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10 Things to Do When Visiting Paris

May, 19 || 4 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

Paris is the most visited city in the world. If you haven’t been there already, you need to put visiting Paris on your bucket list!

Here are 10 must-see attractions of the city of light!

The Louvre

Visit Louvre when in Paris

The Louvre is the world’s number 1 museum by many criteria. First of all, it is the biggest museum on the planet with almost 30,000 items exhibited over an area of 60,000 square meters.

The Louvre is also, the most visited museum on earth. Only in 2013, over 9 million tourists had visited the museum.

The museum’s historic collections will hurl you into the world of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and other civilizations. Many of the items from the antique were brought to the museum by the Napoleon himself in the times when he ruled over almost the whole of Europe.

There hasn’t been a more talked-about, praised, and mocked work of art, in the whole 4000-years-long history of visual arts, than Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The painting is, without a doubt the most famous piece of art in the world. Painted in the early 16th century, this synonym of Renaissance art is housed at the Louvre for over two centuries now.

Writing a good short review about the Louvre is just a mission impossible as there are so many interesting facts about this place. Not just about the vast collection, but also about the building itself. It would be truly a pity if you didn’t visit this museum on your Paris trip.

Yes, the crowd it huge and you’d have to wait for hours to get in, but the bother is nothing compared to the experience this place will give you.

Notre Dame Cathedral

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Many people consider the Notre Dame to be the finest example of Gothic art and architecture in the world. Definitely, it is the most important church in Paris. Apart from its grandiose structure, the cathedral is also celebrated for its extensive collection of relics.

The Notre Dame has been a part of Paris’ (and world’s) history since the day the construction began in 1163. The works were finished almost two centuries later, when this building became one of the most important in the Christian world. In that period, the Notre Dame was truly a remarkable sight and among the contemporary wonders.

The collection of religious items that the cathedral has is massive, but the most famous ones are the original (as the church officials claim) Crown of Thorns, a part of the True Cross, and a Holy Nail.

Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower is Paris’ most iconic landmark, the tallest structure in the city and the most-visited paid object in the world. However, although not many know it, once upon a time, it was hated by the Parisians.

Famous author, Guy de Maupassant hated it so much, that he used to have lunches at the top of the tower, because it was the only place from where he wouldn’t have to look at it.

When it was erected in 1889, it was meant to stand only for the duration of the World Fair (the World Fairs were really a big deal in the late 19th century).

But with time people became more and more interested in this peculiar structure until finally it became a true symbol of the city. And nowadays, everyone knows about the Eiffel Tower.

There are 3 levels of the tower that are accessible for tourists. The first 2 levels feature restaurants and bars with awesome views of Paris, but if you really want to be amazed with the cityscape, you should go one level higher. From the height of almost 300 meters, the observational deck on the top of the Eiffel Tower gives a breathtaking look at the City of Light.

Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées

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Champs-Élysées is an avenue in Paris, which with its famous boutiques, shops, galleries, etc. earned the nickname ‘the world’s most famous street’.

Upscale hotels in the avenue are among the most expensive in the world. But, why of all the streets in Paris, has this street become so important?

The reason lies in the historic monuments located in this street. Besides the buildings on both sides of the street, which are each a story for themselves, this street also features structures from the Napoleon era.

The Champs-Élysées avenue begins at the Place de la Concorde, a square with a massive Egypt obelisk in the middle. The street’s ending point is the Arc de Triomphe. This monument is 50 meters high, which makes it one of the biggest monuments of its kind on the planet.

At the time when it was built, the Arc de Triomphe was truly an architectural wonder. It definitely served its purpose, which was to celebrate the victory of Napoleon’s forces at Austerlitz.

Centre Georges Pompidou 

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The Pompidou Centre is a complex of libraries, museums and research centers in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The state-funded institutes deal with the modern culture of the city, attracting thousands of visitors. Its modern art museum is the largest museum of its kind in Europe, while tourists find the music research center especially amusing.

The buildings of the Pompidou Centre are modern works of arts on their own. You’ll notice that this is a colorful building. All the structural elements are marked with a color – green is for water pipes, blue for air-conditioning, yellow for electricity and passages are red.

Sacre Coeur and Montmartre

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The Montmartre is a hill in the north part of Paris in the 18th arrondissement. Nowadays it is a popular tourist spot as it has saved a lot from its glory days –the late 19th century. And in that era the Montmartre was really the capital of fun or as the main character in the Moulin Rouge movie calls it ‘the center of the Bohemian world’.  Speaking of Moulin Rouge, the original cabaret was located right here, on the Montmartre hill. It’s no wonder, why this area was the favorite place of artists such as Picasso, Dali, or Monet.

Even with dozens of buildings meant for free-spirited and even roguish purposes, the Montmartre’s most famous landmark is a church.

The Sacré-Cœur basilica (the Basilica of the Sacred Heart) is located on the summit of the Montmartre hill on the highest point in the city. Built entirely of limestone, the church shines above Paris for longer than a century.

Boat Tour of the Seine River

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The banks of the river Seine in Paris are parts of the UNESCO’s World Heritage list. By cruising down this river you can enjoy the view of the most of the Paris attractions, from the Eiffel Tower to the Notre Dame. You’ll also pass under some of the 37 bridges of Paris.

Bateaux Parisiens  ( offer affordable, but more importantly, very interesting cruise tours. There are plenty of different tour options and one of the most attractive is the one that starts at the dock near the Eiffel Tower.

The tour lasts approximately one hour and besides cruising along the Seine River, you’ll also get an interesting narrative about the city history and its most important landmarks.

Le Marais

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If you wanna see how the rich folks from Paris lived in the past (and how some of them still do), then you must visit the Les Marais area. Here are dozens of castles, mansions, and churches built by the French aristocracy.

The oldest building in the area dates from the 13th century, which means that Les Marais is a magnificent mixture of various architectural styles that all have one thing in common – luxury.

Nowadays, this historic district is home to dozens of art galleries and museums, but even today some of the Paris’ bourgeoisie families reside here as they did for centuries. Other aristocratic families have moved, leaving behind wonderful palaces. Luckily, those buildings didn’t get ruined, but are reconstructed and now serve as upscale hotels. Some of those are Hôtel de Sens, Hôtel de Sully, and Hôtel d’Albret.”

Luxembourg Gardens

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The Luxembourg Gardens became known all around the world when Victor Hugo included it in his masterpiece ‘Les Miserables’. This is the 2nd-largest park in Paris, but as it is located in the center of the city, its popularity is immense.

The Luxembourg Palace is actually the reason why the park was established. The park served as the garden of the palace in the times when Marie de’ Medici (King Louis XVIII’s widow) lived there. Nowadays the Luxembourg Palace is the home of the French Senate.

Besides hundreds of trees of various kinds in the park, the Luxembourg Gardens has several monuments that are interesting to the tourists. The most important one is the Medici Fountain, which was built in the 17th century in the Italian Renaissance manner.

Musee d’Orsay 

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The Musee d’Orsay houses Western Art items from the period between 1848 and 1915. The earlier works are exhibited in the Louvre, while the Centre Georges Pompidou is specialized in the modern art.

In the Musée d’Orsay, you can see lots of masterpieces from the impressionist and post-impressionist period. The most notable works are those of the legendary French artists Claude Monet (the father of impressionism), Édouard Manet, and Paul Cézanne.

In addition, there are also 24 paintings of Vincent van Gogh, of which the most important one is ‘Self-Portrait’ from 1889.

Paris Boutique Hotels

To make your Paris visit an unforgettable experience, you should think about staying at a good boutique hotel. Check out our article about the best boutique hotels in Paris!

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