Whether Paris is the most beautiful city in the world or the city of love, everyone can judge for themselves, but Paris is definitely a glamorous city. It impresses with its wide boulevards, tree-lined avenues and beautiful building facades. The best way to get around Paris is by metro. Not that you have a particularly nice view of the city from the metro, but you can get to pretty much every corner of the city with it.
Getting to Paris is mostly an easy journey, if you are coming from anywhere else in Europe. If you are in France already, you can travel there with by train or bus. Another option is to travel by car, which is often very stressful because the traffic is huge and parking at the roadside takes getting used to. The most relaxing and comfortable way to get here is by plane. Usually the airports “Charles de Gaulle” or “Orly” are available. The city can be easily reached by taxi, which is not cheap, or by metro. When you get there, we recommend getting a guided bus tour. You are usually taken to the most important sights, and sometimes they detour around to some of the more secluded parts of the city. A city hotel is also good way to get a feel for the city. Be careful when booking however, the brochures often look very promising, the prices are often high, and the rooms are quite small.
Of course, you can’t fully explore a city like Paris in 3 or 4 days. What should you actually see? The first to mention is the Louvre. Here you should decide on an exhibition, you can’t see everything in one day anyway and it would probably overwhelm the viewer a bit. There is of course the most important exhibition in the Louvre, the picture gallery. In addition to many famous painters and paintings, the absolute highlight is da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”. There is also the Egyptian exhibition in the building, which often looks a bit out of place in the Renaissance rooms, as the rooms are unique in themselves. Even the entrance is a sight. You enter the Louvre today through a glass pyramid and get to the basement via an escalator, from where the corridors branch off into the individual wings.
There are wonderful restaurants in the Latin Quarter in the 5th arrondissement. The “Quartier Latin” is a very old part of the city and is home to the Sorbonne. Today thousands of tourists stroll through this quarter, precisely because of its restaurants and its unique flair. To satisfy the small hunger, Paris offers many nice little bistros. You should also familiarize yourself with the prices before ordering, otherwise you will quickly pay 10 euros for a beer. Wine, on the other hand, is less expensive.
A day in Montmartre is also a wonderful excursion when visiting paris. A stroll through the alleys of the old artists’ quarter is relaxing. Small cafes invite you to linger. The landmark, “Sacre Coeur”, the beautiful white basilica, can be seen from afar and can be reached via a cable car or you can take the stairs. You can also take the metro to get close to “Sacre Coeur”, but then start a small ascent through a not so beautiful area.
A visit to “Notre Dame” is of course crucial. This church is located at the top of the “Ile de la Cite”, which is probably the oldest part of the city. “Notre Dame” can be reached via the “Pont Neuf”, which is the oldest bridge today. From the “Boulevards Saint Germain” via the “Pont de Sully” and the “Boulevards Henry IV”, you get to the “Place de la Bastille”. This square was created shortly after the Bastille was destroyed, in the immediate vicinity of the old Bastille site. Today, concerts or similar major events take place on the square, but you can still feel the breath of history here. The Bastille Opera, which opened almost 20 years ago, is also located here.
From the “Arc de Triomphe” you can take the “Champs Elysees” to the “Place de la Concorde”, probably the largest square in the city. The path leads past the Palais de Elysees, the seat of government and various museums. In the centre of the “Place de la Concorde” is an Egyptian obelisk from Luxor, a gift from the Egyptian viceroy for the work of Jean-Francios Champollion, who laid the foundation stone for deciphering the hieroglyphs. But the square does not only stand for beautiful events in the history of France. After the revolution the square was called “Place de la Revolution”. In 1793 the guillotine was set up here and not only Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, but also Robespierre, Danton and Madame Dubarry not only lost their heads here, but their lives.
A visit to the Eiffel Tower is also worthwhile. From here you have a wonderful view over the city. You are transported upstairs with glass elevators. The ride is certainly a little oppressive, as you can see the rods and the rivets of the tower directly. The elevators are always safe and the view compensates for the little tingling in the stomach.
Paris is perhaps not the prettiest city; it has a slightly indescribable charm and is certainly worth the trip. It is worth conquering the city for yourself and enjoying its sights.