Must see in Paris

So.. apparently you are not curious huh? Here you can find the typical places to visit in Paris!

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My recommendations of places to visit in Paris..

The Eiffel Tower

eiffeltower-paris-guideThe Eiffel Tower was built for the universal exhibition of 1889, exactly one hundred years after the French Revolution. Ten years after the world exhibition there were plans to demolish the tower. That fell through because the antenna on top was important for the telegraph service. Now no Parisian would ever want to get rid of the Eiffel Tower!

Champ de Mars, Paris

L'arc de Triomphe


The Arc de Triomphe is situated on Place Charles de Gaulle Etoile until 1970 that was called. It is the busiest square in Paris, where as much as 12 streets and boulevards on come true, including the Champs-Élysées. It is not recommended that to cross the square Arc. At the Champs-Elysées and the Avenue de la Grande Armee in you will find the entrance of an underground pedestrian tunnel.

The triumphal arch was built by order of Napoleon to celebrate his victory at the battle of Austerlitz. He gave the command in 1806, but only thirty years later the construction work would be completed. Napoleon has that no longer experienced. Though his ashes in 1840 with ceremonial tribute under the Arc de Triomphe drove. In 1920, the body of a soldier who was killed during the first world war under the Arc buried. This tomb of the unknown soldier ‘ received in 1923 a flame that burns forever.

To get to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, you can choose the stairs (284 steps) or the elevator, after which you have 46 steps. You have a beautiful view of the traffic below and the 12 boulevards that on the square.

Place du Général de Gaulle, Paris


Museum Louvre

louvre-paris-guideIn the third largest museum of the world you can wander for days without seeing the same thing twice. The museum has an enormous collection of art, but no one has visited the Louvre without seeing the mysterious smile of the Mona Lisa.

The Louvre has eight departments that give an overview of the art of great civilizations from ancient times until the first half of the 19th century. The Department of Western painting is the most popular with works by Raphael (La belle Jardinière), Titian (Le concert champêtre), Veronese (wedding at Cana) and of course the masterpiece the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. The smile of the woman on that painting is experienced as ‘ mysterious ‘. By Rubens is a series of 24 huge paintings about the life of Marie de ‘ Medici.

Greek marble sculpture Venus de Milo is another attraction. There are also many other antiquities to admire the Greeks, Romans, Etruscans and Egyptians.

Cours Napoléon, Paris (underground Parking at Avenue du Général Lemonnier)

Notre Dame

notredame-paris-guideThis impressive Gothic Cathedral is located on an island – Île de la Cité – at the Seine. The island is connected to the rest of Paris by several bridges, including the oldest of the city: Pont Neuf.

The Notre Dame is famous for its beautiful stained-glass Windows. If you want to you can climb on the South Tower of the Cathedral. From the top you will have a magnificent view over the Seine and Paris.

The book ‘ the Hunchback of Notre Dame ‘ by Victor Hugo in 1831 made the church world famous. The book is about the unfortunate (because hunchbacked) Quasimodo who is in love with the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda.

On the square in front of the Cathedral is the Point zéro des routes de France. From this point are all distances calculated from France till Paris.

Rue du cloître Notre-Dame, Paris

Basilique du Sacré Cœur

This snow-white Church is disrespectfully called the ‘ sugar pie ‘. The outside is very controversial, but inside you will see beautiful images and mosaics. Again, this is a nice view point because the Church is located on the Montmartre Hill, the highest point of Paris.

The access to the Church is free, but if you want to go down to the crypt you must pay € 5.00. Also from the forecourt of the Church is the impressive view over Paris. Near the Basilica is the painters-square Place du Tertre, a popular place for tourists. The square is surrounded by trees and you can let your portrait painted. The cafes on the square ask high amounts for drinks!

Parvis du Sacré Cœur, Paris

Les Champs-Élysées

champs-paris-guideThe most expensive shopping street in Paris has the last years a less exclusive appearance. Yet this is still a street that you cannot miss, but don’t forget to walk in a side street just off the Champs-Élysées.

The imposing boulevard is 71 meters wide and runs from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde. If you are looking for more exclusivity, walk in the side street Avenue Montaigne. This street has among others stores like: Dior, Chanel, Versace, Gucci, Prada and Valentino. This street has recently beated the main fashion street of Paris, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

Les Champs-Élysées, Paris

Les Halles

halles-paris-guideFormerly this area was ‘ the underbelly of Paris ‘. The busy and chaotic public market is gone. In the place came a large shopping and entertainment centre where young Parisians entertain themselfs.

The four-story shopping center in itself is perhaps not that special but you will meet with the Parisians, especially young people like to go to Les Halles. In addition to stores there are also bars, restaurants, a swimming pool (centre sportif Suzanne Berlioux), a children’s playground and two cinemas. The Forum des Images has an extensive collection of documentaries about Paris and the Parisians. In the Forum Fnac on the 1st floor are photo exhibitions.

101 Porte Berger, Paris

Bois de Boulogne

In the Centre of Paris, you will find beautiful parks, such as the Jardin du Luxembourg, but on the west side of the city lies a huge park: Bois de Boulogne. As the name suggests it is more of a forest than a park. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Paris than the Bois de Boulogne is a must, at least on weekdays because it can get very crowded in the weekends.

The trees consists mainly of oak, but there are also cherry trees (beautiful blossoms in the spring), carob trees, beeches and chestnuts planted. It is an ideal area for walking, but you can also do a variety of activities: cycling and boats are leased, you can go horseback riding, swimming or jogging and there is an entertainment park (Jardin d’Acclimatation) for children with a small Zoo. There is also a beautiful rose garden. Swinging foot paths through the park (total 35 km), bicycle trails (8 km) and riding trails (39 km).

Portes Maillot, Porte Dauphine en Porte d’Auteuil

Musée d'Orsay

Besides the Louvre, this is the most important art museum of Paris. It has a very interesting collection of modern art but covers a relatively short period: from 1848 to 1914. The realism to the post impressionism.

The museum is located in the former Orsay train station that after forty years of services proved unsuitable. After years of vacancy, it was decided to establish a museum that was opened in 1986. The collection was assembled from the collections of three other museums: the Louvre, the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume and the Musée d’Art Moderne.

1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris

Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

A cemetery is not the first thing you think when it comes to ‘ fun ‘ attractions. This cemetery is an exception. It is not only a beautiful park, but there are also many celebrities buried: from classical composers to rock legends. In the construction at the beginning of the 19th century is the existing vegetation and the slope of the terrain largely left intact. As a result, it is a nice park where sometimes you don’t have the idea about a cemetery.

With 47 hectares it is the largest cemetery of Paris. The cemetery is too big to to view at one time, but most visitors only go to visity the graves of their ‘ Heroes

8 Boulevard de Ménilmontant (main entrance) and 16 Rue du Repos