Paris is a city which you can find on almost every bucket list. I’ve already been in Paris three times and I’m sure I’ll go more often in the future. Paris is a city which is perfect to visit for many days. If you have only a couple of days, like a weekend, it can be a bit short. Of course you want to see the best places of this city, so that’s why I made this list with the 5 things you need to do in Paris. Some are a bit touristy, but that doesn’t matter for a city like Paris. It’s a beautiful city and you have to see it at least once in your life, even the touristic spots of the city.
1. Visit the Eiffel Tower
The most famous building in Paris is the Eiffel Tower. It doesn’t matter where you from, everybody knows it. It’s the biggest sight of Paris, metaphorically, but also literally. When you visit the Eiffel Tower, you feel really small next to it. It’s possible to go in the Eiffel Tower, which gives you an amazing view of Paris.
2. Visit Musee du Louvre
The building of Musee du Louvre is already a beautiful place. The building is amazing, but the park next to it is perfect for long summer days. But when you like art or other exhibitions, it’s a must to visit this museum. The most famous painting at the Louvre is one from Leonardo da Vinci’s, named Mona Lisa. Tip: when you’re a student, it’s free to get in (when you show your student card).
3. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral or Sacre-Coeur Cathedral
You have two famous cathedrals in Paris and both are nice to visit. But when you only have a few days in Paris, I think it’s a better idea to skip one of them. The Notre Dame is a famous cathedral known from the Disney film ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’. The cathedral was built in the 12th-century and it’s a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. It’s located on the Île de la Cité (island in the Seine) and is the symbolic heart of the city. Le Sacre-Coeur is on the top of a hill named Montmartre. It’s the highest hill in Paris and that results in an amazing view. Le Sacre-Coeur is a basilica built in the 19th-century commissioned by the French government after the Franco-Prussian War. The architecture style is Romano-Byzantine, so it’s really different if you compare it to the Notre Dame Cathedral. Like I said, when you’re only two days in Paris it’s maybe too much to visit both. If you have the time to visit both Cathedrals, I definitely recommend you to do it.
4. Shopping on the Champs-Élysées
I’m not only saying this because of the shops in this street, but also to walk around in the most famous street of Paris. This street is a really long one in the city centre of Paris. You can walk in a straight line from the Louvre to the Champs-Élysées and at the end of the street you can find the Arc de Triomphe. I recommend you to walk all the way from the Louvre to this street, because you’ll see a lot of the beautiful city centre of Paris. For shopping it’s also really nice, because you have low-budget stores, but also high-end stores. So you can find something for every preference.
5. Visit château de Versailles
This castle is 20 kilometres southwest of the French capital. Versailles is an immensely big building, with 700 rooms, more than 2000 windows, 1250 chimneys, and 67 staircases. There are many different styles in this castle and it’s really nice to see how they’ve made it in the 18th-century. The most famous room of this castle is the Hall of Mirrors. Maybe you know this castle or this room because of Marie Antoinette, who lived in this castle for many years. Beside the castle there’s also a beautiful garden with a wide variety of plants.