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New Orleans Sights - City Walk

Anyone who has already been to New Orleans will confirm that this city has its very own charm that casts a spell over you. Maybe there is magic - or voodoo spell for which the "Big Easy" is famous - at play? If you haven't been here yet, we'll take you on a nice city tour, which not only leads through the French Quarter. This City Walk was created in collaboration with the German representative for New Orleans and Louisiana, Karen Gilsdorf. She is, so to speak, our "tour guide" on this self-guided walking tour. They see you sitting down on the bench in front of the cathedral.

We'll start the walking tour by paying a visit to the mighty Mississippi River! When you stand by the river, head towards Jackson Square. You leave the World Trade Center (tall building with a kind of pane above) behind you, then walk in the right direction. The green area that follows the course of the river for a while is called Woldenberg Park. This is where our walk begins, which you can follow on the map on the right.
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Mighty Mississippi

In front of you is the anchorage of the "Natchez", a replica of a paddle steamer. If you are lucky, it is still in the harbor and you can see the beautiful ship from the outside. Or if you decide at short notice, you can buy a ticket for a tour directly at the round pavilion in front of it. You can also conveniently pre-book tickets for a Jazz Dinner Cruise on board the Natchez through us! There is always a lot going on here on the so-called "Moon Walk" (named after the former mayor of New Orleans, not after Michael Jackson's dance step). Joggers, musicians, artists and many visitors use this route along the Mississippi. For this year's 300th birthday of the city, the expansion of the waterfront has begun and a wide staircase will be built that will lead to Washington Arillery Park. From here you have a perfect view over Jackson Square and the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral. A photo that should definitely not be missing.

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Café du Monde

If you feel a little hungry, you could stop now as the legendary Café du Monde is on your right. Here you can order the best café au lait (chicory root coffee) and beignets (lard biscuits with a mountain of powdered sugar). If you cannot find a place in the often very overcrowded restaurant: On the right side there is a small window for orders “to take away”. You don't like sweets that much and are still hungry? Then next comes our tip and personal favorite lunch from Karen Gilsdorf, the German representative of the New Orleans tourist office.

Karen Gilsdorf | WTS GmbH

Central Grocery

Go right on Decatur Street and visit the Italian grocery store Central Grocery (picture below left) on the opposite side of the street from Café du Monde! There are super-delicious “Muffulattas” (picture below, center): Italian flatbread, topped with sausage and cheese and topped with a delicious olive salsa. Hmmm…! Did you know that you can stroll through the French Quarter with your cocktail, beer or wine? How about a refreshment in Tujague’s (picture below right), also on Decatur Street, a wonderful bar with delicious cocktails? But order a “Go-Cup”, the catchphrase “to take away”. But now we have eaten and drunk enough and are devoting ourselves to the "Vieux Carré", the old quarter, which is more fitting than the name "French Quarter", because the architecture here has more Spanish influences. But no matter what we want to call it, it is the Creole part of New Orleans and simply beautiful for long walks!


Jackson Square

So we're on the corner of Decatur Street and St. Ann Street (on this street you will find the Louisiana Visitor Center inside the Pontalba building (bottom left in the picture), where you can stock up on brochures, maps and information). The Café du Monde is across the street. The big park in front of you is called Jackson Square. In the middle there is a statue of the namesake General Andrew Jackson (in the middle of the picture). The memorial is the work of sculptor Clark Mills and was erected in 1856. Jackson, the seventh President of the USA, was involved in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Today the square is a meeting place for street musicians, jugglers and artists and is the fulcrum for the French Quarter. You just have to go through here! In the background you can see a beautiful cathedral, which we will tell you more about in a moment!


St. Louis Cathedral

Opposite the Jackson statue is St. Louis Cathedral. You can see her in the background of the above picture from Jackson Square. It is one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States and is built in the classical style. The building has existed since 1849-51 and was inaugurated in 1794 and consecrated as a basilica by Pope Paul VI in 1964. In 1987 she visited Pope John Paul II. The interior is kept simple and has a beautiful barrel vault.
In front of the cathedral you can usually enjoy great live music. Take a seat on one of the benches, like Karen in the photo, and listen! Sometimes the musicians sit on the benches themselves, like the trumpeter next to her. You can see from the clothing that the combos are not made up of professional musicians. The street artists, as well as the jugglers and painters, perform on their own initiative and are happy about every tip!

Tim Mueller | LOT

Presbytère and Cabildo

If you have walked over from the Pontalba building, then you have already passed one of these two buildings. The presbytery is on the right side of the cathedral when looking from Jackson Square (bottom left of the picture). The word presbytère comes from the French and means something like "parish" and served as a residence for the clergy in a parish. It was designed in 1791 and was supposed to resemble the cabildo which is the building to the left of the cathedral. The presbytery was completed in 1813 and is now part of the Louisiana State Museums. There are two permanent exhibitions here: one is dedicated to the country's carnival - Mardi Gras and the other is dedicated to living with hurricanes - Living with Hurricanes. Both exhibitions are highly recommended. The Cabildo (to be seen in the lower picture bar on the right) was inhabited by the ruling consul of the colony, also called Cabildo, during the Spanish domination. The building was constructed in 1779 but burned down in 1788. The new building was built between 1795 and 1799. Today, in the Cabildo, which is also part of the Louisiana State Museums, important exhibits such as the "foundation stone" of the colony (1699), the Louisiana Purchase and the death mask of Napoleon Bonaparte, are on display.

Karen Gilsdorf | WTS GmbH

Pirates Alley

Between the cathedral and the Cabildo there is a small path called Pirates Alley (shown in the middle of the picture bar below). These little streets in the French Quarter are just pretty and invite you to stroll. If you go through this little avenue you will see St. Anthony’s Garden on the right. This garden is particularly beautiful at night, but also scary. Some say that this former duel site is haunted.

Karen Gilsdorf | WTS GmbH

Bourbon Orleans Hotel

The French Quarter and New Orleans have so much interesting history and historic homes to tell. It is the same with this building. In 1817, John Davis had a luxurious ballroom built on this site, which he called the Orleans Ballroom. Adjacent to it, he built the Orleans Theater and thus introduced French opera to America. But this ballroom became famous for its so-called "Quadroon Balls". You could say: a ball with "flavors". If you want to read more about it please see here interesting information about these events and the history of the building. Also known as placage, these balls were unique to New Orleans. The building later served as a convent and school and is now one of the most beautiful hotels in the French Quarter. Check out the magnificent lobby!

Richard Nowitz | NO & Co

Bourbon Street

When you exit the hotel through the "Bourbon O Bar" - Oh, you needed another drink - okay, we'll wait! - then you are on the infamous Bourbon Street. Not named after the drink of the same name, but after the French noble family of Bourbons. But we are not yet ready for the nightly party, we want to explore the French Quarter. So go left. The next street should be St. Peter Street. Go left again, back towards St. Louis Cathedral. Even though we have just said that it is still too early for the nightly amusement, we would still like to highlight a few things on this street.

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Preservation Hall

On the right side of the street is the famous Preservation Hall - arguably the oldest music club in town. The queue here is so long in the evening that you should queue up early if you want to see a performance. Good thing that PAT O’BRIENS is right next to it. The Hurricane Cocktail was invented in this great bar with a beautiful courtyard and flaming fountain. And you should definitely try this here. But be careful, it has it all. But remember, there are “Go-Cups” for this cocktail too. So, enough fun. Let's go back to the history of the city: At the end of St. Peter Street, turn right onto Chartres Street. Incidentally, the Tableau restaurant is right on the corner, with tables on the upper balconies. The next highlight comes in the next block on the right-hand side of the street.

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

An extremely exciting museum! You don't need a tour of the museum and you can explore a lot yourself with the help of the small display boards. Here you can once again learn a lot about the history of the city. For example, did you know that the cocktail was invented by a pharmacist named Antoine Amedie Peychaud? (At least that's what some say ...) Right next to the museum is the Napoleon House.

Contiki / Werner Krug | NO & Co

Napoleon House

The building alone is extremely typical of the city and a beautiful photo opportunity: today a bar and restaurant, originally the house of Mayor Nicholas Girod. It was he who offered this house to Napoleon Bonaparte in 1821 as a refuge during his exile. Even if Napoleon didn't make it to New Orleans, the name stuck. Today it is a very trendy bar and also offers light meals. On the opposite side you will find the Omni Royal Orleans. A walk through the lobby is worthwhile here. It also houses the famous "Rib Room", a popular meeting place, not only for meat lovers. You are now on St. Louis Street. Opposite the hotel is the Louisiana Supreme Court, the city's courthouse.

© Joyce Bracey | FVA LA

Antoine's restaurant

Go up the street, one block further is the oldest restaurant in town, Antoine's Restaurant. In the 14 different dining rooms you can taste the wonderful French-Creole dishes and immerse yourself in a completely different era. This restaurant from 1840 is still family-run and is considered one of “the” restaurants in town. Try lunchtime. There are often offers here, so-called “lunch specials”.

Karen Gilsdorf | WTS GmbH

Hermann-Grima House

An architecturally very beautiful house and typical of the French Quarter: this museum offers an insight into life in the French Quarter of the 19th century. In addition to the living rooms, the slave accommodation is also part of the museum. There are different times for tours. Combination tickets with Gallier House (1132 Royal Street) are also available. Walk back towards Bourbon Street and turn left. Follow the busy street to St. Ann Street. Anyone who follows the TV series "NCIS New Orleans" will want to take a closer look at the house with the number 727. Maybe the Dwayne Pride team is close by? But we stay on Bourbon Street and remember a bar for the evening, or your drink is empty again. Then we recommend the Jean Lafitte Blacksmith Shop - an old blacksmith shop, but now one of the oldest bars in the USA. The origin of the house dates back to the years 1722 and 1732. It is said that the famous brothers Jean and Pierre Lafitte controlled their famous smugglers' ring from here between 1772 and 1791.

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Madame John's Legacy

Just before the bar, Dumaine Street goes down on the right. Number 632 is home to the nearest Louisiana State Museum. Once again a great museum with interesting tours! The well-preserved house is a beautiful example of French colonial architecture and dates from 1788. The house is currently being renovated and there are no guided tours. But it's worth a stop for the souvenir photo alone. Turn left on Dumaine Street on Chartres Street. Between Ursuline Street and Gov. Nicholls Street you will find many beautiful, historical buildings, such as the Beauregard House, the Soniat House, Clay House (middle picture), LaLaurie House (known from the series "American Horror Story" - be careful here because of the terrible torture of the Mistress of the house to haunt her slaves!), Thierry House and Gallier House.

Ursuline Convention

It is the oldest building in the region! It is located at number 1114. The nuns of St. Ursula, who came to New Orleans from France in 1927, moved into the building in 1749. It was the first monastery in Louisiana and the sisters opened the first Catholic school, the first school for Indians, the first school for blacks and the first orphanage.


French Market

Continue down Ursuline Street towards Mississippi and turn left on N. Peter Street. The long building on your right is one of the oldest markets in the United States, the French Market. Here you can eat delicious, buy spices, souvenirs, necklaces, masks, works of art and much more. At the back there is the flea market. Here you can equip yourself with chains for an evening visit to Bourbon Street.

Old US Mint

At the end of the street there is a large avenue on the left, Esplanade Avenue. Today you will find the New Orleans Jazz Museum in the old building of the coinage. We leave the French Quarter on Esplanade Avenue. The avenue itself is very worth seeing. Here you will find many architecturally beautiful houses but also the house of the painter Edgar Degas.

Zack Smith | NO & Co

Frenchmen Street

We still have one last point on our little tour. Follow Esplanade Avenue for two blocks. The right shows Frenchmen Street. Probably the best music in town is played on this street. Bars like The Maison, Three Muses, d.b.a., The Spotted Cat, Snug Harbor are just a few of the great live music. You are now in the Faubourg Marigny. A very trendy area of ​​the city.

Our tip:
Don't forget to take a stroll through the Garden District, take the old historic St. Charles Streetcar to Uptown, or visit the Sculpture Garden in City Park or, or, or ... New Orleans has so many beautiful corners. This will tell you more about the districts that are still to be discovered besides the French Quarter Articles on what to see and do in New Orleans' interesting neighborhoods! Take your time and enjoy the unique flair of the Crescent City!