Sights not to be missed in Paris

4 March 2014 by Christian Frank

Paris is a fascinating city and definitively worth a trip. Here are some insights into the places not be missed and how you could tackle them, especially if this is your first time in Paris. Please leave you comments and thoughts in the contribution section.

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The Eiffel tower

There is no better introduction to Paris than climbing up the Eiffeltower. If you are not afraid of heights you should definitively go by lift to the third level and get a feel for the city. You will discover its architectural unity, the landmarks; and, if you come by night, a delightful sea of lights.

From the Eiffel tower you could head to Place de la Concorde and from there to the Louvre.

The Louvre

One of the great museums on earth, it is home not only to the famed Mona Lisa and her mysterious smile but to countless other master pieces and treasures. The building itself is fascinating - the grandiose palace, the inner courtyards and wings - and the post-modern pyramid which is to the main entrance to the museum. If you can, visit the Louvre in the evening. Every Wednesday and Friday the Louvre opens until 9.45 pm. If you are lucky you will have the Louvre almost to yourself. Winter evenings bring additional charm the way the Louvre is beautifully lit.

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame, "Our Lady", as Parisans have called their cathedral for 850 years now, sits right in the historical heart of the city - the Ile de la Cité, a small island, which has been inhabited since Roman times. Notre Dame is one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in France. You should have a circular walk through its isles, and if the queue is not too long, climb on the cathedral towers and check out the gorgyles (please add a picture in the comment section … ).

Crossing over the Seine to the left bank (i.e. turning right facing Notre Dame) you will come across steps leading down to the river bank. Following the river bank upstream is one of the nicest walks in Paris (also much appreciated by Woody Allen).

The Marais Quarter

In the 15th and 16th century, the Marais quarter was "the" place to be. Numerous palaces and a unique feel still bear witness of that period today. One way to discover the Marais is to start from Bastille and head over to Place des Vosges, one of the prettiest squares in France. From here you walk up Rue des Francs Bourgeois, a busy fashion street, spiced up with 17th century palaces, to the Pompidou Center, our next stop.

The Pompidou Center

The Pompidou Center, a vast building made of glass, steel and tubes, is the most popular cultural destination in Paris. The Pomidou Center houses the Museum of Modern Arts and various temporary exhibition of 20th century artists, designers, architects… . It is a good place to spend a rainy afternoon - check out an exhibition, brows art books at the bookstore or visit the design shop, eat and relax in its cafés and restaurants. Kids enjoy the wide open spaces.

Montmartre

If you have seen the movie "Amélie Poulain", you have already a good idea what Montmartre could be like - small streets climbing up a steep hill, squares filled with children (and tourists) and the view from the porch of Sacré Coeur onto the bustling city.

Disneyland

Disneyland is in an outer suburb of Paris. The theme park is about a 30 minute ride with RER from the city center. For many kids and their parents this is a must do. You should plan a whole day to take a good plunge into Disney fairy land. There is no good advice to be had except the obvious : avoid crunch time on Wednesday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays. The queue for each attraction can be hours long.

Other ideas (to be developped) :
- A walk through the Latin Quarter
- Imperial Paris
- Shop like mad
- A trip on a Bateau Mouche
- Versailles
- Historical Paris

Other languages :
- Deutsch : Die schönsten Sehenswürdigkeiten in Paris

Last modified : par Christian Frank

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