We can see the night show displayed on the Invalides.
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Reasons to visit Paris in summer 2022

June 15, 2022

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With iconic museums to explore and cobbled streets to discover, Paris never disappoints. From watching tennis stars battling for glory at the French Open to celebrating the birth of modern-day France, here are our favourite reasons to visit this summer.

A fountain show by night

Summer is the best time of year to experience the grandeur of Château of Versailles, one of Europe’s largest castles. Every Saturday in summer, its magnificent gardens come alive with dazzling light effects, while its spectacular fountains rise and fall to the sound of Baroque music composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully and Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Towards the end of the evening, enjoy fireworks in front of the Grand Canal, which stretches towards the horizon. Versailles is 16km/9.94 miles from Paris.

June 11 September 17

Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles

The image shows the fountain shows at night at Versailles
© Château de Versailles
We can see the Prix de Diane Longines' horse race.
© Ambiance

Prix de Diane Longines’ horse race

Don your most stylish hat and join the French society at Prix de Diane Longines this summer. This famous race, also known as the ‘French Oaks’, was first held at Chantilly Racecourse in 1843. It has since become one of Europe’s most prestigious events. Today it’s as much about high fashion and al fresco entertainment as it is about a championship race. Enjoy a picnic and live music in the middle of the track before watching guests take part in a catwalk à la Fashion Week to win prizes. Chantilly Racecourse is one hour’s drive north of Paris.

June 19

Avenue de la Plaine des Aigles, 60500 Chantilly

Bastille Day

July 14, a public holiday in France, commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison on the same date in 1789, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The highlight of the celebration is the annual Fête de la Fédération, Europe’s oldest and largest military parade. Presided by the French president and attended by thousands, it sees troops march on Champs-Elysees as planes fly overhead. To mark the occasion, a classical music concert and impressive fireworks display will take centre stage in Champ de Mars, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007 Paris

La Nuit aux Invalides

This spellbinding, 50-minute laser show is a visual reminder of French emperor Napoléon’s extraordinary life and legacy. Discover how he rose to prominence during the French Revolution and why he still divides France. Projected in the courtyard of Hôtel National des Invalides, a former military hospital with a beautiful golden dome, the show was created by French artist Bruno Seillier to mark the 250th anniversary of Napoleon’s birth. Afterwards, enjoy the summer evening with a walk to Dôme des Invalides to catch a glimpse of Napoleon’s majestic tomb.

July 16 September 1

Hôtel National des Invalides, 129 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris

Château by candlelight

In honour to the famous party of August 17, 1661, Château Vaux-le-Vicomte invites you to experience a unique dreamlike evening, taking a candlelit journey through the house’s exquisite interiors and out into the illuminated gardens. Whether you stop for dinner at their Les Charmilles restaurant or an elegant picnic by the water show, your evening promises to be a magical one, ending with a spectacular finale of fireworks.

May 14 – October 1

Front view of Vaux-le-Vicomte castle façade illuminated in blue
© Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Paris’s must-see museums and events, enchanting neighbourhoods and evocative buildings are all within easy reach of Le Meurice and Hôtel Plaza Athénée. Once you’ve discovered Paris, why not explore further afield?

Header image courtesy of Musée de l’Armée/Anne-Sylvaine MARRE-NOF

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