1. Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile
The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It also serves as the biggest round about you will see in your life. When your taxi/uber/bus drives into this circle of chaos (and it will) you will see what I mean. Buckle up!
2. Avenue des Champs Elysées
One of the most widely known streets in Paris! This avenue is enormous and carries a little bit of everything on it. There is a wide variety of stores, cafes, restaurants, clothing stores, supermarkets or toy stores.
Avenue des Champs Elysées also carries monumental moments. On June 14th, 1940, German troops marched down the Champs-Élysées in celebration of Nazi Germany invading and defeating the French army, during the beginning of World War II. In August of 1944, American soldiers made a similar march down the historical street to celebrate Paris at the war’s end.
3. Tour de Eiffel
Built for the 1889 World Fair, this massive tower stands at 324 meters tall. Although there is a slight cost for going up to the viewing platform and bar at the tip-top, the views back over the city from this landmark are simply breathtaking.
****TIP: If you visit the tower at night, every 30 minutes the lights turn off and it will create a light display that makes the tower look like its sparking!****
4. Picnic at The Champ de Mars
This is a large park, that stretches from the Eiffel Tower all the way over to the Ecole Militaire. There is a large grass field that has many womderful photo opportunities and is a great place to rest or have lunch. Around here you will find a nice mix of both locals and tourists.
5. Drink some champagne at the top of the Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower Champagne Bar– At the top of the Eiffel Tower, the champagne bar is the perfect place to take in views and enjoy a nice glass of champagne. Although, if you are frightened by heights, I do not reccomend going here! It is VERY high up. I mean… it’s the top of the Eiffel Tower.
You one again have a few options to reach the top:
|Ticket to the top by lift||
|Ticket to the top Stairs & lift||
***This ticket grants access to the top of the Tower via the stairs up to the second floor, and then in a lift. On sale at the Tower only.
Viewing Paris from The Tower (Platform Level) –– This is a great way to see the whole city during the day/ or night. The views from the platform are amazing and it will blow your mind that you are physically standing on the Eiffel Tower. To this day I still can’t believe that I have.
You have two options to reach the viewing platform:
1) Stairs- This is a great way to get in a quick workout and it’s cheaper than the lift!
2) Lift- More expensive than taking this stairs, but it is quicker and more convenient.
|Ticket for 2nd floor by lift||
|Ticket for 2nd floor & Stairs||
6. Notre Dame
While being the iconic cathedral of Disney’s Movie and Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, this is also one of Paris’ most sought after landmarks. Along with its amazing French Gothic architecture, it has been the center of religious life since it was built.
The church is FREE to enter, but by 10 a.m. or early afternoon the crowds and lines begin to form. The lines will wrap all around the side of the building. My advise it to get in line early in the morning to be able to wander around the church without heavy foot traffic. Don’t miss the south rose window!
You can get a view of Paris from the bell towers for a small fee. Keep in mind, the room is limited in the towers, so try to be one of the first few people in line. Otherwise you will be waiting for what feels like forever. It’s a fit way to experience the church seeing that you have to climb up 387 stairs.
Oh yeah, there’s no elevators…
7. De Louvre
Most famous for being the home of Da Vinci’s masterpiece the ‘Mona Lisa’, the Louvre is one of the most impressive museums in Europe, with a spectacular collection of art and sculpture to explore. Upon arrival of Du Louvre you will notice a massive glass pyramid out front known as Pyramide du Louvre.
8. Lock Bridge
Lovestruck visitors come to this bridge in Paris to affixed locks, often written with their initials or names, to the wire mesh along the Pont des Arts, then after tossing the keys into the Seine River below.