Paris city is one of the top-rated tourist destinations in the world. Everything in the city is inviting such as the enchanting natural beauty, astounding architectural wonders, talented artists, French delicacies, wine, and many more. However, including the Louvre Museum tours, Eiffel Tower tour, etc., in your Paris tours itinerary has become clichéd and predictable these days. So why not visit the underrated places in the city that are as astounding as the top-notch attractions here. La Defense is one of such places that you may explore on your next Paris city tours. Below is what makes it a must-see attraction in your tour itinerary.
Located at the outskirts of the French capital, La Defense is one of the prominent business hubs of Europe. Here, you can see some colorful and goliath fountains, skyscrapers, unbelievable constructions, and many more, that you may hardly expect in Paris. Additionally, one of the important landmarks of the city, Grande Arche is also located here. Hence, traveling around La Defense is one of the best ways to spruce up your holidays.
La Defense was constructed in 1960’s with an intention to focus on skyscrapers in a single business district instead of cramming up the city with multiple commercial buildings. Interestingly, the area where this business hub located is on the margins of three communities including Courbevoie, Nanterre, and Puteaux of the department of Hauts-de-Seine. As a result, it is not measured within the Paris city limits and is also not considered as an official administrative unite, despite its immense popularity.
Things to See in La Defense
The major highlights to see in La Defense are the skyscrapers and other top-rated architectures here. For instance, consider Grande Arche, which is one of the tallest buildings in the La Defense area that mostly resembles a hollow cube than an arch. The building is so tall that you can see a major portion of the city from the top floor of Grande Arche. In 2010, this viewing platform was shut down because of an unfortunate elevator incident. However, it was later reopened in May 2017.
If you want to know more about the history and other aspects of La Defense, you can go to the Musée de La Defense in the neighborhood. The museum displays various models and plans that represent the history as well as the development of this business hub. You can reach La Defense either by means of a metro rail or a tram service.