About the rich history of Austerlitz train station, also called Gare d’Orléans
The shipyards at Austerlitz station started in 1837 and were inaugurated three years later. Since 1867, a passenger service has been reorganized to ensure a better reception for the thousands of people who become familiar with the station. At present, this train station accommodates intercity, night trains, the TER and other commuter trains. The Trenhotel to Madrid and Barcelona has also operated from here, until 2013. The Austerlitz station has been included on the list of historic monuments. Obviously, the station is the start of the Paris-Austerlitz line in Bordeaux-Saint-Jean. A surface railway station with 21 cul-de-sac routes, assigned to mainline traffic (Paris-Toulouse via Limoges) and serving the suburbs. Plus an underground station with four transit lanes (for two central platforms) assigned to the RER line C service. In the fore-station, which stretches for several kilometers between Paris-Austerlitz and Ivry-sur-Seine, there are various construction sites. There are beams of training and storage of passenger trains. This area, already partially amputated for the establishment of the François-Mitterrand library, is concerned by a vast urban development project, Paris Rive Gauche. The Austerlitz train station lies within the 13th arrondissement of Paris municipality. The exact address is 85 quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris. It is a property of the SNCF, which is also the operator. Its official opening date is 20 September 1840, while the underground tracks have been operational since March 3rd, 1969. Paris-Austerlitz, also known as Gare d’Austerlitz, was formerly called Gare d’Orléans. Included in the six main terminus stations of the SNCF in Paris, Austerlitz is located on the banks of Seine (left bank), near the Salpêtrière hospital in the 13th arrondissement. Since the putting into service of the Artlantic LGV, the lines to Touraine and the great south-west, no longer leave the from Austerlitz station. Paris Austerlitz station welcomes 21.3 million passengers a year, much less than the Montparnasse station. However, it retains its major role in serving Paris from the south of the Île-de-France. The recent renovation of this station will be carried out by 2020 and should change the situation in the coming years, to ensure an increase in traffic. Following these renovations, SNCF announced that 23 million passengers and 180,000 trains would arrive in 2020 and forecasts the doubling of the number of passengers for 2030. Indeed, the station of Paris Austerlitz has a large capacity for expansion compared to other Parisian stations. Paris Austerlitz should be developed during the next decade, notably with a view to the possible arrival of part of the TGV traffic, in particular the Paris Orléans Clermont-Ferrand Lyon LGV project. The underground portion of RER C line currently receives 27,536 passengers per day.
Contemporary creations, museums and historic monuments around Gare d’Austerlitz
Musée de l’Art Ludique (Museum of Ludic Art)
Inaugurated in 2013, this museum hosts temporary exhibitions highlighting the contemporary creations realized by the great animators of public. Pixar, the French agency for video games, is among the entities that have held an exhibition here, along with numerous creators of manga.
Natural History Museum
The Museum of Natural History is a building built in 1900. It exhibits a gallery of comparative anatomy of paleontology on various eras. This gallery will attract anthropologists, paleontologists and other fans of the series "Bones". Presenting a large collection of bones and organs, this gallery provides an understanding between the world of the disappeared and endangered vertebrates. This visit gives you access to thousands of years of evolution of the morphology of vertebrates, as well as to a variety of fossilized plants.
Registered as historic monuments since 12th of June 1986, the viaduct of Austerlitz connects the station located under the hall of the train station to the viaduct of the Quai de la Rapée. Work drawn in a curve with a dimension of 75m, it allows to reach the subway. The viaduct was built around 1910, at the time of the construction of the Parisian subway. It was less expensive to build a bridge to cross the Seine than to pass under the river.
Pont d’Austerlitz (Austerlitz Bridge)
This bridge was built during the Bonaparte era, along with the the bridge of L’île de la Cité and Pont des Arts near Louvre museum. The names of the main officers killed during the Battle of Austerlitz are registered on this bridge.
Where to sleep near Austerlitz train station ?
Hotel La Demeure and Orly airport
Not far from the very lively and famous Latin Quarter, the Hotel La Demeure is located at 51, in the heart of Boulevard Saint-Marcel, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Strategically located, this hotel provides easy access to the capital’s most popular tourist sites, including the Jardin des Plantes a 5-minute walk away, the Natural History Museum 10 minutes away, etc. Also, it is served by various metro stations, to name only Les Gobelins or Saint-Marcel, which makes getting around easier. Located in a Haussmann-style building, the Hotel La Demeure, with its four-star service, offers 42 comfortable and functional rooms and suites. Some have a balcony offering an exceptional view of the district, in particular of the rue du Jura. In addition, the hotel has a friendly lounge, a gym and a wellness area.
Hotel Saint Marcel
The Hotel Saint Marcel - Paris is nestled at 43, in the heart of the lively boulevard Saint-Marcel, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Ideally located near the popular Latin Quarter, the establishment is surrounded by shops of all kinds, restaurants, cafes and trendy bars. In addition, it is close to the Paris Catacombs, the Jardin des Plantes, the Natural History Museum and other popular attractions. In addition, Saint-Marcel and Les Gobelins metro stations are a short walk from the hotel, which is ideal for exploring the wonders of the City of Light. The three-star hotel Saint Marcel - Paris offers warm, comfortable and fully equipped rooms of various categories: Single, Double, Superior Double, Twin, Family Suite. To enhance the stay of its customers, the establishment also offers a wine bar, a tea room and a fitness room.
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The City of Fashion and Design is a cultural, events, and multiple place at the same time. Indeed, it brings together several events at the same time. It is located in the 13th arrondissement of Paris and has become a symbol of a city in constant and creative movement.
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How to get from La Défense to Austerlitz train station by car
To go by shuttle taxi from La Défense to the station, you will have to continue straight on until Place du Dôme and join Avenue Charles de Gaulle. You will have to go through Neuilly-sur-Seine. Arriving at Porte Maillot, you will have to continue straight on Avenue de la Grande Armée, join Avenue Marceau, then Avenue du Président Wilson. The goal will be to reach the Quai de la Rapée and the Austerlitz bridge before reaching the station.