Paris is often called as “city of love” and “city of lights”. The city has enduring history of importance stretching back more than 2 thousand years. As the capital of France, it is one of the world’s famous centers for business, fashion, art and culture that conjures up the images of world famous museums and cathedrals. An overview of the top tourist attractions in Paris have been described in this writing.
The Eiffel Tower is now the symbol of the city of Paris that was erected in 1889 in the Champ de Mars park for the 1889 World Exposition. The Eiffel Tower was named after Gustave Eiffel, whose company was in charge of the project and who did not design the famous iron structure.
It is one of the most visited monuments in the world as around 7 million visitors visit this tower a year. The visitors can get an excellent opportunity for photography in day and night both.
Tourists have to visit the Eiffel Tower with pre-booked ticket, otherwise one must spend a lot of time in waiting line. One will have to collect the “Lift entrance ticket with access to the summit” to go to the top of the tower. It will cost 25 euros for adults where 12.5 euros for younger people aged between 12 and 24 years old and 6.30 euros for children aged between 4 and 11 years old and for disabled people.
One need to choose a time while booking tickets and visit the tower timely. Otherwise the access to the will be denied.
Notre Dame Cathedral
The most visited monument in Paris is the Notre Dame Cathedral Located in the City Island on the Seine river, of which construction started in 1,163 and completed in 1,345. Being dedicated the mother of Jesus, Mary, this masterpiece was damaged during French Revolution. This monument has been damaged severely on 15 April, 2019, because of a structure fire broke out beneath the roof of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral in Paris.
Mornings are the best time to visit Notre Dame as it is quiet and one need not wait long for getting in. And one can easily get there from the Marais neighborhood by walking. But if rather taking the metro, one need to walk a few streets to reach the cathedral that is very pleasant.
Though it is free to get inside the church, visitors need to buy tickets in advance to get to the top of the Notre Dame de Paris, visit the Trésor de la Cathèdrale or the Crypte Archéologique that will cost 16 euros.
To know the heart of Paris that was a long time ago, one must visit this cathedral.
Arc de Triomphe
Being one of the most famous landmarks in Paris, Arc de Triomphe stands gloriously in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle at the beginning of the Champs Elysees Avenue. Napoleon promised the soldiers the next day of his victory in the battle of Austerlitz that they would come back home passing under arcs of triumph. Unfortunately, Napoleon never got to see the Arc de Triomphe complete.
Visitors can climb 284 steps to reach the top of the Arc to get information about the city’s history. They can also enjoy some panoramic views that costs 8 euros.
As an artistic district, Montmartre is Paris’ most bohemian. Feeling Parisian, tourists can explore the picturesque streets that inspired Renoir, Picasso, and Edith Piaf. There is a majestic church, the Sacre-Coeur, on top of the hill of Montmartre. And walking tour of Montmartre is free of cost and advance reservation is not required.
With thousands of square feet of space, the Louvre is the biggest museum in the world and millions of works. Tourists may need at least two full days to see it all, though one can have the highlights in a full afternoon. The visit in this museum costs 15 euros.
After getting inside the museum, three different entrance will appear to get to many floors- the Richelieu entrance, the Sully entrance and the Denon entrance. Because of being very popular and crowded, one may have a bad experience. So one need to make a plan of visiting the museum a day before and avoid weekends for visiting as the Parisians invade the museum on their free time.
The Orsay Museum
Being located in the left bank of paris, the Orsay Museum presents a vast collection of western paintings and sculpture of Van Gogh, Monet, Degas from 1848 to 1914. This museum was a former train station in 1898 and converted into museum in 1986. Those who enjoy the Impressionism art movement, must visit this museum.
Tourists need to buy tickets in advance to visit the Orsay Museum but for children under 18 and young adults under 26 from the European Union, it’s free!
Paris street art
Paris street art is very original and diverse in its own way with each Parisian artist having their unique style. And that’s why each creation will tell a different story. Roaming around the Parisian colorful streets is must do in the city. It may be the most attractive place for visiting and getting the attention it deserves!
There are many place to explore in Paris such as the Latin Quarter, the Galeries Lafayette, the Marais, the Palais Garnier, the Tuileries Garden and many more. Paris is gigantic having thousands of years of glorious history. It takes a lifetime to explore the whole Paris. Because of so much history in this city, so much beauty and love, looking past the cliches, one will find Paris is one of the few cities in the world that truly lives up to its hype.