Whether it is your first time headed to Paris or the one hundredth time, the sights, sounds, and experiences in the capital of France are always invigorating and refreshing. Paris is a magical atmosphere that makes exploring, shopping, sipping wine, eating baguette, and seeing all there is to see a once in a lifetime experience every single day. To get started off right, here are the top 5 tourist attractions in Paris to visit:
The Eiffel Tower
When the Eiffel Tower was first constructed in 1889 it was seen as an eyesore and was almost torn down. However, since then it has attracted over 220 million visitors and is a significant piece of the Parisian skyline. Try imagining the city without it! Every night, the Eiffel Tower lights up, presenting a free illumination that gets your heart beating faster and makes you fall in love with the city over and over again.
The Sorbonne and Latin Quarter
Soaking up the ambiance of Paris is easy when you know where to go. For artists and writers, no place is better than Sorbonne University and the Latin Quarter. The university was founded in 1257 and has been the institution of choice for great thinkers like Rene Descartes and Jean-Paul Sartre. Wander the school grounds or bring some friends to the cafe terrace at the front of the university for some coffee. Afterwards, get lost exploring the winding streets of the Quartier Latin.
The Louvre Museum and Old Palace
It is often said that if there was one museum in the world everyone should visit at least once, it would be the Louvre. The sheer size of the museum, which stretches over 650,000 square feet, can be a bit overwhelming, as well as the crowds (mainly around the Mona Lisa), but if you can brave the congestion, you are in for a treat. Art, antiques, and history come to life at the Louvre.
For museum goers, here's something you don't want to pass up: organize your trip around the first Sunday of the month. On this day, most of Paris' main museums have free admissions, including the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, and the Pompidou Centre.
For budget travellers, you will be pleased to know that visiting the Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris and its exquisite interior is completely free! You can spend as long as you want checking out the ornate interiors, snapping pictures of the stained glass windows, and even climbing to the top of the cathedral to see if Quasimodo really does exist. Just remember that this popular site sees over 13 million visitors a year, so you might want to go early to avoid the throngs.
Place des Vosges
Yes, many of Paris' green spaces and parks are free to access, but that doesn't mean they all have charm. That is why you should head to the oldest planned square in Paris known as Place des Vosges, where you can lounge on the grass by a lovely fountain or catch an impromptu performance by buskers and street performers. Surrounding the square are also a number of historical buildings, including free art galleries and the home of Victor Hugo.
Paris will make you fall in love with life all over again. The atmosphere, the culture, and everything in between is simply indescribable; and surprisingly, budgeting in Paris is easy when you visit the free or cheap attractions! Because of this, you truly need to experience Paris and the best attractions for yourself. So what are you waiting for? Book your experience with Flyavel today!