“Capital of culture, romance and gourmet cuisine”
There are plenty places to visit in Paris when you travel in the city of Lights and I have personally categorized Paris sites in Must-See, Important and Others. This blog will provide you basic info of Must see attractions in Paris.
Place Must See:
La Tour Eiffel
Musée du Louvre
Pont des Arts
Notre Dame de Paris
Arc de Triomphe
La Seine Cruise
Avenue des Champs-Elysées
Must see attractions in Paris: Eiffel Tower
My personal favorite attractions – The Eiffel Tower was designed for the World Exhibition in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel.
The Eiffel Tower rises over 1,000 feet and features three spectacular platforms, all of these afford the visitor breathtaking views of Paris.
Illuminated through the night, it dominates the city’s skyline.
Price: Admission to 2nd landing 8€, 3rd landing 13€. Stairs to 2nd floor 4.50€
Opening hours: Sept-May daily 9:30am-11:45pm; June-Aug daily 9am-12:45am. Sept-June stairs open only to 6:30pm
Métro: Trocadéro, or Bir Hakeim. RER: Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel
Home to almost 35,000 artworks from Egypt, Roman, Etruscan, Greek, Eastern Antiques, Islamic Fine arts, décor arts, paintings, and more. The massive Louvre, formerly a palace however right now among the largest and most visited museums in the world.
To see the main attraction – Mona Lisa, head straight for the 13th-15th century Italian paintings section (on the first floor).
For art-lover, do not expect can explore the massive building, over 652000 square feet in one day.
Opening hours: Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: from 9 am to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday: from 9 am to 9:45 p.m.
Closed on Tuesday
Entry costs: 8.50 euros to enter either the permanent collections or the temporary exhibits at Napoleon Hall. The price drops to 6 euros after 6 p.m.
Métro: Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvr
Web site: www.louvre.fr
The most famous architecture in the Ile de la Cite. While there are no hunchbacks, it’s a Gothic masterpiece and the detail of the building is remarkable.
The coronation ceremony was held in the history with a total of 24 Kings of France, its status of a lofty one cannot be denied.
Best time to visit Notre Dame is evening , it will not be optimal for viewing Notre Dame’s beautiful stained glass.
The Towers of Notre Dame Cathedral are amongst the great delights of the cathedral and, provided you have the energy for the ascent, they provide a spectacular view over central Paris. The Towers ascend to 422 steps (226 feet) above ground level.
Cathedral main hall: free
Towers: 7.50 Euros
Tours of the cathedral towers begin at the foot of the North Tower and involves climbing a total of 402 steps. Observation area for the cathedral’s 13-ton bell in the South Tower.
20 visitors are admitted to the towers every 10 minutes.
Last admission at 6:45 p.m.
Must see attractions in Paris: Pont des Arts
Pont des Arts is a pedestrian-only bridge and it’s a favourite of Parisians and tourists alike.
The Pont Des Arts at sunset is one of the most romantic places in Paris therefore it also one of the most kissable spots in the city of romance.
Must see attractions in Paris: Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe Paris, the most monumental of all triumphal arches, was built between 1806 and 1836. The triumphal arch is in honor of those who fought for France, in particular, those who fought during the Napoleonic Wars. Engraved on the inside and at the top of the arch are all of the names of the generals and wars fought. There are inscriptions in the ground underneath the vault of the arch which include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I where the Memorial Flame burns and have made the Arc de Triomphe Paris a revered patriotic site.
Cost: €9, free under 18
Hours: Apr.-Sept., Daily 10 am-11 pm; Oct.-Mar., Daily 10 am-10:30 pm
Metro or RER: Charles-de-Gaulle Etoile.
Bus: lines 22, 30, 31, 52, 73, 92 and Balabus
La Seine Cruise
A Seine River cruise is without doubt one of the best ways to see Paris, weaving through the heart of the city and past so many of its most famous landmarks such as Notre Dame, the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Musee D’Orsay as well as the famous bridges such as Pont Neuf, Pont Des Arts and Pont Alexandre III were visible from the boat.
The Avenue des Champs-Elysées is the ultimate shopping destination and probably the most famous avenue in the world. You can find the world’s largest Adidas shop here.
It stretches from the Place the la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle, as does the last leg of Tour de France.
The Champs-Elysées is used for any major celebrations where Parisians celebrate New Year’s Eve and where the military parades are held on the 14th of July.
Metro line 1 to any of the following stops: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George V or Charles-de-Gaulle Etoile
The city of Paris hosts a lot of places to visit in Paris and in order to explore all the must see attractions in Paris as stated above, it’s recommend that you need at least spend two days in the City of Lights.
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