Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world and there’s so much to see and do. But this is my ultimate top five touristy things to do in the French capital.
Everybody knows you can’t visit Paris without paying a visit to the Eiffel Tower. The iconic structure which was completed in 1889 dominates the Parisian skyline.
Entrance to the tower is a little under 10 euros (or 19 euros if you’re over 25), which includes access to the lift if you don’t fancy over 700 stairs.
The popularity of the tower is so, that over 250 million people have made it to the top since it first opened.
So the view from the Eiffel Tower over all of Paris is spectacular and all, but it’s missing the cities most iconic landmark, namely because you’re standing on it. This is where Montparnasse Tower comes in.
To get access to the observation deck of the 59 floor tower, which presides a little over 200 meters above Paris, it’ll cost 15 euros (or 12 euros with student discount). There’s also a scarily fast lift to take you to the observation area straight from the ground floor.
The best time to go is the late evening, so you can absorb the city in the remnants of the day, and then watch as the Eiffel Tower sparks to life with a dazzling light show. More on that here.
The home of the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the setting for The Carter’s Apeshit music video, the Louvre is one of the most renowned galleries in the world.
A mecca for intellectuals and philistines the world over (I fit into the second category myself), the Louvre exhibits 38,000 items and plays host to over 8 million visitors a year. Most make a bee-line for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, but you should also make sure to see Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People and the Great Sphinx of Tanis, to name just a couple of the wonders held by the gallery.
Walk the Seine
The great river that runs through Paris and into the English Channel is just as beautiful in the daytime as it is at night.
Whilst there are a multitude of boat tours that you can take, none will provide the backdrop of the cityscape against the glistening water that walking the banks of the Seine will.
The calming water provides a contrast to the busy hustle and bustle of metropolitan Paris, and when it goes dark, the light reflecting from the water only serves to emphasise the architectural beauty of the city.
Plus in a city as expensive as Paris, walking along the Seine is an inexpensive way of breathing in the sights.
One of the most famous cathedrals in the world, Notre Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris) was completed over 600 years ago. The cathedral, which stands at over thirty five metres tall, is free to enter all year round.
As one of Paris’s most beloved monuments, the Notre Dame attracts over 13 million visitors per year, which eclipses even the Eiffel Tower.
The beauty of the building shines through, and you can tell just how much attention to detail was painstakingly put into the architecture of the structure.