Things to do in Paris

If you’re looking for things to do in Paris (other than just soaking up the atmosphere and whiling away the time) here are a few things to get you started!

Things to do in Paris No.1: Visit the Eiffel Tower

This may seem like a bit of cliché to suggest visiting the Eiffel Tower – but it’s something you must see in person, whilst also savouring amazing views over Paris at the top. The Eiffel Tower is synonymous with Paris and a magnet for romantics the world over. At 324 metres in height, it was a triumph of nineteenth-century French architecture. The record of the tallest building in the world was held until 1930 by The Eiffel Tower. The now significantly higher Chrysler Building in New York stole the crown. The clip above is from their official YouTube channel.

Opening times

9 a.m. to midnight from mid-June to early September
9 a.m. to midnight from mid-June to early September
9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the rest of the year
At Easter weekend and during the Spring holidays : extended opening hours to midnight.

Getting there

By metro

Line no.6 – Metro Station “Bir-Hakeim” : if you take this line above ground, you’ll get a view of the Tower as you approach the Bir-Hakeim station. Always a cherished moment !
Line no.9 – “Trocadéro” station


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The Louvre Museum Paris. Thanks to Dennis Jarvis @ Flickr for the shot.

Things to do in Paris No.2: See the Lourve Museum

The Louvre Museum is one of the top things to do in Paris and is one of the most famous and most visited museums in the world. Take a stroll inside to view beautifully preserved masterpieces from all over the world at your leisure. One that’s sure to stop you in your tracks is the universally acclaimed Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci. There is always a crowd around this one. Let yourself be enchanted by the mysterious smile of this woman, but also by the many other beautiful artworks with the help of Audio Guides, Guided Tours, Visitor Trails and Educator Itineraries.

Opening times

The Louvre Museum is open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays
Closed on the following holidays: January 1, May 1, December 25

Getting there

Metro: Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station (line 1).
Bus: the following bus lines stop in front of the Pyramid: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95, and the Paris Open Tour bus.
Car: an underground parking garage is available for those coming by car. The entrance is located on avenue du Général Lemonnier. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Batobus: get off at the Louvre stop, quai François Mitterrand.
From Orly Airport: take the RER C train, direction Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel, and get off at Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame. Walk to the place Saint-Michel and take bus no. 27, direction Saint-Lazare. Get off at the Louvre, in front of the Pyramid.
From Charles de Gaulle Airport: take the RER B train, direction Massy-Palaiseau, and change at Châtelet-les-Halles to line 14, direction Saint-Lazare. Get off at Pyramides station and walk to the Louvre from there (3 minutes). Alternatively, take Métro line 1 at Châtelet-les-Halles, and get off at Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre.

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The beautiful interior of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris. Thanks to Steve Collis @ Flickr for the shot.

Things to do in Paris No.3: Notre-Dame Cathedral

The moment you enter the Portals it’s easy to leave the busy world behind you and relax. The Cathedral is a Christian site where men & women have come to pray and to confide in God for over eight centuries. All visitors must remain silent, and respect this beautiful place of worship. This will provide worshippers with optimum conditions for prayer and meditation and ensure that services run smoothly. For this reason, the cathedral’s clergy requests that all professional guides explaining the façade’s detailed iconography follow their respective groups inside the cathedral while respecting the need for silence.

The Notre Dame Cathedral was built between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and remains fascinating to this day. With precious shapes, rosettes and melodious, this Gothic church is one of the finest and most visited sites in Paris.  When you visit the Notre-Dame cathedral you can’t help but relive the fantastic story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, written by Victor Hugo Book which became famous thanks to the animated cartoon version by Walt Disney.

The cathedral organises visits every day. They last approximately one hour and present this site’s Christian message by examining the cathedral as a work of art and the artwork it houses (architecture, sculptures, paintings, stained glass, history). These visits are free of charge.

Opening times: Open from Sunday to Saturday, from 8 to 19

Getting there

Metro:
Ligne 4 Station Cité or Saint-Michel,
Ligne 1, 11 Station Hôtel de Ville
Ligne 10 Station Maubert-Mutualité or Cluny – La Sorbonne
Lignes 7 11 et 14 Station Châtelet

Bus:
Lines n°21, 38, 47, 85, 96
Stop Cité – Palais de Justice
Line n°47
, Balabus Stop Cité – Parvis de Notre-Dame
Lines n°24, 47 Stop Notre-Dame – Quai de Montebello
Lines n°24, 47 Stop Petit Pont
Lines n°24, 27, Balabus Stop Pont Saint-Michel – Quai des Orfèvres
Lines n°24, 27, 96, Balabus Stop Saint-Michel
Lines n°21, 27, 38, 85, 96 Stop Saint-michel – Saint-Germain

Parking:

Notre-Dame Car Park
Place du Parvis Notre-Dame (4th arrondissement)
Open 24/7
Accès véhicules : Rue la rue de la Cité (IV° arrondissement)
Pedestrian access: Parvis Notre-Dame – Lift

Hôtel de Ville Car Park
Parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville (4th arrondissement)
Open 24/7
Vehicle access: 3 rue de la Tacherie (4th arrondissement)
Pedestrian access: Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, Rue de Rivoli side Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, Quai de Gesvres side Avenue Victoria

Lutèce – Cité Car Park
Boulevard du Palais (4th arrondissement)
Open 24/7
Vehicle access: Boulevard du Palais (4th arrondissement)
Pedestrian access: Place Louis Lépine

Lobau – Rivoli Car Park
Rue Lobau (4th arrondissement)
Open 24/7
Vehicle access: Rue Lobau (4th arrondissement)
Pedestrian access: Rue Lobau

Place Saint-Michel Car Park
Rue Hautefeuille (5th arrondissement)
Open 24/7
Vehicle access: Rue Hautefeuille (5th arrondissement)
Pedestrian access: opposite 9 Boulevard Saint-Michel

Maubert – Saint-Germain Car Park
FOpposite 37 Boulevard Saint-Germain (5th arrondissement)
Open 24/7
Vehicle access: Opposite 37 Boulevard Saint-Germain (5th arrondissement)
Pedestrian access: 46, 38, 28, 24bis and 18 Boulevard Saint-GermainParis

Lagrange Car Park
Opposite 15 Rue Lagrange (5th arrondissement)
Open 24/7
Vehicle access: 15 Rue Lagrange (5th arrondissement)
Pedestrian access: 10 Rue Lagrange
15 Rue Lagrange

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