Paris city crash guide for visitors
Paris is one of the most known cities in the world, which is famous for its history, arts, fashion, and culture. Every year around 30 million travels visit Paris from around the world and this city has many wonderful things to offer to the visitors.
Of course, no Paris travel guide would be complete without mention of Gustav Eiffel’s ubiquitous Eiffel Tower. This 325-meter-high (1,066 feet) structure is more than just an icon for the city and arguable for the whole of France, but a breathtaking attraction giving sublime views across the city. Whether mounted by the energetic up 386 steps to the highest platform of the structure or in one of the lifts, this ultimate attraction should not be missed on a trip to Paris.
For those seeking a breath of fresh air and relaxation from the hustle and bustle of the city, Paris boasts a wide range of parks and green spaces that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. The Jardin De Luxemburg, located in the 6th arrondissement, is at its finest in the autumn months when the park transforms into a splendid palate of russet and crimson. Further out of the city you can marvel at the splendor of The Sun King (Louis XIV)’s ostentatious Palace of Versailles with the famous and recently restored gallery of mirrors and extensive formal gardens. The gardens are some of the most extensive in the world and in spite of the millions of visitors which the chateaus receive every year, it is surprisingly easy to find a quiet corner to yourselves, to sit back and take in the exuberant setting. During the summer months, there are regular classical music concerts and musical fountain displays that coordinate well-known classical music of the period to the movement of the great water features of Versailles.
Places of interest
Plan a visit to the stunning Louvre (one of the worlds greatest and important art museums), It contains many masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus De Milo. TIP: Entry to the museum is free on the first Sunday of every month. Visit the Pompidou Centre, The most visited museum in France, then onto the Musee d’Orsay for a spectacular and privileged view of the world’s largest collection of quality impressionist art. Take a visit to the Versailles with its hall of mirrors, magnificent gardens and glimpse into the Queen’s private apartments.
Traveling around Paris
Paris has an excellent public transport system consisting of buses and an extensive underground metro system. The metro travel area is divided into five zones radiating out from the center, ticket prices vary depending on the number of zones traveled. Take advantage of the “The Paris Visitors Pass” it’s valid for one, three, or five days, the pass also allows discounts to certain tourist areas and places of interest, including the various museum, galleries, and restaurants. Taxis are readily available and can be hailed on the roadside or at taxi ranks.
City Guides – The Tourist Bus
The popular L’Open Tour Bus is a great way to get your bearings and experience the sights and sounds of Paris, all from the advantage point of an open top-deck bus. TIP: Pre-book your tickets if possible. The bus stop at over 30 major attractions and you can hop on and off as often as you please.