Definitive guide

Champ de Mars

A Parisian favourite for afternoon strolls and picnics, the Champ de Mars is the elegant park just behind the Tour Eiffel

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Paris’ Champ de Mars is a large public greenspace in Paris, located right behind the Eiffel Tower. Because of its position and its curated and refined atmosphere, the garden is a picnic favourite for locals and tourists.

Before the mid-18th century, the area was known as the Grenelle, a space where the city’s citizens would grow vegetables, fruits, and flowers to exchange at the local market. With the construction of the nearby École Militaire, the grounds were instead used for drilling and the marching of the troops.

Champ de Mars in Paris
Climbing atop the Eiffel Tower you get a sweeping view of the city around you, including the Champ de Mars.

The current name, which means Field of Mars, references this military use. Champ de Mars is but the French translation for Campus Martius , a tribute to the Roman god of war, Mars.

If before or after your stroll in the Champ de Mars you want to visit the nearby Eiffel Tower we highly recommend getting your tickets in advance, as lines can get pretty long. You can get your tickets here directly .


7th arrondissement, behind the Tour Eiffel.


Method Métro Bus RER
Lines 8 42, 69, 80, 86 C
Stops Ecole Militaire - Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel

Nearby sights

Tour Eiffel just in front of the Champ de Mars, 5-minute walk.

Musée du Quai Branly 700 m (a little over 0.4 miles) northeast, 9-minute walk.

Musée des Égouts de Paris 900 m (over 0.5 miles) northeast, 12-minute walk.

Les Invalides - 1 km (0.6 miles) east, 12-minute walk.

Musée Guimet 1.1 km (about 0.7 miles) northeast, 15-minute walk.

Musée d’Art Moderne 1.3 km (0.8 miles) south, 17-minute walk.

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Champ de Mars