Walk Museum of Montmartre to Pigalle via Moulin-Rouge

The “Walk museum of Montmartre to Pigalle via Moulin-Rouge” takes you down from the Butte Montmartre (Itinerary 1 or up the hill if you choose the reverse itinerary 2) visiting the western side of the Butte Montmartre, superb at sunset with views of the Eiffel Tower. Montmartre hill is about 2 km north of the Louvre Museum.

This walk begins “just outside the Musée de Montmartre” on the top of the hill and ends at the bottom of the Butte, Place Pigalle, near the Moulin-Rouge. It is about 2,5 km and takes about 2 hours.

The Walk museum of Montmartre to Pigalle includes 23 “Points of Interest”. This is deliberate: you’ll learn more about Montmartre than you would on an ordinary tour. This western side of the Butte Montmartre, less frequented by tourists and therefore less well-known, also includes points of interest you won’t find elsewhere on the Butte. It passes close to the Cimetière de Montmartre, famous for the celebrities buried there. Finally, you arrive in the well-known Pigalle district, near the Moulin Rouge cabaret. There are 43 Relaxation Breaks along this walk, including 8 “Beauty and fashion products”, 9 “Bakeries, pastry shops, chocolate shops, ice cream parlors”, 21 “Cafés, bistros, restaurants, bars”, plus a few others.

To start your walk

This walk can be taken from Museum of Montmartre towards the Place Pigalle (Itinerary 1) or the other way around, “going up” from Place Pigalle towards Museum of Montmartre (Itinerary 2) – Click below on the itinerary of your choice. Also below, you’ll find the address of the starting point of the walk (in either direction), which usually corresponds to the address of the 1st Point of Interest in the itinerary.

You can also show on the map where you are in Paris at any time. It can be the GPS address of your hotel, to guide you reach the address of the starting point of the walk, or to follow the progress of your walk. You just have to click on one of the buttons at the top right of the map (the bottom “Click to show your locationbutton). Use the zoom button in the top right-hand corner of the map to make easier the reading of the street names.

How to get all the detailed information you need for your walk (Points of interest and Relaxation Breaks)

Everything is on the map or “hidden” behind the map below. We’ve chosen this solution to avoid overloading your screen: all you have to do is click. We explain it in detail in the FAQ below the map.”How to use all the information on this page: to learn to use the map”

Points of interests and relaxation breaks

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Further information on the walk from “Museum of Montmartre to Pigalle via Moulin-Rouge

The west side of the Butte Montmartre is just as interesting to visit as the rest of the Montmartre – Pigalle district but a lot less touristic.

A much less visited part of Montmartre

Because there’s no Place du Tertre, no Sacré-Coeur, though it’s close by. And yet this is the part of Montmartre where today’s Montmartre residents live, a little sheltered from the tourist crowds. There are many vistas to see, reminiscent of the Montmartre of yesteryear.

The Walk Museum of Montmartre to Pigalle via Moulin-Rouge with 23 Points of interest and XXX Relaxation Breaks

Each Point of Interest includes detailed historical, anecdotal or simply practical comments (opening hours, reservations, etc.). Like a human guide at your beck and call. With photos, diagrams and itineraries to follow.

We’ve added XX “Recreational Breaks” to the 23 “Points of Interest” on our walks and the information you’ll find for each. These “Recreational Breaks” are distributed along the route (coffee breakrestaurant breakshopping breakpatisseriesice creams and chocolat shopsjewelriesparfumeries). This allows you to rest, taste or buy at recommended points rated (up to 5) by the tourists who have preceded you. Avoid scores below 4.0 to avoid tourist price gouging.

A panoramic view of West Paris

On your descent to Pigalle from the Butte Montmartre, you’ll enjoy a superb view of the west of Paris, with the Eiffel Tower and possibly the Arc de Triomphe in the distance.

One of the largest cemeteries in Paris

In addition to the Saint Vincent cemetery on the top of the Butte Montmartre, mainly reserved for Montmartre families, there’s also the Cimetière de Montmartre (officially “le cimetière du Nord”), one of the capital’s best-known cemeteries after Père Lachaise. It has become the resting place of many of today’s and yesterday’s celebrities. This cemetery is also the site of one of the largest Paris cemeteries. It is located on your way down to Pigalle.

Short list of personalities buried in Montmartre cemetery

This vast cemetery is organized by street for easy orientation:

  • Grave of Edgar Degas – Av. de Montebello,
  • Grave of Michel Berger et France Gall – Av. de la Croix,
  • Grave of Stendhal – 8 Rue Camille Tahan,
  • Grave of André-Marie Ampère – 8 Rue Camille Tahan,
  • Grave of Louise Weber, dite La Goulue – 20 Av. Rachel, 75018 Paris
  • Cénotaphe of Émile Zola – 14 Av. Dubuisson,
  • Grave of Berlioz – Av. Cordier, (Ave Hector Berlioz),
  • Grave of François Truffaut – 22 Rue Joseph de Maistre,
  • Grave of Alexandre Dumas fils – Av. de Montebello,

Getting ready to visit Montmartre

We remind your that to better appreciate and understand your walk, you should know the Little History of the Butte Montmartre by clicking on Montmartre and its hill – History, religion, festivities

Two other walks available to help you get to know Montmartre better

We’ve put together 3 walks to really get to grips with Montmartre. All these walks follow on from each other. For the courageous, it’s possible :

1/ to Walk Pigalle to Sacré-Coeur by south of Montmartre Hill (in the rising sun),
2/ then visit the top of the Butte with Montmartre hill self-guided stroll on the top of Paris
3/ and finally descend in following the walk via the west (setting sun) with our Walk Museum of Montmartre to Pigalle via Moulin-Rouge and to return to the Pigalle starting point. This is the walk of your present screen.

The next walks you could follow …

It’s worth knowing that several equally interesting walks are available. Less than 500 m south of Pigalle begins the promenade that links the department stores of Boulevard Haussmann to Place de la Concorde (Walk Opera-Garnier to Grand-Magasin Lafayette and Concorde-Square).

Starting at Place de la Concorde, a walk takes you along the Champs-Elysées, up to Arc-de-Triomphe (Walk Arc-de-Triomphe to Place-de-la-Concorde via the Champs-Elysées Avenue – Itinerary 2). Plus a shopping session on the Champs-Elysées (Shopping on the Champs-Elysées : list of 100 shops to visit).

From the Arc-de-Triomphe, the Walk from Palais-de-Chaillot to Arc-de-Triomphe via George-V Avenue -itinerary 2 takes you to the Palais de Chaillot-Trocadéro.

From the Palais de Chaillot, there, to reach the Tour-Eiffel, just follow Walk from Eiffel-Tower to Palais-de-Chaillot via Place d’Iena – Itinerary 1.

Back from the same Place de la Concorde, another walk takes you to the door of the Louvre Museum (Walk from Louvre to Concord-Square via Tuileries and Place-Vendôme – Itinerary 2).

From there, if you’re still in shape, you can follow the itinerary of the promenade that will take you to the Ile-de-la-Cité, in the heart of historic and royal Paris (Stroll in the Ile-de-la-Cité of Paris, 800 year history – Itinerary 2).

Finally, crossing the Seine, you can continue to the Bastille, through the Marais District (Walk from Pompidou-museum to the Bastille via the Marais – Itinerary 1).

Quite a program, but you don’t have to do it all in one day. In fact, we’ve made it easy for you to pick up where you left off your walk.

FAQ

As our walks are extensively documented, we have chosen to “hide” some of this information “behind the map”, so as not to overload your screen. All the information you need for your walk, however, is contained “on” or by clicking the map. It may not seem possible, but that’s the reality. See below.

Each walk can be taken in one direction (Itinerary 1) or in the opposite direction (Itinerary 2). For example, you can go from the Arc de Triomphe to Concord Square, or in the opposite direction, from Concord to the Arc de Triomphe. Each Itinerary 1 or 2 takes your choice into account, automatically inverting all available information into the order in which you will be walking.

Points of interest numbered 1, 2, etc., in the order in which they appear on route 1 or 2 of your chosen walk. You can scroll through their photos on your screen by dragging them (with your mouse or finger, or by clicking on the arrows to the right or left). Clicking on the photo opens the detailed article (from our database) for the point of interest.

In the street, Relaxation Breaks are positioned between Points of Interest. They are likewise positioned in the photo strip, between the points of interest and in the order in which they are encountered during the walk. Clicking on them opens the corresponding article.

Map – Markers

This is the position of Points of Interest and Relaxation Breaks, differentiated by the shape of the logo.

Some markers may be a blue circle marked with a number (2, 3, 4, etc.). Simply click on the circle or zoom in on the map. This point will be divided into 2, 3, etc. Points of interest or relaxation breaks. This is due to the density of points on the map being too close together and therefore “superimposed” if the zoom is too low.

You’ll get the name and address of the Point of Interest or Relaxation Break in a window, plus the start of a short description of the point. Click on the window to open the full database article.

Click on the 3rd button at top right (Click to show your location). Only to be used in Paris or surrounding area.

Button at top right of map. Allows you to easily read street names and follow the route of your walk.

You can choose to walk in one direction (Clic on Itinerary 1) or the opposite direction (Itinerary 2). Or even from any Point of Interest: simply move to the address of the Point of Interest you choose as your starting point.

You can also indicate your location in Paris on the map at any time by clicking on one of the buttons at the top right of the map (the bottom “Click to show your location” button). You can then easily reach the address of the starting point “Point of interest 1” of the walk, indicated under the chosen itinerary (Itinerary 1 or “return” itinerary 2).

Note that your cell phone should have its function “location” activated if not automatic.

You can also use your “Click to show your location” button to easily track your progress during your walk. Use the zoom button at the top right of the map to make it easier to read the street names.

Note that your cell phone should have its function “location” activated if not automatic.

If you activate the “Click to show your location” on the map of the walk and you are away from Paris, you will get the map corresponding to the location were you are at the moment – not the map of Paris

Clicking on each marker

You get the name of the Point of Interest, and a window with its address and the beginning of its “short description”. Clicking on the window again, you get the complete Point of Interest data sheet.

If some markers indicate a number (2, 3 , etc.) ?

Click on the marker, zoom will be automatically activated and Points of Interest that were hidden (because they were too close each other on the map) will appear.

Relaxation breaks are indicated by the symbol Pause (2 vertical red bars).

Points of interest and Relaxation breaks are indicated in the banner above the map. This banner can be moved from left to right to show the points on your itinerary, in the order in which you will see them on your walk. By clicking on the window for each point on your route, you’ll get all the information you need (just like clicking on the markers on the map)

Visiting Paris means visiting world-famous monuments, museums, churches and cathedrals. These visits generally last between 1h30 and 3 hours. We believe that after spending so much time in a confined environment, in the midst of often large crowds, most visitors long for a walk to free themselves and relax. That’s why we’ve chosen to offer short, useful and not “random” walks around the city, right after a visit to a museum or monument.


As a result, most of our city tours begin (or end) at or near monuments or museums.
Finally, the end of the walk is “somewhere” near a key point of interest and/or near the start of another of our walks.

The itineraries of our walks are then mapped out so as to pass by “secondary” Points of Interest (compared to the “great Monuments” and Museums) often overlooked in guidebooks and by “human” guides. They are, however, historically just as interesting as what you’ll see in the official places. Their number is such that they are often located within 100 m of each other! We have weel over 200 of them in our database. There are more than 2,000 in the whole of touristic Paris. So there’s still a lot of work to be done.

As a result, most of our city tours begin (or end) at or near monuments or museums.
Finally, the end of the walk is “somewhere” near a key point of interest and/or near the start of another of our walks.

In Paris, there are dozens of museums, monuments, churches and other unique addresses that are the envy of the world. According to the experts, there are more than 2,000, but only less than 100 with a truly international reputation. These are the “points of interest” we call “main”. The others can (wrongly) be described as “secondary points of interest”.

We have chosen to list them in our own documented database. All these points of interest are grouped and organized by type. You can consult them in the “All you can see” category on our home page.

Along each walking itinerary, anything of interest (historical, anecdotal, practical, etc.) to a tourist is mentioned, documented and reported using a card stored in our database.

We have one sheet for each Point of Interest. It contains everything that might be useful for a curious tourist. It could be a historical fact, anecdote or practical information. It can be the opening hours of museums, monuments or shops, the address of course, with a telephone number if available, GPS coordinates to help locate it, and possibly prices. A short description for those in a hurry, and a detailed description with links to other documents where necessary.

Yes, and it’s free. All you have to do is enter “Tout ce que vous pouvez voir” on the www.visitingparisbyyourself.fr home page (for the site in French) or “All you can see” on the www.visitingparisbyyourself.com home page (for the site in English).


You’ll find a fact sheet on each “Point of Interest”, with historical, anecdotal and practical information. We haven’t yet reached 2,000 listings, just over 200 in English and as many in French for non-French-speaking tourists.


The number is growing as we create new articles, walks and stays in Paris.
This database feeds the other sections of our site: “Preparing your stay”, organizing “1 to 10-day stays”, “Where to stay” and, of course, “Walks”, “Shopping”, “Relaxation breaks” and “Cruises”.

The original idea was to regularly section off the walk itineraries with addresses of cafés, restaurants, etc. where you could relax and unwind. And of course to locate them on the itinerary so as to “program” on the strolls and according to the probable time the stopping points for a, a coffee at 10 a.m., lunch at 12 or 1 p.m., a sweet at 4 p.m., etc. But we then added a “quality/price” criterion to give even more useful information, especially as Paris is a tourist city and therefore susceptible to tourist abuse. In this way, we are fighting for fair prices and a positive image of Paris.

First of all, we list almost all the merchants operating in a neighborhood or within 50 to 100 m on either side of a walk route. For each of them, we check their presence and presentation on the Internet, if they exist, as well as their comments. Around 50% do not pass this stage of our investigations.

We only keep (with a few rare exceptions) merchants who have been rated with (verified) comments by their customers. Ratings are usually displayed on a scale of 1 to 5. We eliminate all ratings below 4 (with a few exceptions, to indicate where not to go). The merchants on our lists therefore have scores between 4.0 and 5.0.

 

It’s easy. All you have to do is stop at a Point of Interest or Relaxation Pause and note its postal address or GPS coordinates, which are clearly indicated in the documents provided. Then, of course, return to the same point (or the next one) when you resume your walk. So you’re in control of your time and your schedule.

Each walk has been designed with an order of appearance for each point of interest or relaxation break on the itinerary to be followed. But with a simple click (Itinerary 1 or Itinerary 2, just above the map) our software allows you to reverse the order of the visit. For example, starting the walk at the last Point of Interest and “moving up” through the itinerary to the Point of Interest that was 1st in the default configuration. No information or documentation will be “lost”.

Of course, it all depends on how brave you are and how tired you are. It’s all the easier, and without wasting time, as each new walk generally begins where (or close to) the previous walk ended. What’s more, our walks are “reversible”: our software allows you to invert (1 click) the order of the points to be seen on the walk, making it possible to “arrange” the sequence of walks with even greater flexibility.

The number of VPBY walks available on our site is steadily increasing. We started with 5 walks. We’ve now passed the 10 mark. We think that twenty or so walks would provide a sufficient network for the tourist part of Paris. Click on “List of VPBY walks on our site” (URL) for the latest update.

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How are selected the Points of Interest for a walk?

Along each walking itinerary, anything of interest (historical, anecdotal, practical, etc.) to a tourist is mentioned, documented and reported using a card stored in our database.

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How are Relaxation Breaks chosen?

The original idea was to regularly section off the walk itineraries with addresses of cafés, restaurants, etc. where you could relax and unwind. And of course to locate them on the itinerary so as to “program” on the strolls and according to the probable time the stopping points for a, a coffee at 10 a.m., lunch at 12 or 1 p.m., a sweet at 4 p.m., etc. But we then added a “quality/price” criterion to give even more useful information, especially as Paris is a tourist city and therefore susceptible to tourist abuse. In this way, we are fighting for fair prices and a positive image of Paris.