The 16th arrondissement of Paris constitutes one of the twenty arrondissements in Paris (France), located on the right bank of the Seine, to the west of the city. It is bordered to the east by the Seine and to the west by the Paris ring road, with the exception of the Bois de Boulogne which is located on the other side of this road.

It is adjacent to the 17th and 8th arrondissements to the northeast, as well as to Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine to the southwest. Opposite the Seine are the 7th and 15th arrondissements.

The district is essentially residential, but nevertheless visited by tourists for its numerous museums and remarkable places such as the Trocadéro or the Bois de Boulogne.

It is home to the largest number of embassies and consulates in Paris as well as world-famous sports facilities, such as the Parc des Princes or the Roland-Garros stadium.

Due to its distance from the center of Paris, its history is recent, for a long time rural and simply based on three ancient villages.

There are few historic buildings left there. Including the hundreds of hectares of the Bois de Boulogne, the 16th arrondissement is the greenest in the capital.

Under the terms of article R2512-1 of the General Code of Local Authorities (regulatory part), it also bears the name “arrondissement of Passy”, but this name is rarely used in everyday life.

The land area of this arrondissement is 16.305 km2 (6.295 sq mi or 4,029 acres), slightly more than half of which consists of the Bois de Boulogne park.

Excluding the Bois de Boulogne, its land area is 7.846 km2 (3.029 sq mi or 1,939 acres). It is the largest arrondissement in Paris in terms of land area.

The 16th arrondissement is commonly thought to be one of the richest parts of Paris (as the saying Auteuil-Neuilly-Passy popularised); it features some of the most expensive real estate in France including the famous Auteuil “villas”, heirs to 19th century high society country houses, they are exclusive gated communities with huge houses surrounded by gardens, which is extremely rare in Paris.

Main sights (in alphabetical order)

Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile (partial)

Boulogne wood

Folie St. James

Jardin du Ranelagh

Louis Vuitton Foundation

Monument to Peter I of Serbia

Monument to Marshal de Rochambeau

Musée Yves-Saint-Laurent

Musée Marmottan Monet

National Museum of Asian Arts

Palais de Chaillot

Palais d’Iéna

Palais Galliera

Palais de Tokyo

Paris Aquarium

Paris Dauphine University (former NATO palace)

Radio France headquarters

Replica of the statue of Liberty

Russian Embassy

Saint-Pierre de Chaillot church

Main bridges

Debilly footbridge

Pont de l’Alma

Pont d’Iéna

Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Pont de Grenelle-Cadets

Pont de Neuilly

Main streets and squares

Avenue Foch

Avenue Marceau (partial)

Boulevard Lannes

Place d’Iéna

Place du Trocadéro-et-du-11-Novembre

Metro, RER and bus

The district is served by Paris metro or RER lines:

(M) (1) (Porte Maillot, Argentina, Charles de Gaulle – Étoile);
(M) (2) (Porte Dauphine, Victor Hugo, Charles de Gaulle – Étoile);
(M) (6) (Charles de Gaulle – Étoile, Kléber, Boissière, Trocadéro, Passy);
(M) (9) (Porte de Saint-Cloud, Exelmans, Michel-Ange – Molitor, Michel-Ange – Auteuil, Jasmin, Ranelagh, La Muette, Rue de la Pompe, Trocadéro, Iéna, Alma – Marceau);
(M) (10) (Porte d’Auteuil, Michel-Ange – Molitor, Michel-Ange – Auteuil, Chardon-Lagache, Church of Auteuil, Mirabeau);
(RER) (A) (Charles de Gaulle-Etoile);
(RER) (C) (Neuilly-Porte Maillot, Avenue Foch, Avenue Henri-Martin, Boulainvilliers, Avenue du Président Kennedy).

In the future the (RER) (E) will serve Porte Maillot.

The district is also served by (BUS) RATP 22, 30, 31, 32, 42, 52, 62, 63, 70, 72, 73, 80, 82, 88, 92, PC 244, and other bus lines such as (BUS) RATP 123, 241 to Porte d ‘Auteuil or the (BUS) RATP 175, 189, 289 at Porte de St-Cloud or leave from the gates of the 16th arrondissement to serve the surrounding suburbs.

Main facts

  • Area 7.85 km2 (3.03 sq mi)
  • Population (January 2020) 162,820
  • Density 20,741/km2 (53,720/sq mi)
  • INSEE code 75116

See more:

20 arrondissements of Paris

Architecture of Paris

Museums of Paris

Entertainment in Paris

Bridges in Paris

Parks in Paris

Streets and squares in Paris

Shopping in Paris

Transport in Paris

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