In this article we will show you 10 best things you can do in Paris. Here are our top ten options:
NUMBER 1: MONTMARTRE
Montmartre is a picturesque hill station with spectacular views of Paris. It was a famous place for world-renowned artists who worked and lived in Montmartre and suburbs. Artists like Picasso or Van Gogh found inspiration in the streets and in the beautiful atmosphere of Montmartre. Even today you will see artists and other artists working on their next work of art. At the top of the hill you will find the famous Sacré-Cœur church, an important political and cultural monument and miracle of construction. Don’t miss the neighboring Saint-Pierre Church and the lovely little vineyards near the Montmartre Museum. At the bottom of the hill is the famous Moulin Rouge, the birthplace of the history of the French cancan dance. Moulin Rouge is now a popular tourist destination, offering entertainment shows for dance music.
NUMBER 2: NOTRE-DAME
Notre-Dame de Paris meaning “Our Lady of Paris” is a famous ancient cathedral on the central island of Paris called Île de la Cité. The cathedral is full of impressive gothic objects and architectural details. Notre-Dame was routinely destroyed in the 13th century and was severely damaged during the French Revolution and was rescued from destruction by Napoleon who used the cathedral to crown himself French emperor. The cathedral is best known for the story of the Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo. Do not miss the nearby Conciergerie, the former royal palace and prison during the French Revolution, now used by the courts of law. And it was the last prison to arrest Marie Antoinette. You can walk around the island and imagine what life was like in Paris centuries ago on its beautiful real streets.
NUMBER 3: PARIS CARDS
Discover the fascinating underground Paris by visiting the Cacacombs of Paris, the shadow of underground tunnels and pavilions under the busy streets of Paris. A coffin coffin dates to the 18th century when the remains of more than six million people were moved to the underground tunnel of former mines to reduce the growing number of cemeteries in Paris. As you walk along the corridor you will see signs of the streets under it and the names of the first cemeteries where the remains were delivered.
NUMBER 4: EIFFEL TOWER
The Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions and monuments. Including the tip, the Eiffel Tower is 1,063 ft tall and is the tallest building in Paris. It was built in 1889 by a company owned by engineer Gustaf Eiffel as part of the 1889 World’s Fair and initially had to be demolished thereafter. It initially met with criticism from many well-known Paris artists. The tower offers three floors and to reach the second you can even climb 674 stairs if you don’t feel like taking the elevator. Did you know that there is a small secret apartment above the Eiffel Tower? Build on Eiffel himself and impress high science scientists like Thomas Edison?
NUMBER 5: Museums
Paris is home to more than a hundred museums. The most famous museum in Paris is the Louvre, the world’s largest art museum, featuring an endless exhibition of the world’s most famous artists, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. You can start the tour by entering the attractive glass tower. Les Invalides is a complex of buildings and monuments associated with French military history, including Napoleon’s tomb. The Pompidou Center, built in the style of high-tech architecture, houses one of the largest artifacts of modern art in Europe. Don’t miss the nearby Stravinsky Fountain. The Musée d’Orsay is located at the front railway station and houses a large collection of impressionist and postistist art. There is so much to discover.
NUMBER 6: SOLUTIONS
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a six-foot-long [1.2 m] road in central Paris and is considered one of the world’s most famous landmarks. It contains many luxury shops, theaters and fine restaurants. The Champs-Élysées is the site of the annual Bastille Day military parade, as well as the final line of the Tour de France cycling race. Before the advent of fashion in the late 18th century, the area was dominated by fields and gardens. On the west side, the Champs Élysées ends with the Arc de Triomphe, commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 and set up in 1836, dedicated to the Revolutionary forces and the Empire. Beneath the arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, added in 1921.
NUMBER 7: PARKS AND GARDENS
Paris is full of beautiful parks and city gardens where you can walk, run, read a book or simply take a breath and experience the Parisian way of life. Other outstanding gardens include: The Tuileries Garden is located just next to the Louvre museum and was the site of a famous 19th and 20th century Paris convention. Luxembourg Gardens was created in 1612 as the territory of the Luxembourg Palace, now the seat of the French Senate. Bois de Vincennes is the city’s largest public park with lakes, gardens, zoo, botanical garden, castle and other attractions. Paris offers many other parks.
NUMBER 8: PÈRE LACHAISE CEMETERY
The Père Lachaise Cemetery founded in 1804 is the largest cemetery in Paris and is expected to be the most visited cemetery in the world. The cemetery is a resting place for many world famous people including Jim Morrison, ithithith Piaf, Balzac and Oscar Wilde. Take a walk and explore the many streets of this 100-acre [100 ha] tomb filled with Gothic tombs, burial chambers and ancient tombs. The cemetery contains 70,000 burial sites.
NUMBER 9: LA DÉFENSE BUSINESS DISTRICT
La Défense is Europe’s largest business district with many of the tallest buildings in Paris and a large shopping mall with many restaurants and theaters. La Défense incorporates La Grande Arche’s stunning contemporary art gallery, 364 meters long that mimics the arc de Triomphe. You can visit on the porch to view and see that the building fits in well with the Arc de Triomphe in downtown Paris, more than two miles from.
NUMBER 10: VERSAILLES
The palace of Versailles is a magnificent royal residence from the king of France from 1682 until the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. Château de Versailles is located about 12 miles [12 km] from the center of Paris and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The visit provides insight into much of the life of the French monarchy before the French Revolution. Walk through the Mirrors Palace, royal apartments, Royal Opera and the extensive Garden of Versailles. The history of Versailles is not limited to the French Revolution. Part of the Paris Agreement in which Britain recognized the independence of the United States and the Treaty of Versailles, which officially ended World War I, were signed here. Do you have a favorite place in Paris? Share it in the comments below.