Five Fun Things to Do in Paris, France
Visiting Paris, France has long been a “Bucket List” item for most world travelers. Paris has so much to offer and provides visitors a wide range of both city tours and activities. Often called “The City of Light” due to its stunning boulevards and bridges. Today, there are almost 300 illuminated sites in Paris. For example, churches, hotels, fountains, statues, national buildings and of course monuments.
Yes, the city can get expensive. Yet, there are many free things to do. Can visit some of the beautiful public gardens, like Jardin des Tuileries, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont or Jardin du Luxembourg. In addition, admire the religious architecture of Sacré-Cœur, Saint-Genevieve and Sainte-Chapelle for free. Plus, be sure to see the iconic Moulin Rouge.
There’s no way you’ll get to see all the city’s museums, shops, attractions and districts. Therefore, it is important to plan your own itinerary and experience Paris on your own terms. Yet, don’t miss out on other notable city jewels. These include the Luxembourg Gardens, Musée d’Orsay or Le Marais. Enjoy a relaxing walk along the iconic Champs-Élysées.
With so many options to choose, we are sharing five fun things to do in Paris
Arc de Triomphe
Located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, the towering Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoléon. The monument honors the Grande Armee during the Napoleonic Wars. Interestingly, the impressive arch is the largest of its kind in the world. You will notice several impressive, intricately carved sculptures. Underneath the arch, travelers will find the names of the battles fought during the first French Republic and Napolean’s Empire. Plus, view names of the generals who fought in them.
Plus, travelers will also find the famous tomb of The Unknown Soldier. The unknown soldier currently buried there is meant to represent all the unidentified or unaccounted for soldiers who lost their lives during World War I. The eternal flame lit when the soldier was laid to rest, has not extinguished since. This occurred in the 1920s. In addition, climb to the top of the famous arch and take in the mighty Paris panorama.
Worldwide news covered the devastating fire at the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral. On April 15, 2019, the cathedral sustained major damage. For example, its wooden roof and spire collapsed. As a result, the cathedral remains closed to the public until further notice. Plans are for it to reopen in December 2024. In the meantime, visitors can peruse a new exhibit – “Notre-Dame de Paris: at the heart of the construction site.” This free exhibit highlights the ongoing construction work at the site. In addition, see remains from the fire and works of art from the cathedral.
Similar to the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is definitely a Parisian icon. It sits along the picturesque River Seine. Notre-Dame Cathedral is considered a Gothic masterpiece and considered as one of the best Gothic cathedrals of its kind in the world. Construction of the famous cathedral began in the late 12th century. Yet, final touches were not made until nearly 200 years later.
Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre (Sacre-Coeur)
Rising high above Paris, the Sacré-Coeur (meaning “Sacred Heart”) looks more like a white castle than a basilica. It towers over the eclectic neighborhood of Montmartre. This masterpiece is easily recognized by its ornate ivory domes. The basilica’s interior is quite impressive. For example, its ceilings glitter with France’s largest mosaic. Beautifully, it depicts Jesus rising alongside the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc. Lastly, be sure to take in the stunning, panoramic views from atop the Sacré-Coeur’s outdoor staircase.
Constructed for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (the World’s Fair), the Eiffel Tower was always meant to be a temporary structure. Gustav Eiffel is chief architect of the Eiffel Tower. A variety of scientific experiments were done on the tower with the hope that any discoveries would help prolong its lifespan.
Versailles Palace (Chateau de Versailles)
Last but not least, the Versailles Palace, is a former seat of power and located 10 miles southwest of Paris in Versailles. Each year, nearly 10 million travelers make the trip from Paris to see Chateau de Versailles. Enjoy all of the gold figurines, dramatic frescoes and cascading crystal chandeliers. Surprisingly, King Louis XIV’s extravagant former residence has pretty humbled beginning. His father, King Louis XIII favored the site for its hunting potential. The original brick and stone lodge was quite modest.
The Life of Luxury can help you plan and book your next luxury vacation. It’s a big world out there, with so much to see and do.