The Grande Roue de Paris is back on the Place de la Concorde. If you have ever come to Paris around the holidays you may have seen this incredible wheel. For the 2017-2018 season the wheel is set up from November 17, 2018 to late May 2018 to offer a unique view of the city of lights.
The Grande Roue de Paris is back on the Place de la Concorde! Climbing in a gondola to admire the French capital from the top of the wheel is an event you would miss for nothing in the world! No matter if you are young or grown-up or where you come from, you want to take a ride on the Grande Roue!
Why so? Simply because the city of lights deserves its nickname even better when seen from the sky. Aboard one the 42 gondolas (including one providing access to disabled guests), the Grande Roue offers a 70-meter high breathtaking view over the Champs Elysées, the Tuileries and up to the Louvre! With the Christmas lights, the show is definitely worth it. And also because Paris City Hall doesn't wish to renew the lease of Grande Roue owner Marcel Campion.
What a shame because this Ferris Wheel has been part of Christmas setting for 23 years. Marcel Campion said: "Back in winter 1993-1994 Jacques Chirac approved my intention to build a Ferris wheel on the Place de la Concorde" explains Marcel Campion, "This idea created a worldwide following. Because of this, similar wheels popped up in 127 cities across the world including 80 permanent wheels." Since then, the Mairie de Paris allows the wheel to be up for three months.
Just for the record, Jacques Chirac’s driver, Jean-Claude Laumond, reported an overheard talk between the French president Jacques Chirac and the French singer Michel Sardou. When the singer saw the Ferris wheel on the Place de la Concorde he asked with his natural cockiness, “Who is the moron who had this great idea?” Jacques Chirac answered straight away, “It’s me!”.
But how is such a Ferris wheel built up? Have a look:
A visual show you can discover from November 17, 2017 to late May 2018, just like the other 300.000 yearly passengers.
Place de la Concorde
Subway station: Concorde
From November 17, 2017 to May 2018
Opening hours: to be confirmed
Rates: €12 for adults / €6 for kids under 10 / €10 for seniors (to be confirmed)
Closed in case of very bad weather
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