Are you about to spend a weekend in Paris and wondering how best to spend your time? Here are some tips to make your trip to one of the most beautiful cities in the world, unforgettable.
Start your day at the main attraction, the Eiffel Tower. It is really crowded, especially in the summer, so be prepared to wait a few hours, before being allowed in. Don’t forget to book your ticket online to go to the top. I wasn’t able to go up so I can’t say much, but this should definitely be on top of your to-do list. Once you’re done, take some time to enjoy the Trocadéro Gardens and the Champ de Mars. You can even pack a picnic like so many others in the summer. Sometimes they even host some cultural events such as concerts.
Take some time to go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. It is located in the middle of a roundabout, only a few stations away from the Eiffel Tower. From there, you will have a wonderful 360° view of Paris with, of course, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysées, the business district La Défense, the Montparnasse Tower and even Montmartre if the weather is clear.
Once you are done with the Arc de Triomphe, nothing is more relaxing than a walk on the Champs Elysées. You will find so many restaurants, bars, and boutiques. To be honest, it is a bit crowded because it’s where all the tourists go but it is well worth it! Enjoy a coffee with a croissant in the summer with a wonderful view on the Arc de Triomphe. This will make your day, trust me!
Walking down the Champs-Elysées, you will arrive at the Pont Alexandre III bridge which is known for being the most beautiful bridge in the city. For those who visited Vegas, there is a copy inside the Paris hotel. If you continue to the bottom of the Champs-Elysées, you will arrive at the Place de la Concorde which is also located near the American Embassy and the Elysée, the office of the President of France .
In the afternoon, I highly recommend the boat tours on the Seine River. There are so many boat companies. I personally recommend Bateaux Parisiens. They are very professional and provide an audio guided tour providing you with information about the main monuments and the history of the city. You will see the Notre-Dame cathedral, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the French Parliament, and Pont Alexandre III. The tour takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes, a bit more if you take into account the time spent in the queue. That’s why I also recommend booking your ticket online before.
In the evening, you have to go to Montmartre and the Sacré Coeur. This is one of the most romantic districts of Paris, full of restaurants and gift shops. It’s really nice to go there to enjoy the sunset as well since you will get to see a wonderful view of Paris again. The church itself is quite small but I love the architecture which is unique in the city.
If you have some time left, I recommend The Statue of Liberty. Her size is around 4 times smaller than the real one and is located further down on the Seine river. It is a bit away from the main monuments of the city but this is also an opportunity to get out of the crowded streets and discover the rest of Paris.
I hope you have an amazing time in Paris. Leave us a comment below if you have any questions about visiting Paris and/or tell us what’s on your to-do list when you visit.
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