Is Paris Worth Visiting?
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We have had the pleasure of visiting Paris multiple times over the past decade, as solo travellers, as a couple and now as a family.
However, while the French capital city is on many people’s bucket lists, not everyone is convinced that it’s somewhere worth visiting while either in France or travelling around Europe.
Paris is well worth visiting as it has something to offer everyone, from families to couples to solo travellers. There is a wide variety of historical and modern points of interest within the city including various parks, museums and restaurants that will suit all ages and preferences.
Thankfully, having visited Paris multiple times we know first-hand that not all of the city’s attractions appeal to every type of traveller.
We have therefore gone ahead and broken down the city’s most popular sights and attractions to help you better understand what you’re likely to enjoy during your time here based on your interests.
Why Should You Visit Paris?
Paris is definitely worth visiting the city is beautiful, the food is amazing, and there are so many things to see and do.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a fun city to explore, by yourself or with family, Paris is the perfect place.
Here are some suggestions as to what to do in Paris;
- Visit world-famous museums
- Checkout some renowned artwork
- Experience the delightful food
- Take a boat ride along the river
- See an incredible show
- Marvel at the architecture
- Go on a walking tour of the city
- Have a picnic in the delightful gardens
- Watch PSG play a football match
- Take a trip to Disneyland Paris
- Shop in some of the most famous designer stores
How Long To Spend In Paris
You can explore the majority of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris in as little as 3 days.
However, for those who want to take their time, and delve a little deeper into the the culture of the city we’d highly recommend extending your stay to one week.
What Are The Most Popular Attractions In Paris?
Paris is home to some of the most incredible, world-renounced attractions, these include;
Situated in the Latin Quarter of Paris is the Panthéon.
This world-renounced civic building is home to the remains of some of the most famous French citizens including; Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Èmile Zola, and Marie Curie.
The Champs-Élysées is a 1.9km long avenue that runs between the Place de la Concorde in the east and the Place Charles de Gaulle.
This avenue is home to the famous Arc de Triomphe, alongside an extensive range of commercial properties including designer stores and Michelin-star restaurants.
The Eiffel Tower is perhaps the most famous landmark not only in Paris but in France as a whole.
This wrought-iron lattice tower situated on the Champ de Mars was constructed between 1887 and 1889 and was the centrepiece of the 1889 World’s Fair.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral is a medieval Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is considered by many as one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.
The Louvre is the world’s most-visited museum and a historical landmark in Paris.
This museum is home to some of the world’s most famous works of art including the Mona Lisa, The Raft of the Medusa and The Coronation of Napoleon.
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous landmarks in Paris, situated at the western end of the Champs-Élysées and at the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle.
This incredible piece of architecture was designed to honour those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and combines both a commemorative space with a symbolic one.
Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is situated roughly 12 miles west of Paris City Centre and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world with more than 15 million people visiting the palace, park or gardens every year.
This former royal residence was built by King Louis XIV in 1623 and became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1979 as a result of its importance as the centre of power, art, and science in France during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Montmartre is a charming region in Paris, most noted for its 130m hill of which the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur sits at the summit.
For those looking to experience incredible nightlife in Paris, Montmartre is also a popular nightclub district that’s well worth visiting during your trip to the city.
Will Children Enjoy Visiting Paris?
The majority of attractions within Paris are conveniently located within a walkable area, as such getting from place to place with children is relatively easy.
For those who may require public transport, the city is well connected with both a Metro and RER system which is both affordable and easy to navigate.
The city is home to several child-friendly attractions including;
Jardin du Luxembourg – This park is home to a vast playground which includes sailboats, a carousel, pony rides and a puppet show.
Champ-de-Mars – This park boasts an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower, a vintage-style merry-go-round and pedal cars and a large playground.
Catacombs – This 18th-century mass burial site features millions of bones on display in vast series of underground tunnels and caverns. It is highly recommended to take a tour and learn more about how the catacombs came to be.
Is Paris Safe?
Generally speaking, Paris is a relatively safe city.
However, as with any capital city in Europe, there is some crime. As a tourist, you are most likely to experience street crime in the form of either pickpockets or scammers.
These people will use tricks to target tourists specifically, especially in and around the city’s most popular tourist attractions.
We, therefore, encourage any tourist in Paris to consider the safety of themselves and their belongings during their time in the city. This includes protecting your bags and high-value items such as cameras and mobile phones.
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