Always considered the center of romanticism, so much so that it is also known as the capital of lovers, Paris reserves countless activities to do and places to visit for all types of tourists.
There are obviously places that represent essential stops, regardless of whether you are traveling as a couple, with friends or family.
The city has a immense cultural heritage, distributed in several museums. The secret to visiting Paris properly is to leave prepared and avoid tourist traps, such as restaurants and clubs that charge stratospheric prices in the face of not exactly excellent quality.
- D'Orsay Museum
- The Eiffel Tower
- Latin neighborhood
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- Palace of Versailles
- The Sainte-Chapelle
- The Flea Market of St-Ouen
- Arch of Triumph
- Les Invalides
- Opera Garnier
- The Sorbone
- Jardin du Luxembourg
- Centre Pompidou
- Place des Vosges
- Tuileries Garden
- Chapel Expiatoire
- Champs Elysées
- Marais district
- Museo de l'Orangerie
- Other attractions to visit
- 10 things to do in Paris
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1 - Montmartre
Symbol of the Belle Epoque, Montmartre has a rebellious and irreverent soul and is the neighborhood that, in 1800, hosted brothels and clubs dedicated to penniless artists and bored bourgeois. The famous Moulin Rouge stands right at its feet, in the part called Pigalle, on its stage international dancers and singers perform every evening who will amaze you with their art.
Montmatre is an unmissable stop on any self-respecting visit to Paris and, even if there are no longer the great artists who frequent it (it is however possible to find more or less intrusive caricature designers), it is still possible to breathe a particular atmosphere all to live. To access the upper part where it stands one of the most beautiful churches in the world, or the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, it is possible to use the funicular or climb the suggestive historical staircase. In addition to being able to visit the basilica and climb up to the dome, from the terrace of Montmatre you can enjoy a truly unique panorama.
Cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge: book your tickets online and always pay close attention to careless purchases from touts that you will find in the Pigalle district. Remember that access is forbidden to children under 6 and formal dress is required.
- Metro Line 12 stops Jules Joffrin or Abesses, Line 2: Anvers or Pigalle. The funicular is also available to go up to the Basilica. Bus 30, 31, 54, 80, 85, Montmartrebus. Get directions
- the neighborhood can always be visited, the Moulin Rouge allows first access from 19 pm every day, the Basilica every day from 00 am to 6 pm
- access to the Moulin Rouge starts from € 40,00 for the show only and € 87,00 for the show + dinner; the entrance to the Basilica is free, the ascent to the dome costs € 5,00
2 - D'Orsay Museum
Located right in the city center, exactly along the Seine, this museum is very popular with visitors for its ancient and precious character. The building itself is a work of art, with its modern architecture, where you can also see the structure of the old station.
Art lovers, and not only, will appreciate all the works housed at the Museum: Monet's poppies and Van Gogh's self-portrait, but also Gauguin's Tahitian girls, to name a few. In addition to dwelling on the masterpieces of pictorial art, do not miss the exhibition spaces dedicated to decorative arts, sculpture and photography.
Free visit: on the first Sunday of each month, admission to Paris museums is free. Unlike the Louvre (impossible to visit in these circumstances due to the long queues), the Musée d'Orsay can be visited as long as you arrive 30 minutes before the opening time.
- Metro Line 12 Solférino stop, Paris urban train service (RER) taking Line C to "Musée d'Orsay" station. Bus 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94 Get directions
- Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 30pm, late closing on Thursdays at 18pm
- Full € 12,00, reduced € 9,00. Free first Sunday of the month
3 - Louvre Museum
Famous for hosting La Gioconda, the Louvre is home to everything and it would take more than a day to enjoy it, therefore it is advisable to choose in advance which sectors to dedicate to.
The Palazzo del Re which houses the museum is in itself an architectural work of immense value; the glass pyramid that marks the access to the ticket offices fits perfectly into the historical ambiance that surrounds it.
The Louvre contains paintings and sculptures of immense value, but not only: inside it also houses jewelry and artifacts and there is an entire area dedicated to the museum of reclam. Part of the underground areas can be visited and allow you to see the original walls and foundations of the building. Of course, we recommend that you choose the areas of your interest in advance and organize an itinerary tailored to your interests. Find more info on what to see inside in this article.
Skip the line: queues are often endless. For this reason we advise you to buy the ticket with scheduled entrance and go directly to Passage Richelieu, where there is an entrance reserved just for priority ticket holders.
- Metro Line 1, stop Palais-Royal / musée du Louvre. Bus 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95 Get directions
- every day from 9:00 to 18:00, except on Tuesdays, which are closed. On Wednesdays and Fridays open until 21pm
- day ticket € 15,00, free for children under 18 and for residents of European Union countries from 18 to 25 years. Free for all on the first Sunday of the month.
4 - The Eiffel Tower
Il symbol of Paris and one of those in the whole country is this iron tower, built with 18.038 pieces of metal and finished on March 31, 1889. Destined to be destroyed after only two years, it has withstood criticism and humiliation and remains one of the most visited attractions city. The advice is to observe it even in the dark to enjoy the lighting and the plays of light that start every hour and last about 10 minutes.
The tower consists of three floors, and it is possible to climb to the top by choosing whether to use the stairs (which are many but allow you to stop and enjoy the view) or the elevators (which are comfortable but have more rows).
The Eiffel Tower also has restaurants and bars inside, to make your visit even more pleasant.
Better panorama: the best view can be enjoyed from the second floor; high enough to see the view and low enough to recognize and identify city monuments well. If you decide to go up, buy your priority ticket in advance. Another spectacular point from which to admire the tower is Place Du Trocadero.
- Metro Line 6, Bir-Hakeim stop, Line 9 Trocadero stop. RER Line C, Champs de Mars stop - Tour Eiffel Get directions
- from mid-June to September open every day from 9:00 to midnight, all other days from 09:30 to 23:00
- Entrance + lift to the second floor: adults € 11,00, children from 12 to 24 years € 8,50, children from 4 to 11 years and disabled € 4,00. Entrance + lift to the top floor: adults € 17,00, children from 12 to 24 years € 14,50, children from 4 to 11 years and disabled € 8,00
5 - Latin Quarter
The name of the neighborhood derives from the fact that once upon a time there were schools where Latin was taught. So, no South American spirit: the area is typically French and very active and lively. There are plenty of bars and cafes open 24 hours a day, all year round, frequented by students and teachers from the nearby Sorbone university.
Although many areas of the neighborhood are typically touristy, you can also visit the Pantheon here.
You can reach the Latin Quarter on foot via Pont Au Doble, Petit Pont and Pont Sain Michel, or via Metro Line 4, St Michel stops or Line 10 with the Cluny-La Sorbonne stop - Get directions.
Don't eat in the Latin Quarter: avoid stopping in the busiest streets of this neighborhood for your dinner. Although the neighborhood is full of restaurants, these are places for tourists, where the quality of the food is not exactly excellent.
6 - Notre-Dame Cathedral
In front of this mysterious and elegant cathedral is the center of France. In fact, there is a bronze star through which the road distances of the whole country are calculated. Money was sought and found all over Paris to build this cathedral! The cathedral also holds important relics for the Christian belief, including an alleged nail that belonged to the cross where Jesus died and his crown of thorns. It has gone through happy but also dark times, including numerous fires.
Visit after fire 2019: the cathedral is currently under renovation, therefore it cannot be visited, however you can walk along it to read its history on the posters hanging outside it and enjoy the discovery of Île de la Cité, the small island that hosts it
- Metro Line 4, Cité or Saint-Michel stop, Lines 1 and 11, Hôtel de Ville stop, Line 10, Maubert-Mutualité or Cluny - La Sorbonne stop, Lines 7, 11 and 14, Châtelet stop - Get directions
- Closed for restoration
- viewable only from the outside for free
7 - Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is one of the most beautiful and largest buildings in the world! The capricious Sun King Louis XIV strongly wanted a palace worthy of his opulent life, where he could take refuge from the alleged conspiracies that the Parisian nobles would have organized behind him. The rooms of the palace have been called with the names of the planets and the central hall, where the king sat on his throne, is called the Hall of Apollo (God of the Sun).
The palace also has secondary palaces, such as those that hosted the life of Marie Antoinette, disliked at court for her customs as a foreigner and a very reserved person, who preferred to lead a private life.
Visit the gardens for free: not everyone knows that the gardens of the palace are accessible for free. Inside you can rent a Golf Cart, but we advise you not to do it (you will get bored very soon, better explore on foot). Either way, the complex is truly gorgeous, so we recommend the full visit, but remember to buy priority tickets, otherwise you'll be in line for at least 2 hours.
- RER Line C5, Versailles Rive Gauche stop (terminus). Get directions
- every day except Monday. Palaces 9: 00-18: 30 (in winter the closing is earlier at 17:30); gardens until 20:00 in summer. Extraordinary closures: 1st May, 1st January and 25th December.
- entrance to the Palace € 18,00, 1 day passepartout ticket for the whole of Versailles € 20,00, 1 day passepartout ticket + Great Musical Waters + Musical Gardens € 27,00
8 - The Sainte-Chapelle
To worthily preserve one of the pieces of the cross where Jesus died, one of the nails that wounded his hands and the crown of Christ, the very Catholic King Louis IX had the marvelous Sainte-Chapelle built. Although the relics have not yet been recognized as authentic by the Church, to date they are kept at Notre-Dame. The chapel still retains a charm not only spiritual but also aesthetic, thanks to its Gothic architecture, stained glass windows which extend for over 600 square meters and the upper part, once reserved for the prayer of the royal family and nobles.
Entering the Saint-Chapelle one has the thrill of entering a sacred place, full of mystery and faith.
When to visit: to enjoy the show from the large windows, it would be better to visit it on a sunny day. Fascinating night tours are also available from May to September
- Metro Line 4, Citè stop. RER Lines B and C, St-Michel Notre-Dame stop. Bus lines 21, 27, 38, 85, 96 Get directions
- From 1 March to 31 October every day from 09:30 to 18:00, from 1 November to 28 February every day from 9:00 to 17:00. Closed on December 25th, January 1st and May 1st
- Adults € 10,00, reduced € 8,00, free for under 18s and under 26s residing in one of the European Union countries.
9 - The flea market of St-Ouen
An ideal stop for all antiques lovers but also for those who love all kinds of trinkets, perhaps vintage. The market takes place on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays and attracts hundreds of onlookers looking for the great deal or an original and quirky souvenir. You will find the sale organized by sections which include books, furniture, clothes but also music and records.
If you are looking for vintage items, you can get great deals here, as long as you get there early, the best items sell the most. But be careful to carefully evaluate your purchases so as not to fall into the traps of counterfeiters. The market is very large and divided by areas so arrive early in the morning if you really want to do business. And if you don't know how to take your purchases home, ask for home delivery!
Get a map: the market is very large, so arrive early in the morning and get a map at a tourist info point before entering it.
- Metro Line 4, Porte de Clignancourt stop or Line 13, Garibaldi stop Get directions
- Saturday from 9:00 to 18:00, Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 and Monday from 11:00 to 17:00
- Free, free visit
10 - Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is a monument built by Napoleon Bonaparte to celebrate his military exploits, in particular his victory in the battle of Austrerlitz. The emperor and his soldiers never managed to pass under it (the construction was finished 30 years later), however this important architectural work has become one of the symbols of the French capital.
It is undoubtedly one of the unmissable must-haves.
At the Arch there is a small museum which houses some objects dating back to the period of the First World War and others that belonged to Napoleon.
From the top of the arch you can enjoy a beautiful landscape on the city. Furthermore, it is an excellent starting point for a romantic walk on the Champs Elysées.
- Metro lines 1, 2 and 6, Charles de Gaulle - Étoile stop. Bus n ° 22, 30, 31, 52, 73, 92. RER, stop Charles de Gaulle - Étoile Get directions
- From 1st April to 30th September from 10:00 to 23:00 and from 1st October to 31st March from 10:00 to 22:30
- Full € 8,00, reduced € 5,00
11 - Les Invalides
The Hôtel National des Invalides is an impressive complex of buildings from the French baroque classicism born by the will of King Louis XIV to assist war invalids, it now contains the army museum and Napoleon's tomb.
This is an imposing structure located not far from the Eiffel Tower and with enormous charm. The building in typical French style of the time, has outdoor spaces in which to walk to immerse yourself in the history of what was the Napoleonic empire.
Cross the Champ de Mars: we recommend that you visit the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides on the same day, moving from one attraction to another through the beautiful Champ de Mars park. But be careful, avoid it at night, when you could run into bad guys
- Metro line 8 La Tour Maubourg station, Invalides and line 13 Varenne station; Bus 28, 69, 82, 92, 63, 83, 93; RER C station Invalides Get directions
- open every day of the year from 10:00 to 18:00 with the exception of 1/1, 1/5 and 25/12
- full € 14,00, reduced € 11,00, disabled people, minors and children under 26 resident in the EU free
12 - Pantheon
Wanted by Louis XV for the glorification of the monarchy, the building has a perfect ecclesiastical architecture and was dedicated to Saint Genoveffa, patron saint of Paris. He was laicized after the Revolution and became a patriotic building which welcomes the rest of Voltaire, Rousseau, Zola, Pierre and Marie Curie and other leading figures. From the dome you can enjoy a remarkable 360 ° panorama over the city.
Although it is a secular monument, inside it is enjoyed an almost sacred atmosphere, precisely for the illustrious personalities whose remains it collects that will allow a real dive into the history of French thought.
- Metro / RER stop: Cardinal Lemoine; Luxembourg (RER); Bus: 21, 27, 38, 82, 84, 85, 89 Get directions
- from 1st October to 31st March, from 10:00 to 18:00. Closed on January st and at Christmas.
- adults € 8,50, reduced € 6,50, free for minors and minors under the age of 26 resident in the EU
13 - Opéra Garnier
Created in an eclectic style that the architect Garnier called Napoleon III, the Parisian opera house today it mainly offers ballet. You can visit the inside of the building including the theater hall when the shows are not taking place, as well as the internal museum which collects paintings of the ballet and theater sets.
The splendor enclosed in the Garnier Palace it is something difficult even to imagine, capable of leaving any visitor breathless. You will have several visit options, including the free visit that allows you to walk in all the rooms of the palace and discover its beauties.
Give yourself a show: visiting the palace can give you an idea of the splendor but only by enjoying a show will you be able to understand the true grandeur of this theater. Consult the website to find out about the events of the theater season.
- metro lines 3, 7, 14 Opéra stop; RER A Auber Get directions
- every day from 11: 40 to 14: 30
- € 17,00
14 - The Sorbone
Famous throughout Europe, La Sorbone is one of the oldest universities in France. Founded in 1257 as a faculty of theology, it has housed the faculties of science and literature since 1885. The current building was built in the th century and is located in the Latin Quarter although the university now has several locations.
The inside of the university cannot be visited but the homonymous square is a pleasant place full of places frequented by intellectuals. If you love literature or science and speak a little French, in the square in front of the university you can enjoy pleasant conversations with professors and students, feeling a little part of this cultural world too.
You can reach the University via metro line 10, Cluny-La Sorbonne stop - Get directions.
15 - Jardin du Luxembourg
A lush public garden in the heart of the city. In addition to being a real one explosion of vegetation within Paris, the Luxembourg Garden features monuments, such as the famous Medici fountain, the Statue of Liberty, the carousel designed by Garnier and the bust of Baudelaire.
Strolling through the largest garden in the city is a pleasant way to regenerate from the Parisian frenzy in any season.
Here, too, children will find attractions that can satisfy their desire for play and their imagination. And always here, romantics will find the true city of love.
Visit them with children: if you are traveling with children, here you will find a playground in which to let them let off steam a little and breathe a few minutes of peace.
- Metro and RER Odéon / Luxembourg; BUS 21,27,38,58,82,83,84,85, 89 Get directions
- opening between 7:15 and 8:15, closing between 14:45 and 21:30 depending on the season.
16 - Center Pompidou
If you love modern and contemporary art, you cannot miss a visit to the Center Pompidou. In addition to the most important collections of modern and contemporary art, you will find a public library, cinemas and theaters, spaces for pedagogical activities, a research center on music, bookshops, a restaurant and a bar.
The building that houses the center is an original architectural work that was born thanks to Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers.
Outside of the center, you will find guys who come together to skateboard or rollerblade, to break dance or to sing the trap. In short, it is not only inside the exhibition center that you can admire expressions of contemporary art.
- imetro / RER Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville, Châtelet-Les Halles; Bus: 21, 29, 38, 47, 58, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 76, 81, 85, 96 Get directions
- open every day of the year except Tuesdays and May 1st from 11:00 to 21:00.
- € 5,00
17 - Place des Vosges
Its public park, originally called Place Royale, is there oldest square designed in the city of Paris. During the th and th centuries, it was extremely fashionable to live here, and many French nobles had their own homes in those pale pink buildings.
The square was built on commission from Henry IV between 1605 and 1612. The famous French writer Victor Hugo lived at number 6 from 1832 to 1848, which now houses a museum in honor of his work. Under the arcades that line the perimeter of this park, you can find restaurants and art galleries to explore.
You can reach the square via metro line 1 (St. Paul stop) or metro lines 1, 5, 8 (Bastille stop) - Get directions.
18 - Trocadero
The Palais de Chaillot, also called Trocadero, is located opposite the Eiffel Tower and inside it encloses the Théâtre National de Chaillot, the Musée de l'Homme, the Musée de la Marine and the Cité de l'Architecture e du Patrimoine. The palace is built with two pavilions and two curved wings that surround the vast central open space Parvis des Droits de l'Homme on which the splendid triumphs Warsaw Fountain offering water shows, surrounded by gardens. The Jardins du Trocadéro extend as far as the Seine over an area of about ten thousand square meters and are adorned with statues of various kinds and rows of trees.
This area is also full of street artists who will delight your time with shows and artistic demonstrations of a certain level.
- Trocadero metro stop Get directions
- Mon - Wed - Fri - Sat - Sun from 11:00 to 19:00, Thursday from 11:00 to 21:00.
- full € 8,00, reduced € 6,00
19 - Tuileries Garden
The oldest garden in Paris is in typical French style, geometric and precise, and joins the Arc de Triomphe du Caroselle to the Place de la Concorde. The garden is decorated with allegorical statues by illustrious sculptors and it houses two museums: the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, an exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art and photography, and the Musée de l'Orangerie, a museum of impressionist and post-impressionist painting.
Walking through this garden will make you feel like a real Parisian. In fact, the place is also much loved by the inhabitants of the city and not just by tourists. Often, you will find sellers of typical French street food: grab a single portion of quiche loraine!
- Palais-Royale and Tuileries metro stops; Bus 24, 68, 72, 73, 84, 94 Get directions
- every day, April and May from 7:00 to 21:00, from June to August from 7:00 to 23:00, from September to March from 7:30 to 19:30.
20 - Chapelle Expiatoire
Built at the behest of Louis XVIII, the chapel is located where the ancient one was Madeleine cemetery. It is a small neoclassical masterpiece dedicated to the memory of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette which features two large sculptural groups in white marble.
A few years ago the structure was the protagonist of an unsettling mystery: it seems that within its walls the bones of at least 500 of the guillotined men of the French Revolution have been found. Probably the chapel destined to the two kings of France was built over a common grave (as well as on part of an abandoned cemetery years earlier) engobing inside the remains of the beheaded in the nearby Piazza Revolution.
- Saint-Augustin metro stop; Bus 32, 43, 49, 84 and 94 Get directions
- Wednesday to Sunday from 13pm to 30pm
- full € 5,50, reduced € 4,00
21 - Champs Elysées
The avenue of the Champs Elysées is the most famous promenade in Europe. It is a long avenue lined with gardens, restaurants and luxury shops. You cannot say that you have visited Paris if you have not enjoyed a walk to admire the windows of the best fashion houses, which from the place de la Concorde reach up to the place Charles De Gaulle, especially during the Christmas period, when the trees are decorated with colored lights and the atmosphere lights up with magic.
Although many of the historic hotels that overlooked the Champs Elysées have now closed, this avenue remains the symbol of the beautiful Parisian world and the elegance of the city, above all thanks to the stylistic choice of the buildings that overlook it.
Near the Champs Elysées you will find several metro stops, such as Concorde, Champs Elysées Cleemanceau, Roosvelt and Charles de Gaulle-Etoille, served by several lines (1,8,9,12) - Get directions.
22 - Disneyland
Dedicated to lovers of the Diseny world, the Disneyland Paris park conquers the hearts of young and old.
Located about 40 minutes from the metropolis, it consists of two theme parks. the first, as well as the oldest, is Euro Disney (or Disneyland Park), it represents the world of fantasy and will allow you to enter the fantastic castle of Sleeping Beauty, a pink triumph that stands in the center of the park.
The second park is Walt Disney Studios, inspired by the magic of movie studios. The attractions are divided by age groups and themes, so that the whole family can meet its fun.
In addition to the 2 theme parks, the complex also has 7 themed hotels that will allow you to live your fairytale adventure, the Disney Village where you can spend your evening once the parks are closed and a golf course.
Save on admission: if you are traveling with very young children, avoid buying a ticket for the "Studios", as the most "adrenaline" attractions, dedicated to teenagers and adults, are concentrated in this area. Remember to bring a raincoat or umbrella with you (it may rain).
- RER stop line A Marne-la-Vallée / Disneyland Get directions
- every day from 13:30 to 18:00. Check extraordinary closures on the official website.
- full price from € 54,00, reduced from € 40,00 - buy online
23 - Catacombs
The catacombs of Paris preserve the remains of about 6 million people and are one of the most unusual and mysterious places in the city. Although they are known as the empire of the dead, their official name is simply Oussaire Municipal: in fact, the remains of the bodies buried in the Parisian cemeteries were moved here and closed.
Originally the galleries that now house the catamìcomas were limestone quarries, then used to bury the remains of the skeletons removed from the common ditches, were later decorated in romantic gothic style creating a place full of charm, also taken up in the famous Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.
To date, only a part of the catacombs is open to the public and allows you to see, in addition to the walls created with skulls and bones, also sculptural works such as the sarcophagus of Lacrymatoire, dedicated to the cursed poet Nicolas Gilbert; the fountain of the Samaritana, once used to make mortar; the crypt of the Passion, whose ceiling is supported by a mighty pillar of skulls and bones; the Sacellum crypt which contains the altar where the bones were blessed.
Visits with children not recommended: the macabre and dark environment can be very scary for children under 10. Get the priority ticket or book the skip-the-line guided tour, also remember to bring a sweatshirt, because the environment is quite cold.
- metro lines 6 and 4 and RER B and bus 38 and 68 Denfert-Rochereau stop - Get directions
- Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:30.
- adults € 29,00 including audio guide; from 4 to 17 years € 5,00.
24 - Marais district
In addition to enclosing the place des Vosges and the Pantheon, the Marais offers delightful little shops and beautiful residences built by the French nobility since the nd century, although the name of the neighborhood actually means "swamp". Even if for centuries the Marais has been the Jewish quarter of the French capital and sells restaurants and typical pastry shops that you cannot help but discover, today the district is known above all for the presence of gay friendly night clubs where to go wild all night.
It is certainly not the first neighborhood you plan to visit when arriving in Paris but not including it in your tour would be a mistake and certainly would not allow you to come into contact with what is the real life of Parisians. You can reach the neighborhood via metro line 1 (St. Paul stop) or metro lines 1, 5, 8 (Bastille stop) - Get directions.
25 - Museo de l'Orangerie
Located inside the Tuileries gardens, Musée National de l'Orangerie comes to life in an atmospheric orange greenhouse, not far from the Louvre and Concordia pizza.
The museum contains Monet's series of paintings The Water Lilies as well as illustrious works by Cézanne, Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, Renoire and Rousseau, classifying itself as a true testimony of art from the late nineteenth century to the 30s.
If you are a fan of Impressionism and modern art, you cannot miss a walk inside this muzzle. Its location in an old orange greenhouse will also win you over.
- Concorde metro / RER stop; Bus 24, 42, 52, 72, 73, 84, 94 Get directions
- from Wednesday to Monday from 9:00 to 17:15
- full € 12,50; reduced € 10,00
Other attractions to visit
If you're returning to Paris for a second time, here are some lesser-known attractions that are worth a visit. The Père Lachaise cemetery it houses famous graves, including those of Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde. La Defense is a fascinating area rich in architecture projected into the future. Between museums worth visiting we cannot fail to mention the Musée Rodin, which houses the unique collection of the sculptor Rodin, the Perfume Museum, the Picasso Museum, with over 5000 works by the Cubist master; the Musee du Quei Branly, which allows the exploration of African and Asian ethnic arts; the Musée de la Magie, which will take you into the world of illusionists from the th century to the present day; and the Musée d'Histoire de la Médecine, which collects ancient surgical instruments.
Among the architectures to visit even only externally we mention the Grand Palais, an exhibition pavilion in glass and concrete built for the universal exhibition of 1900; the Palais Bourbon Assemblée Nationale and the Elysée, the official residence of the president of the French republic.
Transfers and pickpockets: prefer the metro for your travels, but pay close attention to your personal effects when you are in crowded areas. Also avoid walking around isolated areas at night.
10 things to do in Paris/ 10
- Take a photo at the Mur des Je T'Aime in Montmartre. If Paris is the most romantic city in the world, you cannot fail to immortalize your visit with the famous wall behind it that collects 311 I love you in languages and dialects from all over the world.
- Enjoy the Seine cruise. The Seine cruise allows you to admire the main city attractions from its river, offering a romantic and surprising point of view. The experience is worth enjoying, whatever the price!
- Visit the Grévin wax museum. It is the ideal place to take a selfie with Charlie Chaplin, Michael Jackson, Monica Bellucci, Barack Obama, George Clooney and many other famous people ...! Ticket from € 24,00 per person.
- Discover the Parc Astérix. If you prefer fights between roosters and Romans to Disney fairy tales, here you will find a lot of fun. The purchase of the ticket with transfer included is recommended
- Climb the Montparnasse tower. You will enjoy a fantastic panorama of the city which also includes the Eiffel Tower. Ticket from € 18,00 per person
- Visit the Shakespeare and Company. Frequented by artists and thinkers such as Hemingway, Pound and Joyce, this bookshop is a place of ancient charm that still offers beds to penniless writers and poets in exchange for a few hours of work.
- Try the Patisserie francaise. Between one crepes and another, indulge your palate with specialties from French patisserie such as Macarons, Èclair, Paris Brest. One of the most recommended pastry shops is Pain Pain, in the Montmartre area.
- Have breakfast in a boulangerie. Croissant, Pain ou Chocolat, Baguette, are just some of the specialties that you can taste. Have breakfast in one of these places while watching Parisian life go by sitting in front of the window.
- Shopping at Galeries Lafayette. One of the oldest and most luxurious malls in the world. If you can't afford to buy anything, it's still worth taking a walk inside to admire the spectacular stained glass windows!
- Stroll along the Coulée verte René-Dumont. It is a raised pedestrian path full of plants, flowers and hedges over 3 km long and located a stone's throw from the place de la Bastille.
Plan your stay in Paris: flights and hotels
Paris can be visited at any time of the year and is connected to Italy through direct flights (About 90 minutes). All the city airports are connected to the center by metro and bus. As for accommodation, budget b & bs, apartments and luxury hotels are available; you just need to find a solution near a metro station to be able to move comfortably to any city attraction.
Some attractions are free, such as the Champs Elysees, the Ile de la cité, the Latin Quarter and Montmartre. To save on attractions, we recommend the Museum Pass, which offers discounts and free admissions. Also remember that the Musée d'Orsay, the Louvre and all the other museums are free on the first Sunday of the month.
I neighborhoods of the Parisian nightlife are Pigalle, the Champs Elysees, the Latin Quarter, Batte aux Cailles, St Martin Canal and Le Marais: here you will find not only restaurants and cafes but also night clubs to have fun.
Se you are traveling with children, the city offers you urban parks equipped in every district, museums of great interest such as that of science and technology, the aquarium and above all the Disneyland Paris park.