The charming French capital is the dream of every tourist. Its overwhelming beauty, refined architecture, and rich cultural history make it an incredibly romantic place. Every corner of the city is worth visiting but if you don’t have much time to admire all of them, you may find our list of six places in Paris you shouldn’t miss a valuable asset when traveling to this lovely city.
- The Louvre Museum
Since it’s the most visited museum in the world, even its entrance is a masterpiece. However, don’t spend much time admiring the glass pyramid. In the museum, you’ll find the largest collection of artworks that should be seen, starting from Egyptian mummies and Code of Hammurabi, all the way to Venus de Milo and Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. The museum is centuries old and it has spontaneously changed, with the changes in French politics and social structure. However, it succeeded in keeping its original beauty and the greatness of human ingenuity inside its walls, making them available to everyone and therefore becoming one of the most important symbols not only of Paris but of the entire country.
- Eiffel Tower
Built to commemorate the centenary of the French revolution, it is known as the most popular memorial that cannot be visited without an entrance fee. When the mornings are cloudy, it may not seem that interesting – just a bunch of metal. However, when you stand at the top during the sunny afternoon and watch the endless panorama, you’ll probably change your mind and realize it’s fantastic. Even better – when you find yourself at the Champ de Mars and see the numerous shining lights, you’ll realize why this is one of the largest tourist attractions in the world.
Everyday visits to museums and admiring artworks is a beautiful thing to do but living in a museum is completely another thing. Louis XIV definitely knew that when he decided to move the entire castle to Versailles Palace in 1682. Nowadays, the gilded royal apartments, the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors, bedrooms and other gorgeous rooms, each one being a masterpiece, as well as the incredible garden which looks like a fairytale illustration will make you feel awe and admiration at the same time.
- Notre Dame Cathedral
The novel written by Victor Hugo and the touching character of humpbacked Quasimodo have definitely contributed to the popularity of the cathedral, but it didn’t really need the additional promotion. The tall arcs, pink stained-glass windows, flamboyant towers, carved domes, and unique decoration make this cathedral one of the best examples of the gothic style. Having witnessed numerous historical events, at the same inspiring various artists, and therefore being the trademark of Paris, Notre Dame is definitely an attraction that should not be missed if you find yourself in Paris.
- Arc de Triomphe
Inspired by Roman architecture, particularly the Arch of Titus, the Arc de Triomphe is situated at the center of 12 radiating avenues. It honors all those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. The tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I lies underneath the vault.
- Moulin Rouge
Toulouse-Lautrec loved Moulin Rouge and he certainly had good reasons for that. Located in the French quarter of „red lanterns“, Pigalle, this cabaret is the synonym for licentious fun, and the nimble dancers surely had a great influence on this famous painter. Nowadays, thousands of tourists come to take photos under the replicas of the former red windmill but the real attractions are night parties, especially those with can-can dancing. If you want to see this show, you’ll probably have to spend more money than you thought you would. However, it won’t be too much for a time traveling adventure and the uncurbed French flirting.
Having in mind all of the mentioned great attractions of Paris as well as many others, all of the tourists visiting Paris state that this incredible city is not a destination that should be visited but a destination that must be visited and necessarily thoroughly explored.