12 Unusual Things To Do In Paris That Are Not The Eiffel Tower
Yes, that’s correct! There is actually a working vineyard in the heart of Paris. It is Vignes du Clos Montmartre, located in the 18th District of Paris, otherwise known as Montmartre.
Perhaps visiting the bohemian and artsy neighborhood of Montmartre is already on your Parisian itinerary.
Of course, you want to see the spectacular view of all of Paris from high atop the hill of Montmartre. And you do want to stop in the magnificent basilica of Sacre Coeur.
Also, there are local artisans selling their wares galore, amidst so many restaurants and souvenir shops that will surely delight your senses.
But not many know that located on Rue des Saules, on a very steep slope heading back down Montmartre Hill is a working winery!
Visiting a winery is certainly one of the unusual things to do in Paris for sure. Many tourists are not even aware of Clos Montmartre so you will have an advantage over them.
You can take a tour of Clos Montmartre, and it is best to purchase your tickets online beforehand.
When I visited with my family, we simply strolled Rue des Saules and Rue Saint Vincent, the streets bordering the vineyard.
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Purchase tickets here: Montmartre cheese, wine, and pastry tour
The only working vineyard in Paris, Clos Montmartre on the sunny afternoon we visited.
Located not far from the iconic Notre Dame, in Paris’ Latin Quarter, is a sweet (no pun intended!) cafe called Odette.
You will not find the famous French macarons there, because the owner does not like them and wanted to do something a bit different with his establishment.
What you will find is a charming, albeit small, quaint cafe filled with tempting pastries, most notably choux pastry, which translated into English means “cream puff.”
They are light and airy and filled with flavorful creams of different flavors for you to choose from.
Taking a moment out of a busy day in Paris to sit and sip coffee while eating a choux pastry at Odette’s is one of the more unusual things to do in Paris!
Odette is a lovely place to stop for French pastry during your visit to Paris.
Literally located simply steps from Notre Dame Cathedral, Shakespeare and Company Bookstore is understandably a very busy place!
Located in a refurbished building, (they kept to its period authenticity) there are loads of books written in English to be found.
If you only have time for a quick stop but find something intriguing, you can purchase it online at a later time.
There are events and speakers scheduled at the bookstore so be sure to speak with an attendant to inquire what is going on when you visit.
If you are looking for refreshments or a meal, you are in luck. Next to the bookstore, you will find Shakespeare & Company Cafe serving all things fresh and delicious, mostly organic and vegetarian.
They have a great selection of muffins, donuts, and desserts if you are interested in only a quick fix as you go on about your day.
It is easy to quickly walk by this establishment during your busy day in Paris, but worth a stop to slow down a bit and wander amid all the lovely books and perhaps have some coffee and refreshments.
Visiting Shakespeare & Company Bookstore and Cafe is one of the intellectual and unusual things to do in Paris.
Shakespeare & Co is located in the trendy Marais district of Paris.
A stop to browse in Shakespeare & Company Bookstore is one of the more unusual things to do in Paris. Coffee and pastry at the adjoining cafe would be lovely as well.
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One of the unusual things to do in Paris that many tourists do not know about, or take advantage of, is witnessing a gorgeous sunset from one of Paris’ rooftop bars.
To gain unobstructed, almost 360-degree views, not much beats the rooftop terrace at Printemps Department Store.
You can shop till you drop, then grab a glass of French wine or a cocktail and enjoy the sunset.
Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur Basilica appears very very close, and in another direction, the Eiffel Tower off in the distance, silhouetted by the setting sun, is a memory not easily forgotten.
Catching a sunset from Printemps is one of the many unusual things to do in Paris.
While doing unusual things in Paris, can you imagine staying with an Eiffel Tower view?
This beautiful Parisian sunset shot was taken on my last trip to Paris from the Printemps rooftop.
Tickets here: Off The Beaten Path Paris Tour
Rue Cler is Paris’s most famous street market. It is located in the 7th arrondissement and is almost nirvana to explore.
The entire street is mainly pedestrian-oriented with its original cobblestones.
And this is where the Paris locals do their daily shopping. And while the Rue Cler is busy and bustling, it is not overrun by loads of tourists.
Which makes this one of the more unusual things to do in Paris.
You will find bakeries, florists, ice cream, and gelato shops. There are several grocery stores to stock up with supplies if you happen to be staying nearby, or simply want some snacks to tuck into your backpack.
There are coffee shops, pastry shops, and of course, lots of restaurants and cafes to select from.
Of course, I think the most fun of all is having a glass of wine, a coffee, or a bite to eat and sit outside at one of the outdoor cafes and watching the world go by!
The charming Rue Cler where you can wander the cobblestone street, shop, eat and drink as the locals do!
Tickets Here: Perfume Making Workshop & Guided Tour Perfume Museum
You do not have to be an Instagrammer to want to have pretty pictures as memories of your trip to Paris. And there is no better location to head to than Rue Cremieux for such photos.
Located in the 12th arrondissement, Rue Cremieux is just about one block long and full of charm and whimsy. The houses are small and painted in luscious pastel colors.
Depending on the season, you can find flowers blooming in the window boxes below their front windows or on their front stoops.
The entire block is pedestrian-friendly and still retains its original cobblestoned street.
All this being said, there are people who disrespect the owners’ properties and more importantly their privacy.
So if you do decide to seek out Rue Cremieux for some memorable snaps, do not walk on the owners’ steps or porch.
And golly, don’t look into their windows! This happens all too frequently and makes it a burden for those who call Rue Cremieux their home.
Seeking out Rue Cremieux is one of the more unusual things to do in Paris. Please be respectful.
Tickets Here: Pere Lachaise Cemetary Private Tour
Located in Paris’ financial district, in the 9th arrondissement, you will find the Galleries Lafayette.
A series of opulent buildings connected by a series of bridges, make up the Galleries Lafayette.
Even if you are not interested in shopping or purchasing anything, a stop at the Galleries Lafayette is definitely worth it to see the amazing art nouveau architecture and decorations.
At Christmas time, the Christmas ornaments were like none I have ever seen, especially the Christmas tree in the main foyer.
Do not miss out on taking a walk on Glasswalk. It is 53 feet high and juts out an amazing 29 feet.
You will find it on the third floor. It brings you unparalleled views of the stunning stained glass windows in the dome!
Tickets Here: Saint Michel Day Trip From Paris
One of the unusual things to do in Paris is viewing the jaw-dropping panoramic views of the heart of Paris located on the rooftop deck at Galleries Lafayette!
Many tourists do not know about or take advantage of this unique opportunity.
It is the BEST location for these spectacular views that is free and open to the public! When we visited it was not that crowded.
It is a superb location to take your Paris photographs. Visitors were very cooperative and everyone took turns.
Viewing the rooftop views from Galleries Lafayette is definitely something to seriously consider when you are looking for unusual things to do in Paris!
Tickets Here: Center Pompidou Skip The Line Admission Tickets
If you are a sports fan, especially basketball, or have one traveling with you, these unusual things to do in Paris destination is a must-visit.
Or in this particular case, a must-see! If you are an artist who does not much care for any sports, especially basketball, this is still a must-see for you as well.
Located on Rue Duperre, in Paris’ 9th arrondissement, the Pigalle basketball court is sandwiched in between historic residential buildings on nothing more than a sliver of property.
Painted in nothing less than eclectic pinks and blues, it is eye-popping for sure.
The idea behind this in the first place was to make the basketball court and basketball hoops appealing to the local kids who live in the area.
Enter several high-profile companies to bring that thought to fruition and wow the results are visually stunning.
Tickets Here: Le Marais Guided Walking Tour
The brilliant and vibrant colors of the Pigalle basketball court. (So much better to see in person.)
Not sure what I mean by “covered passages?” Back in the 1800s, they were fashionable shopping arcades and were extremely popular.
However, over the years they almost disappeared. It is wonderful that the most charming and exquisite of these old-time arcades are still around and waiting for you to explore them.
The first time I visited Paris I did not even know they existed. I do not want you to travel to Paris and not be aware of such a very cool option to explore.
Today the covered passages are meccas of restaurants and cafes, independent shops, pastry shops, bookstores, and antique shops.
What is so cool is that old-world architecture from the 1800s is still visible in the remaining covered passages.
It is literally like stepping back in time. One of the truly unusual things to do in Paris is visiting the nostalgic covered passages.
Check out this link for The Top Ten Covered Passages In Paris And How To Find Them. Even if you only have a short visit to Paris planned, this will help you decide which covered passage to visit, and where to go to find it.
Here I am looking at all the lovely architectural features in one of Paris’ hidden passages: Gallery Vivienne.
Tickets Here: Marais Walking Tour: Lifestyle In Paris
Gustave Moreau lived in Paris in the 1800s. He was a “symbolist” painter.
At the museum honoring him, you will see three stories full of his works. There are literally thousands of his paintings, watercolor drawings, and pastel sketches to view.
Located in the 9th arrondissement, you will find that this museum is kind of off the beaten path, and a bit less crowded and touristy.
Along with all of his works prominently displayed, you will be able to explore the living quarters where he and his family actually lived.
The architecture is glorious, and there is a grand circular staircase that will lead you from the second to the third floor.
It could be the backdrop for a wonderful and memorable picture of your Parisian visit.
My daughter Victoria poses on the ornate staircase at the Gustave Moreau Museum in Paris.
Yes, you read that right. Instead of taking a bus, or mass transit, or a taxi to get around Paris, give riding an e-scooter a try.
During our last trip to Paris, we noticed clumps of lime green scooters everywhere. It was as if they were left randomly. And they were.
When you are finished using your scooter, you simply leave it at your destination.
The only caveat is: do not leave your scooter in the pedestrian walkway or in the street, both of which make good sense!
Download the phone application of the scooter company (we used Lime) and input your credit card information.
Once you have established an account, you can see where available scooters are in your vicinity, due to the GPS capabilities of each individual scooter.
You can rent a scooter for as long as you think you will need one. when you have arrived at your destination, you verify through the app on your phone that you are done, and simply leave the scooter and walk away.
More likely than not, there will be someone who will scoop it up and be on their way very soon.
Touring Paris by scooter is definitely one of the more unusual things to do in Paris.
Here I am negotiating a side street in Paris using a Lime e-scooter. They are very easy to use and a fun way to get around Paris!
I think that using these useful packing tips will enhance your trip to Paris and help you remain organized while there.
A concealed travel pouch may be one of the most important items you bring during your visit to Paris.
This unisex RFID blocking concealed travel pouch is lightweight and comes in several colors. It has lots of organization to give you peace of mind. You can keep your most valuable documents safe and secure next to your body.
This configuration comes with enough passport and credit card sleeves that the entire family would be protected. They are slim too, so they will easily fit into your current pouch or wallet.
Don’t forget to bring along a universal power adapter on your trip to France.
This is what you will need when there are several people traveling in your group, or if you bring several electronic devices on your trip that require charging at the same time.
If you are planning on taking a lot of pictures with your phone you will definitely want to consider an external charging battery.
This Anker high-speed phone charging battery is the exact one I carry with me on all of my trips. It can be used on a variety of phones, not just an iPhone like I have.
And wow is it fast! I like that it holds its charging capabilities for several uses so I do not have to worry about it while out and about. And if I forget to recharge it at night, it will still be good to go the next day.
My daughter gifted me with this FugeTek Selfie Stick and Tripod for my birthday. It has Bloothtooth connectivity so it is very easy to use.
It is made of durable aluminum and is very lightweight and easy to carry. I love mine and I think you will enjoy it too!
I was never a fan of packing cubes until I tried them out! Now I am sold. These Bagail packing cubes are the exact ones I use whenever I travel. I cannot believe how much more organized I am now!
Hydration is so important. You want to remain hydrated to support your immune system which in turn will be stronger to fight off any germs you will encounter during your travels.
You will want to bring your own refillable water bottle with you.
I never leave home on a trip without my Bobble filtration bottle. The 18.5-ounce size is perfect for travel and it will fit nicely in the pocket of a backpack or your purse. Also when filled with water, it is not too heavy to carry.
Perhaps you are traveling a long distance and packing space is at a premium. Then this silicone collapible water bottle would work well for you. Would not take up much space in your suitcase at all.
You will want to bring a backpack or daypack with you to store snacks, your water bottle, phone, extra clothes, etc…
This foldable water-resistant backpack would be great. It is very affordable and is available in many color options for you to choose from. The fact that it folds down into a zippered pouch will make it easy to pack.
Perhaps you need a more substantial backpack for your international travel.
This antitheft backpack has a charging port, is water-resistant, and can comfortably carry up to a 15.6″ laptop. It comes in a range of colors to choose from and it is inexpensive as well.
You will be walking more than usual when visiting Paris. A sturdy and comfortable pair of walking shoes is a must-have. These Skechers walking shoes are extremely affordable and yet fashionable.
Mostly everyone is familiar with the Skechers brand, and these Air Run high fashion sneakers come in a lot of colors to match your outfits and are still affordable.
You may be visiting Paris in warmer weather, and you may want a pair of sandals to wear exploring.
I highly recommend these Vionics adjustable strap orthotic sandals. I have several pairs of these exact Vionic sandals in several colors that I bring with me *everywhere* I travel.
They are very comfortable. I also sometimes bring along my Vionic Tides flip flops. The toe post is so comfortable which makes wearing these super comfortable.
Bring a lightweight scarf or shawl. Scarves and shawls are very popular in Europe, especially in Paris. Both men and women wear scarves, both decoratively and as a layering piece to keep warm.
This cotton unisex lightweight scarf is versatile and can be worn in any season. And here’s another option to consider.
We all need to protect our eyes from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays. These unisex polarized sunglasses come in a lot of lens colors and frame designs and are extremely affordable too.
If you are fond of the aviator-style of sunglasses these polarized aviators may interest you. I like polarized sunglasses because they remove the glare and help you to see things more clearly. This will be very helpful in Paris.
If you are in need of new luggage, this expandable soft side spinner luggage is affordable and comes in lots of colors. If you like hard-sided better, then you may favor this hard-sided luggage set better.
Both sets come with TSA-approved zipper locks and 8 wheels per piece. Either will be great for the plane or train or even your car depending on how you plan to travel to Italy.
And if you need luggage locks, this set of four TSA-approved luggage locks will do!
Here are some quick tips and tricks which hopefully will enhance your visit to Paris and make it less stressful and more enjoyable.
UPDATED: Stay vigilant! During our last trip to Paris, our family of four was robbed 3 times. We discussed at great length how we had to remain vigilant to protect ourselves against pickpocketers.
However, we were not successful. My daughter had her brand new Olympus camera stolen in the broad daylight in a McDonald’s Restaurant in the Montmartre District of Paris while we were having afternoon refreshments.
My thief was caught red-handed with her arm up to her elbow inside of my backpack as I was walking along a busy Parisian boulevard.
Fortunately for me, my daughter apprehended her, and I was carrying my passport and credit cards on my body.
She wore better clothes, better shoes, and more trendy sunglasses than I did. She did not “fit” our idea of what a pickpocketer was.
(I still do not understand how she could unzip my backpack while I was wearing it, without me knowing or feeling it.)
And finally, my daughter’s boyfriend was saved by a fellow passenger in the Paris subway when another traveler was rifling through his backpack.
Please do not have any preconceptions about who can violate you by stealing your possessions while in France. Stay vigilant and alert. I hope you have more success than we did.
Remember to always stay hydrated. Bring a nondisposable refillable water container and refill it often!
Not only will you hedge the odds against getting sick, but you will also be saving a lot of water bottles from being sent to landfills.
Call your credit card company for two reasons: 1) to notify the bank that you will be out of the country and give them your exact travel dates.
2) to check to see if the bank charges foreign transaction fees every time you are out of the country and use your card. If it does, inquire about applying for a credit card that does NOT charge such fees.
When using an ATM in France make sure it is in your bank’s network, so you do not incur a transaction fee every time you use an ATM to withdraw money.
Also, consider withdrawing larger amounts of money, fewer times, to limit the transaction fees by your bank.
Whenever you can, purchase advanced tickets to Parisian attractions whenever possible. Tickets purchased online, in advance, are mostly always discounted, and many times come with a “skip the line” perk.
You will have more time to spend at the attraction since you will not be waiting in the entrance line. Also, you can better pace yourself during your busy days.
I have shared with you ten of the most unusual things to do in Paris.
Things and places that I have personally enjoyed doing and visiting. Have you ever been to Paris?
Did you visit any of these places I enjoyed so much? Do you have any other unusual things to do in Paris to add to my list? Please leave in the comments section below! Thank you. Merci.
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Most Visited Tourist Attractions
The world’s most visited tourist attractions stretch from San Francisco to Paris to Beijing, but they might not be what you expect. For example, Alcatraz doesn’t even make the top 50. The Eiffel Tower only sees about 7 million visitors each year, meaning it doesn’t land in the top 20. The Great Wall and the Louvre see a mere 9 million visitors per year, less than a quarter of the crowds the top attraction in the world pulls in. And there’s a lot of theme parks.
Still, the list is full of favorites, including several you’ve probably been to — or at least have on your bucket list. But as anyone who’s been shoved up against a throng of sweaty bystanders knows, the most popular attractions in the world aren’t always the most pleasant to visit, thanks to everyone else wanting to see them at the same time as you.
Luckily, there are ways to avoid at least some of the crowds when checking out the world’s most popular sites.
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Useful Info for Visiting Paris
Paris is one of the most visited cities in Europe so there is no shortage of options when it comes to getting there. If you’re based in Europe, you can choose from numerous low-cost airlines, trains, and buses. From the US, you can find direct flights to Paris from most of the bigger cities like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, or San Francisco.
Paris is served by two main airports: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and Orly Airport (ORY). CDG is the major international airport in Paris, located 23 km (14 miles) northeast of Paris.
The easiest and most budget-friendly way to get to the city center from the airport is using the RER B train line. It takes around 30 minutes to reach the city center by train and a one-way ticket costs €11.40.
ORY is the second most important airport, located 13 km (8 miles) south of Paris. Unfortunately, there are no direct train lines to get to the city center. First, you need to hop on the Orlyval train which will take you to the Antony train station, where you can change to RER B. The journey takes around 30 minutes and it costs €12.50.
Paris is a true year-round destination and there is no bad time to visit Paris. However, each season is quite different and the best time to visit Paris highly depends on what are you planning to do and of course, your budget.
If you will only have one day in Paris, it’s best to go in the summer when the days are really long. The sun usually rises around 6 am and sets around 10 pm which gives you plenty of time for sightseeing. However, since this is the peak season for tourism, you will need to be prepared for massive tourist crowds and higher price tags.
Generally speaking, late spring and early autumn is the best time to visit Paris if you want to avoid the mass crowds but you still want to enjoy warm weather. As a bonus, in spring you can see the flowers in full bloom and in autumn you can admire the beautiful fall foliage in Paris.
The holiday season is also magical in Paris with festive lights and Christmas decorations set up all around the city. Paris is actually a lot warmer than other European cities during winter with an average temperature of around 5-8°C (41-46°F) during the day, which is still quite pleasant for sightseeing.
Paris is a fairly walkable city and most of the must-see spots are close to each other and easy to reach. So the best way for getting around in Paris is actually by foot! As you will see in this Paris itinerary, you can cover almost all the must-see spots by walking.
That said, Paris is a big city and since you will only have one day in Paris, you need to use your time wisely. Luckily Paris has a fantastic public transportation system that will help you cover more ground in the city.
Paris has 16 different metro lines with more than 300 metro stations. That means you can reach practically everything with a metro! If this wouldn’t be enough, there are 4 tram lines and countless bus lines as well.
Of course, you can find many taxis and ride-hailing companies such as Uber around the city but with a public transportation system like this, you won’t really need them.
Paris is not only one of the most beautiful cities in France but it’s also one of the most visited ones in the whole of Europe. Therefore you will find a wide selection of accommodations in the city, starting from cheaper hostels and guesthouses to 5-star hotels and luxury apartments.
Paris is divided into 20 administrative units that are called arrondissements. The best arrondissement to stay in Paris completely depends on what you want to do as a tourist and how much time you have in hand.
If you’re visiting Paris for the first time, you will probably like to stay near the Seine River (1st to 7th arrondissement), where the major tourist attractions are located.
Are you dreaming of waking up to the view of the Eiffel Tower? Then you need to check out my posts about the best apartments in Paris with Eiffel Tower view and the best Paris hotels with Eiffel Tower view. In case you’re looking for other views, check out these amazing hotels in Paris with a view including Arc de Triomphe views, Sacré-Cœur views, and more!
If you’re looking for a quick solution, below you can find some of the best hotels to stay in during your one day in Paris, depending on your budget.
LUXURY – Hôtel San Régis
This incredible 5-star boutique hotel is housed in a 19th-century private mansion and is richly decorated with tasteful wallpaper, springy carpets, and antique furnishings. Rooms are also equipped with a modish marble bathroom.
MID-RANGE – citizenM Paris Champs-Élysées
CitizenM Paris Champs-Élysées, located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, is less than a kilometer from Arc de Triomphe, Musée de l’Orangerie, and Eiffel Tower. A restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, and a shared lounge are among the amenities available at this property.
BUDGET – Hotel Opera Maintenon
For a budget-friendly option in the heart of Paris, consider the Hotel Opera Maintenon. This property is a short walk from the Opéra Garnier and has tastefully furnished and quiet rooms with modern amenities.
GO CITY ALL-INCLUSIVE (THE PARIS PASS)
If you want to gain entrance to as many different attractions as possible, this may be the best deal on the list.
With the Paris Pass, you’ll have access to more than 75 different activities in and around the city.
NOTE: As of February 16th, 2023, the Museum Pass is no longer included with this service.
This pass also guarantees you fast-track entry into a lot of popular areas.
No matter what you want to see while in the city of love, this pass is a great way to both save money and access dozens of wonderful venues.
Top Attractions Included With Paris Pass
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Things to Consider
The more time you spend in Paris, the better your chances are of enjoying the great value provided by this tourist pass.
If you’re planning on spending a week in the city of love, the 6-day pass will be an excellent option.
Over the course of 6 days, you should be able to visit and experience pretty much every significant attraction that you want to see with the help of this service.
Additionally, you’ll also get access to what they call “Fast Track Entry.”
Skip the ticket lines at locations such as The Louvre Museum, The Orsay Museum, Centre Pompidou, and the Grevin Wax Museum.
If you plan on seeing as much of the city as possible, the Paris Pass is an excellent value.
Considering that attractions like the Eiffel Tower and Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour are each more than €30 on their own, it’s easy to see how you could save money just by using the Paris Pass once or twice per day.
The 6-day pass is less than €34 per day, so you’re already saving money just using it for one major attraction or tour each day.
However, if you’re only planning on discovering a few select locations, you might want to consider a prepackaged pass where the attractions have already been chosen for you.
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The Eiffel tower is the Epitome of Paris or you can say France. This Iconic monument of Paris was designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel in 1889 for the Paris Exhibition. It marked the centenary of the French Revolution and to demonstrate France’s industrial power to the world.
As per the data of official website of Eiffel tower every year more than 7 million people visit Paris to witness the beauty of this Iconic monumen. And since its created this iconic tower host more than 250 million people worldwide.
According to Amsterdam-based art Historian Tea Gudek Snajdar “Although at the beginning it was seen as the ugliest buildings in Paris, soon it becomes a symbol of Paris”.
Eiffel tower consists of 18000 iron sections held together by 2.5 million volts and each of them weighing more than 10,000 tons. To reach at first level (57 meters) you can take an elevator or walk 360 steps and 344 more steps to reach the second level (115 meters). The view from the first and second levels is spectacular. To reach the top level (276 meters) requires an elevator from the second level.
The tower is open to the visitor for 365 days but the visiting time varying according to seasons. To ensure the best experience you can sign up for Skip the Line Guided tour of the Eiffel Tower, it will give you express access to the second level of the Eiffel tower. And for the English guided tour to the second level, you can check this: Second level Eiffel Tower Climb – English Guided Tour.
From mid-June to early September 9 AM to 12 midnight and for rest of the year 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM.
You know the lifts of the Eiffel Tower travel a combined distance of 103,000 km in a year which is two and half times the perimeter of the Earth.
The address of Eiffel Tower is Champ De Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France, by entering this address to GPS you’ll easily get to the Eiffel Tower.
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The Louvre museum is the world’s largest and most visited art museum. It is located in the Louvre Palace on the banks of the seine with an area of 210,000 square meters. It has its entrance characterized by a sleek glass pyramid.
The Louvre is one of the most crowded places in Paris that is a collection of thousands of great artwork from Ancient Egypt to the Romantic period, you can say that it is the symbol of France History.
It is not possible to see all artwork in one visit so just focus on a particular gallery-like painting of Mona Lisa which is painted by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1503 to 1505, ancient Venus da milo sculpture and the immense wedding feast at Cana painting by Veronese in 1563.
The collection of Louvre is divided into 8 parts:
9 AM to 6 PM except for Wednesday and Friday. 9 AM to 10:30 PM on Wednesday and Friday, Tuesday is closed.
The Louvre is the biggest museum in the world with 380,000 pieces in total. It is so big that it takes 100 days to squeeze in every piece of art but you could only spend 10 seconds on each piece.
The address of the Louvre is Rue De Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France. The nearest metro station to the Louvre Museum is Louvre Rivoli and Palais Royal Musee de Louvre.
The Arc de Triomphe is the tomb of Unknown Soldier of France which was ordered by Napoleon Bonaparte to celebrate the victory of the Battle of Austerlitz in 1886. It is dedicated to the soldiers who fought in the French armies of the Revolution and Napoleonic war.
Built-in 19th century, it is the biggest landmark of its sort in the world. Amazing sculptures decorate its columns. Moreover, the names of 558 commanders and the extraordinary triumphs are engraved on the top of the arc.
50 meters high, 45 meters deep the Arc de Triomphe leads to the Champs Elysee which is also known as the most beautiful avenue in the world. The Champs Elysees is mainly famous for shopping.
It opens every day from 10 AM to 10:30 PM.
Notre Dame Cathedral is also known as Notre-Dame de Paris/Notre Dame is a Roman Catholic located in the heart of Paris on the Ile de la Cité. In France, it is rated as of the best example of French Gothic Architecture with combing rose windows, amazing sculptures, and gargoyles. This beautiful sight has begun in 1163 and completed in 1345.
The entrance is free but we suggest you walk around the cathedral before entering inside it. Climbing to the top of it gives you a stunning view of the region and famous gargoyles.
It is closed on Monday. April to September 10 AM to 11 PM and from October to March 10 AM to 10:30 PM.
Do you know that Notre Dame Cathedral is the most visited monument in Paris, not Eiffel Tower. According to one report every year more than 13 million visitor pass-through this legendary gate, means 35 thousand visits per day. In France, most towns have a smaller population than this.
The address of Notre Dame Cathedral is 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France and the nearest metro stations is St-Michel Notre Dame – RER B Train Line blue, St-Michel Notre Dame – RER C Train line Yellow.
Seine River Cruise – The best way to enjoy the beauty of this City. Whenever you’re in Paris take a boat cruise along with Seine river that allows you to see the sights from different angles like the Seine river bridge, Eiffel tower. Notre-Dame de Paris and Louvre Museum.
During the afternoon cruise allow you to enjoy the beauty of monuments and after sunset cruise gives you the romantic experience when most of the monuments are illuminated that creates magical effects and the city seems to be more magical. You can also enjoy dinner on the cruise.
Montmarte is a 130-meter high hill in the northwest of Paris. It is best known for its artistic environment or you can say this place is the inspiration of many artists like Monet, Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and Renoir. And it is also known for white-domed Basilica and bustling Square of Tertre. If you’re an art lover then Montmarte is the best for you, come here and witness some of the best artwork and inspired by it.
Don’t forget to take a break at The wall of love (Le Mur des Je t’aimes) where I Love You is written by 311 times in 250 languages.
From May to September 8:30 AM to 8 PM and from October to April 9 AM to 5:30 PM.
Originally Montmartre was named Mons Martis which means Mount of mars later it was changed to Montmartre also known as Mount of the Martyr.
The address of Wall of love is Square Jehan Rictus, Places des Abbesses, 75018 Paris, France. It is located near to the Abbesses metro station.
The Palace of Versailles was built in the 17th century and it was the official residence for the French Kings from 1682 to 1789. It is one of the most popular world heritage (listed in the world heritage site for 30 years).
It is rated as one of the biggest achievements of 17th-century French art that is a collection of 2300 rooms and each room is designed in a unique way. Its beautiful feature: Hall of mirror, the ostentatious bedrooms, the royal chapel, the queen bedroom, great french garden and the musical fountain.
Every day from 9 AM to 6:30 PM
The Palace of Versailles has 400 sculptures, 1400 fountains, 5000+ furniture, 6000+ paintings.
The complete address of it is Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles, France. To get there you can use public transport like metro, bus, etc. or from Paris, you can travel by train.
Located on the bank of Seine river, Luxembourg park is is the best place to visit in Paris which is known for its student’s life. The Latin Quarter of Paris is housed of many higher educational institute like Ecole des Mines de Paris, Schola Cantorum, Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Normale Superieure.
This beautiful green surrounding allows you to take a break from the city hustle. It is a local favorite place for picnicking and relaxing. Here you’ll get multiple varieties of apple, an apiary, 106 statues, fountains and bronze reduction of the Statue of Liberty. It is also famous for hosting sports championship especially France Tennis Championship.
For summer 7 AM to 1-hour prior sunset and for winter 8 AM to 1 hour before sunset.
Located near south of the Seine River in the center of Paris. The nearest station is Luxembourg where you can reach through RER B. Or you can easily walk through the Notre Dame Cathedral with 20 minutes only.
Originally known as the Euro Disney Resort is one of the best places to visit in Paris. It is one of the colorful, vibrant and Cheerful park in Paris that is known for its fun rides, animation movies & shows, rallies and many more. Come here and meet with your favorite Disney character in two theme – Disneyland and Walt Disney Studio.
If you wants to spend a day with super fun and adventure than this place will best for you. Disneyland has lots to offer you like Crush Coaster, Autopia, Disney Parade, fireworks, Buzz lightyear laser blast and selfies with your favorite character.
Every day from 10 AM to 11 PM.
The address of Disneyland is Boulevard de Parc, 777000 Coupvray, France. You can easily get here by Train, Metro station and RER. The Marne-la-Vallee/Chessy is the nearest train station. For more, you can check this: How to get Disneyland Paris
Located next to Louvre, this beautiful place is worth to visit. It is designed by famous royal Gardner Andre Le Notre to back the Palais des Tuileries which was burnt down in 1871.
The Tuileries garden is a favorite place of Parisian for walking. It offers you lots of things like a game of Boules, Orangerie Museum, photography exhibition, landmark walking tour, sculptor like Rodin & Maillol and many more. It has small amusement park which is best spot for kids. If you’re looking for a family destination in Paris then you must visit this wonderful place. Check out the 17 best family vacation spots in the world
Everyday 7 AM to 9 PM
Do you know once Tuileries Garden was own by a 9-year-old child Louis XIII and after that, he turns the garden into the personal playground and used it for hunting.
The address of Tuileries Garden is Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris, France. You can reach there by train, metro, RER and by bus.
The spiritual birthplace of the Famous French Cancan, Moulin Rouge is build in 1889 by Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler. It is located at the base of Montmartre highland. The romantic decoration, sizzling music and illuminated building make this one the most fascinating place to visit in Paris.
This vintage and classic cabaret venue has lot to offer you like glamorous evening shows, romantic dinner, cabaret performance and many more. In 2001, a scene of movie Baz Luhrmann, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor shot here which helps to improve the reputation of the cabaret.
Everyday from 9 PM to 1 AM.
Each show features 80 different dancers called Doriss’s with 20 male and 60 female dancers.
The address of Moulin Rouge is 82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France. The Blanche metro station on Line 2 is the nearest station to the Moulin Rouge. Also You can reach here by train and bus as well.
The largest square of Paris, Place de la Concorde is located at the bottom of Champs Elysees. It was built in 1772 in the honor of King Louis XIV recovery. It is one of the most attractive squares in Paris because of its octagonal shape and pink granite obelisk.
It offers beautiful views of Champs Elysees, Tuileries Garden, the Louvre Museum and the Christmas illuminations.
It is a busy place with heavy traffic so make sure you get out of the way. To reach there, walk from the Louvre through the Tuileries or follow the Quai along with the Seine river. Or you can take the metro, bus, train or RER.
During the summer from April to June and Sept to Nov is the best time to visit this place.
Don’t miss to see two monumental fountains, the Fountain of the seas and the Fountain of the River and Hotel de Crillon, Egyptian obelisk is must.
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Sainte Chapelle or Royal Chapel in English was built in the 13th century by King Louis IX to store his collection of religious relics which included the Crown of Thorns. It is the best example of Gothic style architecture.
It one of the most charming places in Paris filled with beautiful glass windows, stunning painted ceilings, etc. Mostly, this place is visited by photographer and history lover.
To reach there you need to enter inside the iron gate of the Palais de Justice and walk through the inner courtyard. Metro, Train, bus and RER is also available. Keep in mind you have to take ticket which you can take individually or in Group.
Sunset is the best time to see the glory of Sainte Chapelle but it is also the most crowded time as well.
Watch the most expensive collection of 13th century stained glass windows in the world, visit the Island in the Seine, Ancient relic shrine, musical concert, lower and upper chapel and oldest wall fresco in Paris.
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Pantheon was built during the 18th century by King Louis XV to pay tribute to them who sacrificed their lives for their country and other French Citizens like Simone Veil, Vitor Hugo, Jean Moulin and many more.
Nowadays it is an active church and favorite among couples for holding their marriage. If you want to see the best architecture and design in Paris then you need to head to Pantheon.
Located in Piazza Della Rotonda in the heart of Rome. There are many ways you can reach to Pantheon temple including public transportation like buses and Train. But there is no nearby metro station.
From 4 PM to the closing time and avoid during the rainy season. Please keep in mind that the building does close on every Sunday.
Foucault’s pendulum, visit crypt to see the graves of the greatest french citizens, take a view of Paris from the top of the building.
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1. Ride a Seine cruise at night
When I’m traveling, any tourist activities that involve someone handing out flyers and trying to get me to do it gets a hard pass from me. These tourist attractions tend to be overrun with people, and there’s generally an upsell somewhere in there. But I made an exception for a Seine cruise at night, precisely because three trusted friends told me it was one tourist attraction in Paris that was actually worthwhile.
So on my last night in Paris, I followed my google map to where the Seine cruise boats launch and climbed aboard. I didn’t really know what to expect. A guide spoke about the important buildings we passed in both English and French, making jokes along the way. Then I gasped: We made it to the Eiffel Tower just in time for its nighttime light show.
Seeing the Eiffel Tower’s light show from the Seine was pure magic. The twinkle lights reflected off the dark water, and all of us passengers oohed and awed the whole time. I’m so glad I got over my aversion to tours to take a Seine cruise.
Level 10 travel tip: If you go to the Notre Dame Cathedral during the day, there is always a person handing out flyers with discounts for a Seine cruise. Pick one up—you’ll save a few Euros—and take a picture of the boat launch schedule on your phone so you won’t have to look it up on the internet later.
Buy Tickets for Versailles in Advance Online
The queue to purchase tickets at the ticket office can be over an hour long. It is a waste of your time to wait in that queue when you can easily purchase tickets in advance online. You can purchase tickets up to 8 months before your visit, so you can easily purchase them before you leave for Paris.
You need to print a physical copy of your ticket, so you should print it before you leave for Paris if you won’t have access to a printer while you’re on holiday.
Other than needing a physical ticket, purchasing tickets online is an easy process. You simply choose what ticket you want, what day you want to visit, input a little personal information, and pay with a credit card.
You will be able to bypass the entire queue and go directly into the palace with your advanced ticket. It saves you so much time! There really is no downside to purchasing your ticket online in advance. It is limiting in the sense of you have to know what day you are visiting in advance, but it is worth planning ahead.
7 historical sites in Paris that you should add to your bucket list!
Of course the Eiffel Tower tops this list of historical places in Paris and rightly so. The amazing spectacle dates back to the 1889 and it was built as part of a World Fair that took place in the country. I couldn’t believe that it only took 2 years to build the structure and it welcomed through an astounding 2 million people at that opening event.
The tower was only supposed to be around for 20 years, and was due to be deconstructed in 1909 however it was given a reprieve by the government as the architect Gustave Eiffel was using it for scientific experiments and so it was allowed to remain. I can’t believe it ever coming down now!
It can get extremely busy visiting the Eiffel Tower so buying tickets in advance is always a good idea.
Don’t do as we did and just turn up – we eventually decided we’d spend our day just admiring it from the bottom rather than wait in the queue! We should have picked up skip the line tickets – next time!
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris is one of those buildings that you see so many times in pictures, especially when planning your visit. In saying that, I wasn’t expecting the overwhelming beauty of the cathedral to strike me as much as it did.
Although it’s still closed to visitors inside since the fire of 2019 you can hopefully enjoy seeing the building from the outside. I know for me, just looking at the wonderful carvings and decorations of the stone was a joy to see.
The cathedral dates back a long way, although it has gone through some turbulent times in its history. It was mostly completed around 1260 although work began on it 100 years earlier. Through the French Revolution much of the building inside was destroyed or damaged and since then it’s been restored to how you see it now.
The most recent bit of turbulence Notre-Dame suffered from was the extensive fire in April 2019. It has since been closed to visitors and remains that way to this date – it’s thought it may well be open in 2024 in time for the Olympics that year. You can still see the building from outside but do bear in mind some parts may be covered up as it undergoes the work to repair it.
Some guided tours of the area take in the Cathedral and are worth it to understand what the history of the area was and what’s happening to the Cathedral now.
Part of the 18th Arrondissement, Montmartre relates to the large hill and surrounding historic district that is well worth a visit when you’re in Paris. It’s a little out of the way of the centre of the city but it’s easy to get to using the Metro.
Many well known artists frequented the area around the late 19th and early 20th century including Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Degas and Van Gogh. To this day you’ll see artists on the street and in the Place du Tetre square selling their wares and their talents, although it is possibly a little more touristy these days!
It’s a lovely historic area to visit with beautiful architecture to enjoy, old streets to wander down and of course the artists and their work to explore. As well as this make sure to take some time out to visit the Sacré-Cœur which is the large and imposing white church at the top of the hill. It’s free to enter and look around but can get busy through the day. It’s not as old as you might think, having been built in 1875.
While in the area look out for a couple of famous cabaret sites which were frequented by many of the artists, poets and writers of the time – first of all is the Le Chat Noir which is probably best known for the vintage posters that have lingered long after the club closed down. It moved sites but it’s commemorated at 84, Boulevard Rochechouart.
The Moulin Rouge, another cabaret which gave us all the Can Can, (and the film with Euan McGregor!) also isn’t too far away and should be sought out – the original building was destroyed by fire in 1915 and rebuilt in 1921.
A walking tour of the area is recommended to get all the insights of the past!
If you want to escape the crowds of the city then you would do no better than to hop on the metro to Père Lachaise cemetery. It’s a huge cemetery which holds the graves of some important and amazing people from history.
If you have no interest in seeing famous people’s graves then you might just enjoy a wander around, taking in the fresh air and the open space but if you do want to learn more then you have a couple of options.
There are some guided tours of the cemetery that are fantastic if you want insight from someone who knows all about the famous people buried there and the stories of their lives.
When we visited we simply used the map in our Lonely Planet guide book to help us explore. Do what works for you!
Some of the big names buried there include:
You can get to the cemetery by taking the Metro line to Philippe Auguste (on Line 2) for the main entrance. There are a few different entrances and different stops nearby as well. The cemetery is free to go around and is open daily.
The Louvre is one of Paris’s most popular sights and rightly so. You don’t have to love art and crowds to enjoy a little of the building that the Louvre museum is housed in though.
The building was originally a fortress built in medieval times and eventually it was a palace used as a residence by the French Kings. After the French Revolution it was decided that it should hold French masterpieces and it’s been a museum ever since – it opened in 1793 so that’s quite a long time!
You can explore around the gardens and take in the wonderful architecture without having to enter the museum so if you’re short on time then I suggest adding it in to your itinerary anyway. The gardens are a joy to walk around and you can sometimes forget you’re in the centre of Paris!
Of course you can then go on to enjoy all the history within the museum too – it holds objects that date back to Ancient Egyptian and Greek times up to the 21st century. And, of course, it houses Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ among many other paintings too!
Completed in 1836, the Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte after their victory at Austerlitz in 1806. By the time it was completed the Napoleonic wars had ended and Bonaparte was dead and although he didn’t see the final result his remains eventually were passed under it when he received a state funeral in 1840.
The Arc de Triomphe commemorates the French who fought in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars as well as also having monuments to the soldiers of the First and Second World Wars.
It’s a really impressive structure so I’d recommend visiting it if you’re in the area, no matter how many times you’ve seen it on the TV! It does get really busy around there, especially with cars and traffic so make use of the underground passages around to get you to the Arc De Triomphe in the safest way.
You can visit inside and take a trip to the top which gives some amazing views of the city and a small museum detailing the building of the Arc and its history.
In the late 18th century many of Paris’s health problems were blamed on the cemeteries at the time. One solution they had was to move all the bodies and bones to an underground site. The beginning of what is now known as the catacombs! Bodies were removed in the night time to not upset the people of the city – it’s quite an amazing thing to imagine especially when you see how many bodies were transported!
As always, skip the line tickets make sense in Paris so I recommend them if you want to avoid the queues.
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Weather and climate
The weather is an essential factor when considering a trip. For the best weather conditions during your getaway, we recommend Paris. With a temperate oceanic climate, the French capital can be visited in all seasons. Summers are sunny and warm, winters mild and sometimes wet.
London, on the other hand, is more known as a rainy city, but with a good umbrella, everything can be visited!
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Overhyped Tourist Traps and Overrated Sites To Avoid in Paris
It’s a small cobblestone street located in the 12th arrondissement, near the Bastille. The painted pastel facades of the private homes are pretty French macarons, reminiscent of Portobello Street in London.
The key is not to avoid these places, but to time it right. Not everyone has the luxury of many trips to Paris and actually want to see these things! They are popular for a reason. Yes avoid Rue Cremieux because it’s residential & other people have annoyed them. I have pictures of the Louvre courtyard with NO people! We were number 3 & 4 to see the Mona Lisa. We were in the first 10 to get into Versaille. We browsed in Shakespeare & Co with very few around. We have been to every thing you have listed; the “don’t go” & the alternatives, plus a bunch of places not listed. The only thing we stood in line for was the Catacombs, but we thought it was cool & worth it. (& we were there in summer)
It seems somewhat inevitable that popular tourist attractions turn into tourist traps… You must be a smart traveler and early bird to have gotten in early. I mean, I have walked in to the Louvre when it’s empty to … in the dead of winter. For myself, I am happy to never walk down the Champs Elysees or the Rue da la Huchette ever again. I am an art lover but the Mona Lisa isn’t exactly a great masterpiece. It’s become a statement piece since it was stolen and there are so few Leonardo da Vinci paintings in the world. I would do Versailles again, but never ever in high season.