Everyone dreams of visiting Paris someday. But, do you know someone who doesn’t want to be in this majestic city? Well, I don’t. That’s why I listed the best places you should visit on your Paris trip. Surely, you will regret not seeing them when you’re already in Paris.
Eiffel Tower/Tour Eiffel
The most famous building in the world is nowadays inseparable from Paris, but this was not always so. The builder, Gustave Eiffel, first offered the chance to Barcelona, but the mayor of Catalan city did not like the idea. Finally, it was built with resistance in Paris. Still, the vast success confirmed the concept of Eiffel – today the Eiffel Tower is the most famous sight – with entrance fee – in the world: in 2006, nearly 7 million people went up to the tower, while since its building this number is more than 200 million.
But even after the initial oppositions, the lady’s life was not easy: lightning stoke her, cheater traders have sold her more times, Hitler wanted to demolish her and wanted to make weapons from the material (Hitler was not the friend of Paris anyway as at the end of the World War II he commanded to burn Paris up, but the governor of the city denied it).
The 324-meters high Eiffel Tower was the tallest building since the building in 1887 until 1930. The structure is 7300 tons, and thanks to the designer’s brilliance, it only swings 6-7 centimetres even in strong wind. The magnificent light show is 292 thousand watts of power.
You can get to the 1st and 2nd floor of the brilliantly built tower by using the stairs or the elevator, while the 3rd floor is only available by using the elevator going from the 2nd floor.
From the highest floor, when the weather is nice, you can see even 70 kilometres away. You can count on a minimum 1-hour long queuing or even more, and on the 2nd floor, you need to wait a lot again to get to the 3rd floor.
It is worth visiting the tower at night when for 10 minutes at the beginning of every hour, the yellow lighted tower flashes in white light. Young people lying, eating, drinking and meeting each other applause and are triumphant. When the weather is nice, many people are in the park in front of the tower even at night – no one should miss this feeling on their Paris trip.
Louvre museum/Musée du Louvre
The most famous museum in Paris and one of the most significant, most exciting and most famous museums has more than 350 thousand works of art. There are such celebrated works here, as the Mona Lisa or the painting of Delacroix, the Liberty leading the people or the Venus de Milo.
As for the size, the Louvre cannot be covered even in a whole day, so at the entrance, you get a map, which helps you see at least the more famous works. Besides the collection, the museum and the pyramid (21-meters high, added in 1989, made of stainless steel, consisting of 666 glass sheets) next to it are also nice and interesting.
The buildings were built in 1990 as fortresses for the command of Philip II Augustus. Then, in the 16th century, Francis I rebuilt it as a Renaissance palace. Finally, Napoleon renovated it and used it as a museum, which is available for “common people” since the French Revolution.
Sacré-Coeur Basilica, Montmarte
The 130-meters high Montmarte hill is the highest point of Paris, from where there is a magnificent view of the city. Several artists lived and composed in this inspiring place, e.g. Picasso, Monet, Dali or Van Gogh.
On the stairs in front of the Sacré-Coeur, often great musicians’ plays can be heard beside the view. The mood here is fantastic, both in the daytime and at night. The way to the Basilica through the 234 steps is exciting: in a lovely district of Paris, we can follow Amelie’s path.
The astounding Sacré-Coeur Basilica, which is said to be “made of sugar”, was built to the memory of the soldiers killed in the French-Prussian war, for whose souls people usually pray even nowadays. The inner part of the Basilica is not as lovely as other Paris spiritual buildings, but the mood, the view and the outer part cannot be missed.
The 46-years long structure of the Sacré-Coeur was finished in 1919.
The Moulin Rouge can be found in the famous Pigalle district (at the bottom of the stairs), and the Erotic Museum is here too (some say it is the most exciting museum in Paris). The neighbourhood of the Moulin Rouge is said to be the hothouse of prostitution, where there are several sex shops too.
On the most outstanding and widest avenue of Paris, the 2-kilometre long Champs-Élysées have the most notable brands. On the most famous street and the most beautiful avenue, the rents are also the most expensive: renting a 1000 square-metre store is $1.25 million per year. This is a must-see on your Paris trip.
The avenue is also the venue for several world-famous events: here is the finish of the most famous bicycle race, the Tour de France; on 14 July (French National Holiday), soldiers (in 2007, Hungarians too) march this way at the time of the most significant military show, the parade, with other military units.
There are huge celebrations too, e.g. in case of French victories at sports, e.g. when the French football team wins the world championship or the European championship or on new years eve. Therefore, it is worth going along the Champs-Élysées both in the daylight and at night and enjoy the mood and dynamism.
Pope Alexander III founded it in 1163. Then it was being built for 170 years. This Gothic masterpiece was almost demolished during the French Revolution, but between 1845-1878 it was rebuilt based on the original plans.
From 1991 to 2005, The Cathedral had remarkable renovation again. The organ in Notre Dame has 113 registers and five manuals, which is considered one of the most crucial musical instruments in the world.
You can get into the towers of Notre Dame, after a tiring walk on the stairs, where you can enjoy the view with gargoyles surrounding. While walking on the 402 steps, there are two resting places, and people can look at the Notre Dame bell. On the square in front of the Cathedral, there is the zero kilometre stone of France.
These are the five attractions that you must visit on your Paris trip. Your travel would be not worth it if you skipped these!