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Following in Napoleon and Josephine's footsteps

Step back 200 years in Rueil-Malmaison. This affluent Parisian suburb is named after Chateau de Malmaison, the palatial home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's first wife, Josephine de Beauharnais. The chateau, along with many other sites, is a living memorial to the Napoleonic period. The city center, which has retained its village character, has many delightful brasseries and open-air cafes near the banks of the Seine river. Committed to canvas by the likes of Renoir, Monet, and Manet, you too can be inspired when you book Rueil-Malmaison vacation rentals.

Things to do

See some 19th-century grandeur in Rueil-Malmaison

Rueil-Malmaison feels like the 19th-century minus the corsets, wigs, and tricorne hats. The incredibly grand Chateau de Malmaison was bought by Empress Josephine in 1799, and was Napoleon's last home before he was exiled in 1815. The chateau, with its lavish rooms and ornate gardens, is now one of the area's most popular attractions. In 1807, Josephine built the Greco-Roman style Love Temple to decorate the gardens of Malmaison. Josephine died in 1814 and is buried at the Church of Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul, along with her daughter, Hortense.


Rueil-Malmaison—it leaves quite an impression

It would be a shame to come to Rueil-Malmaison and not visit the chateau from which it takes its name. Another site that's worth a look is the tomb of Empress Josephine in the historic Church of Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul. Close to the church, foodies can get their fill in the many fine brasseries, cafes, and bars. There's also the Park of Impressionists, a public garden inspired by the paintings of the great French Impressionists who frequented the area. What's more, Rueil-Malmaison is a short distance from such world-famous sites as the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe.


Soaking up Rueil-Malmaison's summer splendor

Rueil-Malmaison has an oceanic climate, which means it experiences mild conditions for most of the year. The weather in spring and autumn is variable, with warm and cold spells bringing unseasonable conditions. Winters tend to be cool and damp with daytime highs in the mid-40s in December and January. In summer, Rueil-Malmaison is pleasantly warm, with daily highs in the upper 70s. With warm temperatures and dry conditions, July and August are 2 of the best months to book Nanterre vacation rentals.

Natural features

Giving Josephine her due in Malmaison Forest

If you fancy a tranquil walk in a lush forest while in Rueil-Malmaison, then you have the Empress Josephine to thank. The 500 acres that make up Malmaison Forest were acquired by Josephine in 1800 and linked up to the Chateau de Malmaison. Like Josephine, you're sure to enjoy long walks among the the trees. And the lake of Saint-Cucufa makes for the perfect spot to relax, have a picnic, and watch the local birdlife wander past.

How to get there

How to get to and around Rueil-Malmaison

The nearest airport is in Paris (ORY-Orly), located 13.4 mi (21.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Paris (CDG-Roissy-Charles de Gaulle), which is 19.8 mi (31.9 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station is Rueil-Malmaison Station.

Where to stay around Rueil-Malmaison?

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What is the best area to stay when traveling to Rueil-Malmaison?

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What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Rueil-Malmaison?

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Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Rueil-Malmaison?

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  • Villas: 6 rentals available
  • Guest houses: 33 rentals available

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