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Visit Orléans, a Town of Art and History

During your weekend outside Paris

Whether you're travelling along, as a couple or with friends, plan a weekend of relaxation and discovery outside Paris. The Hôtel de France is located an hour's drive south of Paris. It's the perfect easy getaway. 

A historic city

During your trip, explore Orleans, just 50 km from the hotel. Orléans is the largest city in the Loiret department. Its extensive historic centre is home to numerous lovely buildings : http://www.tourisme-orleans.com/fr/accueil/

A few spots and walks you won't want to miss in Orleans: Sainte-Croix cathedral, the Parc Floral de la Source, the Art Museum of Orléans, the banks of the Loiret, the Charles Péguy centre...

Joan of Arc & Orleans

Joan of Arc is a world-famous symbol of courage and bravery. She saved Orleans from an English siege on 7 and 8 May 1429. The Maid of Orleans, as she is known, is particularly present on the left bank of the river. On the Quai des Augustins, you can admire the 19th century statue of Joan of Arc, by the sculptor Gois.

As you stroll through the city, you will also find her home, located on Place du Général de Gaulle, and the Centre Jeanne d'Arc for visitors interested in history.

The surrounding area

For more ideas of places to explore during your weekend outside Paris, view our pages: Chartres, Activities near the hotel and the Loire Valley châteaux.