The Champ de Mars—Mars’ Field—was originally named after the God of War, and it does have a bloody history. First used for training drills hosted by the École Militaire, it was also the site of an infamous massacre and numerous violent episodes during the French Revolution. Today, the riverside site has a far more tranquil reputation, thanks in part to the Wall for Peace, a symbolic monument that has stood on the site since 2000. Given its proximity to the Eiffel Tower, the Champ de Mars draws large groups of tourists, but it’s also popular among local picnickers and families looking to relax amid the greenery.
Unsurprisingly, the Champ de Mars is most frequently discovered during visits to the Eiffel Tower, but you can also glimpse it on a river cruise down the Seine, a hop-on hop-off bus tour, a Segway and bike tour, and other jaunts around town.