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Paris

WHAT TO SEE & DISCOVER

01   Arc De Triomphe & Champs-Élysées

Besides the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe is probably the most famous landmark in Paris. The triumphal arch was erected in 1836 as a monument to Napoleon's victory. Today it is best known for the traffic circle around it - the largest traffic circle in the world.

And that's not all! You can even climb the Arc de Triomphe. From its “roof” you have a wonderful view of the Champs-Élysées. You should explore this world-famous shopping street afterwards. After all, where better to store than in the fashion metropolis of Paris?

But it's not just worth strolling along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Because all the streets leading to the Arc de Triomphe are simply too beautiful. That's why you should definitely check out the area around the Arc de Triomphe!


02   Parc Monceau


I didn't have this park on my radar and only came across it by chance because it was very close to our hotel and on our way to the Arc de Triomphe. So I think it's all the cooler that we discovered it. Because the Parc Monceau is very beautiful. There is a picturesque old carousel here, for example. And many Parisians do sport in the park! We saw people jogging or doing freelatics. But also groups taking yoga classes. So if you're ever in Paris for a longer period of time, it might be worth joining a class.


03   Basilique du Sacré-Coeur & Montematre

You have to spend at least one evening in Paris on the steps in front of the Sacré-Coeur! Because the atmosphere here is unique. Parisians and tourists alike sit on the steps, listening to street musicians and enjoying the view over Paris from Montmartre. It's best to bring your own dinner and relax up here all evening. It's worth changing your seat from time to time to admire the various street performers.

Both before and after your visit to the Sacré-Coeur, you should definitely explore the streets of Montmartre. There are countless small bars and boutiques that invite you to linger and have a special charm.


04   Eiffel Tower

The must-see in Paris: Le Tour Eiffel. You simply have to see it once in your life and you have to look out over Paris from the top once in your life. Because that's simply part of a trip to Paris. If you want to avoid the crowds, I recommend getting to the Eiffel Tower in the morning - around 9 am - and starting your day here. The best way to do this is to take the metro to the Trocadéro and walk towards the Eiffel Tower from there, the view is magnificent!

When you buy your ticket for the Eiffel Tower, make sure it's cheaper to take the stairs than the elevator. I've done both and would always prefer to take the stairs. It's not as strenuous as you think! But then you get a different view with every step and don't have to squeeze into a very small space with lots of other people.

You can then come back around 10 pm to experience the evening light show from the banks of the Seine or on the Champ de Mars lawn.


05   Musée d'Orsay

Bene and I are never big museum-goers. However, we visited an amazing number of museums in Paris. We even went back to the center of Paris after Disneyland to see another museum.

I had already visited the Musée d'Orsay with my parents in 2008 and I was already impressed back then. The museum is located in an old railroad station building, which gives it a special charm. The old station clocks, which you can see from the inside, are particularly interesting. You also have a wonderful view of the Seine and the Louvre from the museum's terrace. Of course, the works of art themselves are also worth seeing. The museum is home to paintings and sculptures by many famous artists. Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait, for example, has found its place on the wall here.


06   Louvre

One museum that everyone knows is the Louvre. And there hangs a painting that everyone knows: the Mona Lisa. But apart from the Mona Lisa, the Louvre is home to other great works of art. And not too few of them. Because the Louvre is huge. You can easily get lost here and spend a week seeing everything!

Both Bene and I had visited the Louvre before. So we weren't too keen to go in again. However, when we were sitting in the Tuileries Garden for lunch, I googled the entrance fees for the Louvre out of interest: free for students. Excuse me? Yes, really! Almost all museums in Paris are free or at least heavily discounted for young adults (usually under 25). That's why we went to the Louvre after all!

So Paris is not always expensive! And the concept can promote an understanding of art and culture among young people.


07   Saint-Étienne-du-Mont & Surroundings

My personal favorite photo spot in Paris is the Saint-Étienne-du-Mont parish church. But not only that, the church is also a great starting point. Because right next to St. Étienne is the Pantheon (admission is free for young adults here too!), which is well worth seeing with its dome. If you walk down the hill from St. Étienne via Rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève instead, you'll be walking over a filming location from “Midnight in Paris”. The Jardin du Luxembourg is also just a stone's throw from the church. The large park is a great place to unwind after the hustle and bustle of the city. So it's well worth coming here!


08   Disneyland


Disneyland - our reason for the trip to Paris. I had already been to Disneyland once as a small child and had been dreaming of going back ever since. That's why Bene gave me tickets to the theme park for my birthday.

We had a cool day and lots of fun, but I thought Disneyland was more spectacular when I was 4 years old than 20 years later. Because the selection of attractions for the little ones is definitely bigger than the selection of rollercoasters & co. However, we are probably also spoiled, as we have some good theme parks in Germany. It might have been more worthwhile for us to buy a ticket for both Disney parks - there are 2 parks with different attractions. Because then we could have experienced a few more rollercoasters...

Nevertheless, I got to be a little princess again for a day. And the day at Disneyland Paris was worth it for that alone!


09   A little less touristy


In Paris, there are some sights that not every tourist has on their radar. For example, you should visit the Marché aux Puces flea market in Saint-Quen. You can find real antiques here. Even if you don't want to buy anything, the flea market is worth a visit in itself. It is always open on Saturdays to Mondays. But the Marché aux Puces flea market is not the only place to stop by. There are many (small) markets all over Paris every weekend. Just keep your eyes peeled!

Want to sip a few cocktails with the Parisians? Or simply enjoy a picnic? Then the banks of the Canal St. Martin are the place for you. Or would you like to stroll around away from the hustle and bustle? Then you should definitely head to the Marais district! In addition to some cute boutiques, there is one cool café after another. The streets are even car-free at the weekend!

And do you know the New York High Line? The New Yorkers copied it from Paris! The Coulée verte René-Dumont runs close to the Opéra Bastille. The elevated and green path invites you to take a relaxing stroll along a converted railroad line.


10   Free fun in Paris

Many museums and churches in Paris are free or cheaper for young people (under 25). But “older” people can also get away cheaply in Paris. Every first Sunday of the month, some museums are free for all visitors. These include the Musée d'Orsay and the Rodin Museum.

There are also some museums where admission is generally free, such as the Museum of the History of Paris (Musée Carnavalet), the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris or the Musée de la Vie Romantique. The Cimetière du Père Lachaise is also free of charge, regardless of age. Not only are famous people buried here, but the cemetery is also home to a sculpture garden.

What's more, a view over the rooftops of the city can be free. The roof terrace of the Galeries Lafayette, for example, offers a magnificent view over Paris - completely free of charge.

Until now, admission to Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral was also free. However, it is currently closed due to construction work following the devastating fire in April 2019.


11   Was du noch gesehen haben solltest                         

There is so much to discover in Paris that I could spend hours listing everything... But I'll try to be a little shorter now and just give you a few small suggestions along the way. Of course you can always ask me about Paris in more detail!

One place that I found very interesting (and surprisingly empty) is the Jardin du Palais Royal. So feel free to include it on your walk through the city. And while we're talking about parks: For a little breather, the Jardin des Tuileries offers plenty of places to linger. Before that, you can take in the hustle and bustle of Paris at Place de la Concorde.

If you are interested in art, why not stop by the Centre Pompidou? Or if you want to see a slightly different museum, then I recommend getting on the metro and going to Les Catacombes de Paris.

I've also always wanted to see the Moulin Rouge. We only drove past and didn't go inside, but we can make up for that on our next trip...



I have put together a list of all the places on Google Maps.

You can find the list here.