11 Best Places to Visit in Paris
A bad day in Paris is still a better than a good day anywhere else.
“Just add three latter to Paris and You have Paradise” by Jules Renard
When visiting a new city, its good to make a bucket list of best places to visit, recommendation and guidebooks. And here we come up with 11 best places to visit in Paris.
Paris is one of the most popular tourist attraction in the world with more than 40 millions visitor per year. The City of Light is also called the City of Love and like that there are many other reasons that make this city one the best travel destination in the world. But to take out most of this beautiful city, you have to know what makes this city crowd favorite. And here volume369 come up with the list of must-visit places in pairs. So take a pen and paper and list down your favorite place to visit in Paris.
11 Best places to visit in Paris:
The Eiffel tower is the Epitome of Paris or you can say France. This Iconic monument of Paris was designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel in 1889 for the Paris Exhibition. It marked the centenary of the French Revolution and to demonstrate France’s industrial power to the world. Every year more than 7 million people witness the beauty of this Iconic monument according to the official website of Eiffel tower. And since its created this iconic tower host more than 250 million people worldwide.
According to Amsterdam-based art Historian Tea Gudek Snajdar “Although at the beginning it was seen as the ugliest buildings in Paris, soon it becomes symbol of Paris”.
Eiffel tower consists of 18000 iron section held together by 2.5 million volts and each of them weighing more than 10,000 tons. To reach at first level (57 meter) you can take an elevator or walk of 360 steps and 344 more steps to reach at second level (115 meter). The view from the first and second level is spectacular. To reach the top level (276 meter) requires an elevator from the second level.
The tower is open to the visitor for 365 days but the visiting time varying according to seasons. To ensure the best experience you can sign up for Skip the Line Guided tour of the Eiffel Tower, it will give you the express access to the second level of the Eiffel tower. And for the English guided tour to the second level, you can check this: Second level Eiffel Tower Climb – English Guided Tour
Timing: From mid June to early September 9 AM to 12 midnight and for rest of the year 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM.
To enhance your experience of Eiffel tower:
2. The Louvre
The Louvre museum is the world’s largest and most visited art museum. It is located in the Louvre Palace on the banks of the seine with an area of 210,000 square meters. It has its entrance characterized by a sleek glass pyramid.
The Louvre is one of the most crowded places in Paris that is a collection of thousands of great artwork from Ancient Egypt to the Romantic period, you can say that it is the symbol of France History.
It is not possible to see all artwork in one visit but you can focus on a particular gallery-like painting of Mona Lisa which is painted by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1503 to 1505, ancient Venus da milo sculpture, the immense wedding feast at cana painting by Veronese in 1563 and many more.
The collection of Louvre is divided into 8 parts:
- Egyptian antiquities
- Greek, Etruscan and Roman
- Oriental antiquities
- Islamic Art
- Sculptures of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Modern Times
- Objects of art
- Graphic arts.
Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM except Wednesday and Friday. 9 AM to 10:30 PM on Wednesday and Friday, Tuesday is closed.
3. Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees
The Arc de Triomphe is the tomb of Unknown Soldier of France which was ordered by Napoleon Bonaparte to celebrate the victory of the Battle of Austerlitz in 1886. It is dedicated to the soldiers who fought in the French armies of the Revolution and Napoleonic war.
Built-in 19th century, it is the biggest landmark of its sort in the world. Amazing sculptures decorate its columns. Moreover, the names of 558 commanders and the extraordinary triumphs are engraved on the top of the arc.
50 meters high, 45 meters deep and 22 meters deep the Arc de Triomphe leads to the Champs Elysee which is also known as the most beautiful avenue in the world. The Champs Elysees is mainly famous for shopping.
Timing: It opens every day from 10 AM to 10:30 PM.
4.Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral is also known as Notre-Dame de Paris/Notre Dame is a Roman Catholic located in the heart of Paris on the Ile de la Cité. In France it is rated as of the best example of French Gothic Architecture with combing rose windows, amazing sculptures, and gargoyles. This beautiful sight has begun in 1163 and completed in 1345.
The entrance is free but we suggest you walk around the cathedral before entering inside and climb to the top of it which gives you a stunning view of the region and see the famous gargoyles.
Timing: It is closed on Monday. April to September 10 AM to 11 PM and from October to March 10 AM to 10:30 PM.
5.Seine River Cruises
Seine River Cruise – The best way to enjoy the beauty of this City. Whenever you’re in Paris take a boat cruise along with Seine river that allows you to see the sights from different angles like the Seine river bridge, Eiffel tower. Notre-Dame de Paris and Louvre Museum.
During the afternoon cruise allow you to enjoy the beauty of monuments and after sunset cruise gives you the romantic experience when the city monuments are illuminated that creates magical effects and the city seems to be more magical. You can also enjoy dinner on the cruise.
6.Montmartre – The Wall of Love
Montmarte is a 130-meter high hill in the northwest of Paris. It is best known for its artistic environment or you can say this place is the inspiration of many artists like Monet, Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and Renoir. And it is also known for white-domed Basilica and bustling Square of Tertre. If you’re an art lover then Montmarte is the best for you, come here and witness some of the best artwork and inspired by it.
Don’t forget to take a break at The wall of love (Le Mur des Je t’aimes) where I Love You is written by 311 times in 250 languages.
Timing: From May to September 8:30 AM to 8 PM and from October to April 9 AM to 5:30 PM.
7.Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles was built in the 17th century and it was the official residence for the French Kings from 1682 to 1789. It is one of the most popular world heritage (listed in the world heritage site for 30 years).
It is rated as one of the biggest achievements of 17th-century French art. It is a collection of 2300 rooms and each room is designed in a unique way. Its beautiful feature: Hall of mirror, the ostentatious bedrooms, the royal chapel, the queen bedroom, great french garden and the musical fountain.
Timing: Every day from 9 AM to 6:30 PM
8.Luxembourg Park – Quartier Latin
The Luxembourg park is located on the bank of Seine river is the best place to visit in Paris which is known for its student’s life. The Latin Quarter of Paris is housed of many higher educational institute like Ecole des Mines de Paris, Schola Cantorum, Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Normale Superieure.
This beautiful green surrounding allows you to take a break from the city hustle. It is a local favorite place for picnicking and relaxing. Here you’ll get multiple varieties of apple, an apiary, 106 statues, fountains and bronze reduction of the Statue of Liberty. It is also famous for hosting sports championship especially France Tennis Championship.
Timing: For summer 7 AM to 1 hour prior sunset and for winter 8 AM to 1 hour before sunset.
Originally known as the Euro Disney Resort is one of the best place to visit in Paris. It is one of the colorful, vibrant and Cheerful park in Paris that is known for its fun rides, animation movies & shows, rallies and many more. Come here and meet with your favorite Disney character in two theme – Disneyland and Walt Disney Studio. If you wants to spend a day with super fun and adventure than this place will best for you. Disneyland has lots to offer you like Crush Coaster, Autopia, Disney Parade, fireworks, Buzz lightyear laser blast and selfies with your favorite character.
Timing: Everyday 10 AM to 11 PM.
Located next to Louvre, this beautiful place is worth to visit. It is designed by famous royal Gardner Andre Le Notre to back the Palais des Tuileries which was burnt down in 1871.
The Tuileries garden is a favorite place of Parisian for walking. It offers you lots of things like a game of Boules, Orangerie Museum, photography exhibition, landmark walking tour, sculptor like Rodin & Maillol and many more. It has small amusement park which is best spot for kids. If you’re looking for a family destination in Paris then you must visit this wonderful place.
Timing: Everyday 7 AM to 9 PM
The spiritual birthplace of the Famous French Cancan, Moulin Rouge is build in 1889 by Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler. It is located at the base of Montmartre highland. The romantic decoration, sizzling music and illuminated building make this one the most fascinating place to visit in Paris.
This vintage and classic cabaret venue has lot to offer you like glamorous evening shows, romantic dinner, cabaret performance and many more. In 2001, a scene of movie Baz Luhrmann, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor shot here which helps to improve the reputation of the cabaret.
Timing: Everyday 9 PM to 1 AM.
The City of Light, Paris is one of the most visited city in the world. The city has many monuments that makes this city more beautiful and famous like The Eiffel tower, Moulin Rouge, Disneyland, Champs Elysee, Notre-Dame de Paris and the world largest museum The Louvre.
Paris is called as the City of love for many reasons including its honeymoon destination, its beautiful sights, the wall of love, its native language, ideal place for marriage, its popularity and the Eiffel Tower.
If you’re visiting Paris for first time then you should make list of thing to do in Paris to enjoy more lime take a tour of Eiffel Tower, spend a day at Louvre museum to explore some of the best artwork of the world, try to visit Notre-Dame Cathedral for half day, give 2 to 3 hour to Musee d’Orsay, visit Musee de l’Orangerie, visit opera National de paris and Luxebourg Garden.
So here is the list of 11 must visit places in Paris. I hope you love them. If we miss your favorite place than let us know in the below comment section and share you experience in Paris with us.
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