Ten Things To See An Do In Paris, France


Paris, the city of lights, offers something for everyone. From shopping to beautiful Beaux-Arts architecture, this city is a magical fairytale alive in the 21st century. With so much to see and do, it can be a bit overwhelming as to where to start which is why I have made this list. So let’s count down the top 10 attractions that are a ‘can’t miss’ on your list of things to do in Paris.

At number 10, the Pantheon. Located in the Latin quarter in Paris and a short walk from the Jardin du Luxembourg, this one-time church now functions as a secular mausoleum housing the remains of some of the most distinguished French citizens, including Victor Hugo and Marie Curie. But it’s not what’s located underneath the Pantheon that’s a must-see attraction. The 360 degree panoramic views of the city are some of the best in all of Paris. And with shorter wait times than that of the Eiffel Tower, visiting the Pantheon can save you valuable time if you’re on a tight schedule.

At number 9 is the Arc de Triomphe. Located at the western end of the famous Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe is the linchpin of the historical access which extends from the Louvre to the Arc.

The Arc de Triomphe is accessible from both the RER train and metro stations, with an exit at Charles de Gaulle Etoile. A lift takes visitors to the top where you can enjoy a small museum of the Arc and, of course, take in some breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

At number 8 is the Tuileries Garden. Located between the Louvre museum and the Place de la Concorde, this public garden is a great place to take a break and relax after a long walk down the Champs-Elysees or after a long day of visiting the Louvre. It also offers a number of activities for children, giving parents a chance to relax.

At number 7 is Centre Pompidou. Located in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, near Les Halles and the Marais. Centre Pompidou is the largest modern art museum in all of Europe. The Place Georges Pompidou, which is located in the front of the museum, is famous for its street performers, and in the spring it is home to miniature carnivals featuring a wide variety of bands, caricature and sketch artists. Just the thing to keep the kids happy after a long visit through the museum.

Number 6 is Versailles. While not centrally located in Paris, if you can only fit in one day trip during your visit, make it to the Palace de Versailles. Located thirty minutes outside of Paris via the RER train, Versailles is the most luxurious and historic royal château in all of France. Be sure to do your research on the many things to do while at Versailles before you go, as it is so massive that you are sure to miss some hidden treasures if you are not prepared before your trip. For people with a limited time in Paris, you should consider skipping this attraction as it does eat up a full day of your time when visiting Versailles.

Number 5 is Sacre-Coeur. A popular landmark located at the summit of Montmarte, Sacre-Coeur is the highest point in the city, and as a result offers some of the best views in all of Paris. And the best part is it’s all free. Sacre-Coeur is also a great stop after a long walk through the streets of Paris, where you can enjoy a picnic underneath this incredible church while basking in the panoramic views of Paris.

Number 4 is Ópera Garnier. One of the most beautiful buildings in all of Paris, Opera Garnier is not a final destination, but rather a quick stop in the Ninth arrondissement of Paris, which is better known for the grand magasin of Printemps and Galleries Lafayette, two of the most famous shopping centres in all of Paris. What makes Opera such an attractive stop is that it is a nice alternative for those to enjoy the cultural side of Paris while others venture off shopping. Opera is also adjacent to the Paris Story, which is an amazing historical tour through Paris, fully realized in 3D movies and a miniature replica of the entire city.

Number 3 is Notre Dame, probably the most well-known cathedral in the entire world, thanks in large part to Victor Hugo’s novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, located on the eastern half of the Ile de la Cite along the Seine. Due to its overwhelming popularity, it is best to visit Notre Dame during the week when lines to visit the top are shorter. And be sure to check out the crypts of Notre Dame, which is an often forgotten treasure of this cathedral.

Number 2 is the Louvre, one of the world’s largest museums, housing nearly 35000 objects, from prehistory to the 19th century, which are exhibited over an area covering 60600 square meters. Located on the right bank of the Seine, the Louvre is the most visited art museum in the entire world. When visiting, we recommend that you prioritize what you want to see. If Egyptian artifacts are your fancy, stick to that. However, if you are more interested in Greek culture, go to those wings instead. To put it simply, there is no way you can see all of the Louvre in one visit. So plan ahead to maximize your time. And always purchase your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in long lines.

Number 1 is, of course, the Eiffel Tower. As it is, without a doubt, the most famous attraction in all of Paris, it is also the most populated, especially on the weekends. So it is best to visit the Eiffel Tower on weekdays and you must book your tickets in advance if you want to travel to the top of the tower. Wait lines can exceed four hours, and for those with a limited amount of time in Paris, can find themselves there for the entire day.

Bon voyage.

Aboutthe author: Sean is a part time travel writers and part time estate agent for www.countryhomesfrance.co.uk. If you’re thinking of taking the plunge and moving to France full time, why not stop by to see our extensive range of French property for sale.

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