A weekend in Paris
If you’re in Paris for a weekend or just a couple of days, we’ve selected the sights you should definitely see during your stay. We’ll start with a few locations for you to visit on your first day. Further down are some locations to visit on your second day in Paris.
The Eiffel Tower
The most famous Paris landmark is of course the Eiffel Tower. If you’ve never visited it before, you should definitely go to at least the second level for a great view of the city from above. You could also take the elevator up to the third and highest level, but you won’t be able to see as many details down below, because you’re standing at a height of roughly 300 meters.
Not just the view from the Eiffel tower is great, looking at the tower itself is also something you should really take some time for. We recommend going to the bridge called Pont d’Alma at night, when the tower is all lit up. From there you have a beautiful view of the tower and the river Seine.
Paris doesn’t just have one of the most famous towers in the world, it also has one of the most beautiful avenues: the Champs-Elysees. This avenue is lined with shops from all the biggest brands, so if you love (window)shopping, be sure to walk the entire avenue from Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe.
Once you are at the end of the Champs-Elysees, you might as well go through the tunnel underneath the big roundabout and visit the Arc de Triomphe. It’s not a very high building, but that makes the view of the city a lot better.
If you walked along the Champs-Elysees in the opposite direction, you should cross the Place de la Concorde and go into the Tuileries gardens. These gardens are wonderful place to relax and people-watch. Behind the Tuileries is the world-famous Louvre museum, with the equally famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. We recommend not going in if you’re just there for a few days, because a Louvre visit will easily take five hours. Unless of course you’re a huge art lover and have never visited it before. Then by all means go in.
All of the sights mentioned above can be visited in one day, and are in walking distance of each other. On your second day in Paris, you could visit the locations we talk about in the following section.
Montmartre & Sacre-Coeur basilica
To the north of the city center lies the neighborhood of Montmartre, a cozy place with lots of little restaurants, cafés and street artists. It is located on a hill and on top of that hill stands the beautiful Sacré-Cœur basilica.
Standing on the steps in front of it and facing away from it, you are treated to a breathtaking panorama of the entire city.
On an island in the middle of the Seine, you will find the famous Notre-Dame cathedral. This is one of the biggest churches in the world and it has amazing, massive stained glass windows. You can attend a mass if you like and even climb it’s towers.
Once you’ve seen enough at the Notre-Dame, you can make your way over to the Quartier Latin neighborhood, which is located directly to the south of the cathedral. Here you will find lots of cozy, reasonably priced little restaurants. This area is always very busy with tourists at night, so it’s up to you if you find that annoying or charming.
There are obviously many other famous sights in Paris, but these are the ones we think you should definitely visit during your weekend in Paris.
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