You have such a short time in the capital of France and still you want to see and do everything? We’ll tell you about the main places of interest: how to get there, how much they cost and how long they stay open. Click the links to find out all the information about one or another place of interest. We’ll share practical tips on how to buy tickets without queuing and how much it will cost. To find information about any things that are not from this list, read here.
The Eiffel Tower
Of course, the Eiffel Tower is number one. It’s the most visited tourist place and an indisputable symbol of Paris and France itself – alongside with cheese, wine and fois gras. The closest metro stations: Bir-Hakeim (line 6), Trocadéro (lines 6 and 9), RER : Champ de Mars - Tour Eiffel. Tickets cost €14.5 or less.
Notre-Dame de Paris
It’s the most visited building in the French capital. Notre-Dame de Paris was on the verge of destruction, but because of Victor Hugo’s novel it has survived and is still here for you to enjoy. If you haven’t read the book, you’ve probably seen the musical, if you haven’t seen that, you’ve heard the never-to-be-forgotten “Belle”. But the cathedral is magnificent even without all these books, musicals and songs. The closest metro station: Cité (line 4). Entry is free.
The world’s third largest museum takes the third position on our list. It used to be the residence of French monarchs, today it is a huge collection of pieces of art from ancient times to modern days. Here you’ll find the Venus de Milo, the Mona Lisa, Marianne. To sum up, the women here fit every taste. And not only women… The nearest metro stations: Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre (line 11). General entry costs €11.
Disneyland Paris is one of the biggest and most famous amusement parks in the world. It is visited by more than 15 million people every year. In fact, there are two huge theme parks, which offer rides and entertainments to every taste. The closest RER station: Marne-la-Vallée. The entry cost is about €50.
The Champs Elysee
Now it is turn of the Elysian Fields, well known because of the French “chanson”. It s not only a tourist attraction, not only one of the longest, most beautiful and famous streets in the world, it is also a shopping centre. There are lots of expensive boutiques, restaurants and representative offices of international corporations here. The nearest metro stations: from Concorde to Charles de Gaulle-Etoile (line 1).
The Arc de Triomphe
This Triumphal Arch takes the sixth position on our list. Napoleon built it to commemorate his victories and wrote the names of all the towns he conquered on it, as if he were using it as a notebook. You can find several Russian villages there as well as Smolensk and Moscow. On that occasion the Emperor couldn’t have foreseen how it would end. Under the Triumphal Arch there is the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The closest metro station: Charles de Gaulle – Etoile (line 1). Tickets cost €9.5 or less.
Keep travelling around Paris and its suburbs. Versailles is the residence of four French kings; it is situated 40 km outside the capital. This was deliberate, so that the revolution couldn’t reach there, but we know that it did eventually. It was Versailles that Peter the Great wanted to emulate when he was planning Peterhof. The closest RER station: Versailles – Château (line C). A ticket to the palace costs €15 or less.
The Moulin Rouge! The red mill is the most famous Parisian cabaret venue and is an instantly recognisable place of interest. The nearest metro station: Blance (line 2). A ticket for a show costs from €95 to €200.
Montmartre district. Lots of famous artists, poets, writers and actors lived there. Here you can find Picasso’s Home, Dalida Square and many taverns where they used to spend their nights. A square of artists and mimes, vineyards, the Parisian red-light district…You can find all these in Montmartre. The closest metro stations: Blanche, Anvers (line 2), Abbesses (line 12).
Sacre Coeur takes tenth position on our list of the main tourist attractions in Paris. The greatest French cathedral looks out from the highest point in Paris. Even the Pope has ministered there. From the viewing point in front of the cathedral you can see the whole city! The closest metro stations: Anvers (line 2). Entry is free.
Have a great journey!