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Paris' 16th Arrondissement

Including one of the most famous city views in the world, Paris’ 16th arrondissement is mostly comprised of a high class residential district, a collection of smaller museums, a number of Paris’ sports stadiums and the Bois de Boulogne park, which takes up over half of the district’s land area.  It is also known as “arrondissement Passy,” named after one of the most traditionally wealthy areas in Paris.   There are not many affordable vacation rentals in Paris that find themselves in the 16th arrondissement, but the nearby 7th is a great alternative and considered by many to be the best place to find Paris apartment rentals.

The view that probably brings the most notoriety to the 16th is found at the large piazza at Palais Chaillot in Trocadero.  No matter where your Paris rental apartment or hotel is located in the city, the view from Palais Chaillot is an absolute must see for any tourist. The Palais sits atop a large hill on the western bank of the River Seine and is most known for its small museums including France’s National Film Institute and the popular Navy museum, featuring ship models from over three centuries of naval history.  Just down the street is Palais de Tokyo and one of Paris’s two modern art museums.  Although the one here is not as popular as the famous museum at Centre Pompidou, it is definitely worth a visit.  

Paris’ sports scene is sometimes forgotten amongst all the other Paris attractions, but the 16th arrondissement is home to three of Paris’ major sporting venues.  Parc de Princes is the most well known and is where the Paris Saint-Germain football club plays its home games.  The annual French Open is played in the 16th at Rolland Garros Stadium, the premier traditional clay court venue in the entire world.  Lastly, the Stade Francais Rugby Club plays their matches at Stade Jean-Bouin.   Seeing a French football or rugby game is an absolute must for sports fans.  Most importantly though, if you happen to be staying in a Paris vacation rental during late May or early June, do whatever you can to get some tickets to the French Open as it is hands down a wonderful experience whether you like tennis or not.

When it comes to places to stay in the 16th, the district is extremely diverse.  Hotels are relatively standard, but private residences and Paris vacation apartments vary quite a bit from north to south.  While apartments in the north are large in size and come at a premium price, the southern area is much more modest with a nice range of traditional and remodeled short term Paris rentals.