Holiday Inn Paris-Gare De L'EstHoliday Inn Paris-Gare De L'Est
5 Rue Du 8 Mai 1945,
Paris, 75010 FR

Welcome to the first Holiday Inn hotel in Paris with its own high speed train station! The Holiday Inn Paris Gare de l'Est hotel is conveniently located for your business and leisure stays in Paris, in front of the historical and newly renovated TGV East station of Paris, Gare de l'Est with high speed trains to Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Basel, Zurich and Luxemburg. The Paris North Station...more


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Gare du Nord is the north railway station of the Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer francais. It is the most used railway station in the entire continent of Europe. Roughly, 190 million passengers pass through the Gare du Nord annually. It is located on the 10th arrondissement of Paris, which is on the Right Bank of Seine, and has connections both locally and to other countries in Europe. 

The history of the Gare du Nord Paris began in 1846. That year, the first Gare du Nord was opened to the public. However, it was much too small to accommodate all of the travelers in the area even then. Therefore, in 1860, part of the original Gare du Nord was torn down to make way for a larger replacement, which was designed by Jacques Ignace Hittorff. Construction began on the new station in 1861. It opened for business in 1864, but construction continued until the following year. 

Iron and stone were used to build the then new Gare du Nord. The iron had to be manufactured in Glasgow, as no other nearby foundry was large enough to accommodate the needs of building's designers. The design is a notable example of Beaux-Arts neoclassicism with its combination of then new construction techniques, classic structural elements, and classic aesthetic. 

The Gare du Nord has seamlessly included sculptures representing the destinations provided by the station with their sculpture program. There are 15 representing destinations in France, including the centerpiece Paris statue. Alongside the Paris statue are eight others that represent London, Vienna, Brussels, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Berlin, and Cologne. Thirteen French sculptors are responsible for these eye-catching sculptures, which are situated on the facade and interior of the station. 

In 1927, the Gare du Nord was home to a horrific incident involving an American heiress who was and is known for her tumultuous lifestyle. She and her lover were saying goodbye on a train at the station when she decided to shoot him and then herself. Amazingly, both of them survived, married, and then divorced, but it left a black mark on the Gare du Nord's history. However, it also has had a positive impact on popular culture, having been mentioned and featured in several films and novels, such as in the first and the last of the "Bourne" films.