“To see Paris and die!” The cult phrase of the writer Ilya Ehrenburg perfectly describes the beauty of the French capital. The sights of Paris are a real work of art. A year is not enough to cover them all. Tourists, especially beginners, have a lot of questions about what to see in Paris in the first place. This article is a rating of the most significant cultural monuments in Paris. I hope it will help you.
I had been in Paris just for one week and, of course, I did not manage to see all of these attractions. I visited the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Orsay Museum, as well as some interesting cafes and restaurants, which can also be included in the list of attractions. About cafes and restaurants in Paris, I wrote a separate article. In the meantime, let’s take it in order!
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What to see in Paris in 1 day
These are the so-called TOP 10 sights of Paris. They are indicated in each guidebook and set the tone for the journey through Parisian lands.
No. 1. Eiffel Tower
Official site https://www.toureiffel.paris/fr .
The absolute leader in the tourist rating, the main attraction of Paris. It is depicted on all souvenir products. It is located in the city center. It can be reached by any form of public transport or a rented car. Exact address: Champ de Mars, Avenue Anatole France, 5.
Year of construction is 1889. The height of the Eiffel Tower is 300 m. You can overcome the distance in 1792 steps with comfort on one of the two high-speed elevators. The price of lifting starts from € 10.20 (climbing the tower by stairs), lifting the elevator to the second level – € 16.30, to the third (summit, or top) – € 25.50. Children under 4 years old are free. Look at the work schedule on the official website or in my article about the Eiffel Tower . There I wrote in details how to buy tickets without a queue (I strongly recommend to do that and save hours(!)), what restaurants and cafes are on the Eiffel Tower, and from where the best view opens.
Conventionally, the attraction is usually divided into three levels – the first, second, summit. There are observation platforms, restaurants, bars, shops, a meteorological and astronomical observatory on the Tower. Prices for goods and services are high. Toilets work for free.
The Eiffel Tower is hard to describe. Alexander Dumas, Paul Verlaine, Victor Hugo and many other famous masters of the pen spoke about it. It makes no sense to compete with them. I want to say only one thing – this is really a special place with a unique atmosphere.
No. 2. Louvre Museum
Official site https://www.louvre.fr/
Another popular attraction of Paris is the Louvre Museum of Art, located on the right bank of the Seine River. It was discovered back in 1793. The annual flow of tourists is more than 10 million people.
The Louvre is divided into 8 sectors. The total number of exhibits is more than 58 thousand pieces of art.
Among them are the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, the sculpture Venus de Milo, The Death of Maria by Caravaggio, The Woman in the Mirror by Titian. The collected collection is simply impressive!
Louvre’s work schedule is interesting, remember, and better write down! The day off is Tuesday. On Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, the museum is open to visitors from 9:00 to 18:00. Wednesday – 9:00-21:45. On Friday, come from 9:00 to 21:00. On the first Saturday of every month, the museum is open until 21:00, and from 18:00 to 21:00 it can be visited for free.
Read also my article about visiting the Louvre .
If you buy a ticket online, you will pay € 17, and the entrance to the museum will be a maximum of 30 minutes after your arrival. The ticket price on the spot is € 15, but when you get to the Louvre, no one can say. It is possible that idle in line for 2 or more hours. You can buy a ticket on the official website or on special tourist websites , for example, I recently talked about tiqets.com service , if you have already installed the application on your smartphone, then the purchase will take no more than a minute, while I spent on the purchase through the official website 15-20 minutes, until I figured out what to do, created an account, confirmed it, etc. Yes, it’s a little more expensive (service fee 3 €), but in addition to saving time, it sometimes happens that there are no tickets through the official website for the near future, and you can buy tickets through the service.
No 3. Tuileries Garden
This is a beautiful and free city park in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. It covers an area of 25.5 hectares. It is located between Place de la Concorde, the Louvre and Rivoli. There are many trees and flowers, bronze and marble sculptures, children’s and sports grounds, recreation areas. A picturesque place, ideal for reflection and a relaxing holiday! The garden is open for visitors in the winter from 7:30 to 19:30, in the summer from 7:00 to 21:00. Green chairs – the unspoken symbol of the Garden, it is surprising that they sit on them not only in summer but also in winter!
No 4. Elysian Fields (Champs-Élysées)
One of the main streets of the city, the main venue for major events. Extends along for 2 km. Starts from Place de la Concorde and ends next to the Arc de Triomphe. This is the place of Parisian glamor. Here are located the offices of prestigious companies, luxury boutiques, restaurants, entertainment complexes.
Pay attention to the Louis Vuitton store, which is the largest store of this company in the world. It is not surprising that the entrance to the store is always in line!
No. 5. Place de la Concorde
Another central attraction of Paris is Place de la Concorde. A monument of architecture, built at the end of the XVIII century in the style of classicism. The second largest square in all of France! Located in the 8th territorial district. Its length is 360 m, width is 210 m. It has a perfectly even rectangular shape, in each corner there is a statue symbolizing one of the French cities: Lyon, Brest, Lille, Nantes, Rouen, Bordeaux, Marseille , Strasbourg. In the center of the square is a tall obelisk from Egypt.
No. 6. Triumphal Arch (Arc de Triomphe)
The 50-meter monument on Charles de Gaulle Square, built by order of Napoleon as a symbol of his imperial greatness and numerous military victories. A beautiful, impressive city attraction, which also needs to be seen for 1 day stay in Paris. The architectural style is antique. At the corners of the monument are bas-reliefs depicting mythical characters – winged maidens. They mean glory and power. The total height of the structure is 49 m. Inside there is a museum and observation platforms with beautiful views of the city. Opening hours: from 10:00 to 23:00. Entrance ticket (single for the museum and the observation deck) – € 12. Admission is free up to 18 years.
Read also about our 123 Elysees Astotel near the Arc de Triomphe.
No 7. Cite Island (Île de la Cité)
This is one of the two surviving islands of the Seine River in central Paris. It covers an area of 22 hectares, connected to the city by nine bridges. Each of them is a real work of architectural art, and also a completely free attraction. On the island of Cite is located Notre Dame Cathedral, Dauphin Square, the Palace of Justice. Residential buildings – only a few dozen. Almost no one lives here. A lot of vegetation, the territory is literally surrounded by greenery. It’s nice to walk around the island in any weather, and what vivid photos you get! You can come here using the 4th city subway line.
No. 8. Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral
Official website http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/
The magnificent cathedral, glorified by Victor Hugo! It is located at 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II. This is the center of Paris and getting here is not difficult. Another name is Notre Dame Cathedral. Established – 1163 The architectural style is Gothic.
The cathedral reaches a height of 35 m, and the bell tower – 69 m. Inside there is not a single wall. The rooms are divided among themselves by stained-glass windows, many arches, columns. They say that somewhere in the cathedral they store a nail with which a cross was put together to crucify Jesus Christ. You are unlikely to be convinced of this personally, but you should definitely visit this architectural monument.
Come every day from 8:00 to 18:45. Entrance to the temple is free.
If you want to climb the tower, get ready to pay € 10 (visitors under 18 are free). From there you have a gorgeous view of Paris! Opening hours of the observation deck are from 10:00 to 17:30 (from October to March) and from 10:00 to 18:30 (from April to September). To rise, you need to reserve time through the JeFile application or a special kiosk in place.
UPD April 2019: after the Notre Dame tragedy, it is not known when it will be possible to get inside and see it in its classic form. However, to remove Notre Dame from the list of the best sights of Paris, my hand does not rise. I hope and believe in the speedy restoration of the Cathedral!
No. 9 Conciergerie
In the 1st territorial Parisian district, at 2 Boulevard du Palais, there is a former royal palace and a prison – Conciergerie. It occupies almost half of the island of Cité. The history of the complex in the Gothic style begins from the VI century. It was rebuilt somewhat, closed, burned. Mata Hari, Marie Antoinette and other famous personalities sat in prison. Today, the Conciergerie is turned into a museum. Admission is € 9. They conduct interesting excursions, an audio guide is available in 6 languages for € 5 . Schedule: from 9-30 to 18:00.
No. 10. Opera Garnier (Opéra national de Paris)
Opera and Ballet Theater is located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Established in 1862 it covers an area of 21 thousand m². The building is open for excursions as part of a group and single tourist routes. Ticket price is € 12 ( self-guided visit ) and € 17 ( guided tour with an english-speaking guide ) An audio guide costs € 5. Within one hour you will get acquainted with the history and development, the legends of the opera.
Prices for performances start from € 100: opera or ballet – choose according to your taste.
What to see in Paris in 2 days
If you are lucky to stay in the French capital for 2 days, the list of beautiful places is expanding. In addition to the main 10 attractions of Paris, I propose to explore more such architectural monuments.
No. 11. Montmartre
This is a 130-meter hill in the northern part of the capital, the highest point of the city. At the top are the Sacre Coeur Basilica, the churches of Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre and Saint-Pierre-de-Montmartre. Take a look at them too. And at the foot there are religious communities, museums, a flea market and a dozen more attractions that occupy the whole area. You can climb to the top by stairs or funicular (ticket – € 7.3).
No. 12. Sacre Coeur Cathedral
This is a white Catholic church built at the turn of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The name translated from French means “Heart of Christ.” Nice, isn’t it? As already said, it stands on top of the Montmartre hill. The architectural style is Romano-Byzantine. The basilica extends 85 m long and 35 m wide. The dome is crowned with a 55 m high roof.
Inside there are many arches, stained-glass windows, monumental mosaics. Very bright and airy. Free admission. Schedule: 6: 30-22: 30. Climbing the dome is possible only through a staircase of 300 steps. Open for visits every day from 9:30 to 17:00.
No. 13. Museum of Montmartre
Look for it on Corto Street in the homonymous district. The collection includes 4 themes: the history of Montmartre, holidays, bohemia, the Paris Commune. Pay attention to photos, costumes, documents and vintage posters. In the library, which is located here, is a gorgeous collection of French chanson records. The museum is pleased to welcome visitors daily from 10:00 to 19:00 (in summer). From October to March, opening hours: from 10:00 to 18:00. The last call is possible 45 minutes before closing. For visiting the museum accompanied by an audio guide you need to pay from 9.5 to 12 euros. The duration of the visit is 90 minutes. On Sunday from 14:00 you can book a guided tour (price – € 18).
No 14. Pigalle Square
Another attraction of Paris from the category of “the most, the most” – Place Pigalle. It was named after the famous French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle. It is located between the 9th and 18th city districts. This is the local red light district. Here are brothels, sex shops, the Paris Museum of Erotica. Of course, compared to the Amsterdam region of the same name, everything here is not so frank. The western part of the square was occupied by music stores, which sell rare records and instruments. Here, in Pigalle Square, is a cabaret known throughout the world.
No. 15. Cabaret Moulin Rouge
Glorified in musicals and films, the cabaret was built in 1889. At various times, it was visited by Oscar Wilde, Pablo Picasso and even the Prince of Wales. In 1893, 4 years after the opening, striptease was shown here for the first time in the world. The institution accommodates 850 visitors at the same time. Bright music and dance programs are regularly held here. If you want to spend an interesting evening, here you are! Ticket prices start from € 87.
No. 16. Petit Pale (Small Palace)
Founded in 1902, the exhibition hall today houses the Museum of Fine Arts. Here are stored the works of masters of painting of the XIX century: Monet, Renoir, Courbet. A separate room is dedicated to modernism. A rich collection of icons is of interest. The main part of the collection was donated to the museum by the philanthropist Roger Cabal. Petit Pale stands on Winston Churchill Avenue. Open for visits from 10:00 to 18:00 every day, except Mondays. It hosts exhibitions, art history courses, and master classes. Prices – from 9-12 euros depending on the exposure.
No. 17. Gran Palais (Grand Palace)
The architectural complex in the style of Bozar is located in the 8th urban district. Nearby are the Champs Elysees. This is a major exhibition center. It housed as many as 3 museums – an art gallery, a museum of discoveries and inventions. In them you can see rare sculptures, prints, artifacts. Grand Palais is open from 9:00 to 22:00. Get ready to spend from 6 to 12 euros at the exhibition.
What to see in Paris in 3-4 days
Paris in 3 days provides an opportunity to cover even more attractions. In my opinion, you should see them.
No 18. Hotel de Ville (City Hall of Paris)
This is the seat of the city authorities in the 4th urban district. The building has vivid signs of the Neo-Renaissance architectural style. On the main facade are visible statues of famous people. They are installed in niches. Among them are Voltaire, Charles Perrault, Henri Etienne. Inside – pompous and luxurious elements of the Empire style. Its characteristic features: painted ceilings, numerous stained-glass windows and murals, antique furniture. Entrance for tourists is free! Schedule: daily, except Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00.
No. 19. Latin Quarter
This is the main student quarter of Paris. It is located between the 5th and 6th city districts, around the famous Sorbonne University. There are many architectural monuments (Luxembourg Gardens, Pantheon), cozy small cafes, bookstores. Good place for walking and shopping for souvenirs!
No. 20. Luxembourg Garden
In the 6th city district there is a beautiful palace and park ensemble called the Luxembourg Garden. It covers an area of 26 hectares. The Luxembourg Garden is divided into 2 parts: northwest and southeast. The first is flower beds and lawns broken in the French classical style. The second part is a park area and terraces in the English style. The park has a miniature theater, children’s attractions, sports fields, you can ride a pony. In the garden there is a palace of the same name, in which the second house of parliament sits. Come from April to October from 7:30 to 21:45 and from November to March from 8:15 to 16:45. Free admission.
No. 21. Pantheon
The architectural and historical complex in the Latin Quarter, founded at the end of the 18th century. This magnificent neoclassical building was originally a church. It was built by King Louis XV as a tribute to the patroness of Paris, Saint Genevieve. Later, the building turned into the tomb of famous French figures. Many politicians, philosophers, writers are buried here. Among them are Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Emil Zola, Paul Painlevé. Inside the building is beautiful: stucco, bas-reliefs, art paintings. In the center is the Foucault pendulum. The Pantheon was restored several times, the last time in 2017. Schedule: from 10:00 to 18:00. Ticket – € 9.
No 22. Orsay Museum
Official website: https://www.musee-orsay.fr/
The 10th most visited museum in the world is located on the left bank of the Seine River. It contains the largest collection of paintings from the late XIX-early XX centuries. The main part of the exhibits is the work of the impressionists.
The entire exhibition occupies 5 floors. Seminars and concerts are also held in the building, and lectures are given. There is also a bookstore, restaurant. Come see the paintings and sculptures of Van Gogh, Eduard Manet, Paul Gauguin and other eminent artists on any day except Monday, from 9:30 to 18:00. Admission ticket – € 14 . In January, there was no line in the morning, tickets were bought at the box office. But there are barriers at the exit, it is clear that a rather big queue is accumulating (due to security control at the entrance). If you see the line, buy tickets online with priority entry.
Read also my article “Orsay Museum in Paris: how to buy tickets and what to see. My review”
No 23. Cabaret Lido
The historical sights of Paris include the Lido de Paris art cafe, located in the 8th arrondissement. The grand opening took place in 1946. It can simultaneously accommodate over 1100 people. It can not be compared with the famous Moulin Rouge, but this place is also perfect for an evening. Here you can dine on delicious European dishes and enjoy the vibrant show. Professional artists perform in Lido, the performances are technically complex and even dangerous. Cabaret is open from 19:00 to 2:00. Please note that you will need an evening outfit or a strict business uniform. Jeans and a jumper are not allowed here. Prices start at € 85. I advise you to book tickets in advance.
No 24. Alexander III Bridge (Pont Alexandre III)
It is a single-arch bridge with a total length of 152 m. Crosses the Seine between two other city attractions – the Champs Elysees and the House of the Disabled. The height of the structure is small – 6 m. This was done specifically so as not to obscure the surrounding panorama. The bridge was built as a symbol of friendship and mutual respect between the Russian and French people. The initiator of the construction was Emperor Nicholas II. He ordered the construction of an elegant and strong bridge and its name in honor of his father, Emperor Alexander III. The work lasted 4 years. Since 1975, the building has been protected at the state level as an important part of the cultural and historical heritage.
No 25.Galeries Lafayette
Lafayette Gallery is a huge shopping complex on Osman Boulevard and Chasse d’Antan. It was opened in 1890 by the Kang brothers. Initially, they wanted to create an elegant, but compact boutique that sold lace, fabrics, ribbons. The business went well, and after a few years the building expanded to the size of a shopping center. It sets the tone for modern fashion. Today the Lafayette Gallery is a network of department stores scattered around the world, but the center stands, as before, in Paris. The shopping center consists of three separate buildings with overhead crossings: a central store, a boutique for men only, and household goods. All this covers an area of 30 thousand m². The gallery presents collections of the most famous fashion houses, restaurants, recreation areas, toilets, underground parking. Every Christmas Lafayette is generously decorated with flickering garlands and tinsel. It turns out very beautifully! And the Eastern time Gallery looks gorgeous! Great place for shopping.
Here, in the Galeries Lafayette, I participated in a workshop on cooking French macaroon cakes with a French pastry chef. You can read more at the link .
No. 26. Paris Passages
Another answer to the question, what are the attractions in Paris – local passages. The most famous among them: Verdeau, Jouffroy, Panoramas, Brady.
These are narrow arched galleries in which open shops with a wide variety of goods, cafes, and bars are located. Traditionally, they are covered with a glass roof, between the aisles – subtle tunnels. Passage Brady, for example, does stand in the open. On the shelves are laid out goods, and buyers stroll between the rows, choose souvenirs, chat. Such passages are called the “forefathers” of modern shopping centers. They are colorful, with bright individual features.
So, if you want to plunge into the past, acquire interesting and unique gizmos, go to one or several Paris passages:
- Look at the entrance to Verdeau from the side of Grange Bath and Faubourg Montmartre;
- Jouffroy is located in the 9th arrondissement, next to the Griven Museum;
- Panoramas oldest passage address: 11 boulevard Montmartre;
- Brady passage is located at 46 rue du Faubourg Saint Denis.
No 27. Le Marais
The historic quarter in Paris on the right bank of the Seine (territorially 3 and 4 urban district). By the way, the name translated from French literally means “swamp”. The quarter arose in the 13th century on the site of a swamp drained by the Templars. There are many attractions, luxury residential and entertainment complexes. Marais is considered a district of intellectuals, Jews and, oddly enough, homosexuals.
No. 28. Place des Vosges
This is the oldest city square, and it must be included in your route in Paris for 3 days. Located in the Marais quarter. The square began to be built in 1605 on the occasion of the wedding of King Louis XIII and Anna of Austria. Later tournaments and street events were held here. Today there are a lot of greenery and flowers; recreation areas and picnics are equipped. In the center of the square is Louis XIII Park with a majestic monarch statue. There are 28 ancient buildings along the perimeter, in which at different times Cardinal Richelieu, Annie Girardot and other famous French figures lived. About one of them – in the following attractions of Paris.
No. 29. Victor Hugo House Museum (Maison de Victor Hugo)
Located on the Place des Vosges in one of the buildings. The writer has been renting an apartment here for 14 years. Today, the residence of one of the most French figures has been turned into a memorial museum, the grand opening of which took place in 1903. The collection includes drawings, recordings, paintings and sculptures dedicated to Victor Hugo. Come every day, except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00. Admission is free, a ticket to temporary exhibitions – from 6 to 8 euros.
No. 30. Palais Royal
The architectural complex, including the palace, park and square, is united by the common name – Palais Royal. Located opposite the northern part of the Louvre Museum. Construction lasted 6 years in the middle of the XVII century. The complex was built for Cardinal Richelieu. Later, Anna of Austria lived in it with the young king Louis XIV, after them – Cardinal Mazarin. The palace chambers are closed to tourists, and you can enter the park and the square for free.
No. 31. Saint Chapelle
The ancient chapel on the island of Cité, a vivid example of the Gothic style, will certainly interest you. The exact address of the attraction: 8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris. Located in the Conciergerie complex. The Holy Chapel was erected by King Louis IX in the middle of the XIII century. Many experts consider it one of the most beautiful small churches with the most complete set of stained glass art. The chapel has two levels. The total height of the structure is 42 m. Inside there are many decorative arches, a single nave. I recommend to pay a visit on a sunny day when the beauty of the stained-glass windows is fully revealed. Organ concerts are often held here – the acoustics are simply incomparable. For a ticket to the chapel, prepare € 10. Schedule in winter – from 9:00 to 17:00. In the summer – from 9:00 to 19:00. I recommend buying tickets in advance,
No 32. Saint Germain de Pres Quarter
The quarter on the left bank of the Seine territorially occupies the 24th urban district. The area of luxury and the Parisian aristocracy. It was first mentioned in the 5th century. The total length of the quarter is 3.5 km. Narrow streets go from the main highway, where restaurants, hotels, cinemas, boutiques, souvenir shops and other buildings stand. The most popular cafes of the quarter are literary Café de Flore and Deux Magots, I wrote about them in this article . Prices are above average. There are many museums here, many of which admission is free.
What to see in Paris in 5 days a week
I suggest a little ride around the city and admire the beautiful monuments of architecture.
No. 33. Bastille Square
The square, named after the famous French fortress, stands at: Palace de la Bastille, 75011 Paris. These are the borders of the 3rd, 4th, 11th and 12th urban districts, the intersection of a dozen streets and boulevards. Nearby is the Bastille Underground Station. All political and public demonstrations will start on the square. Napoleon was going to erect a huge bronze monument of an elephant in the center, but managed to put only a model of plaster. Victor Hugo, by the way, immortalized him in his work Les Miserables. The following sights are located on Piazza Bastille:
- July Column;
- Arsenal port;
- Opera “Bastille”.
No 34. Center Pompidou
National Center for Arts and Culture, named after former French Prime Minister Georges Pompidou. It consists of a luxurious library, a museum of modern art, an institute for coordination and research of music, and numerous exhibition halls. The whole structure includes 5 floors.
At the first – an excellent movie theater, which annually hosts an art house movie festival. It is interesting that in the center you can leave the children in the classes of modeling, drawing, music under the supervision of experienced teachers, and go on your own to study exhibitions. Museum ticket – € 14.
No 35. The National Residence of the Invalids (Hôtel des Invalides)
Construction began on the orders of King Louis XIV for the military and veterans. The monarch wanted to remove the war-crippled soldiers to some calm and safe place. It was one of the first houses in Europe of this type. Today it not only contains invalids of battles, but also a museum, a necropolis. A wide area with vast rows of lawns and well-groomed alleys leads from the Alexander III bridge to the complex. In front of the House are old cannons. In the center is a bas-relief depicting the king of France, Louis XIV. The central courtyard is divided into 5 more sectors, each of which is equipped and very picturesque. The dome crowning the roof of the building is also interesting. According to experts, its creation required 12 kg of pure gold.
The complex, on the ground floor, contains the remains of many French generals, Napoleon I and Napoleon II. The building is divided into several sectors, each of which has separate exhibitions. The first is an army museum. There are ancient armor, weapons, royal armor, documents, ranging from the Paleolithic period until the end of the XVII century here. The next museum tells about the time of the reign of the creator of Les Invalides – Louis XVI. Another room is reserved for the collection dedicated to the periods of the revolution and the creation of the Paris Commune.
The attraction is located near Petit Palais and Grand Palais. Schedule: from 10:00 to 17:00. Admission is € 12.
No 36. Montparnasse Tower
Look for a 210-meter skyscraper in the 15th urban district. The building covers 59 floors. Construction was completed in 1973. The upper floors are occupied by cafeterias, bars, shops and an excellent observation platform. Schedule: 9: 00-22: 30. The last visit is possible 30 minutes before closing time. If you want to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the French capital, get ready to pay € 18.
No 37.Père Lachaise Cemetery
Another bright sight of Paris from the must-see category is a cemetery in the eastern part of the capital, in the 20th arrondissement, called Pere-Lachaise. It is one of the largest tombstone museums in Europe. It covers an area of 48 hectares. More than 2 million tourists visit it annually. Entrance to the territory is free from 8:00 to 17:00. Hundreds of eminent personalities have found an eternal refuge here. Among them are Balzac, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and other figures.
No. 38. Catacombs of Paris
Paris Catacombs – a network of underground tunnels with a total length of 1.5 km. At the end of the 18th century, the remains of 6 million people were brought here. Parisian “ground” cemeteries were crowded, and the city authorities decided to rebury some graves. In the capital, there is a special service that monitors the state of the catacombs. Her responsibilities include the annual inspection of tunnels to prevent their destruction. The entrance to the catacombs is located near the Danfer Roshro Metro Station. Exit – on the street Remy-Dumonsel. The entire route is marked with signs. Schedule: Monday – day off. From Tuesday to Sunday, come from 10:00 to 20:30, just keep in mind that the ticket office closes at 19:30. Priority entry ticket with audio guide – € 29.
No 39. Bois de Boulogne
Look for the Bois de Boulogne, the “lungs” of Paris, in the western part of the capital (16th territorial district). It covers an area of 8,500 km². Divided into several parts. In the north there is a children’s amusement park and a zoo. In the south are two beautiful gardens. The park officially became part of Paris in 1929. 40 thousand trees were planted here, alleys, lakes, bicycle paths were broken, dozens of restaurants work. In the afternoon – this is the place of social meetings. Parisians are involved in sports, walking, boating or biking. They say that as soon as the sun sets over the horizon, the Bois de Boulogne turns into a “place of dislocation” of the priestesses of love. Honestly, I didn’t check it myself, so I won’t say anything!
See also my selection of “28 Paris hotels for the perfect trip”
No 40. Louis Vuitton Foundation
The Louis Vuitton Foundation is a cultural center located at 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi. Date of construction – 2006. A very architecturally complex building. It is an iceberg, the roof looks like a sail, the total area of which is 13 thousand m². It regularly hosts interesting exhibitions of contemporary art. Many projects for aspiring artists and photographers. The complex is open to visitors every day, except Tuesday, from 10:00 to 20:00. It can be reached on the 1st metro line (exit – Les Sablons). Prepare € 16 for the entrance ticket to the center. Priority entry – € 22
No. 41. Rodin Museum
Founded in 1916, France’s largest museum of works by the magnificent sculptor Auguste Rodin attracts 700 thousand visitors annually. 6,600 sculptures, art objects, photographs and drawings are stored here. Of particular pride are the works “The Gates of Hell” and “Kiss”. The main part of the sculptures stands in a beautiful garden, which is adjacent to the museum. There is also a cafe and a gift shop. Schedule: from 10:00 to 18:30. Admission is € 12.
No 42. Aquaboulevard de Paris (Paris water park)
This attraction of Paris is Europe’s largest water park. It is located in the southwestern part of the capital and extends over 7000 m². The building includes 5 floors, one of them is underground. On the ground floor there are hundreds of types of water attractions. On the second and third – sports clubs for tennis and squash, gyms. The following floors are occupied by a huge cinema, saunas, massage rooms, zones with slot machines. The water park is decorated in a tropical style, a lot of greenery, high windows through which sunlight penetrates the building. Here, year-round stable air temperature – 29 degrees above zero.
Opening hours: daily, from 9:00 to 23:00. Come to the address: 4-6 Rue Louis Armand, 75015 Paris. Children from 3 to 12 years old admission ticket – € 15. The cost of an adult ticket on weekdays is € 23, on weekends – € 29. Up to 3 years free admission.
No. 43. La Défense business district
The main business district of Paris with strict architecture is La Defense. It is located in the suburbs of the capital, slightly west of the 16th territorial district. The unofficial name is Paris Manhattan. 20 thousand people live here, and another 150 thousand come to work every day. The central offices of France and Europe, the largest enterprises in France and Europe, most of which are insurance companies and banking organizations, come to work.
Most of the skyscrapers (13 of 18) are in this quarter. The performance is divided into 12 sectors. Despite the huge number of offices and residential buildings, it is very beautiful, there are a lot of green lawns, alleys, fountains.
Pay attention to the main attraction of the Big Arch quarter (Grand Arsh). A visit to the museum and the observation deck on the Arch will cost from € 15
No. 44. Cremieux Street
Perhaps one of the most unusual sights of Paris is a bright street in the 12th territorial district. Look for cremieux near the Place de la Bastille. Its distinguishing features are pink and light buildings, narrow cobbled streets and a complete lack of tourists. In total there are 35 houses, each painted in its own color. The street is 144 meters long and 7.5 meters wide. It is somewhat similar to a village in the best sense of the word – quietly, serene, with lots of vegetation and well-groomed domestic animals. Cats just lie in the middle of the street, basking in the sun. Cremieux was built in 1865.
No. 45. Paris Zoo
And this Parisian attraction, for sure, will interest young travelers. In the French capital, in the Garden of Vincennes, there is a magnificent zoo. Animals do not live here in cages, but in spacious enclosures that mimic their natural environment. The total number of “local residents” is 1000 individuals. The zoo covers an area of 14.5 hectares. Penguins, dolphins, hundreds of species of parrots, sea lions live here. The zoo welcomes guests daily from 9:30 in the morning. In the winter season it works until 17:00, in the summer – 3 hours longer. The cost of admission for visitors from 4 to 15 years old is € 15, up to 25 years old – € 17.5, over 25 years old – € 23. Children under 3 years old – free of charge.
No. 46. The Flea market of Saint Ouen
Look for the place of original purchases beyond the 18th territorial district in the suburb of Saint-Ouen. Another market is called “Klinyankur”. Opening hours depend on the weather. If the street is sunny and warm, goods are sold until midnight. On Monday, the bulk of the shops are closed. In winter, the work schedule: from 9:00 to 18:00. In your strict view, a huge assortment of antiques is provided here: antique furniture, home decoration, dishes, music records. Prices are high, even by Paris standards. But you can be sure that the souvenir purchased is sold in a single copy.
Getting to the Saint-Ouen flea market is easy on the 4th subway line. Exit at Porte-de-Clignancour Station. From there – 5 minutes on foot in a northwest direction.
No. 47. Orangerie Museum
An art gallery in the capital is located in the Tuileries Garden, next to Place de la Concorde. It contains a good collection of works by impressionists and post-impressionists. Established – mid-19th century. The annual flow of visitors reaches a million people. Here you can leisurely study the works of Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse and other eminent artists. The museum’s visiting card is an oval hall with a rare collection of Claude Monet called “Water Lilies”. Masterpieces of painting are available for inspection from 9:00 to 18:00 every day, except Tuesday. The last entry is possible no later than 16:15. Admission is € 9. Admission is free for guests under 18 years old.
3 directions from Paris
If you are incredibly lucky and spend a long vacation in the French capital, feel free to go to the surroundings of the city! There is also a lot of interesting things! The most popular routes include three destinations:
See also “5 directions from Paris for 1 day”
I’ll tell you more about each of them.
No. 48.Palace of Versailles
Distance Versailles – Paris – 17 km. You can overcome it by train (line C, return ticket – € 7) or by bus (flight No. 171, departing from Pont de Sevres station). Two more options – taxi and private transfer. A maximum of 20 minutes will take you on the road.
What do we know about Versailles? This is a brilliant palace and park ensemble in a classic architectural style. The masterpiece was realized by architects Louis Levo and Francois D’Orbay. Versailles – a reflection of the era of the reign of Louis XVI. From 1682 until the French Revolution, it was the official royal residence. Versailles is associated with dozens of significant events in the life of Europe – the signing of important political treaties, the adoption of declarations and reforms. In Versailles, 5 kings and their families were born. In a word, this is not just a palace, it is a piece of history.
I advise you to allocate at least half a day to visit the sights. The park and garden are open to visitors around the clock. Free admission. You can get to the palace from 9:00 to 18: 300 every day, except Tuesday. Ticket price – from € 18.
No. 49.Château de Fontainebleau
Another popular tourist destination from Paris is the Fontainebleau Palace. The distance between them is 69 km. You need to go from the capital in a southwest direction. The construction began in the 13th century. King Louis IX wanted to build a cozy suburban complex with a hospital and a park in the local forests. Work went on for many years. The rulers succeeded each other, each adding something to his palace. Today Fontainebleau is a luxurious residence in the Renaissance style. Inside are dozens of boudoirs, halls, galleries. The interior is rich: a lot of gold and silver, furniture made of rare wood. The palace and the surrounding area are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Children under 18 are free to visit the attraction. Adult ticket – € 12. Schedule: from 9:00 to 17:00.
No. 50. Disneyland Paris
The dream of children and adults is Disneyland. This is an entertainment complex from the Walt Disney brand, located 32 km southeast of the French capital, the city of Marne-la-Valais. The total occupied area is 1900 ha. It housed two parks, 7 hotel complexes, its own railway station, a Disney Village mini-town with cafeterias, cinemas, shops and supermarkets.
The cost of admission for one day is € 74 for adults, € 68 for children from 3 to 11 years. Two-day ticket: € 94 and € 88 respectively. Children under 3 years old are free. Opening hours: from 10:00 to 20:00. You can get to Disneyland from Paris on a special shuttle with the inscription Magical Shuttle (“Magical Shuttle”). It leaves from Charles de Gaulle Airport, the central square of the capital and some large hotels.
Photo of Paris in winter
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