In the most romantic city of the world, you will find yourself spoilt for choices when opting for the top things to do. Paris is brimming with culture, romance, entertainment, fashion and exemplary beauty that draw millions of people to the city. The iconic Eiffel Tower is acclaimed the world over whereas well-hidden secrets of Paris like the Père Lachaise, every place seems to be vying for the topmost rank. And when you are in the city in a time crunch, it becomes really impossible to choose what to see. Therefore, we have carefully selected the list highlighting the most impressive things to do in Paris.
With its charm and fame, the Eiffel Tower is beyond every must-visit or must-do in Paris list. Symbolising the city of romance, the tower is simply superb – whether you gaze at it from the city and the river or marvel at the reciprocating views of the city and river from the tower. It is crowded any time of the year, but is totally worth the visit. And besides a marvelous view, the tower offer much more like ice-skating in winters, special exhibitions on various subjects, treasure hunts and world-renowned restaurants at the helm of the tower offering a spectacular view with a glass of sauvignon blanc or champagne. Absolutely priceless!
At the very heart of the city, Notre Dame is an imposing building in Paris. Just like the Eiffel Tower, this splendid Gothic-style cathedral defines the splendour of the city and dominates its architectural genius. The looming ceilings, Gothic buttresses and enthralling stained glass windows give this cathedral a unique appeal. A genuinely impressive sight, the Notre Dame is one of the best places to explore in Paris and it concludes every list of must-visit places in the city.
Père Lachaise cemetery
Go off the beaten track and visit the Père Lachaise cemetery – although it has a reputation in the west, as per Indian standards it is offbeat. The cemetery is the largest in Paris and (the most visited also) spanning over 100 acres of graves. And that’s not why it is famous. It’s the resting ground for many notable people including Georges Rodenbach and Oscar Wilde (19th century poets). While the former’s tomb comprises a bronze figure that seems to be breaking out of the grave, the latter’s grave has been covered in red lipstick being kissed by ladies time and again. Another popular figure from the recent times resting here is Jim Morrison, whose grave attracts thousands of fans to the cemetery each year.
Musee du Louvre
The prized possession of the Louvre Museum is Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci while other highlights include the Greek sculpture of Aphrodite of Milos, Saint Blaise stained glass and the Nike of Samothrace. These are just a few and it has so many artwork from ancient times to medieval period to modern days that you can spend your entire vacation in Paris just exploring the Louvre. Besides the masterpieces, the museum is in itself a great sight to behold.
Nothing in the world showcases royal charm with idyllic beauty like the Luxembourg Gardens do. Pack a picnic, relax on a bench, lie down on the lawn grass race a sailboat in the basin right behind the Sénat, enjoy a puppet show or stroll down the espaliered orchards. There is so much to do here while taking in the charismatic beauty the garden ooze out. Don’t forget to be awed by the exhibitions at Musée de Luxembourg on your Paris family holidays.
Seine on the Bateau Mouche
The river is a resplendent sight, especially at night when the lights hit the city and are dazzlingly reflected on the water. But there is nothing that compares to seeing the city from a boat cruising the river while you are on a romantic holiday in Paris. It gives you an up close look at the splendid bridges on the Seine and a different lookout to the city, one that will be etched in your memory forever. A ride on the bateau mouche is offered for about 3-4 hours with dinner on board.
Avenue des Champs Elysees
The famed boulevard of Paris runs between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, home to the Arc de Triomphe. While walking the boulevard is the most clichéd thing you can do in Paris, you will be glad you did that afterwards. This is one of the experiences that make your Paris vacation truly worthwhile. The magnificence of Champs Elysees enthralls everyone.
Palace of Versailles
The opulent chateau, one of the best in France, Palace of Versailles is located just 20 minutes away from Paris in the Île-de-France region. An example of bewildering architecture and luxurious stateliness, Versailles is simply breathtaking. The palace showcases sophistication beyond measure and must be visited to get a glimpse of the royal elegance.
So don’t miss a chance to enjoy a perfect Paris holiday tour!