What To See & Visit In Paris, City Guide
There’s a reason that Paris is one of the world’s most visited cities. Everywhere you look, the French capital oozes charm, style and sophistication. Whether you’re climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower or enjoying a glass of French wine on the Left Bank, city breaks in Paris are unforgettable.
The web’s best guides to Paris
Paris is a huge city, so it’s important to do your research before you go – even if you’ve visited the city before. Established travel guide publishers like Frommers, Lonely Planet and Fodor’s have some great online guides, which include tips on where to eat, what to see and where to stay. But if you’re looking for guides that give you the lowdown on what’s going on in Paris right now, the Guardian is a good place to start. The Guardian Paris city guide is centred around a map, so you can see immediately where a hotel is in relation to the attractions you want to see. What’s more, any articles on Guardian.com that are tagged with the word “Paris” will also appear here. So if there’s a review of a new art exhibition or an interview with a Parisian musician on the website, you’ll see it.
Paris-Paris-Paris.com is another great online resource for travellers. Here, you’ll find detailed listings of hotels, car rental companies and tours, in addition to details on Paris landmarks, monuments, restaurants and nightlife. Alternatively, visit Paris Info for the official website of the Paris Tourist Office. Here, you’ll find extra information on transport and practical tips. You can also buy a Paris City Pass, a card that offers tourists’ discounts on travel, museums, attractions and cruises.
And don’t forget to consult user-generated guides like Trip Advisor and Wikitravel too. These sources aren’t always the most up to date, but they’re certainly full of useful information from people who want to share their own experiences.
Essential sights in Paris
If it’s your first time in Paris, start your trip at its most iconic attraction: the Eiffel Tower. Queues to climb the Eiffel Tower can be hours-long but the views at the top are well worth the wait. The tower closes at around midnight (if you take the lift to the top) so visit after dark to take in the glamorous sight of Paris by night. Next, visit the Louvre: Da Vinci’s iconic Mona Lisa is the main draw here but there’s lots to see besides, including works by Michaelangelo, Raphael and Delacroix. If you’re an art fan, be sure to stop in at other fantastic galleries too, like the Musee d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou.
No trip to Paris is complete without a tour of its stunning architectural landmarks. Notre Dame Cathedral is a must-see: climb to the top of the western facade to examine its world-famous gargoyles up close. And the Arc de Triomphe at the end of the Champes Elysees is every bit as impressive in person as it looks in photographs. Finally, take a cruise down the River Seine to see the city from the water. Whatever you do in Paris, you can be sure that you’ll make memories that last a lifetime.
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