A trip to France is incomplete without Paris being on your list of places to visit. This gorgeous romantic city is quite renowned and distinctive due to its grand structures and monuments. This capital of France is a tourist hotspot and a place where you can explore architecture, history, fashion, and gastronomy in a way like nowhere else.
When it comes to entertainment, there is no shortage of things to do in Paris. This city is grand in every way and what makes it much more interesting to explore is its intimate quarters. These quarters are gorgeous villages that are fun to stroll through. This fashion center of the world has many high-end boutiques and shops where you will find amazing stuff. When we talk about Paris, it goes without saying that you would want to visit the famous Eiffel Tower in the beginning. This wrought-iron tower is associated with romance, which is why it is great for visiting with a loved one. If you head to the top of the tower, you can witness the picturesque views of the city. Other impressive structures and building you must visit in Paris include Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, and the Notre Dame cathedral. Each of these structures is beautifully architected and has an interesting history as well. When it comes to food, you will find many things to do in Paris. This city is world-famous for its cafes and restaurants. If you head to the street market, you will get a chance to experience the real taste of French cuisine and its mouthwatering desserts.
If you are interested in historical sites and archeological finds, then you will find many places to visit in Paris. Although this city is known as the romance center of the world, there are places that will give you the chills like the Catacombs of Paris. This place is an underground burial site that has almost 6 million skeletons. If that’s too haunting for your taste, then head to the fascinating Notre Dame Cathedral. This architectural wonder is in the heart of the city with impressive ceilings and gorgeous stained-glass art on the windows. The Palace of Versailles is also a site that you must not miss out on. This castle is magnificent to say the least with its mesmerizing gardens and architecture. Head to Sainte Chapelle, a 13th century church, which is nothing less than spectacular. The upper chapel of the church features jaw-dropping stained-glass windows and a heavily decorated ceiling. The Champs Elysees is another popular tourist spot in Paris that offers great views into the architectural history of this part of Europe. Make sure to get to the top of the Champs Elysees to witness the panoramic views of the city. Some other popular spots to visit in Paris include Musee de Louvre, The Pantheon, Musee de Cluny, and La Conciergerie.
The Eiffel Tower is the most single and famous site in Paris. There's no competition for it, you can go anywhere in the world and show people a picture of it, so, they will definitely know that it is in Paris. The Eiffel tower is a must see if you’re visiting Paris. You can't miss the view on the top of the Eiffel tower no matter where you go in Paris because it's visible from the most parts of the city.
The Eiffel Tower is a wonderful piece of architecture. It is considered an important historical part of Paris. However, the funny thing is that in the beginning, it was not in that way. People were actually opposed to its construction and thought it would destroy the view but these people don't know how much this tower has a value itself right now.
First, It was constructed to serve as entrance for the World Fair, and this construction was completed in 1889. Parisians love the tower so much that when Germans occupied Paris in 1940 the locals cut the lift of the tower. The manual climb was very hard and even Hitler was not able to climb the tower himself.
You can visit the tower itself and go on top. We would also recommend just sitting in the numerous cafes around the tower and enjoy the view.
Champ de Mars is one of the largest public places in Paris. Ling between the Eiffel Tower and the École Militaire, it is a very common venue for public events. Most people end up visiting this place just to see Eiffel Tower, but we strongly recommend that you focus on the beauty of Champ de Mars itself as well.
Since its completion in the 17th century, this place has been home to many historic events. This was the main venue for festivals during the revolution, and was also used by the military for practice. The field is surrounded by great architecture of Paris, it is very common with tourists. Here you get a very lively view of Paris with tourists, locals, and lots of shops.
If you want to camp out and have lunch with the best view of the Eiffel Tower, then this is the place for you. It has also been repeatedly shown in media and arts, and thus you will get a familiar feeling going through it. There was even a Bond movie shot here. It is a great sight at night time as the Eiffel Tower lights up.
Place du Trocadero is one of those places where you go not for the area itself, but for the view. If you haven't read about this place you will be puzzled by the number of tourists here. This is one of the most common places for tourists to flock to, the reason being the absolutely fantastic view you get of the Eiffel Tower. Since so many people go to Place du Trocadero to view the Eiffel Tower, it is a bit of a tourist trap. What this means is that there are a lot of tourists here. There are also a lot of street performers here, vying for your attention doing outlandish things.
A positive aspect is the food carts, the fresh crepes here are the best. But trust us; it is worth it to face the crowd, especially at night. At night Place du Trocadero gives you one of the best sights in Paris. As the Eiffel Tower lights up, you realize that it has never looked more fantastic. The vantage point delivered by this area is excellent; you won't even be able to focus on the people around you. Also, here's a tip: Go to the downstairs place by the fountain, there are a lot fewer people there.
If the Eiffel Tower did not exist, the Arc de Triomphe would be the landmark used to denote Paris everywhere. It was inaugurated in 1836 and has been an important piece of the city’s landscape, while it offers some of the best things to do in Paris.. It honors the people who died in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars. After World War 1 the tomb of the Unknown Soldier was also added below the vault.
The monument became the main place for victorious armies to celebrate and has thus only increased in reverence with time. The Germans held a victory rally here in 1871, the French army held their victory rally here in 1919, the Germans held another victory rally in 1940, and finally the French and the Allies held their victory rally here in 1944.
The rallies stopped happening only because people wanted to honor the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier since then rallies have avoided going through the arch, as it means walking on top of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Arc de Triomphe is not only famous for what happened here, it is also famous for its artistic value. The Arc is a piece of art itself and it also houses some other great pieces of art.
This place is literally named after heaven. Widely known as the most beautiful avenue in the world, Champs-Élysées has long been a mark of pride for the French. The number of famous buildings and monuments in here is amazing. The architecture around you when you are in this avenue is awe inspiring. It is historical Paris at its peak. It almost seems like the city is showing off, asking you if there is any other place in the world this grand, this historic, and this beautiful.
The boulevard is 1.9 km long and goes from the famed Place de la Concorde straight to the Place Charles de Gaulle. Other notable places in a straight line are the Louvre, the Arc De Triomphe, and Tuilerie Gardens. The place is great and is the world’s capital for up scale fashion.
We would highly recommend taking a walk here among the things to do in Paris. Start our walk an hour before the sun goes down and keep gazing at the amazing architecture on display, and look at some of the most luxurious stores in the world. As the sun goes down and the lights turn on you will have the amazing experience of seeing some of the most famous monuments and buildings in the world switch from day to night.
Place de la concorde is a peaceful square of Paris, one of the many. If you don't know the history this will be just another place to you, only with a grand obelisk. People who are history buffs will know that it served as the centre point of one of the bloodiest and most unstable times of Paris.
This is the square chosen by the Revolution for its most public happenings. It was renamed Place de la Révolution and the infamous guillotine punishments were carried out here. King Louis XVI was beheaded in this very square, and so were some of the most prominent people of those times. This is where Marie Antoinette walked to her death. The bloody history of this place is the complete opposite of what it is today.
The obelisk is the defining feature of Place de la concorde today. The Egyptian obelisk was a gift from Muhammad Ali Pasha, the Khedive of Egypt, and was delivered in 1883. There are also 2 famous fountains in the square. If you take a historical tour of Paris, this will surely be one the places you will be visiting.
Place de la Madeleine is one of our favorite spots in Paris. The exterior is imposing and reminds most people of the Pantheon, but that is just because the architecture is of a new classical style. The place is very beautiful on the inside and is still a common site for Parisians to get married in. The most breathtaking thing when you enter is the nave. The beautiful fresco by Jules-Claude Ziegler is stunning to say the least. Place de la Madeleine was made in honor of the glory of Napoleons armies and this is apparent from the fresco, which prominently features Napoleon.
It is also home to statues such of Mary Magdalene, and of the Birth of Christ. The exterior is just as interesting. The pediment has a display of the last judgment, while the doors bear inscriptions of the Ten Commandments. There is also a contemporary touch to the arts, as the foyer is often decorated by local artists. You can also eat at the restaurant here, do note that it is only open 11:30am to 2pm, and is closed on all holidays. You can eat under the vaulted ceilings. It is also a common site for funerals and many prominent figures (such as Chopin) had their funerals here.
The Louvre is one of the most famous museums in the world, and it houses one of the most famous pieces of art in the world, Mona Lisa. Established in 1792, it is now the most visited museum in the world. With a history that directly involved Napoleon, you are sure to capture the essence of the history of Paris in the Louvre.
One thing which not a lot of people know is that Mona Lisa is not the best painting in the museum. A lot of people go to the museum just to see the painting. There is generally always a crowd around it of people trying to get a picture with it. Mona Lisa may be famous, but the Louvre is home to some of the most breathtaking art in the world. Right opposite to the Mona Lisa is the Wedding Feast at Cana. The painting is over 10 meters and is a true work on awe-inspiring art.
You should definitely go to the Louvre and remember not to focus on the Mona Lisa only. Roam around and you’ll discover some of the most moving art you have seen. The glass pyramids outside Louvre which are so famous are actually a recent addition and were completed in 1993.