops, and visit Montmartre, Paris’ legendary bohemian quarter where you have time to walk around and see its hilltop Basilique du Sacré Coeur. When booking, select a morning or afternoon tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Paris Photography Tour with a Professional Photographer

Private Paris Photography Tour with a Professional Photographer

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Enjoy the illuminating beauty of the 'City of Light' and learn the basics of photography on an informative 3-hour walking tour. A pro photographer will lead you to such famous landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre and discuss the best angles and exposures for creating the perfect picture at each location. Take photos as you walk along the River Seine and score tips on ways to improve them from your expert guide. Though each tour is privately booked for a personalized experience, feel free to bring along friends. Enhance your experience and opt for the night tour option and see Paris lit up after dark.
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  • 3 hours
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Paris Seine River Brunch Cruise on board Capitaine Fracasse/River Palace

Paris Seine River Brunch Cruise on board Capitaine Fracasse/River Palace

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Take a leisurely midday break in Paris without missing out on sightseeing with a 1.5-hour brunch cruise on the Seine River. Board your boat in Paris' city center and float down the Seine, admiring top attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral and Place de la Concorde. Enjoy a brunch of both cold and hot dishes, including sweet and savory treats, and for a more luxurious meal you can even upgrade to add a half-bottle of Champagne per couple.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Seine River Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise in Paris

Seine River Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise in Paris

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See the major sights of Paris from the water on a hop-on hop-off Seine boat cruise. With either a 1- or 2-day ticket, glide leisurely along the river, hopping off and on when you wish to visit the attractions that most interest you, such as Musée d'Orsay and the Louvre. Or simply stay on the boat to admire Paris’ World Heritage-listed riverbanks.
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  • 2 hours
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Paris City Tour Immersive, Seine River Cruise & Lunch Eiffel Tower

Paris City Tour Immersive, Seine River Cruise & Lunch Eiffel Tower

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Experience the history and gastronomy of Paris on a family-friendly combo tour. Sightsee around the French capital from the comfort of your coach and cruise along the Seine to admire landmarks such as the Louvre and Notre-Dame. Cap it off with a gourmet meal inside a heated transparent-bubble dome on the first-floor terrace of the Eiffel Tower—priority access, drinks, and views included.
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  • 5 hours
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$154.15
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Marais District 2-Hour Private Walking Tour in Paris

Marais District 2-Hour Private Walking Tour in Paris

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Discover the many delights of the Marais district on this private 2-hour walking tour in Paris. Stroll through the iconic Place de Vosges as a private guide sheds light on the Marais district’s colorful history. Pass sleek art galleries, busy bistros, and chic boutiques, and take in top attractions such as the Museum of Judaism and the Pompidou Center, Explore the Marais’ vibrant gay culture and admire fine views over famous sites including Anna Frank's garden, the Carnavalet Museum, and the Hotel de Ville.
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  • 2 hours
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See 30 Plus Top Paris Sights with a Fun Guide

See 30 Plus Top Paris Sights with a Fun Guide

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Leave your map behind and follow me, your English showman, who will take you on exploration of 30+ top Paris’ sights. You will hear about and possibly meet some the legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Included in the tour, we will take in the incredible Eiffel Tower, a lively stroll through old Montmartre where Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso once lived, then upwards to the Sacre-Coeur for the best panoramic view of the City of Light. The show continues down with a view of the Champs élysées and the majestic Arc de Triomphe and not forgetting the Moulin Rouge we will experience a beautiful slice of French culture in the latin quater where you can pick up a snack (not included) from a nearby street market filled with patisseries. After that it's back on the trail. The English have over a 1000 years of experience in annoying the French, so I will be able to give you my personal insight on how to avoid certain embarrassing mis-understandings. Making this a super original experience.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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The Darkest Secrets of Paris

The Darkest Secrets of Paris

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Let's experience Paris’s dark side on a spine-chilling night walk! Paris is not only the city of love, but also a real haunted city. Many historical murders, crimes and fantastic legends have written the story of the city. We will spend two hours together during which we will discover the dark secrets of Notre Dame district, the french version of "Romeo & Juliette" tragic couple, the most famous ghosts of the city, and the captivating horror stories about the historical buildings. You will hear about supernatural places and creepy legends from the ghosts to the mysterious 'Vampire of Montparnasse'. We will visit the strangest murder spots and, if we are lucky enough, we will see a real ghost! ;) Just kidding. If you like creepy stories and legends, this is a must do experience!
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  • 2 hours
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$39.27
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Medieval Paris Private Tour

Medieval Paris Private Tour

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Discover a side of Paris that existed before the modern-day glitz and romance on a private walking tour of the city’s medieval remnants. See well-preserved monuments that date back as far as 800 years, including the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Fountain of the Innocents, the Sorbonne, and Hotel de Cluny, a former 14th-century abbey. A private art historian guide leads you through the city to unlock its medieval mysteries. Price is per group, based on a maximum of 10 people.
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  • 2 hours
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$245.35
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Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

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 See Paris in a fun way and get some exercise in the process with this small-group bike tour. Two guides will show you all around some of the oldest parts of Paris, from the Ile Saint Louis to the medieval Marais and up to the Bastille, both on the Right Bank. You'll then cross the Seine to the Left Bank to visit famous areas such as Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Luxembourg Gardens, and the Latin Quarter.
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  • 3 hours
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$47.11
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Private Paris Michelin-Star Food Tour

Private Paris Michelin-Star Food Tour

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Discover Paris' haute cuisine scene on this 3-hour private food tour. You'll visit three Michelin-starred restaurants to enjoy four different dishes, tasting the food of famous chefs such as Alain Ducasse. A private guide leads you to each restaurant and tells you about the city's high-end culinary culture.
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  • 3 hours
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$318.67
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Versailles - Skip-the-line Private tour from Paris (HALF DAY)

Versailles - Skip-the-line Private tour from Paris (HALF DAY)

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Considered among France’s must-see attractions, the UNESCO–listed Palace of Versailles makes an ideal day trip from Paris—but the entry queues can be long. On this tour, reach the palace in comfort with round-trip transport from your central Paris hotel included, and beat the queues with skip-the-line admission. Learn the secrets of beautiful features like the Hall of Mirrors on a guided tour, and visit the elegant palace gardens.
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  • 4 hours
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$367.40
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$367.40
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Marais semi private walking tour

Marais semi private walking tour

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Get a feel for one of Paris’s most beloved neighborhoods on this 2-hour walking tour of the Marais. Going with a guide ensures you learn facts often missed by visitors about the area’s most important landmarks, from the Centre Pompidou to the oldest paved street in the city. With a group size capped at 10, this walking tour offers an intimate perspective on the area’s history and atmosphere.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.68
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