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Paris • Top 10 • City of Lights

Paris is the city of lights and the place where romance lives and awakens dreams. Here is something to gor for; whether you are looking for famous sights, beautiful churches, interesting museums, delicious gastronomy, cozy walks or maybe just the romance.

There are so many things to see, so will you start at Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides Church or the Arc de Triomphe? And what about Versailles? You should probably go there too. The good thing is that Paris is easy to get around in, and the city’s famous metro has since 1900 connected the many arrondissements for the benefit of locals and tourists. The metro is actually an attraction in itself, so remember to ride it around between the neighborhoods.

Paris is a cornucopia of great offer for visitors. You will easily find fine architecture, fashion houses, parks, cafés and atmospheric areas such as the Marais, the Latin Quarter and Montmartre, where art thrived in the early 1900s. The Parisians themselves and the special atmosphere of the city just create extra memories, which can also be found at the tables in the lovely French cuisine. It’s probably something that entices most people.

Here are 10 things that can make your trip to Paris even better…

 

Seine, Paris

1. Sail the Seine
There is so much to see in Paris, and a good deal of the major sights are along the Seine, which winds its way through the French capital. Just take a boat trip and see the city from a new perspective. There are many options, ranging from Batobus’ roundtrip in central Paris to cruises in the evening lights with good food and drinks along the way. Whatever you choose, you will sail the Seine and enjoy the views to Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. And with Batobus you can get off and look around before you sail on.

 

2. Dine at Le Train Bleu
There is nothing like arriving in Paris by train, and preferably to one of the major train stations such as Gare de Lyon and Gare du Nord. Even if you do not, you should still go to Gare de Lyon to eat in some of Paris’ most beautiful settings. Le Train Bleu is the name of the restaurant that was set up for the World’s Fair in the year 1900. The fantastic dining rooms look like something from a castle, and they are each decorated on walls and ceilings with paintings that were to show French cities and regions.

 

3. Say hello to Napoleon
King Louis XIV started the construction of the Dome of the Invalides in 1706, and we can be grateful to him today. The golden dome towers over the 7th arrondissement and the Hôtel des Invalides. French war heroes like Foch and Turenne are buried in the church, and there are also several Bonapartes here. The tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte is the most important of them all. It is beautifully designed as a monumental open crypt under the church’s beautiful dome. The setting is unforgettable and truly worthy of an emperor.

 

Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

4. Take a walk in the Luxembourg Gardens
A green oasis is often a lovely breathing space in a hectic city, and this is also true in Paris, where the Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the capital’s most beautiful parks. It was established in 1612 by the widowed Queen Marie de’ Medici as a garden for the Luxembourg Palace. Today, the park is known for its lawns, tree-lined promenades, flower beds and pool with model ships. It is wonderfully relaxing, and of course you should also enjoy the sight of the beautiful Medici Fountain from around 1630.

 

5. Yes, the Eiffel Tower is of course also on this list
No trip to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower, and it is up to you whether you choose to admire the edifice from the ground or the looks over Paris from the top. Both views are very impressive. And imagine that the tower was intended to stand only 20 years from the opening of the World’s Fair in Paris in 1889. Today, the construction is one of the world’s most famous buildings, and perhaps Gustave Eiffel thought the same from his apartment that he had built and furnished at the very top of the 324 meter/1,063 ft high Eiffel Tower.

 

Place du Tertre Montmartre, Paris

6. Indulge the art and spirit of Montmartre
Montmartre is a hill in the 18th arrondissement, and there are fine views, churches, cafes and art for everyone here. The Sacré-Cœur church stands majestically with an unforgettable view in front of it. And from here, do go on and enjoy the neighborhood. Stroll past the 12th century church of Saint Pierre de Montmartre to the Place du Tertre, where artists such as Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec once worked and got inspired. It was a bohemian neighborhood, and you can still sense it very well on a walk here.

 

7. Walk the famous streets in Paris
Paris is the city of grand boulevards and there are plenty of streets to walk if you want to get around the city and see a lot along the way. The famous streets are also very different to each other, so put on your walking shoes and get out there. Start in the city center with Rue de Rivoli, which passes the Royal Paris and ends at the Place de la Concorde and the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, which needs no further introduction. Continue on Avenue Victor Hugo with beautiful Parisian architecture. Walk back to the center along the south bank of the Seine, and remember to look at the Esplanade des Invalides and the golden dome of the Dome of the Invalides.

 

Sainte Chapelle, Paris

8. See the beautiful churches
There are so many churches in Paris, and many of them are so beautiful and different that it is a wonderful experience to go for a church walk through the city. You can appropriately start in front of Notre Dame, which despite the devastating fire of 2019 stands with its impressive facade and towers. Sainte-Chapelle is not far from here with its unique glass mosaics. Head south on the Seine to the Dome of the Invalides and the Eglise Saint-Sulpice with the Parisian Median or north to the temple of Eglise de la Madeleine and magnificent Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre.

 

9. Enjoy Versailles of the Sun Kings
Versailles is big. Versailles is beautiful. Versailles is the castle of the Sun Kings, located a short train ride southwest of Paris. It was here that Louis XIV resided with his court from 1682, and this glamorous situation lasted until Louis XVI and the French Revolution in 1789. The atmosphere is enchanting in the castle’s famous Hall of Mirros, and it continues in the castle’s opera house and in the colossal park surrounding the large edifice. Imagine Marie Antoinette walking between the canals, the fountains and the many flowers on the way to her cozy Hameau de la Reine.

 

Metro, Paris

10. Take a ride in the Metropolitain
The Metropolitain opened in Paris as the second subway on the European mainland in the year 1900. Today, the metro is iconic in the Parisian cityscape with the classic street level entrances in beautiful art nouveau, but there is also a lovely atmosphere and many interesting stations to see once you are underground. Louvre-Rivoli and Varenne display copies of museum objects on the platforms, while Concorde almost plays Wordfeud with letter tiles. The Pont-Neuf station is located at Paris’ mint and it is adorned with money. And so it goes on.

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Paris is the city of lights and the place where romance lives and awakens dreams. Here is something to gor for; whether you are looking for famous sights, beautiful churches, interesting museums, delicious gastronomy, cozy walks or maybe just the romance.

There are so many things to see, so will you start at Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides Church or the Arc de Triomphe? And what about Versailles? You should probably go there too. The good thing is that Paris is easy to get around in, and the city’s famous metro has since 1900 connected the many arrondissements for the benefit of locals and tourists. The metro is actually an attraction in itself, so remember to ride it around between the neighborhoods.

Paris is a cornucopia of great offer for visitors. You will easily find fine architecture, fashion houses, parks, cafés and atmospheric areas such as the Marais, the Latin Quarter and Montmartre, where art thrived in the early 1900s. The Parisians themselves and the special atmosphere of the city just create extra memories, which can also be found at the tables in the lovely French cuisine. It’s probably something that entices most people.

Here are 10 things that can make your trip to Paris even better…

Travel guide Paris: vamados.dk/paris

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