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Maurice de Vlaminck, Restaurant “La Machine” at Bougival

The painter turns his back on the river to depict a group of houses beside the Seine. The ramp on the right (with the lemon yellow gate) leads to the former buildings of the Machine controller. The houses are still there, with the same offset roofs, chimney locations and orientation of the façades but the […]

Historical buildings

Church of Notre-Dame de l’Assomption

The Church of Notre-Dame de l’Assomption (the Assumption of Our Lady) was built during the first half of the 12th century and was restored at the end of the 19th century by Lucien Magne, one of the architects of the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre. Its 12th century bell tower is a listed building. The church has […]

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From Bougival Station to Bougival Bridge

Start Bougival Station Exit on the side of the platform in the direction of St-Lazare, turn left into rue de la Gare then take  the second road on the right, rue François Debergue. Next turn left into rue Hippolyte Lacroix. At the  end of the road, turn right down rue du Chemin de Fer, then […]

Maison de Georges Bizet côté Seine
Noteworthy museums and houses

Georges Bizet’s House

This house, which was rented by Georges Bizet, was built in the 19th century on the banks of the Seine, at the very entrance to Bougival as you come from Rueil Malmaison. It is obvious that there used to be considerably less traffic than there is today even though, at the time of the Belle […]

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GUIDED WALKING TOURS FOR GROUPS

The Tourist Office of Bougival organizes exciting guided tours for groups   Tour 1 : In the footsteps of the Impressionists Tour 2 : Vestiges of the “machine de Marly” Tour 3 : Along the river Seine… Tour 4 : Bougival, a village through the centuries   Download leaflet for details Guided walking tours for […]

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Fournaise Museum

The Fournaise Museum collection includes paintings of André Derain, Ferdinand Heilbuth, Gustave Maincent, Albert Lebourg, Adrien Karbowsky, Maurice Réalier Dumas, painter-decorator of the facade of the Maison Fournaise, memories of Guy de Maupassant, numerous engravings and lithographs that evoke the glory days of canoeing at the time of the Impressionists, and especially two skiffs classified […]

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The Islands and Rennequin Sualem Quay …On the Impressionists walk

From Carrières sur Seine, passing through Chatou, Croissy, Bougival, Louveciennes, Marly le Roi and Port Marly, reproductions of paintings on enamel plaques have been placed at the exact spots where the impressionist painters created them. So in Bougival, you can admire 12 reproductions from this magnificent period. Start Island of La Chaussée car park (free) 1- The “Bridge […]

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Walking to la Celle Saint-Cloud

Download (French) Circuit-Promenade_La Celle Saint Cloud

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Château de Monte-Cristo

The Château de Monte-Cristo was thought up by Alexandre Dumas. Built between 1844 and 1846 at Port-Marly, it was built in the centre of a huge garden landscaped in the English style with a grotto, rockery and waterfalls. This elegant residence with façades covered in sculptures houses a genuine Moorish reception room, an architectural masterpiece […]

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Museum of La Grenouillère

A place for remembering La Grenouillère, the famous floating café and its dances on Thursdays during the second half of the 19th century, the Museum displays a collection of prints, paintings and items depicting the guinguette (open-air café with dancing) and what people used to do there and it also conjures up the surrounding landscapes. […]

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Tour of Bougival with an MP3

is a digital application which enables you to download an audio-guided tour freely. 11 stages are available with a 2 min 30 audio commentary at each site. An entertaining, educational, interactive guided tour! Land of artists and land of impressionists ! Explore Bougival as you please with ZEVISIT !  –Zevisit Mobile ® locates your position and tells you […]

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Guided school tours and activity centres

Going with the Flow ! Students follow the course of the water in the urban landscape by reading in an original way about the history of Bougival, a town situated by the Seine, its impressionists walk and the story of the so-called Marly Machine and the locks. It also provides reflection on the water cycle […]

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The Heights of Bougival, La Jonchère, the Quays

An idea for a walk through Bougival ! Start Church car park, place des Combattants 1- Take rue Pierre Gilon 2- Go up rue Emile Richebourg 3- Statue of François Debergue 4- Go up Chemin des Bourbiers 5- Take Rue Philippe Paget 6- Go down Chemin du Haut du Parc 7- From the panoramic viewpoint, […]

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Town Centre and Saint-Michel District

A walk which will take you to the St-Michel district, one of the oldest parts of Bougival. There you will notice some small winegrowers’ houses nestling against each other, with an outdoor flight of steps concealing the entrance to some vaulted cellars. In 1869, the year Impressionism began, Claude Monet lived there with his wife […]

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The Marly Machine Dam – Alfred Sisley

The painting depicts part of the building housing the 6 huge wheels installed across the branch of the Seine. The Machine was finally demolished in 1968, amid general indifference, when a dam for regulating rises in the level of the water in the Seine was built. The small brick edifice was an annex to this […]

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Road from Saint-Germain to Marly – Alfred Sisley

Walking along the Seine and the D113 road, on the right, you pass in front of the Machine buildings which were used to house employees, the administrative buildings and repair workshops. This group of buildings has been listed as a National Heritage Site since 1987. As you go up the ramp by which the Machine […]

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Boats at the lock at Bougival – Alfred Sisley

Seen from the Island of La Loge – At the end of the path adjacent to the locks, the artist painted the vivid reflections in the water and did not hesitate to capture the presence of a barge tugboat at the lock by depicting smoke coming out its funnel. The painting portrays the tip of […]

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The Quay – Berthe Morisot

Go up the steps leading to the bank of the river. The artist used to set herself up on a small boat in the middle of the branch in the river to paint the quay, from where there was a rather unique viewpoint. This canvas, with a vertical format, shows Berthe Morisot’s, fluid painting style […]

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The Bridge at Bougival – Claude Monet

In this great painting, the painter exploits the spatial relationship between the road crossing over the bridge in the direction of the village and the track on the left going down to the river. Autumn is depicted clearly; russet-coloured leaves are still clinging to the branches and the sun, the trajectory of which has become […]

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Barges on the Seine at Bougival – Camille Pissarro

When Pissarro returned from England in 1871 to settle once more at Louveciennes, the banks of the Seine and above all life on the river were his favourite subjects. A painter of modernity, he was the first to “show” barges going upstream or remaining motionless as they went through the locks. He set up his […]

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Marly, embarkation at Bougival – J.M.W. Turner

A great traveller, Turner sketched the banks of the Seine on the spot in a “River Seine” travel notebook. He then worked the sketch in watercolours in a larger format so that prints could be produced for publication. This landscape can be qualified as modern and picturesque insofar as the banks of the Seine are […]

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The Marly Machine – Alfred Sisley

From Louveciennes where he settled, Sisley confirmed his talent as a landscape painter exploring the loop in the Seine. The so-called Marly Machine, painted several times, housed the new hydraulic machine that brought water to Marly reservoir. The painter set up his easel opposite it: the precise shapes of the red-bricked building block off the […]

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The Factory in the Flood – Alfred Sisley

The flooding of the river Seine in 1872, like the even more famous one in 1876, became a subject to be painted for Sisley. The lock keepers’ house on the Island of La Loge is the main subject of the painting. The latter is reflected in the calm water, an impressive, solid, motionless building. Only […]

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Ice floes on the Seine – Claude Monet

Claude Monet captures the misty atmosphere of winter. The depiction of the river and the background are handled with broad strokes of almost monochome paint; the sky and the water blend together in a harmony of grey tones. A few figures, coming to draw some water with their buckets, painted with brisk, precise brushstrokes, create some life on […]

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Banks of the Seine at Bougival – Albert Lebourg

Attracted by the Seine valley, Albert Lebourg painted the quay bordering the Seine coming from Rueil many times. Monet and Pissarro had already chosen this landscape where the houses follow the curve of the river, with the Marly aqueduct just visible in the distance. In this canvas the huge sky, in which winter mist still […]

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