Walk from the Museum of the colonies to the Château de Vincennes

The walk takes place in the Bois de Vincennes in Paris. It ends with a visit of the Château de Vincennes.

This fairly long hike starts at the Metro Porte Dorée to the Château de Vincennes. By the way you can visit the former Museum of the colonies which is now called the National City of the history of immigration. It is imperative to go inside the museum to admire the art deco architecture (free). The visit is short and lasts only a quarter of an hour. Then you can continue the hike and cross part of the Bois de Vincennes to the Château de Vincennes. The Château de Vincennes is huge and is not much visited by tourists but it's worth a visit. Its history is rich, he served as a royal residence and prison.

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Duration: 4 h.

The national center of the history of immigration

The national center of the history of immigration
The building was built for the colonial exhibition in 1931. It is the only remnant that remains of this exhibition with the pavilions around the lake. You can go inside to see this magnificent art deco architecture. The hall and two rooms at the ends can be visited for free. Inside there is also an aquarium and a museum on the history of immigration.

The Paul Reynaud living room

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The Paul Reynaud living room
The lounge is classified historical monument. At the bottom the frescoes represent elements of Islamic culture. Exotic materials were used to showcase the products of the former French colonies.

Frescoes of the Paul Reynaud living room

Frescoes of the Paul Reynaud living room
The lounge has never been modified and you can still see the frescos on the walls. Louis Bouquet (the creator) wanted to show the positive influence of French colonization. On the other side of the building there is a fresco about Asia.

The barks

The barks
You can rent boats to tour around the lake.

The Buddhist centre

The colonial exhibition of 1931 showed different aspects of the French colonies across several pavilions. There is no remains today only a small pagoda.

The Lake of the Bois de Vincennes

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The Lake of the Bois de Vincennes
The Daumesnil lake is the largest lakes of the Bois de Vincennes.

The Gravelles stream

The Gravelles stream
The Gravelles stream feeds the Lake Daumesnil.

Detour

The courtyard of the Château de Vincennes

The courtyard of the Château de Vincennes
The Château de Vincennes is composed of several buildings constructed at different times.

The Sainte-Chapelle of the Château of Vincennes

The Sainte-Chapelle of the Château of Vincennes

Inside of the Sainte-Chapelle of the Château of Vincennes

Inside of the Sainte-Chapelle of the Château of Vincennes
The interior looks like the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and is very representative of flamboyant Gothic.

The dungeon of the Château de Vincennes

The dungeon of the Château de Vincennes
The Paris of the Middle Ages was destroyed by the work of baron Haussmann. The Dungeon of Vincennes is one of the only remain of this period near Paris. The Dungeon of Vincennes is the highest tower of the Middle Ages in Europe. Don’t miss it.

Inside the dungeon

Inside the dungeon
The Dungeon was Royal residence in the Middle Ages then it has been transformed into prison. The marquis de Sade was imprisoned twice at the castle, you can visit his cell.

The path of guard

The path of guard
You can’t get at the top of the Dungeon alone, you have to take the guided tour. Necessary to climb the 250 steps of a medieval staircase!
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