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Sightseeing in Paris

The capital of France and probably the most admired city in the world is Paris. It is a large city with about 2.2 million people living here and it is quite stretched out. The city center is made up of many old buildings and landmarks recognized by everyone and is a perfect place to spent several days.

The most recognizable sight of Paris is the Eiffel tower which can be seen from literally everywhere. To get the postcard perfect picture, head to the Esplanade du Trocadero where a majestic view will be presented to the visitor. The Eiffel tower can be visited at different levels. The stairs lead to level one and two, but the lift goes all the way to the top. Unfortunately there can be a long queue, especially during high season and peak hours. The stairs can be quicker but are not for those with fear of heights and do require a bit of effort.

Near the Eiffel tower there are a couple of other sights which make Paris the city that it is today. This includes Hotel les Invalides which is a retirement home for soldiers and is home to a church where the body of Napoleon has been buried. The other sight is the Arc the Triomphe which is probably the most famous victory arch in the world. This is open to public and there are some nice views of the top.

Another well known sight is the Notre Dame. It is located near the river Seine which creates a nice setting. It is recommended to walk around it to admire the full beauty of this cathedral. Some of the bridges nearby offer some amazing photo opportunities. There are too many buildings that should be mentioned, but the last one is the Pantheon. It is a large structure and has an enormous Dome on top. 

The modern art museum in town is the center Georges Pompidou. The building has been designed as an art piece itself and even for those who not go inside just observing the building makes an interesting thing to do. What makes Paris more special is that the rive Seine flows through it. This provides a good place to go for a walk and some excellent views. From there you can also look at the decorated bridges that cross the river Seine such as Pont Alexandre III.

For a view over the roofs of Paris head to the artistic area of Montmartre to the Sacre Coeur where one of the highest points of the city can be found. From here large parts of the city can be seen and especially in the evening people gather here to see the light show of the Eiffel tower.

For a more modern appearance of the city head over to the business district La Defence where among many modern buildings the landmark Grand Arch can be found, which lines up with the Arc de Triomphe and the Arc de caroussel. The whole area has been designed as one piece of modern architecture and makes a nice distraction from the historical center.

Although Paris is a great place to visit there are some day trips which are worth considering. The one which is most worthwhile is the palace and gardens of Versailles which gives an impression of how the royal family of France used to live and is a monument to the history of the country. Two alternative palaces are those of Vaux le Vicomte and Fontainebleau. For those who are looking to see a different city it might be worth considering a visit to Lille which has a beautiful center. For something completely different, outside of Paris Disneyland is located which is the happiest place in the world and the most visited sight in Europe.  

The best time to visit is from the beginning of April to the end of September. As Paris is a very popular city expect weekends like those of Eastern to be very busy.  The city has an excellent metro system to move you around and a day pass gets you in most places very quickly and is well recommended as the distances are too long to walk everywhere. 


Paris travel photo gallery

 
View over the river Seine in Paris.

View over the river Seine in Paris.

 
Ile de la Cite in Paris.

Ile de la Cite.

 
St. Germain L'Auxerrois.

St. Germain L'Auxerrois.

 


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The Louvre, Paris.

The Louvre.

 
Front facade of the Louvre in Paris.

Front facade of the Louvre.

 
Walls of the Louvre.

Walls of the Louvre.

 



Pyramid in front of The Louvre.

Pyramid in front of The Louvre.

 
Obélisque de Louxor.

Obélisque de Louxor.

 



Arc the Triomf on the Champs de Elysee.

Arc the Triomf on the Champs de Elysee.

 



Arc the Triomphe.

Arc the Triomphe.

 
Eiffel Tower seen from Esplanade du Trocadero.

Eiffel Tower seen from Esplanade du Trocadero.

 
Close view of the Eiffel Tower.

Close view of the Eiffel Tower.

 
Eiffel Tower, Paris.

Eiffel Tower.

 



Ecole Militaire.

Ecole Militaire.

 



Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

Eiffel Tower.

 



The dome which dominates Hotel Les Invalides.

The dome which dominates Hotel Les Invalides.

 
The entrance to Hotel Les Invalides.

The entrance to Hotel Les Invalides.

 



Hotel Les Invalides.

Hotel Les Invalides.

 



Hotel Les Invalides, Paris seen from Pont Alexandre III.

Hotel Les Invalides, Paris seen from Pont Alexandre III.

 



Pont Alexandre III.

Pont Alexandre III.

 
Pont Alexandre III with in the background Hotel Les Invalides.

Pont Alexandre III with in the background Hotel Les Invalides.

 
View on Place de la Concorde.

View on Place de la Concorde.

 
River Seine in Paris.

River Seine.

 
National Assembly of France.

National Assembly of France.

 
Museum D'Orsay.

Museum D'Orsay.

 
Bridges over the river Seine.

Bridges over the river Seine.

 
Historical building in Paris.

Historical building.

 



Bridge over the river Seine in Paris, France leading to Ile de la Cite.

Bridge over the river Seine in Paris, France leading to Ile de la Cite.

 
Notre Dame, Paris.

Notre Dame.

 
Notre Dam.

Notre Dam.

 
Spire in the middle of the Notre Dam in Paris, France.

Spire in the middle of the Notre Dam.

 
Notre Dame of Paris seen from the side.

Notre Dame of Paris seen from the side.

 
Back of the Notre Dame.

Back of the Notre Dame.

 



Classic view on the Notre Dame in Paris.

Classic view on the Notre Dame.

 
The back and the Dome of the Pantheon in Paris, France.

The back and the Dome of the Pantheon.

 
Old church in Paris.

Old church.

 
Pantheon in Paris.

The Pantheon.

 
View from La Defence to Arc the Triumph.

View from La Defence to Arc the Triumph.

 
Grand Arch in La Defence, Paris.

Grand Arch in La Defence.

 
La Defence.

La Defence.

 
Grand Arch.

Grand Arch.


 
Sunset on La Defence.

Sunset on La Defence. 

 
Basilique du Sacre Coeur.

Basilique du Sacre Coeur.

 



View over Paris from Montmartre.

View over Paris from Montmartre.

 
Closeup of the Sacre Coeur.

Closeup of the Sacre Coeur.

 
Seen from most places in Paris, the Sacre Coeur on Montmartre.

Seen from most places in Paris, the Sacre Coeur on Montmartre.

 



The church Saint Eustace.

The church Saint Eustace.

 



Centre George Pompidou.

Centre George Pompidou.

 
Centre George Pompidou in Paris France.

Centre George Pompidou.

 
Architecture of Centre George Pompidou in Paris.

Modern architecture of Centre George Pompidou.

 
Paris city hall.

City hall.

 



Waterfront of  Ile de la Cite in Paris.

Waterfront of Ile de la Cite.

 
Bell towers of the Notre Dam.

Bell towers of the Notre Dam.

 
Bastille monument in Paris.

Bastille monument.

 
Esplanade du Trocadero.

Esplanade du Trocadero.

 
Ecole Militaire.

Ecole Militaire.

 
Grounds in front of Militairy school in Paris.

Grounds in front of Military school.

 



Courtyard of Hotel les Invalides.

Courtyard of Hotel les Invalides.

 
The church inside Hotel les Invalides.

The church inside Hotel les Invalides.

 



Avenue de Breteuil.

Avenue de Breteuil.

 
Grand Palace in Paris.

Grand Palace.

 
Arce de triomphe du Carrousel.

Arce de triomphe du Carrousel.

 
Front facade of the museum Louvre with the glass pyramid in front.

Front facade of the museum Louvre with the glass pyramid in front.

 



Arc de Triomf du Carrousel in Paris.

Arc de Triomf du Carrousel.

 



Royal Palace in Paris.

Royal Palace.

 
Church St. Germain L'Auxerrois.

Church St. Germain L'Auxerrois.



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Last update: 23/09/2013