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In the early 20th century, the banks of the River Marne became a favourite spot with Parisians for Sunday outings and summer breaks. Follow your guide and explore the architecture of this former summer resort, ranging from houses and villas surrounded by gardens, to the marina and the ‘original’ Pont des Arts footbridge.
Until the mid-19th century, Nogent-sur-Marne was a farming village bordered by the famous River Marne. The waterside was not developed at that time, but the arrival of the railway, connecting Nogent with the centre of Paris, was to change everything.
From then on, it became very easy for Parisians to spend a day or a week-end in Nogent or even to live there and work in the capital. Alongside the existing country houses, many splendid mansions and holiday villas were built on the banks of the Marne.
Nogent became a residential area, but was also appreciated by many Parisians who came on warm summer days to stroll along the riverbanks and enjoy thenumerous guinguettes (restaurants with music and dancing), beaches, water sports and festivities.
Soak up the history and atmosphere of this period on this fascinating guided tour. Admire the architecture of the villas on the Île de Beauté and be enchanted by the mysterious Île des Loups. Learn the history of the Passerelle des Arts footbridge, made from part of the original metal Pont des Arts in Paris, now a feature of the marina here, and discover the magnificent Pavillon Baltard, the only remaining pavilion of the famous Grandes Halles de Paris (which were replaced by Rungis market hall).
Please note: this guided tour is available in French only. Your guide will greet you in English, but the commentary will be in French. But don’t let this discourage you – it’s still a great opportunity to discover this part of eastern Paris!