10 things to do in Paris
In this article you will find 10 activities to do in Paris and around during a first visit to discover the city. We will highlight must-see places or visits of the French Capital.
1. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower
Emblem of Paris and even France, the Eiffel Tower is a monument that can not be missed. Culminating at 324 meters in height, it offers an exceptional 360 degrees view over the entire city. The first two floors can be climbed by the stairs or lifts, the last one is only done by lifts.
At night, the Tower offers an incredible show with illuminations. And it will twinkle the five first minutes each hour until 1am.
You can by your tickets online on the official website of the Eiffel Tower.
2. Visit the Louvre museum
The Louvre museum, it’s the biggest museum of Paris but also the most visited in the world ! This ancient palace of kings became a temple of arts do not count less of 35 000 exhibited masterpieces. Among them, we find the famous Mona Lisa of Leonardo da Vinci but also the Venus de Milo, the Law Code of Hammurabi, and many others works who have made history. The main entrance is through the glass pyramid, become also a work of the monument..
For more informations of the museum and for buy your tickets online meeting on the official website of Louvre museum.
3. To pass in front of the cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris
Despite the sad reality of the cathedral following the fire, the monument remains a symbol of the Parisian capital. It was the most visited place in France. It is located on the Cité Island in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. The cathedral is a monument dating from the twelfth century and has constantly evolved through the different periods. Although it is no longer possible to visit it at the moment, you can admire its Gothic architecture and its two great towers from the Seine and the left bank of Paris.
4. Walk around the Montmartre district
At the top of the hill of Montmartre, you will find the Basilique of Sacré-Cœur with its remarkable white stone and its various cupolas. Climb up the stairs to admire a superb panorama of the city of Paris.
While strolling you in the alleys of Montmartre, you will arrive surely Place du Tertre, mark of the artists and the painters, the opportunity to be drawn his portrait.
5. Discover the Seine by boat
The Seine is the Paris river, an integral part of the capital's landscape, it’s a meeting place for Parisians and tourists. On board a riverboat and over water, discover Paris from an original point of view. You can admire the monuments along the Seine and the emblematic bridges of the city. At night you will also discover the illuminations of the monuments of Paris. Some cruises also offer meals on the Seine, ideal for a romantic dinner.
6. Walk on the Champs-Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe
Considered the most beautiful avenue in the world, the Champs-Elysées connect the Place de la Concorde where stands the Luxor obelisk, to the Place de l’Etoile known for the Arc de Triomphe. At the foot of the Arc is the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in memory of the First World War.
On almost two kilometers, you will find many restaurants and many of the most famous fashion stores.
It is possible to climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe to have a breathtaking view of the Champs-Elysées and the rest of Paris. To buy your tickets in advance here is the link of the website of the Arc de Triomphe.
7. Explore the Pompidou center
This center of contemporary art will surprise you with its unique and modern architecture, looking like a factory. In the heart of the old Paris, in the 4th arrondissement the buildings provokes many reactions and polemics, but still remains very busy. Inside, you will find different collections of contemporary works as well as a temporary exhibition and a large library.
Tickets are available in advance on the official website of the Pompidou center.
8. Visit the Orsay museum
The Orsay museum is an old Paris station transformed into a museum. It hosts works dating from the second half of the 19th century with a large collection dedicated to Impressionism. More than 4 000 works are on permanent display and it is one of the busiest museums in Paris.
Online ticketing is available on the website of the Orsay museum.
9. Discover the Palace of Versailles
Around Paris, the castle of Versailles was the home of the kings of France and especially Louis XIV, the Sun King. The property covers 800 hectares including the castle, the huge park, the domain of Trianon and several dependencies. It takes a whole day to visit a good part of the area without forgetting the inevitable Hall of Mirrors.
In summer, the park is nice with its many fountains and gardens as far as tha eyes can see. You will find an online ticket office on the official website of the Palace of Versailles.
10. Spend a day at Disneyland Paris
At 32 kilometers east of Paris, the Disneyland theme park delighted young and old alike. Between shows and thrilling rides you will enter the magical world of Disney. A day will probably not be enough for everything but you will find something to eat and sleep inside the park.
It is advisable to buy tickets in advance, you will find them on the website of Disneyland Paris.