Top 10 Places To Visit in Paris
Paris is always a good idea.- Audrey Hepburn
We have always wanted to visit the french capital that is also known as “the city of light” and “the city of love”. Despite living only a few hours away from Paris, we never actually traveled to this place up until now! Our trip can definitely be described as a remarkable and unforgettable experience, which we will never forget, but we also did some mistakes. For example, we were not able to manage our time properly. We will definitely list some essentiell hacks and things you should keep in mind before starting your journey in another post! In this one, I will sum up the most important and beautiful places in Paris that you better not ignore during your stay.
1. Eiffel Tower
Surprise surprise ! Who would have thought that the Eiffel Tower would actually make it to this list. Yes, I am kidding, but do you know that this structure was regarded with skepticism after it’s manufacture by Gustave Eiffel’s company? From a present day perspective, it is hard to believe that the Eiffel Tower was meant as a temporary exhibit, built in 1889 only to recall the French Revolution and to celebrate it’s 100-year anniversary. However, the officials of the city saved it from being torn down in 1909 because of it’s value as a radiotelegraph station. Today, this massive iron building is, without any doubts, one of the most recognizable monuments in the whole world. The Eiffel Tower seems to be THE symbol of Paris or France in general and I recommend you to visit it. Take a few pictures, buy a few souvenirs and if you want to ride to the top, go for it! We decided to watch the city from the top of another building because let’s be honest: A view of Paris is not the same without the tower as a part of this view, but if you are on the top of the tower, you cannot see the tower anymore.
2. Musée du Louvre and Musée des Arts décoratifs
With 380 000 pieces of art that are displayed across 652 300 square feet, the Louvre is the biggest museum in the world, but not every piece is exhibited to the public. This place used to be a royal palace until the French Monarchy moved to the Palace of Versailles. The Louvre is known for it’s glass pyramid and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Interesting fact: The museum is believed to be haunted by a mummy named Belphegor, while the nearby Tulleries Gardens are also thought to be haunted, not by the mummy but by a man dressed in red. The Musée des Arts décoratifs is located in the Palais du Louvre’s western wing, known as the Pavillon de Marsan and hosts exhibitions of fashion, advertising and graphic art.
3. Musée d’Orsay
This museum was transformed from a train station to a home for several of the greatest pieces of art that are in existence. Downstairs you can find works that belong to the Symbolist and Realist movements, while the upper floor is devoted to the impressionistic and post-impressionistic masterpieces. If you are a fan of Monet’s works, just like I am, do not forget to pay this museum a visit.
4. Kathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Designed in the Gothic fashion, the Notre-Dame is one of the largest religious buildings in the world and a functioning Catholic church. The place is also known as the main setting of the book “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” by Victor Hugo. At the same time, the animated musical drama production by Walt Disney Pictures with the same name is based on this book.
5. Basilica Sacré-Coeur de Montmarte
The top of the hill of Montmartre is where the basilica stands. Paul Abadie is the architect behind this monument.The location of this church was a sacred site where druids were thought to have worshipped their Gods. The appearance of this basilica is what makes it so special. It looks more like the Taj Mahal in India than a common cathedral.
6. Avenue des Champs-Élysées
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is the Parisian version of London’s Oxford Street or Istanbul’s Istiklal Street to me – all great places to shop at. It is 1.9 kilometres (1.2 mi) long and known for its theatres, cafés, luxury shops and the annual Bastille Day military parade. The Avenue is one of the most famous streets in the world for upscale shopping. It is home to popular brands like Adidas, Benetton, the Disney Store, Nike, Zara, H&M, Gap, and Sephora. You can also find Luxury brands like Louis Vuitton or Cartier here.
7. Galeries Lafayette
I highly recommend you to visit this luxury shopping center, which is located at the before mentioned avenue. Even if you do not intend do spent a fortune on clothes or cosmetics, enjoy the beauty of it’s inner architecture while climbing the stairs up to it’s rooftop. You can gaze at the city in awe and take a few pictures to eternalize this moment.
8. Catacombes de Paris
If you are a great fan of scary and spooky graveyards and/or history, I got you fam! These with bones packed tunnels are stretching for miles under Paris and look like the entrance into some kind of secret world of the dead. This morbid place is considered to be the world’s largest graveyard and was built in first place to house the dead since the cemeteries of the city had no places left for dead bodies in the 17th century. As a result of this, the citizens had to suffer from the stench and faced serious health problems due to these dead bodies. Well, you can probably guess the solution to this problem. If you are not a fan of tunnels, bones or graveyards in general, just exchange this point to one of the following and also well known alternatives that I haven’t included to this list: Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, Luxembourg Palace, Opera Garnier and Hôtel des Invalides
9. Château de Versailles
Versailles was built by Louis XIII in 1623 as a hunting lodge and enlarged into a royal palace by Louis XIV in the 1660s. The former royal residence outside of Paris is an opulent complex and worth a visit. I find this place to be very aesthetically pleasing with it’s baroque and roroco architectural features that were meant to illustrate not only power, but also the symbolism behind the Sun King. The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, the place where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, contains a total of 357 mirrors. The gardens look absolutely fabulous and magnificent. Watching the movie “Marie Antoinette”, which was inspired by Antonia Fraser’s biographical work about the most extravagant Queen history has ever seen, is really helpful in making you imagine the everyday life in the palace. I had watched the movie before I read the book and believe that everyone who is interested in history and wants to know more about Marie Antoinette will like these works.
10. Disneyland Paris
The Disney Theme Parks are literally an escape into a world in which fairy tales exist and dreams come true. It is everything we ever wanted as a child and maybe even still dream of as adults. Unfortunately, it is a very crowded place, but it still makes one feel happy and forget all the terrible things that exist in this world. If I had the opportunity to live in a Disney Park, I would. I will dedicate a whole post to Disneyland Paris. Stay tuned!
Hopefully, I was able to give you some inspiration and support you with your travel plan. Let me know what you think of this places and if you have ever been to Paris. What do you think of Paris?
Sending you lots of love and positivity