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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hauts-de-Seine

Nanterre - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hauts-de-Seine

City of Hauts-de-Seine, Nanterre is in Île-de-France, in the western suburbs of Paris. It is notably border of Puteaux, Rueil-Malmaison, Suresnes or Courbevoie. The famous business district, La Defense, extends partly in the municipality of Nanterre. Served by the metro and RER, Nanterre is located along the Seine River and extends to Mount Valerien.

If the city has greatly expanded during the second half of the twentieth century, she has however keep a beautiful old heritage that visitors to explore. Rich in greenery, Nanterre also home to many other parks and green spaces that beautify the streets and bring a breath of fresh air in this city universe.

Scope of culture, the city of Nanterre regularly hosts major events and other festivities that highlight the history of the city, and the various arts. Animated, the town has no shortage of attractions and its proximity to the French capital makes it an ideal place for a holiday in the heart of the wonders of the Île-de-France.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude48.8924230 (N 48° 53’ 33”)
Longitude2.2153310 (E 2° 12’ 55”)
AltitudeFrom 22m to 127m
Surface area12.19 km²
Population95851 inhabitants
Density7863 inhabitants/km²
Insee code92050
IntercommunalityMét du Grand Paris

Nearest cities & towns

Puteaux1.7 mi (7 min)
Rueil-Malmaison2.2 mi (7 min)
La Garenne-Colombes2.3 mi (9 min)
Suresnes2.7 mi (9 min)
Courbevoie3 mi (10 min)
Neuilly-sur-Seine3.4 mi (9 min)
Bezons3.4 mi (11 min)
Chatou3.5 mi (13 min)
Le Vésinet4 mi (12 min)
Colombes4.2 mi (10 min)
Croissy-sur-Seine4.3 mi (14 min)
Bois-Colombes4.3 mi (16 min)
Houilles4.3 mi (14 min)

Things to see and do

If the city of Nanterre present rather a new and modern architecture, it nonetheless has some beautiful buildings and other sites to discover during walks in the streets and the city center.

Listed historic monument, and even listed for its bell tower is the only element of the old church from the fourteenth century, the Cathedral Sainte-Geneviève-et-Saint-Maurice Nanterre is a beautiful building built in 1966. The old cathedral parish church was completely rebuilt in the interwar period in the place of birth of St. Genevieve. It was built in the Romanesque-Byzantine style and has walls and arches decorated with frescoes by Paul Baudouin. They represent the life of St. Genevieve, the parables of the Gospel, the Beatitudes, the Sacred heart of Jesus and the crowning of the Virgin. Renovated in the early 2010s, the Cathedral Sainte-Geneviève-et-Saint-Maurice Nanterre regained all its colors and its influence.

Built in the 1970s on former slums and other wastelands, André Malraux park is a peaceful haven in Nanterre. Designed by Jacques Sgard, 25 hectare park provides a breathtaking view of the La Défense district not far. A beautiful 2-hectare lake adorns this site and hosts a water playground in summer. Nanterre largest park, it also hosts a playground, a fitness trail and a climbing wall.

Many parks and gardens embellish Nanterre, like the Way of the Island Park, Old-Town halls of the park that hosts many events, Chenevreux the park, or the gardens of the ark.

The cemetery-park Mont Valerian is one of the most popular sites Nanterre. Quiet and ideal for meditation, the cemetery presents a unique environment that makes it a pleasant place to stroll.

Places of interest

Information points
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Nanterre is a city rich in cultural events and other festivities that animate the streets of the city center throughout the year.

Nanterre hosts several markets throughout the week: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday morning in the halls of Place du Maréchal Foch, Wednesday and Saturday morning in the halls of the station and the Picasso market on Wednesday and Saturday morning.

Formerly flower festival, the Ecozone festival takes place each year in May. A ecological vocation, this week presents animations debates, forums, or a lively party by companies and associations.

Founded in 1990, the festival of street arts of Nanterre is held every year one of the first weekends in June. Goings of companies worldwide have circus, dance, music or theater. On this occasion, workshops are also offered to young people.

Festival of Student creation Nanterre on Scene takes place each year since 2009 the first week of December. Live shows are presented by students in the theater Bernard-Marie Koltès.

Giant Farm is an animation that takes place the last weekend in November since 1996. event program, the presentation of various rural trades with demonstrations, the presence of animals or a country with food products terroir.


Sainte-Geneviève Cathedral (© Tourist Office of Nanterre)
Sainte-Geneviève Cathedral (© Tourist Office of Nanterre)
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Sainte-Geneviève Cathedral (© Tourist Office of Nanterre)
Sainte-Geneviève Cathedral (© Tourist Office of Nanterre)
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Miraculous well (© Tourist Office of Nanterre)
Miraculous well (© Tourist Office of Nanterre)
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Sunday 16 july
Min. 12°C - Max. 26°C
Monday 17 july
Min. 15°C - Max. 27°C
Tuesday 18 july
Min. 15°C - Max. 26°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Dinner on a Double-Decker Bus: The Bustronome
Entertainment100 € Paris (3.8 mi)
Lunch on a Double-Decker Bus: The Bustronome
Entertainment65 € Paris (3.8 mi)
Arc de Triomphe E-Ticket – Valid all year
Culture and education12 € Paris (3.8 mi)
Day Trip to Normandy Landing Beaches (English) – Departing from Paris
Culture and education159 € Paris (3.9 mi)
Create Your Own Perfume Workshop
Arts and Crafts109 € Paris (3.9 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Pr 4- A walking tour bright in colour
HikeEasy2h25Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine (5.5 mi)
24 km for 2024 Edition 2018 course 15 km
HikeIntermediate4h25Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine (5.6 mi)
Paris illuminations
Cycling itineraryEasy2h00Paris (6.7 mi)
24 km for 2024 Edition 2018 : courses 18 km
HikeIntermediate4h55Saint-Denis (6.9 mi)
PR1 an island in the middle of a river
HikeIntermediate2h55Saint-Denis (7.1 mi)


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