Paris Travel Guide

Why Should We Go to Paris?

Paris Travel Guide. Paris is a city of light. It attracts millions of visitors every year with its wonderful ambiance. It deserves praise for its excellent cuisine and extensive art collections. You can wander through the city, further enriched by the Seine River, magnificent museums, centuries-old churches, and glowing street lamps surrounded by blocks of Rococo and Neoclassical design architecture. You can take walks on the cobblestone paths of the Seine River, wander around elegant bridges, authentic markets and cafes.

With world-class museums, fashion, cuisine and a unique atmosphere, Paris is also the city of “many splendors”, as Ernest Hemingway states in his memoir “A Moveable Feast”. You can visit the Musée d’Orsay, shop from the greatest designers on the Champs Élysées, or go to the boutiques in Le Marais. You can enjoy the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower and plan a day trip to the Palace of Versailles. Also , don’t miss out on the pleasure of wandering around the gorgeous neighborhoods or grabbing a bite from the street vendors.

 

Places to Visit in Paris

If it’s your first time to Paris, you’ll probably want to spend some time at the world-famous Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Notre-Dame, but don’t miss other key city gems like the Musée d’Orsay, the Luxembourg Gardens, or Le Marais. If your trip is within a certain period of time, it is not possible to do everything such as visiting museums, shopping, exploring the region, attending the opera. So you can plan your own itinerary and explore nearby attractions and see Paris on your own terms, or book a guided tour to explore the highlights of the city with the help of a local guide.

 

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

The cathedral was severely damaged in a fire on April 15, 2019. Its wooden roof and spire collapsed during the fire. It is closed to the public until further notice and is scheduled to reopen in 2024.

Like the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral is seen as a Parisian landmark. Located along the picturesque Seine River, Notre-Dame Cathedral is considered a Gothic masterpiece and is considered one of the finest Gothic cathedrals of its kind in the world. Construction of the famous cathedral began in the late 10th century and took nearly 200 years to build. When you examine the cathedral, you will understand why it took so long.

The architectural details of Notre-Dame are complex. The front entrance features elaborately carved sculptures that integrate seamlessly into its stone façade. The main entrance door in particular is just one example of the architectural style to be admired. The back of the cathedral is equally elaborate. Inside, there are sky-high gilded ceilings and stained glass windows. If you want to do more than just wander around the ground floor, there is also the option for visitors to climb the 387 steps of the cathedral, with world-class views of the city.

Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum
Louvre Museum

 

If you only have time to visit one museum in Paris, it should undoubtedly be the Louvre. This is because the Louvre is considered not only one of the best art museums in Europe, but also one of the best in the world. The museum first opened its doors in 1793 and houses a total of 35,000 works of art. Here you can get up close to various arts from different time periods and cultures. The Louvre has everything from Egyptian mummy tombs to ancient Greek sculptures. There are also thousands of tables to explore. Masterpieces such as Eugene Delacroix’s “Freedom to Lead the People”, Théodore Géricault’s “Medusa’s Tuesday” and Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” can be found here. You can even take a look at the old apartment excavations of Napoleon III. Before the Louvre became a museum,

With such a strong art collection, the Louvre has earned the title of the most visited museum in the world. While visitors can agree that it is a must-visit attraction, greatly impressed by what the museum has to offer, crowds can be a big problem. (especially around the glass-enclosed “Mona Lisa”). Therefore, visiting the Louvre at a time when there will be fewer people will be less tiring for you. The sheer size of the museum is overwhelming. It is impossible to tour the entire 650,000 square meter gallery space in one day. The best strategy is to pre-select what you want to see and get a map so you can find these artworks easily.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

1889 World’s FairDesigned and built in China, the Eiffel Tower was intended to be a temporary structure, but survived both demolition efforts. Today, the Eiffel Tower is still used for communication, but it is mainly acknowledged for its magnificence. Many Parisians initially saw this architectural marvel as a standout, but today the Eiffel Tower has become one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. Visitors can walk up to the first floor of the Eiffel Tower or take the elevator up to the very top. Here they are faced with a panoramic view of the city. Visitors complain of long queues, especially in summer. But you can skip the wait by booking tickets online on the Eiffel Tower website. While the prices are quite high to get to the top, most would agree that the views are worth it. You should also definitely give visitors an additional walk at night. This is because every hour thousands of flashing light bulbs make the Eiffel Tower shine, leaving tourists in complete awe.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre

Montmartre Kutsal Kalp BazilikasıTowering over Paris, the Sacré-Coeur (meaning “Sacred Heart”) looks more like a white castle than a basilica. Rising above the Montmartre quarter (once frequented by Paris’ bohemian crowds), this Roman-Byzantine masterpiece is easily recognized by its ornate ivory domes. The interior of the white basilica, visible from the outside, is a sight to behold: the ceilings shimmer with France’s largest mosaic depicting the ascension of Christ with the Virgin Mary and Jeanne d’Arc.

You can also admire the panoramic view from the top of the Sacré-Coeur’s open staircase. But for an even better photo shoot, you’ll have to climb all 300 steps to the top of the dome. The dome is open to visitors every day from 08:30 to 20:00 from May to September and from 9:00 to 17:00 from October to April. The ritual is performed every day several times a day.

Although Sacre-Coeur is constantly crowded with visitors, the beauty inside is worth it. The church is magnificent, and while it’s tempting to stay outside and admire the view of Paris, exploring the church’s stunning interior is highly recommended. A walk is also recommended during sunset, and if you stay long enough you can see the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower illuminate the skyline.

Oresay Museum

Orsay Museum

Housed in a former train station, the Musée d’Orsay is known for its rich collection of impressionist works. You can see paintings by French artists such as Degas, Monet, Cezanne and Van Gogh. The museum also hosts a number of sculptures, as well as exhibitions of photography and even furniture. If you go up to the museum’s top balcony, you can get a breathtaking view of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.

While the Louvre seems to get most of the limelight in Paris, it gets a lot of attention at the Musée d’Orsay. The museum is less crowded so it can be managed much better than the Louvre. The visitor can easily tour this museum in a few hours. When it comes to art, the Oresay Museum’s building, which reflects Belle Epoque architecture and describes itself as a work of art, attracts great attention, as well as the museum’s colorful painting collection.

Luxembourg Gardens

Luxembourg Garden Features and Information

An oasis of warm weather, the Luxembourg Gardens provide ample green space (61 acres) for sunbathing and people-watching, and there are also plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained. When the city noise gets too overwhelming, wander around the paths and formal gardens or simply relax with a picnic. Children can swim in sailboats, ride ponies or take a ride on the carousel at the Grand Basin, or watch a puppet show at the on-site Theater des Marionettes. Adults can enjoy the on-site Musee du Luxembourg, the first French museum to open to the public. While the Luxembourg Gardens has 106 statues to its name, including a replica of the Statue of Liberty, it is easily considered an open-air museum.

The gardens also have sports fields, including basketball and baseball, but the best way to unwind here is to just sit back and admire the surrounding scenery. You can visit the garden for free, but there is an entrance fee to the Musee du Luxembourg.

Paris Opera Garnier

Paris Opera Garnier

Opéra Garnier, also known as the Palais Garnier, is a masterpiece of architectural opulence. It still exudes the same enigmatic atmosphere it did in the late 1800s. This palpable sense of intrigue and mystery pervades opera, partly due to its awe-inspiring Old World interiors, as well as Garnier’s inspiration for “Ghost in the Opera,” author Gaston Leroux. Leroux claimed that the ghost was indeed real, and successfully incorporated real-life operatic events (such as the chandelier falling and killing an audience) into his fiction. Garnier’s lack of a solid historical record and Leroux’s writing abilities make one wonder if there really is a ghost under the opera.

The best way to fully experience the Palais Garnier is to purchase a ballet or opera ticket. Don’t forget to book your tickets a few months in advance as the shows attract great attention. If you’re not going to be in town for a performance, or if you’re not prepared to pay the often high price for a performance, you can explore the building’s stunning interiors on your own. The inside of the building is huge. Every little corner and corner of the Palais Garnier is striking. Due to the popularity of the opera, you have to wait in line to buy tickets and enter the attraction.

Triumphal arch

Triumphal archLocated at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, the towering Arc de Triomphe was built by Napoleon to honor the Grande Armee during the Napoleonic Wars. The arch, the largest of its kind in the world, is adorned with many impressive, intricately carved sculptures. The Victory Arch contains the names of the wars fought during the First French Republic and the Napoleonic Empire, and the generals who fought in these wars. There is also the famous tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The unknown soldier currently buried there represents all unidentified or unknown soldiers who lost their lives during World War I. The flame that burned when the soldier was buried has not been extinguished since it was first lit in the 1920s, and is rekindled every night at 6:30 p.m. by a member of the armed forces.Visitors can climb to the top of the triumphal arch and see the panorama of Paris. Most visitors marvel at the massive size of the structure, and climbing to the top is recommended for spectacular Paris views, but to reach the top you have to wait in line and climb hundreds of stairs. 

Palace of Versailles

Where is the Palace of Versailles? How many rooms does the Palace of Versailles have?

The Palace of Versailles is located 22 miles southwest of Paris. Millions of tourists come from Paris each year to witness the world-famous splendor of the castle firsthand. Among all the gold statuettes, dramatic frescoes, and cascading crystal chandeliers you’ll find in abundance in the castle, you may be surprised to find that the extravagant former residence of King Louis XIV is rather modest.

His father, King Louis XIII, preferred the area for its hunting potential and built a very modest brick and stone hut there. At the end of XIII it was decided to expand by building two smaller palaces, but the chateau we see today only took its final shape when Louis XIV arrived. Louis XIV moved the French government and court here and ordered numerous additions to be made, including the palace’s most popular attraction, the Hall of Mirrors. The Royal Opera House was added under Louis XV, who was a rare resident of the castle, and became the venue where Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were married. After Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were forcibly evicted from the castle during the French Revolution, the government broke up and Versailles was virtually abandoned. It was later converted into a museum and in the 20th century I.

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