Visiting Paris | Everything You Need To Know

Visting Paris

Visiting Paris is an experience everyone needs to add to their bucket list.

There are so many historic buildings and landmarks that you can plan a two-week trip and still miss seeing some awesome sights.

Let’s go over a some of the highlights of Paris:

  • The city has some of the best food in the world.
  • There’s plenty of parks and gardens to stroll through.
  • Tons of historic building and landmarks that you used to read about in history class.
  • It’s one of the best cities to shop in.
  • And it has some of the best chocolate too!

There’s just so much to do and experience in Paris…

It’s also one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Perfect for a honeymoon!

Well, if you’re reading this…

You must have some interest in visiting the “city of love” at some point in the future.

Or maybe you have been to Paris but you just can’t get enough of it.

We don’t blame you.

Well, no matter what the reason is…

We created this guide to help answer any of your questions before you start planning your trip to Paris.

A lot of things can go wrong in the big city if you’re not prepared before you go.

In this article, we’re going to cover:

  • Getting Around Paris
  • What Currency Does Paris Use?
  • Top Things To Do In Paris
  • Where To Stay When Visiting Paris
  • Best Time To Visit Paris

Let’s learn some more about Paris below!

 

Getting Around Paris

The fastest and easiest way to get around Paris is by using the metro. You can buy your tickets to ride the metro at any station.

If you plan on riding the metro more than once, it might be a good idea to buy a booklet of tickets. Each booklet comes with 10 tickets and it’s more cost efficient than buying a single ticket each time.

Caution: The metro has a reputation for being pretty dirty. And it also gets very crowded depending on what time you use it and what time of the year you visit.

As long as you have no problem dealing with those 2 common complaints…

This is the best way for you to get around Paris.

Flying in from the airport? 

The cheapest way to get to the city center from Charles de Gaulle airport is by the regional train. The tickets cost €11 per person and it’s about 70 minutes by train.

Another cheap option is by bus. The bus tickets cost €11.50 per person and the travel time is about 80 minutes.

If you don’t mind spending a little extra money to get to the city faster, then you might want to take a taxi. Taxis charge a flat rate of €60 for rides to and from the airport.

 

What Currency Does Paris Use?

Paris currently uses the euro as their national currency. The euro is usually valued a little higher than the American dollar. But it’s important you make sure to check the current exchange rate before you visit. 

 

Top Things To Do In Paris

 

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Musee Rodin

Musee Rodin is the former residence of the famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. The mansion and former hotel contain over 300 works. Some of these pieces of work include his famous sculptures like The Hand of God and The Thinker.

The many exhibits include drawings, paintings, prints, and ceramics. The museum has a research library and a renovated chapel on the property.

Outside on the grounds are beautiful gardens and sculpture gardens. It’s important to note that admission to the gardens is separate from the museum. But we think it’s worth the price of admission!

Feels like too much walking?

Don’t worry!

The museum has a shop, a library, and a cafe for visitors to eat and relax at.

 

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe is an arch built in 1836 that stands at 164 feet tall. Napoleon ordered the completion of the Arc to show his military strength. Today, the Arc is a symbol of Paris and popular tourist attraction.

The pillars have ornately sculpted reliefs and you can climb to the top of the arc to see a panoramic view of Paris. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is outside and is lit every evening about 6:30 p.m.

There is a history museum located halfway to the top that has historical displays of the arch.

 

Luxembourg Gardens

Luxembourg Gardens features 60 acres of gardens and walking paths. Walking through the gardens is scenic because the palace is in full view.

There are over 100 statues to view. The gardens have fountains, beehives, greenhouses, and pavilions. They have a playground for children, puppet shows, and carousels. You can sail boats on Grand Basin or ride on the merry go round.  It has tennis courts and places to sit down to eat or play a game of checkers or chess. Admission to Luxembourg is free.

 

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Notre-Dame Cathedral stands as one of Paris’s top attractions. It has French Gothic architecture, several sculptures, and beautiful ornate stained glass windows.

The west front has two towers with the famous bell housed in the South Tower. This bell weighs 13 metric tons. The Grand Gallery has 19th-century chimera and gargoyle statues.

Stop to visit the Kings Gallery, many portal statues, and view the South Rose windows. When you climb to the top they charge a fee.

 

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous landmarks in Paris.

On the ground floor, you will find the information desk, souvenir shops, and a buffet restaurant.

The 1st floor has displays, shops, a transparent floor, relaxation lounge, and several restaurants.

You can take an elevator to the top of the tower for the best view of Paris…

Or if you’re not a fan of heights, you can still enjoy the view from the ground level. The 2nd level is a fair compromise as well.

We recommend taking a tour at night when the Eiffel Tower is lit up!

 

Champs-Elysees

Champs-Elysees is a boulevard in Paris known for tree-lined streets and high-end shops. This boulevard has tons of shops filled with jewelry, cars, fashion, and cosmetics.

It has diverse restaurants, entertainment, clubs, art galleries, and special events. Come here to walk and enjoy the sights of this neighborhood.

 

The Louvre

The Louvre is the largest art museum in the world. It can take a couple of weeks just to see every exhibit in the museum!

The Louvre hosts the world-famous Mona Lisa and over 35,000 other pieces of art.

The Louvre hosts the world-famous Mona Lisa and over 35,000 other pieces of art.
You might feel overwhelmed by the size of the museum…
But don’t worry, the museum offers audio, guided, and self-guided tours.

And if you need time to relax, stop at the two books stores to shop or one of the restaurants to eat a meal.

But don’t just stop by only looking at the inside of the museum…

The Louvre has several outdoor gardens and that covers many acres. In fact, the gardens outside are the oldest and largest public parks in Paris.

 

 

Sacred Heart Basilica of Montemare

Sacred Heart Basilica of Montemare looks like an ancient castle with two ivory domes. The ceiling inside has beautiful and vibrant mosaics of famous saints of the past. When you climb to the top of the dome the view of Paris is spectacular.

Visit the crypt of Sacré-Cœur’s open varying times. Climb up the long winding staircase to see a unique view of the neighborhood. The organ in the basilica is one of the most exceptional in all of Europe.

 

Where to Stay When Visiting Paris?

When you stay in Paris, finding the best neighborhood to stay in can really make a big difference.

Right Bank

When you want to be near the center of Paris the Right Bank along the Seine has historic homes and historic museums. Its central location makes hotels and restaurants pricey. You will be able to walk to the main attractions easily like the Louvre and Palace Verdome.

The Right Bank neighborhood near the garment industry, financial center, and the stock exchange. This district is a quiet area with less expensive hotels.

Some highlights in this area include:
  • The Bibliothèque Nationale de France – a huge library that any bookworm would love to see.
  • The amazing 17th-century architecture of the buildings. Take a stroll around the neighborhood to see the unique architecture.

Marquis District

Looking for a trendy artsy neighborhood look no further than the Marquis district. It’s one of the oldest neighborhoods with a Jewish quarter, great shops, and restaurants. It has Victorian churches, an opera, and some unusual small museums.

Neighborhood 4

Neighborhood 4 lies right in the heart of medieval Paris. This area has one of the most beautiful squares Notre Dame, and the National Museum of Art.

It combines two neighborhood Beaubourg and Marais. Enjoy shopping at upscale shops and dining at diverse restaurants.

Left Bank

The Left Bank or Latin Quarter is the intellectual bohemian center of Paris. It has many upscale cafes and food shops to stop at. Here you will find quaint bookshops, and shops geared to students It has many main tourist attractions.

St. German de Pres

The historical neighborhood of St. German de Pres is the place to see homes of famous authors and artist,  famous churches,  and visit unique shops.

7th Neighborhood

The Eiffel Tower or the 7th neighborhood is home to many of the best attractions in Paris. When staying there visit the art galleries and many upscale shops.

8th Neighborhood

The 8th neighborhood has expensive restaurants and hotels. Here you will find the Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triumph, and the tomb of the unknown soldiers. The largest square Place de la Corde features a spectacular view.

9th Neighborhood

The 9th neighborhood on the Right Bank combines shopping, an affluent neighborhood, and red light district. It has some of the best boutiques, the oldest opera house, a wax museum, and perfume museum.

17th Neighborhood

The 17th Neighboorhood lies next to the River Seine. It’s a quiet and clean residential neighborhood with many hotels and a few tourist spots.

It’s easy to walk around this neighborhood and there are plenty of attractions. Some of the attractions include:
  • Martin Luther King Park
  • Restaurants
  • Art museums
  • Shopping

 

Best Time of Year to Visit Paris

The busiest season for tourism in Paris is the summer. This is when school is out and the temperatures are warm. You can also expect pricier hotel rooms and long lines for attractions.

Spring has cooler weather and fewer crowds. But the rates for hotels and airfare remain high during this time.

Our personal favorite time to visit Paris is during late fall and through the winter. This is the best time of year to find deals on airfare, hotels, and restaurants.

It may get cold, rainy, and snowy… but it’s a much better experience with fewer crowds in the city!

 

Conclusion

We hope this guide gives you a good idea of how much planning needs to go in to a trip to Paris. You can easily stay for 2 weeks and not run out of things to see!

However, with the right planning… you can see a lot of Paris in 3 – 4 days.

Don’t put off the trip any longer. Paris is a place that everyone needs to visit at some point in their lives. It’s one of the most amazing cities in the world.

Have you ever been to Paris?

What was your favorite part? Wasn’t the food amazing?

Tell us about your experience in the Comment Section!

Au revoir!

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