Van Gogh Walk
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OKBN12345
Dortmund, Germany470 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is a walk not easy to find first and you can easy geht lost. But it is also great fun to geht lost because you can enjoy Arles. In Arles four sites with basic information are placed at famous spots like the “yellow cafe”. The best is to buy in one the many shops the softcover book “Vincent Van Gogh in Provence” to get most out of it.
Written September 12, 2023
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DuchessofNewTown
Hobart, Australia259 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
We visited Arles today, as part of a week-long break based at Saint Rémy de Provence. Our 8-year-old daughter is very taken with Van Gogh’s life story and artworks, and we are generally interested in art, so we had always planned to follow the Van Gogh-themed trails in both Arles and Saint-Rémy. On arrival at the Arles Tourism Information Office in Boulevard des Lices, we were advised that there wasn’t an English-speaking guided tour available today. This was fine for us, as we’d always intended a self-guided walk to incorporate both the Arena and Theatre, as well as a stop for lunch. However, visitors who prefer to be guided and have the benefit of a spoken interpretation, would be well advised to call ahead (33(0)4 90 18 41 20) and check when a tour in their language of choice is next scheduled, as apparently they’re quite good. We asked for a copy of the “Arles Walking Circuit” pamphlet sold at the Tourism Office for €1, but they had run out of copies in both French and English, and only had Italian, German and Japanese versions left. Fortunately, I can speak enough Italian to effectively use the guide in that language, but in any case the map at the end of the pamphlet would be essential to find all the Van Gogh identified sites without the benefit of the guided tour. Alternatives are the online PDF version of the document, or the App “Arles Tours”, although this seemed more general in nature and only in French. We enjoyed the walk, and standing on the spot where many of Van Gogh’s well-known works were painted was quite evocative. Each site displays the work in question on an easel-like plinth, near to the spot where it was painted, although the interpretative Information is only in French. Some sites, however, have changed almost beyond recognition since the artist visited them. The “yellow house” (number 4 on the map), where Paul Gauguin joined Van Gogh for a couple of months, was bombed into oblivion during the WW2, and the lady at the Tourism Office told us not to even bother the hike to the old mill” (number 6), as there’s absolutely nothing left to see. Other sites, such as the cafe in Place du Forum (number 1), The Arena (number 5), the public gardens (number 8) and the hospital garden now occupied by Espace Van Gogh (number 9) are completely recognisable. WARNING! The guide has the placement of the Langlois bridge over the Canal d’Arles a Bouc (number 10) placed next to the wrong bridge! If you actually wish to visit the site where Van Gogh painted several works featuring this bridge, which survives intact, you need to be approximately 2.2km away, upstream on the canal adjacent to Rue Gaspard Monge. Fortunately, we’d run out of steam before we wasted any time fruitlessly searching for the easel-plinth in the location given. Highly recommended for those with even a slight interest in art or Van Gogh.
Written April 26, 2018
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dave6827
San Diego22 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
We had an apt in Arles, as our base of operations; we were "tracking van Gogh" on this trip...the apt (la Residence Arles) was marvelous, and in a great location.
1) Frankly, all the van Gogh sites in Arles itself were disappointing. Being at the physical locations: Place du Forum (Cafe de la Nuit), L'Hopital d'Arles (Espace van Gogh), etc. we did NOT get the vibes so many folks rave about. To really expereince the soul (spirit) of van Gogh, definitely travel to St. Remy-en-Provence.
2) Highlights of Arles for us were the Roman sites, and the amazing Musee Departmental Arles Antique.
3) Wonderful neighborhood restaurants
4) WARNING: scattered through the old area of the city (the streets fanning out from the south end of Le Pont deTrinquetaille) are a number of
"limited access barriers" in the middle of many of the narrow streets in this area. At certain times of the day, these 8"-round cylinders are down, flush with the street pavement; however, at other times they automatically (on timers) rise up to create the barrier. I was unfortunately the victim of a freak pedestrian accident. As I was walking over one of these barriers, without any warning signals it popped up, and knocked me down for a loop...at first I thought I had just stumbled, but something (the rising cylinder) actually pushed me down. Fortunately, no serious harm done (although, a month later, I still have a sore shoulder). One of daughters said, in USA, this would be ripe for a hefty lawsuit against the city.In retrospect, I notice, on a city map issued by the tourist office of Arles, that these barriers are marked...but in real life, again, NO warning that a barrier is going up or down.
Written December 8, 2017
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MinkusMe
Kingston-upon-hull, United Kingdom178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
I love Van Gogh, and it is what brought me to Arles. From the Tourist Information office, you can buy a booklet for 1 Euro that has five walks around the town, including the Van Gogh walk. It takes you around the main sights that Van Gogh painted and was inspired by in Arles. When you get to them, there are information easels with pictures of his paintings of the sights and information about them. It's a great walk to see Arles, including some of the quieter spots, as well as really take in Van Gogh's inspiration from the town.
Written February 2, 2015
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John B
Nashua, NH106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
This is a fun walk: you get to see the places where Van Gogh painted; in many of them the thing he painted is still there; you also get a tour of Arles and can walk along the river. For me, it was a relaxing change from some of the intenser tourist stuff. I had thought that Van Gogh's wild-looking paintings were only slightly based on reality but it turns out that he really did paint from life, so much so that you wonder whether he literally saw the swirls and textures as well. My wife pointed out that as with photographers, when someone paints from life, the selection of the thing to paint and of the view to paint it from is a big part of the creativity of the artist. This walk was therefore an art theory lesson as well as an art history lesson.
Written March 23, 2015
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908Laura
San Francisco, CA1,728 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Given that we are big Van Gogh fans, this walk was on my must-do list. But I have to say that we were very disappointed.

We started at the tourist office, and the lady there was not very helpful at all. They did not have the Van Gogh walk map in English, so we did not get one and instead relied on one we downloaded from the internet that was unfortunately in French.

Arles has changed so much since Van Gogh's time, and it was pretty hard trying to see beyond the crowd and conjure up what Van Gogh saw in his time and from his eyes. Le Cafe is no more aside perhaps from the yellow paint, and I could not recognize the Yellow House at all. Le Jardin is perhaps the only thing that has not changed much.

All in all, I think if time pressed, it's better to visit the Asylum at Saint-Remy.
Written July 8, 2018
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Dorothy G
York, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
After reading a previous review we downloaded the map and info for this walk prior to visiting, which helped because we could start straight away not find the Tourist Info office first. Walk was well worth doing and we really enjoyed seeing the sites in the Van Gogh paintings from where he painted them. It also gave you a chance to see all the sights round Arles while you did the walk.
Written July 2, 2018
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Lionsmaine
Chewton, Australia396 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
I printed off a map off the internet which included all of the Van Gogh stops. The map wasn't the best so I had to use my phone also to get to the destinations. All the destinations were numbered so I plotted my route and explored the city by foot. This was the best place I visited on my round the world trip. I really enjoyed finding the places and standing where he stood as he painted his master pieces. The Town of Arles was stunning and had excellent Roman Ruins. The café Van Gogh was great also and served really nice local chicken, coffee, wine and beer. This town is a must. Espace Van Gogh was also a pleasant surprise.
Written June 29, 2018
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Karoliina S
Budapest, Hungary32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We bought the map for one euro from the turist office with different walks. It was easier to catch all these places with map. If you are really into Van Gogh this is the must do in Arles.
Written February 21, 2015
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Patricia D
Toronto, Canada152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
We visited the places where Van Gogh was and could see reproductions of his paintings in the different sites such as the hospital or the yellow cafe!
Written April 4, 2018
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