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Found in the 10th arrondissement, Gare du Nord train station is in the south-east of the French capital. It’s the busiest railway station in all of Europe, handling around 214 million passengers every year. This bustling hub not only connects the northern suburbs of the capital, but also serves the north of France and even neighbouring countries like Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Trains operate intercity, regional and international services from the 32 platforms, with 1,500 journeys every day. Passengers will find the TGV, Eurostar, Thalys Intercity trains, TER Picardy, Transilien, and RER trains here, as well as bus and metro connections. Amsterdam-Paris is a popular international service, taking 3h20mins, and the journey from Brussels-Midi can be done in 1h25mins. At a national level, a trip from Amiens can be done in 1h10mins, whilst it takes 50 minutes travelling from Compiègne. Paris is served by several other train stations, including the nearby Gare de l’Est, and the Gare de Lyon, to the south of the city.
Gare du Nord is conveniently located for exploring the popular 9th, 10th and 11th arrondissements of Paris. The station itself is a historical monument and seen by many as an attraction in its own right. First built in 1846, and frequently added to, the 200-metre facade is a spectacle, with its glass roof and many detailed statues, which represent the cities that the station serves.
A 15-minute walk from the station towards the city centre will lead to the Saint-Denis and Saint-Martin gates. They originally served as gateways through the wall of Charles V, which was built in the 14th century to protect the city. From here, and within a 10-minute stroll, visitors will arrive in the theatre and music district, where famous institutions like Théâtre du Gymnase Marie Bell are, as well as the cabaret music hall of Folies Bergère.
Running alongside the station, to the east, is Canal Saint-Martin. It runs for over 4 km, crossing through the 10th and 11th arrondissements. Visitors can enjoy a pleasant walk along its banks whilst watching the barges navigate the locks. On the other side of the station, and only a 5-minute walk away, is the Église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul de Paris. A few hundred metres down the road is the Saint-Quentin market, which is the largest in the capital. It’s covered and boasts the classic Baltard style. Close to this area, only a 5-minute walk away, visitors should take advantage of the chance to enjoy some less-typical French cuisine, with the Passage Brady providing a long succession of Indian restaurants.
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