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What to do at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris

Sofía Merino

Alamy, Courtesy Carole Benzaken, Derek Hudson, cc_Mark Fischer

Welcoming over 60 million in-transit passengers each year, Charles de Gaulle is the most important airport in the French capital and the second busiest in Europe, after Heathrow in London. Its objective? To be one of the world’s most innovative airports. And it’s getting there.

 

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Let's play!

Are you a video game fanatic? CDG will be your favorite airport. In the departures lounge of the terminals, there are over 70 PlayStation 3 and 4 gaming areas, with 20 of the best games.

 

Stanley, a robot valet

To optimize its car parking space by 50%, the airport introduced a system created by Stanley Robotics, a crane-like device that transports cars to parking spaces, and doesn’t need the car keys. Passengers just need to drop off their cars at the PEF car park in Terminal 2 and enter their information and flight details at a kiosk, which can also be done online. As the system is connected to flight information, the car is returned to a pickup area ahead of the traveler’s return flight. 

 

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The cherry on the cake

I Love Paris, the best airport restaurant in the world, is located in Hall L of Terminal 2E. Chef Guy Martin has three Michelin stars and was awarded the Palme d’Or in 2016. The restaurant’s décor and select French cuisine menu will make diners feel like they are in Palais Royal.

 

Opened this year, Instant Paris, a lounge with an area of 48,440 ft2 [4,500 m2] in Hall L of Terminal 2, has a library with over 300 publications, cabins with comfortable beds, and offers 3D tours of the French capital.

 

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Sublime museum

The 2.2 million passengers that circulate through Terminal 2E spend an average of two hours there. With this in mind, the airport decided to open a museum there. Every six months, they display world-class exhibitions. It recently had an exhibit of Picasso’s work, and they are currently showing pieces that won France’s prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize, a reference in contemporary art. Landscapes of the World is the name of the exhibition, which contains paintings, photographs and sculptures, among other items, and will run until January 2018.

 

Funny walls

CDG’s walls always surprise travelers with creative montages. Up until July, 15 photographs owned by the famous Magnum Photos were scattered around the airport to celebrate the agency’s 70th anniversary. And this month passengers can become artists, painting pictures of what they think the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will be like.