Top 5 Must-See Places in Paris
Paris is known as the city of lights and the city of romance. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe as it offers culture, art, food, history and charm. There are a lot of places to visit and things to do in Paris so you must plan your trip well to make the most out of your vacation.
If you are in Paris, here are Top 5 places that you should not miss:
1. Eifel Tower. They say that your trip to Paris will not be complete without a visit to the Eifel Tower.
The Eifel Tower, named after engineer Gustave Eiffel whose company designed and built the tower, is the symbol not just of Paris but the whole France as well. The Eifel tower is the tallest building in Paris and second in France and is the tallest man-made structure in the world beating the Chrysler Building in New York City.
The Eiffel tower offers a breathtaking view of the city so it is a must to go up the tower if you are not scared of heights. Tickets to ascend are available at the base of the tower, which will give access to the tower’s three levels available to the public. The first two levels can be accessed via an elevator or stairs, which are 300 steps from the ground to the first level and another 300 steps from the first level to the second level. The third level is the highest level open to tourists and can only be accessed via a lift.
2. The Louvre Museum. If you want to experience art when in Paris, then the Louvre museum should be at the top of your list. The Louvre is one of the world’s largest museums and the building itself offers great history as it is located in the Louvre Palace.
The Louvre museum is house to over 35,000 art pieces including works of the greatest artists like Goya, Rembrandt, Frangonard, and more including the famous Mona Lisa of Da Vinci and Venus de Milo of Alexandros.
They say that one whole day is not enough the check out the art pieces inside the museums but you can get a brochure at the Information desk which highlights must-see art pieces inside the Louvre to make the most of your visit.
3. Palace of Versailles. The palace is located some 20 kilometers southwest of France. It is also called as Château de Versailles as this is where the kings and queens live in the ancient times. The palace features the Hall of Mirrors, the Grand Apartment of the King and Queen, King’s Bedchamber, Marie-Antoinette’s Estate, Musical Fountain Show, Musical Garden and more.
Tickets are available at the palace grounds and make sure that you come early especially during the peak months as queuing time can be as long as one hour and even more.
4. Sacré-Cœur Basilica and Montmartre. You will surely not miss the white dome of this famous landmark as it sits at the highest point of the city in Montmartre knoll, or butte.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris is both a Roman catholic church and a minor basilica, which can be reached via a funicular, and it offers a wonderful view of the city also.
5. Seine River. After exploring Paris by foot, you can relax and see the architectural wonders of Paris up close by joining a cruise along the Seine River.
There are a lot of boat companies operating along the river, which you can board near the Eiffel Tower or the Notre Dame Cathedral. Cruise last for an hour and can take you to Paris’ canals and discover the hidden sites of this city of light.