Discover or rediscover the capital during the summer months with these unusual tours

Paris under the summer sun is an alluring city, inviting you to discover its hidden secrets and explore new horizons. Whether you’re a Parisian or a visitor, there’s always something new to discover about this city; its possibilities are endless. Take the opportunity to see what the more unusual tours are all about, because we think you’ll be fascinated as you see Paris from a fresh perspective and make the acquaintance of places that are away from the usual tourist trails. Just to give you an idea of some of the incredible depth of interest our city has to offer, here are a few recommendations.

Unusual tours in Paris - Butte-aux-cailles area - Tourist Office Paris - Photographer E. Boucher

Buttes-aux-Cailles area – Tourist Office Paris – Photographer E. Boucher

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See the climax of the Tour de France and take a Paris Bike Tour

The summer months in Paris are warm and languid, but there’s no shortage of things to do. Throughout the year and especially during the summer, the Paris Bike Tour offers a range of activities to please everyone. And while we’re on the subject of bike tours, we must not forget the arrival of the Tour de France !

Bicycle race Tour de France in Paris - Charles-de-Gaulle square, Triumphal Arch, 8th district

Bicycle race Tour de France in Paris – Charles-de-Gaulle square, Triumphal Arch, 8th district

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The Paris Bastille; a testament to history

We at the Hotel Marais Bastille are proud of our location in such a historically significant section of Paris. The story of the Paris Bastille fortress is one that reverberated around the world and still has significance today. Built in the 14th century to defend the city from the English during the Hundred Years War, it later became a state prison and was famously stormed by 600 rioters on July 14th 1789. This key event of the French Revolution was a major blow in favour of liberty. The fortress was later demolished and the Place de la Bastille was built where it formerly stood. Some of the stonework can still be seen today close to the Boulevard Henri IV. Today the district is rich in interest. Here are some of the nearby places you will want to visit when you stay with us.

Paris Bastille - Viaduc des arts (strip of art galleries) - Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont

Viaduc des arts (strip of art galleries)

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Paris place to see : the new Place de la Republique

Paris place to see , because it has undergone an extraordinary transformation, is the newly renovated Place de la Republique. A year and a half of work and around £20.4 million has gone into making one of the largest squares in Paris also one of the most visitor friendly, now around 70% pedestrianised. Reclaimed from the traffic and hubbub, this lovely location which was reopened on June 16th can now be enjoyed to its fullest. On Metro line 5 it is less than fifteen minutes away from the Hotel Marais Bastille.

Paris place to see - Place de la Republique - Tourist Office Paris - photographer Jacques Lebar

Place de la Republique - Tourist Office Paris - photographer Jacques Lebar

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Centre Pompidou Paris : a hub of French Art and Culture

Centre Pompidou Paris is a daring and spectacular building; one of the most well attended visitor attractions in France. The inspiration for this marvellously egalitarian concept came to President Georges Pompidou in 1969. He wanted to create a place which would serve as a central hub for all contemporary French art and culture. Designed as an example of expressionist high tech architecture by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, the Centre Pompidou opened in 1977. Among other attractions it houses the National Museum of Modern Art and several temporary exhibitions each year. From the Hotel Marais Bastille you can cross the historical Marais district and reach the Beaubourg area and the Centre Pompidou in less than half an hour.

Centre Pompidou Paris - Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Nicky Bouwmeester

Library of the centre Pompidou Paris - Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Nicky Bouwmeester

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Operas in Paris present a season of Italian greats

Operas in Paris enjoy a phenomenal worldwide reputation set to be enhanced even further as the Paris National Opera continues its 2013-2014 season at the Opera Bastille. At the heart of this ambitious programme of presentations will be Italian Opera, with works by Donizetti, Verdi and Bellini. The 2,700 seat Opera Bastille house was created as part of President Francois Mitterrand’s ambitious project to create new monuments for Paris. The building was designed by Carlos Ott and saw its first performance in 1990. The Hotel Marais Bastille is less than ten minutes’ walk from this stunning example of modern architecture.

Operas in Paris - Opera Bastille - flickr - Photographer Poom!

Operas in Paris - Opera Bastille - flickr - Photographer Poom!

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Paris Botanical Gardens : a feast for the senses

Paris Botanical Gardens are one of the city’s best loved and most frequently visited locations, and understandably so. This 69 acre swathe of greenery on the left bank of the Seine delights and overwhelms the senses. Add to its loveliness the attraction of the zoo and the Natural History Museum and you have a place which appeals to the whole family. The Hotel Marais Bastille is just a few Metro stops away from all this tranquil, verdant beauty.

Paris botanical gardens - Tourist office Paris - Photographer Amelie Dupont

Paris botanical gardens - Tourist office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont

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Paris summer events and festivities for every one

Paris summer events and festivities appeal to all ages and are a wonderful way to enjoy the city. Try Paris Plages for a resort experience, visit a fun fair with the family or take in an exciting exhibition. The delightful Hotel Marais Bastille is uniquely placed to ensure easy access to all of the main events and is an inspired choice for your stay.

Paris summer events - Artistic festival - Paris Tourist Office - Photographer Amelie Dupont

Artistic festival - Paris Tourist Office - Photographer Amélie Dupont

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Canal Saint Martin Paris from a tranquil beautiful hotel

Canal Saint Martin Paris is hidden away in the heart of Paris, and this summer you’ll find real beauty and quiet there, all an easy walk from the perfect hotel for this trip, Hotel Marais Bastille.

Canal Saint Martin - Paris tourist office  - Photographer Jacques Lebar

Canal Saint Martin - Paris tourist office - Photographer Jacques Lebar

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Paris Bastille Day 2013 is the ultimate French party

Paris Bastille Day 2013 sees the city of the French revolution celebrate in great style, with fireworks, street parties and celebrations, all yours from the perfect base, Hotel Marais Bastille.

Bastille day Paris - Military parade - Tourist office Paris - Photographer Marc Bertrand

Bastille day Paris - Military parade - Tourist office Paris - Photographer Marc Bertrand

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