Once a hospital in the 17th century, today, Les Invalides is an architectural complex that features a myriad of Parisian landmarks. Apart from its characteristic golden dome, you can find the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte amidst other French officials’ crypts, a church, a hospital, and several museums including Musée de l'Armée.
Read on to know everything you’d need to plan your visit to Les Invalides.
By Car: Nearest Parking: Parking Indigo Paris Invalides (1 km away from Les Invalides)
After turning right onto Av. de la Bourdonnais, continue driving for another 800 m before you have to turn left onto Av. de Tourville. You will find Les Invalides to your left after continuing for around 200 m.
There are two bicycling routes from the Eiffel Tower to Les Invalides. You can either go via Quai Jacques Chirac and Quai d'Orsay or Av. de la Bourdonnais and Av. de la Motte-Picquet. It will take you around 7-9 minutes to reach Les Invalides on a bicycle via both routes.
The Book and Gift Shop offers over 2,000 types of products including souvenirs, postcards, and books related to the rich and diverse history of the military in France.
Restaurant bar: "Le carré des Invalides": Choose from a range of salads, sandwiches, and desserts at this cozy restaurant inside Les Invalides.
Angelina Tearoom: Stop by Angelina Tearoom, the iconic Parisian brand which serves hot chocolate, pastries, and a bunch of cold drinks
Musée Rodin: Explore Musée Rodin, a museum dedicated to the works and talent of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin.
Esplanade des Invalides: An open space in front of Les Invalides, Esplanade des Invalides is one of the best spots in Paris for a picnic while enjoying the breathtaking views of prominent attractions including Les Invalides.
Eiffel Tower: A symbol of Paris that needs no introduction. It provides a panoramic view of the city.
Louvre Museum: The Louvre Museum is one of the most prominent and largest museums in the world. You will find a wide collection of artwork from different periods, artists, and cultures including the Mona Lisa.
Sainte-Chapelle: Sainte-Chapelle is a 13th-century Gothic chapel and a popular tourist attraction in Paris because of its stained glass windows and concerts.
A. Les Invalides is open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM.
A. The best time to visit Les Invalides is early in the morning as soon as the museum opens.
A. Yes, you can enter anytime during operating hours. That said, keep in mind that the last admission is at 5:30 PM.
A. It takes around 2 hours to visit the Les Invalides and get a feel of all the attractions and museums inside the complex.
A. Disabled people, children below 18 years of age, EEC nationals below 26 years of age, ex-military personnel, and Paris Museum pass holders can enter Les Invalides for free.
A. Yes, group visitors are allowed to Les Invalides.
A. Les Invalides is located in the heart of Paris in the 7th arrondissement of Paris.
A. The best way to get to Les Invalides is by bus, metro, bicycle, or by car.
A. There are two entrances at Les Invalides including, the Esplanade des Invalides side and Place Vauban.
A. Yes, Les Invalides conducts several activities for children throughout the year to help them learn and know more about the country’s military.
A. Yes, photography is permitted inside Les Invalides. For commercial purposes, prior permission is required.
A. Yes, there is a cloakroom at Les Invalides.
A. Yes, you can carry your luggage inside Les Invalides. You can secure your luggage in the cloakroom inside Musée de l’Armée.
A. Yes, wheelchairs are available at Les Invalides.
A. Yes, you can visit all the major attractions and museums inside Les Invalides in one visit.