Do you have any plans to visit Paris soon? Well, it is the right destination choice. There are plenty of things to do in Paris and you may not be able to see all of them. You have to try and visit some of them for that unforgettable experience. You will have to schedule a visit again to Paris. You will never have enough of the city. Here are the 17 places to visit in Paris that you should include in your bucket list!
1. Eiffel Tower
If you have just been hearing about the Eiffel Tower or seeing it on television. Now is the chance to go and see it physically. It is one of the most recognized landmarks in Paris. Your first time to visit will be incomplete without visiting the Eiffel tower.
Many people are eager to visit this place as well. Thus, you have to be prepared to wait for about 2 to 3 hours in the queue just to see it. However, the long wait will be worth it. You can book in advance to avoid all the hassle.
2. The Louvre
The Louvre is the largest museum all over the world. It was home to Louis XIV. However, it got converted to a museum in the 18th century during the French revolution. You could spend days in the museum. In Louvre, you will see the Winged Victory, Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa in one hour. Just like in the Eiffel Tower, there will also be a long queue here.
You can avoid it by buying the museum pass that allows you to skip the ticket line. However, you will only have to wait for the much shorter security line. Booking in advance will also help you avoid the line. You can also choose to go to the first thing in the morning or on Friday and Wednesday evening. The Louvre is always open until 9:45 pm.
3. Arc de Triomphe
You will get the best view of Paris when you are at the top of Arc de Triomphe. From here, you can see the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and champs-Elysees. Go there at night and you will have sight to behold of Paris city.
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4. Ile de la Cite
Ile de la Cite is a small island that is home to Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle. It is in the center of Paris.
5. Pont Neuf
Pont Neuf is a very old bridge in Paris that connects Ile de la cite with the Right Bank. You can see the Seine river and Pont des arts for this bridge.
6. Notre Dame Cathedral
The Notre Dame Cathedral is the oldest worldwide. Inside you will see the amazing stained glass windows and the Nave. The gargoyle’s views make the visit to the cathedral worthwhile.
7. Sainte Chapelle
Sainte Chapelle is a walk from the Notre dame. It is also a cathedral that contains the best-stained glass display. Even though you will have to wait in a long line to go inside, it is worth the wait.
8. The Conciergerie
The Conciergerie is beside the Sainte Chapelle. In this place, Marie Antoinette was imprisoned before being executed.
9. Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde is a roundabout that is between Champs-Elysees and Tuileries Garden. The place is full of French history. The Place de la Concorde was where the Robespierre, King Louis XVI, and Marie Antoinette were executed.
Versailles is on the outskirts of Paris. It was the seat of government for over 100 years. However, it ended during the French revolution. To get to the Versailles, you have to take an RERC from Paris. It takes only 45 minutes.
The location is usually closed on Mondays and is open at 9 am. You can visit the gardens and park for free. You will need a museum pass that you use to enter into the estate of Marie-Antoinette, the palace and the Trianon. However, you will be unable to use it in the musical garden.
11. Musee d’Orsay
Musee d’Orsay has the largest impressionist art collection in the world. You can see Cezanne, Monet, Van Gogh, Manet, Gaugin and Renoir among other artworks. The building itself is a work of art. The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays starting from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm. On Thursdays, it is open until 9:45 pm and closed on Mondays.
12. Le Marais
Le Marais is a neighborhood in Paris that is very interesting. You can go for a stroll on Rue de Rosiers. The L’As du Falafel is a great place to eat on a budget.
13. Pompidou Center
Pompidou Center is the largest modern art in Europe. The museum has an interesting design with its vibrant colors. You can wander into this museum for several hours. Get a wonderful view of Paris by going to the top of the Pompidou center.
Montmartre is a neighborhood in Paris. It is one of the places you can visit. You can wander in the hilly streets and get your portrait drawn at place du Tertre. You can also have a drink at one of the cafes in this neighborhood.
15. Wall of Love
You can also visit the Wall of Love when you go to Paris. It is a place where ‘I love you’ has been written in over 250 languages. The wall of love is next to the Abbesses metro stop and is free to visit.
16. Luxembourg Gardens
The Luxembourg Gardens is popular in the summer and spring. You can go there to have a break from the hustle and bustles of the city.
17. Musee de L ‘Orangerie
The Musee de L ‘Orangerie is a small museum with impressionist artwork. It has eight water lilies murals that were painted by Claude Monet. You can also see artwork by Matisse, Sisley, Cezanne, Picasso am among other great collections.
As you can see, there are plenty of places to visit in Paris. You can visit sites such as cathaypacific.com/destinations/en_HK/flights-from-hong-kong-to-paris and book your flight to Paris in advance to enjoy these attractions. It is also best to car hire in Paris in advance to get the cheapest rate.