Places to visit in Paris
Paris or the City of Love is one of the most popular destinations in Europe.
At least once in your lifetime, you have to go to Paris and see Tour Eiffel, The Louvre or to walk along Champs Elysees.
But besides these attractions, there are many other interesting places to visit when in Paris.
1. Musée du Louvre
The Louvre Museum is among the largest museums in the world displaying an impressive number of artworks being home to many masterpieces.
The museum has 8 collections with about 38.000 articles displayed in more than 70.000 square metres. According to the official documents, in 2019 the Louvre was visited by more than 9.6 million people.
Mona Lisa by Leonardo DaVinci, The Fortune Teller by Caravaggio or The Crucifixion by Paolo Veronese are just some of the most beautiful artworks which can be admired in the museum.
You probably need a few days to visit the whole museum. I know you don’t have much time, that is why we propose you to book a ticket at Louvre Museum Skip-the-Ticket-Line Guided Tour.
This is a guided tour of the Louvre Museum with a very carefully planned itinerary which gives you the opportunity to see the highlights of the Museum and to skip the long queue from the entrance.
2. Tour Eiffel
The symbol of Paris and one of the most copied attractions from all over the world, the Tour Eiffel or Eiffel Tower is one of the best places to visit in Paris.
It is 300 metres high and is displayed on three levels.
Tourists are allowed to visit only the first 2 levels. The view from the second level of the tower is indeed amazing!
This is one of the most popular attractions among tourists so be prepared to wait a few hours in the queue if you plan to visit the Tower.
Or, you can be one step ahead of the others and buy Eiffel Tower: Second Floor Direct Access.
This tour gives you direct access to level 2, unlimited time inside the Towel and a historic presentation of the monument.
3. Champs Elysees
With a total length of 1900 metres and 70 metres width, Champs Elysees is one of the most well-known boulevards in the world.
It connects Arc de Triomphe with the Place of Concorde. Today the boulevard is full of cafes, offices and expensive stores being one of the best shopping places from Paris.
Champs Elysees is a famous place among sports fans, being the site of the Eiffel Tower’s final stage.
4. Opera National de Paris
Built-in the amazing Baroque style by Charles Garnier between 1862 to 1875, Palais Garnier Opera House is a symbol of Napoleon’s Imperial regime and one of the most interesting places to visit in Paris.
The exterior has 8 sculptures and a few columns representing allegorical figures: Drama, Song, Dance, Idyll, Music, Recitation and Poetry.
Although it is huge, the interior has an intimate atmosphere with red velvet plush seats, crystal chandeliers, and a Chagall ceiling painting.
The opera can host more than 2100 people and has a total surface of 11.000 square metres.
5. Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde played an important role in French history! This is the place where King Louis XVI was executed and in this square arrived Napoleon as a part of his triumphal route.
The square offers amazing views of Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre.
The centrepiece of the place is an Egyptian Obelisk and during the summertime, a Ferris Wheel is set up in this place to admire the city from the above.
You can reach the Place de la Concorde by foot from the Louvre. There are two ways to get from one point to another.
The first one is to go through the Jardin du Tuileries or the Rue du Rivoli and the second one when you have to follow the Quai along the Seine River.
France is not just about Paris and its interesting attractions, so you should consider booking a few days to visit all the other iconic cities of the Country.
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6. Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe is a monument dedicated to the soldier who fought the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars and one of the most interesting places to visit in Paris.
The building was constructed at Napoleon order but unfortunately by the time when the Arc was finished Napoleon was dead and could not see its completion.
At the top of the monument, there is a platform from where you can see the city of Paris from above. At the bottom of the Arc, there is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier dedicated to all the unknown soldiers who fought during World War One.
Starting with November 11th 1923 a Flame of Remembrance was ignited. It has never been extinguished since then. Each evening at 6.30 p.m. a ritual takes place to rekindle the memorial flame at the tomb.
With Paris: Skip-the-Line Arc de Triomphe Rooftop Tickets you have direct access to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. You don’t have to wait in the queue and have more time to admire the city from above!
Built as a church between 1756 to 1790, at the initiative of King Louis XV.
The King wanted to build a more impressive church, something more beautiful and imposing than Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome and Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London.
Here in Pantheon are buried many important people of that time: Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Alexandre Dumas, the great physicist Marie Curie and many more.
During the summer season, from May to October, the tourists can climb on the beautiful terrace from the top of the Pantheon to admire the view from above.
Where to sleep:
You’ll need more than a weekend to visit them all! For your overnight stay, we recommend you to book something close to Paris main attractions to be more efficient and to be easier for you to move around!
Our proposals are:
1. Monsieur George Hotel Spa Paris , a wonderful 5 stars hotel located right on Champs Elysees
2. Maison Breguet Paris , located in 11th arrondissement just 500 metres from Place de la Bastille
3. Hotel Dupond Smith Paris , located right in the heart of the city, 15 minutes walk from The Louvre.
These are the best places to visit in Paris! They are beautiful, unique and famous worldwide!
Plan your trip ahead and include them into your itinerary!
These places must be seen when in Paris!
Logistical tips and tricks for your trip
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Renting a car
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