This city is worth to see at least once in your life. It is called the city of lovers, and its symbol – the Eiffel Tower – is known all over the world. Welcome to Paris!
Suppose you have only a few days, and you want to see the most significant places in the capital of France. Then do not forget to book your room in advance in one of the hotels in Paris. Rooms for every taste and wallet are very convenient to book here – booking.com When you are booking a room, you can also get exclusive discounts on visiting the main sights of the city.
We offer you the top 5 most popular attractions in Paris.
- The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is called the most visited paid sight of the world and the most photographed. For example, in 2006, 6,719,200 people visited the tower. The tower, which later became the symbol of Paris, was built in 1889 and was originally planned as a temporary structure, serving as the entrance arch of the 1889 Parisian World Exhibition. The height of the structure is 324 meters, the total weight is 10,100 tons. For more than 40 years, the Eiffel Tower has been the tallest building in the world. To see the panorama of Paris, opening from the observation ring of the tower, you need to pay 25 euros and stand a long line. The easiest way to get here is from Bir-Hakeim (6th branch) metro stations, Trocadéro (6 and 9 metro lines) or the RER – Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel suburban train station.
- Notre Dame Cathedral
Another undoubted symbol of Paris is Notre-Dame de Paris. This unique gothic cathedral was built and reconstructed for eight centuries. He is sung in literature (Victor Hugo), drama (musical) and music. Notre-Dame de Paris serves as the cathedral of the archdiocese of Paris, and regular church services are held here. The entrance to the cathedral is free, except for visiting the towers of Notre Dame. The nearest metro station is Cité (4th branch).
- The Louvre
If you are not indifferent to art, then you can spend the whole day in the Louvre, one of the largest museums in the world. Before, it was the residence of French monarchs, and today it is a huge collection of art objects from ancient times and practically to nowadays. Here are the originals of the most famous artworks of the world: Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa and works of Michelangelo. The museum has about 300,000 exhibits, and only 35,000 of them are exhibited in the halls for reasons of safety. The cost of visiting the main exposition is 15 euros. If you travel with children – the entrance for them is free. You can also buy here a ticket with a suitable for you audio guide. The Louvre is open every day from 09:00 to 18:00, except Tuesdays and January 1. On Wednesdays and Fridays the museum works until 21:45. The nearest metro station is Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (the first branch).
If you travel to France with children, the best gift you can make for them is to go to Disneyland Paris – one of the largest and most famous amusement parks in the world. Every year more than 15 million people visit Disneyland. In fact, these are two huge parks, where you can find entertainment and attractions for every taste. The cost of the visit is from 47 euros for adults and from 40 euros for children (up to 12 years). The park is open every day from 10:00. The nearest RER station is Marne-la-Vallée (line A). If you decide to stay in Disneyland for a few days, it is better to book a hotel near the park in advance.
- The Versailles
If you do not like to sit in one place, we strongly recommend you to visit the famous Versailles palace complex, which is 37 km from Paris. Getting here is very easy on the RER suburban train to the station Versailles – Château (line C). Versailles is not just a palace, but a whole town, built specifically to meet the needs of the royal palace. Louis XIV wanted to have something so luxurious that no one could compare with him in wealth and beauty. It is not surprising that Peter I decided to copy Versailles when he ordered to build Peterhof in St. Petersburg. The palace complex is surrounded by gardens and a beautiful park, decorated with hundreds of fountains, sculptures, flower beds and avenues. The work time of the palace complex, park and other buildings here varies depending on the season. The high season lasts from April to October. At this time, the palace and the park are open from 8:00, the palaces of Trianon – from 12:00. Low season lasts from November to March. At this time, opening hours remain the same, but the palace complex closes for visits one hour earlier – at 17:30. A ticket to the palace with garden costs from 15 euros for adults.
This is not all the sights of Paris, which are worth to see. We also recommend you to visit Montmartre district, where famous painters, writers and artists lived (the nearest metro stations are Blanche, Anvers (second branch), Abbesses (12th branch)), the biggest cathedral in France Sacré-Coeur (the nearest metro station is Anvers (second branch)) and the most beautiful bridge across the River Seine – the Alexander III Bridge. Especially, all this places are completely free.
To feel the real atmosphere of Paris, you need at least once to visit its noisy, but cozy cafes, taste real French croissants, French cheese and wine. And lovers will surely like the evening river walk on the boat along the Seine. And do not forget about the lovely souvenirs that will remind you of this wonderful place for a long time. Enjoy your trip!