Paris is the capital of France and one of the largest cities in Europe, with 2.2 million inhabitants and almost 12 million inhabitants throughout the metropolitan area. It is located north of France on the River Seine and has the reputation as one of the most romantic cities in the world. Paris is called the City of Light and is also the capital of fashion, with some of the best and most luxurious fashion brands in the world, such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Guerlain, Lancôme, Oréal, Clarins and many others.
A large part of the city, including the River Seine, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has the second largest number of Michelin restaurants in the world (after Tokyo) and has many famous attractions including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame De Paris and many more, making the city the most popular tourist destination in the world with 45 million tourists per year.
What To See...
Perhaps the most recognizable sight and trademark of Paris! A must if you are in Paris is of course to visit this masterpiece of engineering built by Gustavo Eiffel in 1889 and is still one of the most recognizable attractions all over the world. The Eiffel Tower is 324 meters high and can be visited daily from 09:00-00:45. The ticket to the top of the tower (276m) costs 25 euros per person with the elevator and 19 euros per person by using the stairs to the second floor and then using the elevator to the top.
Notre Dame De Paris
Notre Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral in the fourth arrondissement of Paris and is one of the city’s most famous sights. Entrance to the cathedral is completely free unless you want to admire the spectacular view from the top, where the ticket costs 8.5 euros per person.
Even if you are not a fan of museums like us on your journeys, if you have to visit very few museums in your life, then the Louvre Museum is definitely one of them! An incredible museum that will truly be unforgettable to you! The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in the 1st apartment of the city. About 38,000 objects are exposed in an area of 72,735 square meters! The Louvre Museum is the most famous art museum in the world with 8.1 million visitors per year. The ticket costs 17 euros per person and the opening hours of the museum are from 09:00-18:00 in most sections of the museum. Your visit here is imposed even if you are not a museum enthusiast as we mentioned above …
Champ De Mars Park
Champ De Mars is a huge park right in front of the Eiffel Tower in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. In this huge park you can relax and enjoy the city’s most famous sight from a very short distance.
Arc De Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments of Paris and is located at the western end of the Champs Elysees. It was built in memory of Napoleon to honor his victories.
This amazing neighborhood is located in the 18th arrondissement of the city and is certainly one of the most beautiful spots in Paris. The cafés and restaurants on the small streets of this neighborhood are trademarks of Paris. The majestic Sacre Coeur stands on top of the hill and offers one of the most beautiful views in the city. Surely one of the top attractions you should definitely see.
This beautiful church is located on the top of a hill in the Montmartre neighborhood and is the most beautiful church in Paris in our opinion. From the courtyard you can admire the stunning views of the city and also visit it completely free of charge daily from 09:00-17:00.
One of the most beautiful squares of Paris which is located in the city’s first arrondissement. With its characteristic monument in the center in memory of Napoleon, it is surely one of the most beautiful squares you can see in Paris!
Place De La Concorde
The Avenue of Champs-Elysées is located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris and is 1.9 km long and 70 meters wide. It stretches between Place de la Concorde and Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. It is known for its theaters, cafés and luxury shops, for the annual Bastille military parade, and as the finish of the Tour of France cycle race.
Père Lachaise Cemetery
Père Lachaise cemetery is a very popular sight in Paris, with more than 3.5 million people visiting it every year. Here have been buried some great personalities such as Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Moliere, Maria Callas, Jim Morrison and many others. This cemetery along with London’s Highgate Cemetery are two cemeteries that can be considered as attractions and definitely worth a visit. The entrance is completely free of charge for all and opening hours are from 08:00-17:30 daily.
There are two very good choices for a short one day excursion if you are in Paris and these are, in our opinion, the Versailles Palace and of course the famous Disneyland. Ideally, if you have time, try to do both tours as surely both are worth it. The Versailles Palace is 25 km from the center of Paris by car (about 45 minutes) and about 30 minutes by metro, which is the way we recommend you. Follow the 4th metro line to Vers Mairie de Montrouge and get off at Versailles Rive Gauche station. The ticket costs 3.40 euros per person for the metro and 20 euros for your entrance to the palace.
The second option, which we think is just as awesome experience and maybe a bit better, especially if you are traveling with children, is the world famous Disneyland. A real paradise for children and adults that you will surely love. At first we were quite hesitant if we had to visit it, as we were traveling without children, but it turned out to be an experience that we will never forget! Even you start your trip very early it’s almost impossible to see everything in the various theme parks. Try to be there early in the morning to prevent the long queues. The simple one day ticket costs 72 euros per person and although it is a fairly high price, we are sure that you will not regret it later. The way we recommend you going to Disneyland is the metro, as it is just 45 minutes from the center of Paris. The stop you have to get off is Marne la Vallée.
What To Eat
Paris is famous for its fine food, especially if you are a fan of gourmet cuisine. Certainly there are incredible restaurants in Paris that will satisfy even the most demanding traveller, of course, in high prices. Paris is generally a very expensive city and unfortunately we are unable to spend a lot of money on our travels in very expensive restaurants and fortunately we are not at all gourmet cuisine enthusiasts. Some restaurants we tried were not something special to suggest you some of them, and in our opinion, it would be a good idea to ask someone local to guide you about food options. Something that made us very good impression, was the many good bakeries we found in Paris, that really have some incredible delicacies to try at quite good prices.
How to move
Paris is an incredibly big city, and certainly there is no way not to use the metro at all. Even the distances inside the metro stations were enormous and it made us a great impression on how long we had to walk to just change a line in the metro. Our suggestion is to buy the Paris Visite card, which costs 25 euros for (1) and covers all city areas including the airport and Disneyland. The more you stay in Paris, the more you need this card, as it costs 38 euros for (2) days, 53 euros for (3) days and 65 euros for (5) days, which is a good deal for your transportation. The single metro ticket costs 1.90 euros and you will certainly need many of them.
Where to stay
Accommodation in Paris is quite expensive compared to other big European cities, especially if you want to stay in the city center near one of the many famous attractions such as the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre Museum. If you have purchased the Paris Visite travel card, then we suggest you to stay a little farther from the city center, as the prices drop significantly. For example, a nice double room in the center of Paris costs about 100-150 euros depending on the area and type of accommodation. You can make your bookings via Booking.com
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