Palais de Chaillot
Palais de Chaillot
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Taxidevil
Glasgow, UK2,943 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited to view the Exhibition of Otto Wagner. Master of Viennese Art Nouveau which was very interesting.

We then stayed to view the Gothic Architecture which was extensive. We then viewed the upper floors which had exhibits of more modern buildings.
The view of the Eiffel Tower from the ground floor is also very good.
Written March 17, 2020
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ10,312 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Neo-classical buildings with rows of tall columns on both wings. Was built for the 1937 World's Fair. It now houses the National Dance Theatre and several museums. Its grounds were under renovation during my visit. Chaillot is also a great place to view the Eiffel Tower without obstructions.
Written August 15, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,086 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
A grand and expansive building up on the Chaillot hill that was created for an international expo. Now it houses a couple of interesting museums and one restaurant with perfect views of the Eiffel Tower. This is a place where you want to take photos.
Written January 28, 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,086 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is a big building from one of the major expositions. It now houses a couple of museums, which are good, and a fancy restaurant with terrific views of the Tower. Good view of the Palais from the Parc du Champ Mars.
Written June 28, 2022
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observer2011
Leeds, UK548 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
I'm down rating this rating deliberately to make a serious point which perhaps others may endorse. Of course the Palais itself dating from 1937 is externally striking, although most people come for the incomparable view from the terrace across to the Eiffel Tower. What ruins the whole experience is the swarms of pedlars that are allowed to overrun the place, constantly and quite pushily pestering you to buy their mass produced souvenirs. Why don't the authorities do something? Are these people trading legally? Are they even legally in France? Does Paris as a municipality care about this negative experience that we tourists have to endure? Tourism is a massive contributor to the city's legitimate economy isn't it?
Written August 25, 2014
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David G
St. Petersburg, Florida183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
As I mentioned in a review of the Eiffel Tower, it is better enjoyed about two hours before sunset with a fantastic dinner picnic in the grass next to the immense fountain at le Palais de Chaillot.

Before you go, get yourself a bottle of wine (don't forget a wine key), stop at a bakery for a small baguette and a couple of thick slices of quiche (plus dessert), stop at the market for some small dry sausages, brie, olives, plastic wine glasses, napkins, plastic forks & knives and get yourself a nice canvas bag to tote it all in. Don't forget water & a blanket...

All of this cost us maybe 20 Euro.

Upon dusk, the Eiffel will light up and by that time, you should have finished your wine and it is time to enjoy the sparkle in the Eiffel. Have champagne as well?

At around 10:30pm near the steps up Palais de Chaillot, we encountered a group of ballroom dancers and some excellent music. This place is wonderful.

Enjoy the evening around the area but beware of pickpockets. Personally we were fine but just be aware of your surroundings (just as in any big city).
Written July 17, 2014
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races80
La Valle, Wisconsin125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
An escape to air conditioning resulted in a very interesting visit here since the Architects Furniture Exhibit was happening at the time (29 May - 30 Sept). The museum did an outstanding job of exhibiting and explaining the pieces displayed.
Written July 8, 2019
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Alexandra C
Europe104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
If you find yourself on the Trocadero hill, it is impossible to miss the Palais de Chaillot. It’s a large complex consisting of two wings shaped to form a semi-circle. The two independent wings are separated by a large terrace, which is a very popular spot to view and photograph the Eiffel Tower. The exterior of the palace is decorated with gilded statues on both sides of the terrace. The beautiful statues, together with the Eiffel Tower in the background, offer great photo opportunities. Apart from being a great spot to view the Eiffel Tower, this palace houses several major Paris museums. The best view of the Palais de Chaillot is from the upper floor of the Eiffel Tower. The gardens and fountains in front of the palace emphasize the austere beauty of this building.
Written February 15, 2016
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ianwyj
Singapore5,150 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Solo
Perched on the top of the low Chaillot, this set of buildings is made up of a couple of towers and a pair of semi-circular wings. However, it's probably best known for its viewing plaza which give fantastic unobstructed views of the Eiffel Tower. It's arguably the best place to photograph the Eiffel Tower (in its entirety) on a clear day or night. It's also a very good vantage point to watch the nightly Tower light shows which are scheduled for 5 minutes every hour on the hour.

Note that the plaza is well known as a pickpocket's haunt. Keep a close eye (and touch) on your bags and valuables. What's worse is that the plaza is very poorly lit in the evenings. I took care of all my things (obviously not well enough) and still had my mobile phone stolen. By the time I had cancelled my roaming service, it'd been used to rack up nearly USD800 in long-distance calls to North Africa.

If there's time on your hands, the Palais also has a number of museums (one a naval museum, the other a museum on architecture) and an aquarium, and concerts and plays are performed at the Theatre National de Chaillot.
Written November 16, 2014
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Monsieur_Henri
Shanghai, China15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Friends
My father and I were excited to visit an exhibition at the PdC on "hotels particuliers" (private mansions). This exhibition had been heavily promoted in print media, and with innumerable posters in the Metro. We went on Day 3.

PdC is at Trocadero, which from most points in Paris, takes at least one hour r-t door-to-door travel, not to mention at least 2+ euros pp on metro travel.

We arrived to find a cheaply printed sign on the door, "Exceptionally closed today for media event". No announcements in the media, on their website, and of course not on the Metro posters. The arrogant reception girls dismissed us with a gesture. Then they dismissed the other 20 people who had arrived at the same time. As we stood in the lobby to plan our next move, we saw at least another 50 visitors rudely turned away.

Over the course of that day, I'm sure they rejected at least 1000 people. That's at least $25,000 of wasted transport costs, not to mention the wasted time and energy. No apology, go screw yourselves.

I actually took the time that afternoon to write a complaint to PdC on their website. Of course, no response.

Whoever is in charge should be fired, and replaced with someone who actually cares about the paying visitors. I'm sure that will happen just after the banning of dog poop on doorsteps, the training of waiters to be polite, and the introduction of cold drinks on hot days. :)

I am part French. I love France forever, and spend a lot of time there.

But I will not be wasting my time on Palais de Chaillot ever again - there are so many other wonderful things to do in Paris.
Written October 22, 2011
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