Everlasting romance starts when you start thinking about an evening in Paris. You will fall in love with this city, the moment you come here. The grandeur of the city is magnificent and it attracts millions of travelers every year. It doesn’t matter if you are planning for your honeymoon or a family vacation, Paris is an ideal destination. Being the capital of France, the city has its own charm. Be it the museums, Eiffel Tower or road side cafes, Paris has something to offer to everyone.
Call it the ‘City of Love’ or the ‘City of Lights’ or the ‘City of Fashion’, Paris is all this and much more. Let’s take you on a tour of this enchanting city that will surely leave you wanting for more.
When to Visit
You can visit Paris all year long. Come here during the spring season to see its true colors and beauty. Summers here can be hot (with unexpected showers). And if you are planning to come here during the winters, bring lots of woolens with you.
How to Reach
By Air – Being one of the most visited cities of the world, Paris is well connected to major international cities via air. There are three international airports in Paris, Charles de Gaulle International Airport (Roissy), Orly International Airport and Beauvais (Aéroport de Beauvais Tillé).
By Train – Paris is well connected to all other parts of France and the rest of Europe by rail network.
By Road – Opt for public transport for getting around. You can even drive to Paris from different European cities.
Famous Museums and Art Galleries
Paris is world famous for Eiffel Tower, but the city museums and art galleries are equally popular. Travelers, art and history lovers come here from world over to see the masterpieces displayed at these museums. These are some of the most visited and well-known museums and art galleries of Paris.
- The Louvre – If you ever thought about seeing the world’s most famous painting ‘Mona Lisa’, then you must visit the Louvre. This is one of the most popular museums of the world and houses the best masterpieces from antiquity to the early modern period. You will find almost 35,000 works of art here starting from Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Greek to the masterpieces of da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rembrandt.
Closed on: Tuesdays, 1st January, 1st May, 11th November and 25th December
Normal Entry Price: Adult: €12.00
- National Museum of Modern Art – Located at Georges Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art houses one of the world’s most important collections of modern art. You will find more than 50,000 works here from famous painters, sculptors, and architects like Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Warhol, Duchamp, Ernst, Saint-Phalle, Pollock and lot more.
Closed on: Tuesdays and 1st May
Normal Entry Price: Adult: €13.00
- Musée d'Orsay – It is one of the most visited museums of the world. Here you will find the largest collection of painting, sculpture and decorative objects produced from 1848 to 1914. The masterpieces by Delacroix, Monet, Gauguin, Renoir, Sisley, Cézanne, Monet and Van Gogh are displayed here.
Closed on: Mondays, 1st January, 1st May and 25th December
Normal Entry Price: Adult: €11.00
- Rodin Museum – Dedicated to French sculptor Auguste Rodin, it is one of Paris finest art museums. Here you will also find sculptures, paintings and other artworks by renowned artists like Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh. The world famous sculptures like ‘The Thinker’ and ‘the Kisser’ are displayed in this museum.
Closed on: Mondays, 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. The Garden closes from 17.00 from 1st October - 31st March
Normal Entry Price: Adult: €5.00
Other Must Visit Paris Museums
- Abbaye Royale De Chaalis
- Dali Exhibition
- Museum of the Asian Arts
- Picasso Museum
- Gustave Moreau Museum
- National Museum Of Eugéne Delacroix
- National Museum of the Renaissance
- Orangerie Museum
Not to Miss Attractions
Apart from its museums, Paris has many popular tourist attractions that are a must see for every traveler. Most of the time, it becomes difficult to choose from so many (especially if you have limited time). Listed below are some of the must see tourist attractions of Paris, that you just can’t miss.
- Eiffel Tower – This famous landmark of Paris doesn’t need any introduction. Built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel, the tower was not so popular among the Parisians and it was even nearly torn down. Though today, Eiffel Tower has become the identity of the city and is the most visited paid monument in the world.
- Arc de Triomphe – Built in 1806, 164 foot tall Arc de Triomphe (standing at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle) was constructed to honor the soldiers who fought for France (especially during the Napoleonic Wars). Even the names of all the generals and soldiers were engraved on the inside.
- Notre Dame de Paris – This 12th century cathedral is among the most beautiful cathedrals of Europe. One of the most visited attractions of Paris, Notre Dame de Paris is a perfect example of French Gothic architecture. The magnificent stained-glass windows and the looming ceilings of the cathedral will surely leave you awestruck.
- Palace of Versailles – Also known as the Château de Versailles , it is one of the largest and most lavish castles in the world. Built in 18th century, the Palace of Versailles was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The palace is also a brilliant example of the French architecture and is visited by thousands of travelers ever year.
Other Must See Attractions
- The Sorbonne and the Latin Quarter
- Sacre Coeur and Montmartre
- Seine River Boat Tour
- Père Lachaise Cemetery
- Le Palais Royal
- Opéra Garnier
- The Pantheon
- Paris Disneyland
- The Luxembourg Gardens
Where to Eat
These are some of the most popular restaurants and cafes in Paris. These are the best places to enjoy tea with world famous French croissant, pastry and macrons.
- Bistrot Victoires - 6 Rue de la Vrillière, 75001 Paris
- Breizh Café - 109 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris
- L'Ilot - 4 Rue de la Corderie, 75003 Paris
- La Pointe du Grouin - 8 Rue de Belzunce, 75010 Paris
- Patrick Roger - 108 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris
- Monsieur Bleu - 20 Avenue de New York, 75116 Paris
- Cinq Mars - 51 rue de Verneuil, 75007 Paris
- Cafe Des Abattoirs - 10 rue Gomboust, 75001 Paris
- Cafe Beaubourg - 43 rue Saint Merri, 75004 Paris