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Hotel de Ville

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Hotel de Ville.

Hotel de Ville features in these preplanned City Guides:

5-day Paris City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Beautiful Renaissance style building
  • The square is a meeting point for the Parisians

Time required: 30 minutes

Phone: +33 1 42 76 40 40


Ticket type Charge
General: Free

Public transport:

  • Metro Line 11: Hotel de Ville station
  • Metro Line 1: Hotel de Ville station

Address: 29, rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris

Things you need to know:

  • Hotel de Ville is the town hall of Paris built from 1873 to 1892 in French Renaissance style
  • Its site has been the location of Paris city halls since 1357
  • Two previous buildings stood here (1357-1533, 1533-1871)
  • The present building is a reconstructed of the former one that was burnt down by Common extremists in 1871
  • From the outside it is an exact copy of the 16th-century building; from the inside it was newly designed based on standards of its time
  • The square in front of the building, a pleasant place now, used to be a site of horrible executions
  • The assassin of Henri IV, Ravaillac, was quartered here alive in 1610

What to do there:

  • Enjoy the beautiful building from outside

Tips & Insights:

  • In wintertime, an ice skating rink is built on the place de l'Hotel de Ville
  • The building is beautifully illuminated in the night

Hotel de Ville features in these preplanned City Guides: