The Ile de la Cité offers a walk to the origins of the capital

The Ile de la Cité, once the cradle of Paris, was for centuries the nerve centre of the capital before the city spread along the banks of the Seine. The Hotel Danube, located in the midst of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, is a short stroll from the Ile de la Cité, where there are attractions you must not miss! Among our favourites are the Place Dauphine, the Sainte Chapelle, the Square du Vert Galant and, of course, the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral...

The Ile de la Cité, once the cradle of Paris, was for centuries the nerve centre of the capital before the city spread along the banks of the Seine. The Hotel Danube, located in the midst of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, is a short stroll from the Ile de la Cité, where there are attractions you must not miss! Among our favourites are the Place Dauphine, the Sainte Chapelle, the Square du Vert Galant and, of course, the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral...

 

The romantic Place Dauphine

Located on the western end of the Ile de la Cité, close to the Pont Neuf, the Place Dauphine is the second of the five royal squares of Paris and one of the capital’s most charming locations. Shaded, dotted with galleries, bookstores, small restaurants and cafes, it’s picturesque, romantic and understandably very popular with artists.

 

The Sainte Chapelle; a Gothic-style royal chapel

Built by Louis IX in the mid-13th century to house the king’s collection of Christ relics, the Sainte-Chapelle has a unique set of fifteen astonishing stained glass windows. The lightness and balance of the building’s Gothic architecture is exceptional. The stained glass windows, among the most sumptuous in the world, reveal all their rapturous splendour in the morning when illuminated by the sun’s first rays!

 

Scenic stroll in the Square du Vert Galant

The Square du Vert Galant is one of the capital’s most popular spots for a picnic or a romantic stroll. It offers a magnificent view of the Seine and its passing excursion boats.

 

Notre Dame Cathedral; the most visited monument in France

Your Ile de la Cité discovery itinerary will, of course, include Notre Dame Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece from its stained glass and rose windows to its towers, spire, bells and celebrated gargoyles. Don’t miss the opportunity to ascend the towers and enjoy a panoramic view of the entire capital.

 

Book your stay at the Hotel Danube today to discover the Ile de la Cité!

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Jazz Festival and the Fête de la Musique; Paris swings

Spring makes us want to dance! The good news is that this spring Paris will once again swing, becoming more than ever the favourite destination of music lovers. Want a catchy break? Don’t miss two major events during your stay at the Hotel Danube; the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Jazz Festival and the Fête de la Musique.

Spring makes us want to dance! The good news is that this spring Paris will once again swing, becoming more than ever the favourite destination of music lovers. Want a catchy break? Don’t miss two major events during your stay at the Hotel Danube; the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Jazz Festival and the Fête de la Musique.

 

A festival that makes the hearts of jazz fans beat faster

The world-famous Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, the European cradle of jazz, will reverberate from Thursday, May 24th to Monday, June 4th to the sounds of its famous Jazz Festival. This much-loved event returns for its 18th edition, to the delight of lovers of that wonderful musical genre that was born in New Orleans in the early 20th century. The event brings together established talents, promising performers, exceptional venues, a programme of unique concerts, meetings with musicians, exhibitions and more. You can enjoy performances in such remarkable places as the Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Maison des Océans, the Théâtre de l'Odéon, Paris-Sorbonne University, the Irish Cultural Centre and elsewhere.

 

The Fête de la Musique invades the streets of Paris

Music lovers of all kinds will already have noted the date of June 21st, 2018 in their diary. The summer solstice is indeed when the Fête de la Musique will be back to celebrate the longest day and shortest night of the year. This 37th edition promises to be just as exceptional as the previous ones. It offers a showcase for professional and amateur musicians alike to play in a large popular and cultural event that attracts fans of rock, jazz, reggae, metal, classical, techno, pop, country, folk and just about any genre you can think of. As in more than 700 cities in 120 countries around the world, Paris will honour the values ​​of openness to different cultures as well as those of sharing and gathering on the theme of ‘Living together through music’.

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Roland Garros

On the occasion of Roland Garros, stay at the Hotel du Danube in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés.

On the occasion of Roland Garros, stay at the Hotel du Danube in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés.

The famous tennis tournament will be back in Paris from May 21st to June 10th! On the program: exceptional exchanges between great players and a unique village atmosphere.

Getting there from the hotel: Metro 10 from Mabillon to Porte d'Auteuil

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« Pégase et Icare » : a show by the Alexis Gruss circus

For the second consecutive year, the virtuoso esquire troop of famous circus Alexis Gruss is coming back to Paris for a unique show. This time, they are not alone but joined by the Compagnie des Farfadais, a troop of high-skilled aerialist acrobats. Gathering 40 horses and 20 acrobats for 2h30, « Pégase et Icare » is a grandiose show that the whole family will enjoy !

For the second consecutive year, the virtuoso esquire troop of famous circus Alexis Gruss is coming back to Paris for a unique show. This time, they are not alone but joined by the Compagnie des Farfadais, a troop of high-skilled aerialist acrobats. Gathering 40 horses and 20 acrobats for 2h30, « Pégase et Icare » is a grandiose show that the whole family will enjoy !

 

The show

 

« Pégase et Icare » celebrates the encounter of two troops of circus artists : the esquires of the Alexis Gruss circus and the aerialist acrobats of the Farfadais troop. On one side, Pegasus, and on the other, Icarus : while some tame the untamable winged horse, the others whirl in the air, closer and closer to the sun.

 

The impressive aerobatics and taming numbers that have made the Grusses famous are mixed with acrobatic performances in the air and on the ground (and even in water) that will blow you away. With « Pégase et Icare », the artists play with the elements. While the Farfadais are whirling between water and air, the race of the horses of the Gruss stable pushes the squires for earth to sky, with fire at the tip of their fingers. Numbers of aerobatics and juggling on horses alternate and mix with acrobatics and aerial silk numbers.

 

The ensemble is accompanied by the live performance of Sylvain Rolland's Grand Orchestra, covering modern music hits that anchor the myth of Icarus in modern times. Between Adele, Britney Spears, Metallica and Coldplay, the talented singer Barbara Nicoli gives new heights to the show while she sings in tremendous costumes above, under and in the middle of the aerobatics numbers, tearing the invisible wall between the acrobats and the musicians.

 

Icarus, son of Daedalus who created his own wings to go and touch the sun, and Pegasus, the legendary winged horse, meet in this beautiful tale that is put to life in crazy costumes that sometimes take a life of their own. The ensemble shines in a grandiose and poetic atmosphere that will ravish children as well as adults.

 

Practical information

 

The marquee is settled at the edge of the Bois de Boulogne, at the Porte de Passy in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

 

Timetable

 

The show takes place from Wednesday to Sunday, until the 6th of March, 2016.

 

Wednesdays : 3 p.m.

Thursdays and Fridays : 8 p.m.

Saturdays : 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Sundays : 4 p.m.

 

Entry fees

 

The prices span from 21,50€ to 76,50€ per person, depending on the placement.

Book your tickets here : http://www3.aparteweb.com/awprod/GRUSS/AWCalendar.aspx?INS=GRUSS&CAT=2&LNG=FR

 

How to go from Hotel du Danube ?

 

When you get out of the hotel, take a left, then the second street on the right. When you get to the Saint-Germain-des-Prés corner, take a left on Boulevard Saint Germain until you reach Mabillon metro station. Take line 10 until Porte d'Auteuil station. Use exit number 2 (Hippodrome d'Auteuil). You will then have to take the free Alexis Gruss shuttle (every 10 minutes one hour before and one hour after the show) that will take you directly to the marquee.

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