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Grande Couronne: Places you absolutely need to visit

Besides Paris and the Petite Couronne, there is also the Grande Couronne to check out, with lots of things to do and see! 

Today, we are tackling the Grande Couronne which includes the following 4 departments: Seine-et-Marne (77), Essonne (91), Yvelines (78), and Val-d’Oise (95). There are many things to see in these places — be sure to check access requirements (health pass, etc.) before your visit!

  • Seine-et-Marne (77): the castle of Fontainebleau, the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte, Disneyland, the zoo of Bois d’Attilly, the Musée de Préhistoire d’Île de France (a museum on prehistory), the Rosa Bonheur museum, the Parc culturel de Rentilly – Michel Chartier, the Louis Braille museum, the musée départemental des peintres de Barbizon (a museum featuring the painters of Barbizon), le moulin jaune (the Yellow Mill), the Cul-du-Chien sands, the ramparts of Provins.

  • Essonne (91) : the Domaine de Courances, the Domaine départemental de Chamarande, the Yvette, the Caillebotte estate, the Jean Cocteau House, the botanical park of Launay, the basilica of Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Garde, the departmental forest of Grands Avaux.

  • Yvelines (78) : the castle of Versailles, the forest of St-Germain-en-Laye, the Espace Rambouillet, the Rambolitrain museum, the Elsa Triolet-Aragon House, the Basilica of Our Lady (La basilique collégiale NotreDame de Beaune), the Butterfly House (La serre aux papillons), the Jean Monnet museum.

  • Val-d’Oise (95) : the National Museum of the Renaissance, the Domaine de Villarceaux, the Axe-Majeur Cergy-Pontoise, the lake of Enghien, the Absinthe museum, La maison du parc (in the Parc naturel régional du Vexin français), the Château de la Chasse, the Pavillon Chinois,, the Fort of Cormeilles-en-Parisis, the church of Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption in Auvers-sur-Oise, the Cabouillet bridge, the Montmorency National Park, the Eglise Troglodytique de l’Annonciation.

In addition to all these (good) ideas to visit, these 4 departments near Paris all have multiple castles — not to be missed if you are already in the area!


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