Pastoral getaways in Rueil


The change of scenery is guaranteed !

On Tuesdays and Saturdays, Rueil-Malmaison comes alive with its market with varied and colorful stalls. Come and meet our local merchants and artisans on Place Jean Jaurès and Place de l'Eglise for the delight of young and old.

This discovery will give you wings to reach the Saint-Pierre Saint-Paul church which shelters the tombs of the Empress Joséphine and her daughter Queen Hortense. A unique moment that will allow you to rest before taking a lunch break in our restaurants in the city.

In the afternoon, move away from the heart of the city, just 200 meters away, the Bois-Préau park, a 17 hectare park awaits you…. While running or walking you will discover many remarkable trees. To find out more, a detailed map is available at the Empress Josephine’s boutique or at the Tourist Office.

Rueil-Malmaison, an imperial city

Located just 900 meters from the city center, the Château de Malmaison, imperial residence where Napoleon and Josephine lived, awaits you…. During your morning stroll, you will be seized by the flowerbed of roses at the entrance of the house and its rose garden with the scent of yesteryear. You can then discover the charms of this family-like house.

This 2-hour getaway will then take you to the Bois-Préau park, another castle that belonged to Joséphine. Inveterate collector and welcoming many guests, this house closed to the public is present in a shimmering green setting of over 17 hectares…. Cross it to the city center for a snack.

In the afternoon, we invite you to discover the Saint-Pierre Saint-Paul church where the Empress Joséphine and her daughter Queen Hortense are buried. To end the tour, the local history museum will tell you about a city’s rich past. Nice visit filled with surprises!

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Cycling tour on the banks of the Seine

"A sunny summer morning, not too hot, just enough to push you outside ... You don't want to go too far, or take the car. And then I feel the soul of an explorer...

From the center of Rueil-Malmaison, I join the banks of the Seine along the blue promenade. In no time, here I am at the time of the Impressionists… I like to dream on a tavern air…. Arriving at the golf course, I observe the balls crossing these lawns of perfect size and emerald green. On the other side of the Seine, boats are circulating and a bench awaits me ... but that will be for next time.

What I like are these places of nature in the heart of the city. This idea of a country town !


I take the Gallicourts footbridge which crosses the RD913. At this place, a picnic table allows me to enjoy the tranquility of the place. I leave and a little further I see the Château de la Petite Malmaison, an old greenhouse that once belonged to the Empress Joséphine.

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I hear an air of classical music, the gate of the house is open, I come in and there I discover an imperial house…. I venture and what luck, every Sunday between July 12 and 30 August, the owner of this private home opens his house for a visit at 3:30 pm.... I attend this ride and then the atmosphere of yesteryear rock me and I decide to stay until the arrival of the artist, a pianist….


For 1h30, I bask in this house…. It is getting late, but the light allows me to go up by bike and I continue my way by following the signs for the Urban Natural Park and in less than 10 minutes, I find myself at the Belvedere of the Gallicourts.

A surprising view of Mont-Valérien and La Défense !

Back by the rue de la Bergerie then the avenue de Versailles, I join the city center and here I am back home... I feel soothed and fit to meet friends and meet on the terrace of cafes."


Do not miss

Walk from the Empress to the Impressionists

The beautiful walk in Rueil-Malmaison in the footsteps of empress Joséphine and impressionists!