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By plane

The best way to get to Orleans by plane is to fly into either one of the two Paris Airports. Most international carriers will service Charles De Gaule (CDG), but most low-cost carriers will service Orly. Orly airport is slightly closer to Orleans if you are driving, but neither airport provides direct services to Orleans and one will most likely have to transfer in Paris.

By train

Many trains serve the sizeable railway station near Place Jean d'Arc, from Paris, which takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
From Paris take a SNCF train from Paris's Gare d'Austerlitz to the Gare d'Orleans. These trains run frequently during the day. There is a tram which runs from the train station to the centre of the town.

By car

Take the A10 motorway south-west from Paris. The trip will only be slightly more than and hour, but in rush hour the hour trip can easily become a 3 hour endeavor.
You can drive as well along the N20 which is a toll free road going straight from Paris to Orleans. The drive can be a bit longer than with the Highway cause you will have to pass through a good amount of villages.

By boat

Loire river is the main river in the city. It used to be navigable at the beginning of the 20th century.

Key places to visit
Parc Floral de la Source, Archaeological Historical Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Museum Orleans


Places to Visit

Parc Floral de la Source

The Parc Floral de la Source is a French garden situated to the south of the River Loire, in the La Source neighbourhood of the town of Orleans, in the departement of Loiret. With more than 150,000 visitors in 2007, it is the most visited site in Loiret.
The source of the Loiret river is at the centre of the park.
The park has been awarded the status of Jardin remarquable by the French Ministry of Culture and the national council of parks and gardens

Archaeological Historical Museum

The museum presents the collections of decorative arts, archeology and history of the city of Orleans. This figure until 1940 the most important French museums of history and archeology. His fire, due to the bombing in June 1940, ruined most of the collections, except the few items removed in 1939.
Enriched with many new gifts, bequests and purchases, the museum, reconstructed, may reopen to the public in 1960.

The Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts in Orleans is among the richest and oldest French museums. Its outstanding collections of paintings, sculptures and art objects offer a wide panorama of artistic creation in Europe from the fifteenth to the twentieth century.
In addition to outstanding Italian paintings, Flemish and Dutch, French collections include an important collection of works of seventeenth and eighteenth centuries including the inevitable stands firm pastels.
The collections of the twentieth century show their eclecticism of the richness of this period especially with regard to sculpture. Temporary exhibitions are regularly organized, as well as presentations of drawings and engravings.

Museum Orleans

The Museum of Orleans offers over 6500 square meters and three floors all the natural sciences with emphasis on regional differences.
The first level is devoted to invertebrates, reptiles and fish with a large portion reserved for live animals (15 large aquariums, vivariums).
The second level is side by side with stuffed birds and mammals. The comparative study of the skeletons shows the different modes of travel and the variety of diets. A cave animals along the Loire and Sologne complement this approach with a continuous audiovisual animation.

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