At the Place de la Concorde, winter is a magical time for many reasons. And one of the biggest reasons is the installation of the Grande Roue, French for ‘big wheel,’ right in this busy central square.
The Place de la Concorde is the biggest square in all of Paris. Centrally located, the square bookends the east side of the Champs-Elysées. With must-see monuments like the imposing Obelisk and the stunning fountains, a visit to Paris is not complete without a trip to the Place de la Concorde. Now, the Grande Roue is allowing visitors to get even more enjoyment out of the iconic square.
The Grand Roue is an impressively large Ferris wheel that measures 65 meters high, allowing riders to have a unique panoramic perspective of the city. When sitting at the top of the wheel, visitors can peer out over the famous Champs-Elysées avenue and the Tuileries garden, with a view going until the Louvre and beyond. With the upcoming illumination of Christmas lights in Paris, this view will be even more spectacular.
The first giant Ferris wheel of Paris dates all the way back to 1900, when the city hosted the World’s Fair. The wheel stayed up until 1937 before being dismantled. However, now a new wheel is back to amuse city dwellers and visitors alike. Guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens can enjoy this extraordinary sight from November 16, 2012 until January 13, 2013.
The Grande Roue at the Place de la Concorde will be functioning and available to ride every day from 11 a.m. until midnight. Tickets for adults cost 10 euros and tickets for children under 10 years old cost 5 euros.
The Place de la Concorde is a square that is full of Parisian sights, and the Grande Roue adds one more thing to this list. Visitors can therefore interact with a piece of the city, day or night.