Abbaye royale de Chaalis
Formerly the home of Nélie Jacquemart-André, a wealthy art collector, this beautiful château within the woodlands is today a museum that houses more than 6000 displays of furniture, art, paintings and manuscripts. The items on display are all from Boucher, Giotto and Houdon. This museum is located to the north of Paris. Relax in the huge park and stroll along the pond and the rose gardens here.
Arènes de Lutèce
Along with the Thermes de Cluny, the Arènes de Lutèce are the only vestige left of the early Romans of Lutèce. This former amphitheater, likely first constructed in the first century AD, and reconstructed again in the 6th century, could contain more than 15000 people. The ruins were discovered at the end of the 18th century, and thanks to its classification as a Historical Monument, the Arènes de Lutèce can now be visited everyday for free.
Château de Champs-sur-Marne
The Château de Champs-sur-Marne is exemplary of neoclassical architecture. It lies to the east of the city, about 18 km out, and houses a rich furniture collection amongst rococo decoration.
Château de Fontainebleau
About 55 kilometers from Paris is the stunning Château de Fontainebleau, which is the biggest royal châteaux in France. There are more than 1500 rooms here in 130 acres of beautifully laid out gardens and parkland. Visit the museum tracing French architecture, history and art, and take in the pleasant surroundings.
Château de Maisons-Laffitte
Visit the birth place of horse racing in France, the Château de Maisons-Laffitte. This impressive building, located in a northwestern suburb of Paris, is a masterpiece from the architect François Mansart.