Paris is perhaps one of the most popular European destinations. Filled with rich cultural and historical evidences of various important phases of revolution, Paris is not to be visited in rush. Enjoying the nooks and crannies of this stunning city will make you forget time. Some of the most famous locations to see and things to do in Paris.
Most Popular Things To Do In Paris France
1. Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower is an iconic landmark of the world located in Paris France. More than 7 million people visited the places since its opening in 1889 when it completed. The tower is 324 m tall and was designed by Gustavo Eiffel.
On an average 25000 people visit the place daily to view the beauty of the Eiffel tower. The tower has 3 tiers that are accessible to the tourists. On tier 2 and 3 there are 2 restaurants and a gift shop.
On the top deck at 906 ft from the ground is an observation deck from which tourists can see the city of Paris.
|Adult||12 to 24 yrs||3 to 11yrs||Below 3 yrs|
|Ticket with access lift to Second floor||16, 00€||8, 00€||4, 00€||Free|
|Ticket with access lift to the top||25, 00€||12, 50€||6, 30€||Free|
|Ticket with access stairs to Second floor||10, 00€||5, 00€||2, 50€||Free|
|Ticket with access stairs 2nd floor +lift to the top||19, 00€||9, 50€||4, 80€||Free|
21 June – 2 September
Lift – 9:00 – 0:45 Last entry midnight (11pm for the top)
Stairs – 9:00 – 0:45 Last entry midnight
Rest of year
Lift – 9:30 – 23:45 Last entry 11pm. (10.30pm for the top)
Stairs – 9:30 – 18:30 Last entry 6pm
Reaching Eiffel Tower – On the Metro – Line 9, line 8 & line 6; On the RER – Line C; By bus – Line 82, line 42
2. Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral is a church located 2.5 kilometre from the iconic Eiffel Tower. It is also known as Notre Dame de Paris. It was built in the middle ages. On 2013 Notre Dame Cathedral celebrates its 850 anniversary.
It is among the few the highly visited monuments in France. The church was famous because of Gothic cathedrals and known for its size and architecture. The rose stained windows of the Cathedral is perhaps the most beautiful stained glass art of the era.
The Cathedral has 2 towers and and a Spire that can be explored along too. It is also one of the popular free things to do in Paris.
Timing: From Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6:45PM; Saturday and Sunday from 8AM to 7:45PM
Entry: Entry to the Notre Dame Cathedral is free, but visitors will need tickets to enter the tower (€8.50) and the crypt (€6)
3. Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe is a famous monument build between 1806 and 1836. During the construction of Arc de Triomphe, there were many changes made because of political influence and shifts.
The main reason for constructing the Arc was to honor the soldiers who died in the French Revolutionary War and the Nepoleanic Battle. People can enjoy walking under the arches of the Arc de Triomphe and see the beautiful intricate works done along the walls of the arc.
From the top of the Arc de Triomphe, one can get a beautiful scenic shot of the city of Paris. Arc de Triomphe is also known as Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile
Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
Hours: Monday to Sunday – 10AM–11PM
Entry: 12, 00€ for over 12 yrs of age and non EU residents.
Sainte-Chapelle is another best place to visit in France. It was the residence of the King of France until the 14 century. Saint Chapelle received world heritage designation in 1999.
Many tourists visit the place for its architecture. The entire interior is filled with stunning mosaic of stained glass arts on the windows that are simply breathtaking to see.
Though many parts of the Church were damaged during the French revolution, they were gradually restored over a period of a hundred of yrs.
JANUARY 2ND TO MARCH 31ST – 9.00-17.00; APRIL 1ST TO SEPTEMBER 30TH – 9.00-19.00; OCTOBER 1ST TO DECEMBER 31ST – 9.00-17.00
Adult – € 10; Group of 20+ people – € 8; School group up to 35 people + 2 companions – 30 €
How to reach:
By Metro – Metro 4, station Cité // RER B or C: Saint-Michel station // Metro 1,7,11, 14: Châtelet station
By Bus: Lines 21, 24, 27, 38, 58, 81, 85, 96
5. Palais Garnier – Opera National de Paris
It was built in 1875 was an opera house having 1979 seats. The structure system of Palais Garnier was interesting and was one of the most popular places to visit in Paris France. The Palais Garnier was designed by Charles Garnier for the Paris Opera in 1875.
This beautiful building is also the setting for the most famous opera of the world, Phantom of Opera by Gaston Leroux. The sheer enormity of the structure with equally shocking and breathtaking interior, this Opera house is a reminiscent of the French Art at its best.
If you are in Paris, don’t miss the chance to watch a Balle or a musical or Opera in this centuries old Opera House. It is an experience worth remembering lifelong.
Website for detailed listing of all the programs – www.operadeparis.fr/visites/achetez-vos-billets
Address: 8 Rue Scribe, Place de l’Opera, 75009 Paris, France
6. Point Alexandre III
Point Alexandre III is an elegant bridge which connects Champs Elysees quarter to invalids and Eiffel tower. The world famous bridge mainly is the link between Les Invalides, the site of Napoleon’s tomb on the left, and the Champs-Élysées on the Right.
The Bridge has 4 pillars with 2 on each banks of the river. Each pillar is a plethora of art work representing the French revolution through the 4 important phases. This 4 era includes the time of King Charlemagne, the Renaissance Period, The time of King Louis XIV who built Versailles, and modern times.
The bridge is not just a memorial or connection with history but also an architectural beauty with numerous statues and artworks along the entire length.
7. The Louvre
The Louvre is world’s largest art museum situated in Paris. There is a huge collection of paintings from various eras and famous artists carefully restored and displayed in the museum.
The museum alone contains over 380000 objects and displays 35000 works on art. The Louvre has a space of 72735 square meters. The entire Museum is divided into 8 sections for better understanding of the collections on display.
The 8 sections are Near Eastern Antiquities; Egyptian Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculptures; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings
The most famous object of display at Louvre is the iconic and world’s most expensive painting – The Monalisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Entry: 15 € for anyone over the age of 18 yrs.
Timing: 9AM to 9.45 PM
Montmartre is one of the beautiful hills to visit in Paris. The height of Montmartre is 130 m, it is known as Montmartre because of the district where it is located. It is known for its artistic history so If you are an art lover than the places is for you.
The La petit Moulin cafe at the foothill of Montmarte might be too small to notice but it is one of the few remaining servers of authentic and delicious homemade menu du jour.
9. Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles was one of the best places to visit in Paris France. It was a world heritage site located in Paris. In 1682 it was declared the official royal residence. It was built by Louis XIV who was also known as The Sun King.
The Palace – 9AM to 6.30PM; The Estate of Trianon – 12 noon – 6.30 PM
The Gardens – 8 AM – 8.30 PM; The Royal Stable – 12 noon – 6.30 PM
The Palace with timed entry and audioguide, the estate of Trianon, the temporary exhibitions, the Gardens, the Park, the Coach Gallery
- with Musical Fountain and Musical Garden – 27 € for adults and 10 € for below 18 yrs
- without Musical Fountain and Musical Garden – 20 € for adults
10. Quartier Latin – Luxembourg Park
Quartier Latin is a famous place situated in 5th and 6th arrondissements of Paris. The place has a famous park having the name Luxembourg Park. A small art museum is also located at the park which makes the park more interesting.
It is worth exploring during your trip to Paris because of its calm and serene atmosphere and sheer beauty. This place is one of the most romantic things to do in Paris.
11. Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge is a famous place to visit in Paris France, especially for night time. To visit the Moulin Rouge, there is a dress code a jacket and tie for men and a gown for women. Some clothing not accepted at the place are shorts, sportswear, and sports shoes. It cost about 99 euro to visit the Moulin Rouge.
Disneyland Paris is an entertainment resort. It was located 32 KM from the Paris city. It was also known as Euro Disney Resort which opened in 1992. Every year about 14.8 million visitors visit the place. The place is an attraction for couples and many tourists who come to visit there from all around the world.
Timing: 10AM to 11PM
Entry: The tickets to Disneyland Paris varies as per the customised option. For more details tourist needs to log in to http://www.disneylandparis.com/en-us/
13. Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde is located at Champs Elysees near Paris. It was famous for the iconic Luxor Obelisk. It was the largest square in Paris and one of the major public squad. The area is known from 1793 when King Louis XVI status crashed at this spot. The square is surrounded by some iconic and very famous spots on all the sides.
The spots are – Champs-Élysées on the west, Tuileries Gardens in the East, The Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume and the Musée de l’Orangerie along the border of the square, French Naval Ministry and Hotel de Crillon in the North, Rue de Rivoli on the North Eastern corner and Pont de la Concorde in the south.
14. Centre Pompidou
Centre Pompidou was a building complex situated in the heart of Paris. It was designed as a modern architecture by Richard Rogers and team. The complex was complete in 1977 and was a steel superstructure in the wide area of 1 hectare.
It was a major public destination in Paris. Various exhibitions and shows are held here from time to time about which details can be known from the Embassy or their official website https://www.centrepompidou.fr/
Timing: 11AM to 9PM (closed on Tuesdays)
15. Musee d’Orsay
Musee d’Orsay is a famous museum located on the left bank at Seine River of Paris. The museum has paintings, photographs, furniture, and sculptures of the time period of 1848 to 1914. The building was a railway station constructed in starting of the 19th century.
After some time it becomes short for longer trains and thus converted into a museum. Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres,Jean-François Millet, Eugène Delacroix,Eugène Carrière, Camille Corot, Théodore Chassériau, Gustave Moreau,Jean-Baptiste,Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Alexandre Cabanel, Gustave Courbet, Théodore Chassériau are just a few of the most famous artists of the period whose works are on display in this museum.
Timing: Friday to Wednesday – 9AM to 6PM; Thursday – 9AM to 9.45 PM
Entry Fee: 11€ for Adults 8.50 € for 18 to 24 yrs of age
16. Sacre – Coeur
Sacre is the second most visited place after the Eiffel tower. It was constructed in 1919 and designed by the famed Paul Abadie. Publically though it is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus it is also known by its other name Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris.
Every day the Basilica has a confession session held in 3 shifts. Tourist can actually go and confess their personal thought during the confession hours. The timing for confessions are 10AM to 12 noon; 2.30PM to 4PM; and 8PM to 9.45PM
Entry Fee: Entry to Basilica is Free
Timing: The Basilica – 6 AM to 10.30 PM; the Dome – 8.30am-8pm from May to September; 9am-5pm from October to April.
Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre,
Now you are aware some of the best things to do in Paris, France. If you already visited Paris, please let us know in comments which is your favorite things to do in Paris?