Airport Le Bourget (Paris) (2)

Location: Inbetween Avenue John Fitgerald Kennedy, Avenue du Général de Gaulle and Avenue du 8 Mai 1945

Today: Bussiness airport

When Hitler visited Paris he flew from airport Gros Caillou to the Paris airport Le Bourget, where he left by car for a tour through Paris.  

Left: Hitler at the

airport Le Bourget

Right: A picture of Le Bourget

made in 1937

Opéra Garnier (Palace Garnier) (4)

Location: Place de l'Opéra

Today: Still there

Hitler was very interested in the Opéra Garnier and he already knew a lot about the building before he visited it.

The Opéra in modern times

Hitler inside the opera In front of the Opera House (picture: Kuypers, Hitler verovert Parijs) Another picture of Hitler  inside the opera house (picture: Kuypers, Hitler verovert Parijs)

La Madeleine (6)

Location: Place de la Madeleine at one end of the Rue Royale and Boulevard de la Madeleine

Today: Still there

Hitler liked the outside of the building better than the inside. He was fascinated by the area around the building, like the Place de La Concorde and the Rue de Rivoli.

Pictures made of  stills of the movie of Hitler visiting Paris. These (bad quality) pictures show him getting out of his car, entering the gate and climbing up the stairs of La Madeleine. (pictures: Hitler's Paris movie)


Left: Hitler leaving La Madeleine

(picture: Adolf Hitler in Bilddokumenten seiner Zeit)

Right, above: The cars driving away from the building

(picture: Hitler's Paris movie)

Right, below: La Madeleine in 2004 (picture: www.wikipedia.nl)

Place de la Concorde (8)

Location: Place de la Concorde, at the other end of the Rue Royale

Today: Still there

Hitler was driven across the Place de la Concorde, towards the Avenue des Champs-Elysées.


A picture of the square made in 1885 (picture: public domain, en.wikipedia.org)

The Place de la Concorde in 2005 (picture: en.wikipedia.org)

Hitler's car on the Place de la Concorde (picture: Hitler's Paris movie)

Champs-Elysées (9)

Location: Avenue des Champs-Elysées

Today: Still there

Hitler wanted to have an avenue like the Champs-Elysées in Berlin. He liked the two identical statues at the beginning of the street.

Statues of the horses of Marly. The original statues were (and still are) at the Louvre.

The Champs-Elysées as seen from the Arc de Triomphe

(picture: nl.wikipedia.org)

An old postcard of the Champs-Elysées with the horses of Marly (picture: public domain, images.google.nl)

Hitler's car drives onto the Champs Elysées, past the horses of Marly. (picture: Kuypers, Hitler verovert Parijs)

The Champs-Elysées from the side of the Arc de Triomphe

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

Arc-de-Triomphe (10)

Location: Place Charles de Gaulle (called Place de l'Étoile before)

Today: Still there

The Champs-Elysées and the Arc-de-Triomphe seem to have been fascinating Hitler.


The Arc-de-Triomphe again

(picture: nl.wikipedia.org)

Hitler's motorcade driving towards

the Arc -de-Triomphe

(picture: Hitler's Paris movie)

Hitler's motorcade driving away from

the Arc -de-Triomphe

(picture: Hitler's Paris movie)

Hitler's motorcade driving on the square of the Arc -de-Triomphe


Three recent pictures of the Arc -de-Triomphe. (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

Avenue Foch (11)/ Arc-de-Triomphe (12)

Location: One of the avenues starting (or ending) at the Place Charles de Gaulle

Today: Still there

After driving towards the Arc-de-Triomphe from the Champs-Elysées, Hitler made the cars turn around on the Avenue Foch to see the Arch from the other side.

A picture of the Avenue Foch as taken from the Arc-de-Triomphe

Avenue Foch

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

Champs de Mars (17a)

Location: Gardens around the Place Jacques Rueff, between the Eiffel Tower and the Ecole Militaire

Today: Still there

Hitler was driven to the Ecole Militaire. He left the car to look at the Champs de Mars and the Ecole Militaire.

The Champs de Mars as seen

from the Eiffel Tower

(picture: wikipedia.org)

The Champs de Mars with the Ecole Militaire at the end

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

Ecole Militaire (17c)

Location: Place Joffre, Avenue de La Motte-Picquet

Today: Still there

The façade of the military school was another thing Hitler liked.

The Militairy School faces the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars (picture: public domain, fr.wikipedia.org)

The Ecole Militaire in 2009 (pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

The street in front of the Ecole Militaire (turning to the right and directly left  on the Place Joffre, takes you to the Place Vauban)

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

N2 (3a) - Porte de la Villette (3b) - Avenue de Flandre (3c) - Rue de la Fayette (3d)

Route

The N2 runs past the area of  

Porte de la Villette

Rue de la Fayette

Avenue de Flandre

Rue Gluck (behind Opéra Garnier) (3e)

Route

Hitler's car on the Rue Gluck

Boulevard des Capucines

Boulevard des Capucines (5)

Route

Rue Royale (7)

Route

The Rue Royale in 1900

(picture: fr.wikipedia.org)

A picture of the Trocadero taken

from the Eiffel Tower

Hitler and the Eiffel Tower

(picture: Hitler's Paris movie)

A well-known picture of Hitler in front of the Eiffel Tower  (picture: Adolf Hitler in Bilddokumenten seiner Zeit) Paris in the eightees. The pictures were taken from the same side of the Eiffel Tower as the picture of Hitler above (picture: the Hitlerpages, 1988)

Hitler looking at the Eiffel Tower from the Tracadero square (picture: Hitler's Paris movie)

Hitler's car driving to the Trocadero

(picture: Hitler's Paris movie)

Hitler's car stops at the Trocadero

(picture: Hitler's Paris movie)

Avenue Raymond Poincaré (13)

Route

The Trocadero from the other side

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

The Trocadero and the road behind it

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

The same location almost  69 years later

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

The Eiffel Tower. The left picture was taken from the spot were Hitler stood.

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

Trocadero (14), Tour d'Eiffel (16) (getting there by taking the Avenue Raymond Poincaré )

Location: Place du Trocadero

Today: Still there

Hitler didn't like iron buildings but he liked the Eiffel Tower and the area around it very much.

Pont d’Iena (15)

Route

The Pont d’Iena with the

Trocadero in the background

The Pont d’Iena and the Eiffel Tower

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

Bridge d’Iena

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

Hitler took this bridge on his way to the Ecole Militaire, located on the other side of the Eiffel Tower

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

Left: The bridge, the Eiffel Tower,  and the Champs de Mars with the Ecole Militaire on the other side

(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

Statue Marechal Joffre (17b)

Location: Place Joffre between the Champs de Mars and the Ecole Militaire

Today: Still there

Hitler's car stopped directly behind the statue of Marechal Joffre, to take a look at the Champs de Mars and the Ecole Militaire.

Hitler's car behind the statue of marechal Joffre

Centre and right: The statue of marechal Joffre today

(pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

Avenue de Tourville (18) & Place Vauban (19)

Route

The Place Vauban today

(picture: www.justfrance.com)

Church of St.Louis des Invalides and the courtyard of Les Invalides (20 + 21)

Location: Place Vauban, behind the Dome des Invalides

Today: Still there

Hitler and his men walked through the church of St. Louis and the courtyard of Les Invalides to the cars that were waiting at the other side of the buildings.


Courtyard of Les Invalides

(picture: After The Battle Magazine, 1976)

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Hitler at the grave of Napoleon inside the Dome des Invalides

(picture: Heinrich Hoffmann, 1940)

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Boulevard Saint-Germain (23)

Location: Boulevard Saint-Germain

Today: Still there

Hitler's motorcade took the Boulevard Saint-Germain and the Boulevard Saint-Michel and went past the Palais du Luxembourg and the Odéon Theatre.

The Boulevard Saint-Germain

(picture : en.wikipedia.org)

Boulevard Saint-Michel (28)

Route

Today: Still there

Hitler's motorcade took the Boulevard Saint-Germain and the Boulevard Saint-Michel and went past the Palais du Luxembourg and the Odéon Theatre.

The Boulevard Saint Michel today


Palais du Luxembourg (26)

Location: Rue de Vaugirard

Today: Still there

Hitler's motorcade took the Boulevard Saint-Germain and the Boulevard Saint-Michel and went past the Palais du Luxembourg and the Odéon Theatre.

The Palais du Luxembourg

(picture: nl.wikipedia.org)

Odéon Theatre (27)

Location: Place Paul Claudel, Rue de Vaugiard

Today: Still there

Hitler's motorcade took the Boulevard Saint-Germain and the Boulevard Saint-Michel and went past the Palais du Luxembourg and the Odéon Theatre.

The Odéon Theatre in Paris

(picture: en.wikipedia.org)

Panthéon (30)

Location: End of Rue de Soufflot

Today: Still there

Hitler's motorcade took the Boulevard Saint-Germain and the Boulevard Saint-Michel and went past the Palais du Luxembourg and the Odéon Theatre.

The Panthéon in the

Quartier Latin in Paris

(picture: nl.wikipedia.org)


Ile de la Cité (33a)

Location: Island in the river Seine. The Boulevard du Palais runs through the centre of it. It's the island of the Notre Dame

Today: Still there

It seems like Hitler and his men only briefly visited the island of the Notre Dame.

The Ile de la Cité with the

Notre Dame by night

(picture: nl.wikipedia.org)

Notre Dame (35)

Location: Place du Parvis Notre Dame on the Ile de la Cité

Today: Still there

A quick look at the Notre Dame was part of the trip through Paris.

Left: The Notre Dame of Paris by night (picture: nl.wikipedia.org)

Right: The Notre Dame by daylight (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

Quai d’Orsay (22a) - Chambre de Deputies (22b) - across Rue de Lille (22c)

Route

The Palais Bourbon of the

Chambre de Deputies

Past the French War Ministry (24a) - through the Rue Bonaparte (24b) - past the church St. Sulpice (25)

Route

Left: Rue Bonaparte

Right: St. Sulpice

Rue Soufflot (29)

Route

Rue Soufflot and the Panthéon

Detour to Café Closerie des Lilas (31)

Location: Boulevard Montparnasse 171/ corner Avenue de l'Observatoire

Today: Still there

The Closerie des Lilas was a meeting place of writers, painters and other artists. Sculptor Arno Breker, who was with Hitler, Giesler and Speer, showed Hitler the café and the statue of Marechal Ney. Breker had worked in this area.

An old picture of the café and a recent picture of the statue of Marechal Ney

Boulevard St.-Michel (32a) - Square de Cluny (32b) - Boulevard St.-Michel (32a)- Ile de la Cité (33a) - Boulevard du Palais (33b)

Route

Square de Cluny

Palais de Justice, St. Chapelle (34)

Location: Boulevard du Palais, Ile de la Cité

Today: Still there

Hitler got out of the car to see the St. Chapelle, the only remaining part of the old castle that used to be there.

Three pictures of the Palais de Justice with the church St. Chapelle on it’s left side.

(pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2009)

Rue de Rivoli (40)

Location: Rue de Rivoli

Today: Still there

Hitler liked the Rue de Rivoli because of the uniformity of it's buildings.

The Rue de Rivoli and the Louvre (picture: fr.wikipedia.org)

Louvre (42)

Location: Rue de Rivoli, between de Place de la Concorde and the Rue de l'Amiral Coligny

Today: Still there

Hitler did like the Louvre as a building. It looks like he didn't enter the building.

Colonnade of the Louvre

(picture: nl.wikipedia.org)

Pont d’Arcole (36)

Route

Hitler left the Ile de la Cité over the Pont d’Arcole

Hotel de Ville (37)

Location: Place de l’Hotel de Ville

Today: Still there

At the Hotel de Ville, on the other side of the Seine, the cars stopped again.

Hotel de Ville

(picture: nl.wikipedia.org)

Musée Carnavalet (38)

Location: Rue des Francs Bourgeois

Today: Still there

Hitler also visited the Musée Carnavalet.

The Musée Carnavalet

(picture: nl.wikipedia.org)

Place des Vosges (39) - Rue de Rivoli (40) - Les Halles (41) - Rue de Rivoli (40)

Route

Les Halles today, with on the picture the Forum des Halles

(picture: nl.wikipedia.org)

The Place des Vosges

(picture: nl.wikipedia.org)

Past the Opéra (4) - Rue de la Chaussée d’Antin (43) - Place de Clichy (44) - Pigalle (45)

Route

Chaussée d’Antin in the 19th century

(picture: © Northwestern University)


Place de Clichy today


Pigalle is the area of the

Moulin Rouge

Both pictures on the left:

Hitler at Montmartre

(picture: Kuypers, Hitler verovert Parijs)

Butte de Montmartre, Sacre Cœur (46)

Location: Rue du Chevalier de La Barre

Today: Still there

Hitler took the time to look at the view of Paris at the end of the trip. After that the group went back to the plane.

View from the Montmartre

(picture: nl.wikipedia.nl)

The Sacre Coeur

(picture: nl.wikipedia.org)

15. Pont d’Iena 16. Tour d'Eiffel 17a. Champs de Mars 17b. Statue Marshall Joffre 17c. Ecole Militaire 18. Most likely through Avenue de Tourville 19. Place Vauban 20. Dome des Invalides 21. Through the church St.Louis des Invalides and the courtyard of Les Invalides (where the cars were waiting) 22a. Quai d’Orsay 22b. Chambre de Deputies 22c. Rue de Lille 23. Boulevard Saint-Germain 24a. French War Ministry 24b. Rue Bonaparte 25. St. Sulpice 26. Palais du Luxembourg (Rue de Vaugirard) 27. Odéontheater 28. Boulevard Saint-Michel 29. Rue Soufflot 30. Panthéon 31. Café Closerie des Lilas  32a. Boulevard St.-Michel 32b. Square de Cluny 33a. Ile de la Cité 33b. Boulevard du Palais 34. Palais de Justice, St. Chapelle 35. Notre Dame 36. Pont d’Arcole 37. Hotel de Ville 38. Musee Carnavalet 39. Place des Vosges 40. Rue de Rivoli 41. Les Halles 42. Louvre 43. The Opéra 43. Rue de la Chaussée d’Antin 44. Place de Clichy 45. Pigalle 46. Butte de Montmartre, Sacre Coeur 2. Back to Le Bourget (Hitler's plane circled over Paris a few times, before returning to airport Gros Caillou)



Airport Le Bourget (Paris) (2)

Location: Inbetween Avenue John Fitgerald Kennedy, Avenue du Général de Gaulle and Avenue du 8 Mai 1945

Today: Bussiness airport

Hitler left Paris from the Paris airport Le Bourget. After havinng circled the city a few times, his plane went back to airport Gros Caillou, an airpot close to his headquarters the Felsennest.  

Left: Hitler at the

airport Le Bourget

Right: A picture of Le Bourget

made in 1937

Paris

There's some discussion about the date of Hitler's visit to Paris. Albert Speer, who was with Hitler in Paris, said it was June 28, 1940. Two other men who were with Hitler said it was June 23, 1940. Looking at the timetable of the Hitlerpages seems to make clear that the visit must have been taken place on June the 23th. The 23th was a Sunday: and indeed the city was very quiet on the early morning of Hitler’s visit. So until someone proves me wrong I think that Hitler was driven through Paris on June 23. A few pictures and a short movie were made of this event. Some pictures I made of the movie can be found on this page. It’s not possible to do the exact tour in modern traffic anymore, with all the new regulations like one-way streets. Hitler stayed at Bruly-de-Pesche, Belgium in May 1940 (until the 27th). During that stay he made several trips, like the one to Compiègne (June 21) and the one to Paris.     

1. Bruly-de-Pesche, Belgium 2. Airport Le Bourget (Paris) 3a. N2 3b. Porte de la Villette 3c. Avenue de Flandre 3d. Rue de la Fayette  3e. Rue Gluck (behind the Opéra) 4. Opéra Garnier 5. Boulevard des Capucines 6. La Madeleine 7. Rue Royale

8. Place de la Concorde 9. Avenue des Champs-Elysées 10. Arc de Triomphe 11. Avenue Foch

12. Arc de Triomphe 13. Avenue Raymond Poincaré 14. Trocadero

JUNE 23, 1940 PARIS BELGIUM and FRANCE JUNE 1940

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