Impressionist Trails

7 new Impressionist Trails in the footsteps of famous painters to explore in Saint Germain Boucles de Seine.

On the occasion of European Heritage Days, 7 towns in Saint Germain Boucles de Seine invite you on an enjoyable experience following in the footsteps of Impressionist painters.

As part of a project initiated by Destination Impressionnisme, supported by the Normandy and Paris Île-de-France regions, managed by the Intercommunal Tourist Office and supported financially by the Île-de-France region, eight new walking trails featuring reproductions of paintings await you.

The towns of Carrières-sur-Seine, Chatou, Croissy-sur-Seine, L’Etang-la-Ville, Le Pecq, Le Port-Marly and Marly-le-Roi will plunge you into the world of Impressionist artists, their forerunners and successors, all of whom were inspired by their landscapes.

The banks of the Seine, winding cobbled streets, orchards and breathtaking panoramas are all yours to discover through the eyes of the artists of the day, in the very places where they set up their easels. Experience a perfect moment in the footsteps of sixteen key artists from this artistic movement. Sit on the balcony at Maison Fournaise where Renoir painted his famous Déjeuner des Canotiers (Luncheon of the Boating Party). Pause in front of the Château du Pont, painted many times by Jeanne Baudot, or in front of the Aqueduct in Louveciennes and the water trough in Marly, two of Alfred Sisley’s favourite subjects.

All of them have lived or simply stayed in our villages, which are an integral part of Destination Impressionnisme, at the crossroads of the two regions that saw the birth of this artistic movement, and which today are known internationally for it. More than a hundred places to visit await you in this “Destination”: museums, artists’ houses, cultural sites, unspoilt landscapes, restaurants and more.

So wait no longer, come and explore these new Impressionist trails. For the more experienced, there’s a complete 18-mile route from Carrières-sur-Seine to L’Etang-la-Ville, so you can enjoy the whole experience.

We can’t wait for you to enjoy the treasures of Saint Germain Boucles de Seine!

The graphic design was created by the Unsens Agency and Empreinte Signalétique made the signage.