Champs Elysee, Tour Eiffel, Arc de Triomphe ….
There is so much see in Paris and it can honestly be overwhelming to decide what you want to go and do first. Here are some sights I fairly enjoyed going to and would definitely recommend checking out!
My top 5 attractions that I went to during my trip to Paris!
La Tour Eiffel
I obviously have to include the Eiffel Tower in this listing because it is for sure the most popular sight in all of Paris if not France as a whole!
I was so excited to finally make it to the top of it this summer and it was definitely something I was looking forward to the most. My boyfriend and I had our tickets booked ages beforehand so we were sure to get on top of it without having to wait for hours and hours in line.
I’d definitely recommend doing the same because you can save a lot of time. Here is the link to the website to make it easier for you guys to purchase your tickets in advance! https://bit.ly/2QWrp4I
We had originally booked tickets to go on top of the Eiffel Tower around 11am which we did but we weren’t quite content with our visit. The view was incredible don’t get me wrong but it wasn’t quite has magical has a lot of people describe it to be. That’s why we decided to come back the same night to experience the whole thing again just at nighttime.
For any first time visitors I’d definitely tell you to go up the Eiffel Tower at night. I mean yes you don’t clearly see the city because obviously it’s dark outside but all the city lights and the Eiffel Tower lighting up too, give this magical experience that I would describe as sort of a “fairy tale” moment. So if you don’t care about seeing the city from above then make sure you book your tickets for later in the day, I’d say starting around 6pm!
Sacré Cœur has a very special place in my heart because the school I went to for 12+ years was a part of the Sacré Cœur group! Apart from that this church is also a popular tourist attraction because not only is it a beautiful church but you get a great view of the city especially the district “Montmartre”. I’d encourage everybody who wants to visit it to go up all the stairs that lead to Sacré Cœur and not take the Montmartre Funicular (cable car) to get the full experience!
Just watch out for beggars and pick-pockets during your walk up because you’ll definitely see a few of them. Also stay away from people that are trying to get you sign petitions because they often just want to distract you while somebody else e.g. steals your wallet.
Musee de l’Orangerie
You might be thinking right now why I didn’t put the Louvre or one of the other more popular museums on my list. But I got to tell you guys with the Louvre for example there is just so much to see and you could spend a whole day in there and just exploring the different exhibitions that they have and it was honestly quite overwhelming. I mean it took me and my boyfriend a good half hour to make hour way to the Mona Lisa and we were honestly a bit lost!
With the “Musee de l’Orangerie” you have one main exhibition which are the “Sea Roses” by Monet and on a different floor you can see different exhibitions every couple of months. I for sure had to see the “Sea Roses” because as long as I can remember my parents had a print of the “Sea Roses” in our house so I had to see the original! The museum is really nice not too big but still enough to see where you could spend 1-2 hours in there.
It is also located in the “Jardin des Tuileries” which means you could go have a nice stroll in the parc and just swing by the museum on your way in/out. You can also easily access the Louvre from there or you can check out “Place de la Concorde” which is literally right in front of the entrance to the parc on the side where the “Musee de l’Orangerie” is situated!
I’d definitely recommend seeing these famous Paintings of Monet for yourself! Especially if the weather is not the greatest or you want to do something more calm. To all the Paris Pass holder admission is also free so yet another reason to go!
L’Arc de Triomphe
This once again is quite an obvious choice but nevertheless something I really enjoyed going to. Of course I am talking about checking out “L’Arc de Triomphe” but by that I don’t mean just going there and looking at it and maybe taking a couple quick pictures. I mean going on top of it and literally being in the center of one of the largest roundabouts in Europe!
A lot of people actually don’t know that you can “visit” the “Arc de Triomphe!” You can find some more information on that here https://bit.ly/2pTIcMG. Like for example opening hours and fees. For Pairs Pass holders the entrance is also included the pass!
Before you actually get to enjoy the view from the “Arc de Triomphe” you first have to climb quite a few of stairs that go up a narrow windy staircase. So you definitely don’t want to go up there if you easily get dizzy or have claustrophobia. Once you make it to the top you can look at a small exhibition about the “Arc de Triomphe” itself or you can continue straight up to the viewing platform.
Since the “Arc de Triomphe” isn’t that tall you can’t compare the view you’ll get to for example the Eiffel Tower but you still see quite a bit especially when it comes to the Champs Elysees. So definitely make sure to bring a camera and snap a couple quick pictures while you have a birds view!
Since the “Arc de Triomphe” is right at the end (or the beginning however you want to look at it) of the Champs Elysees I’d recommend you to combine the two popular attractions and first check out the “Arc de Triomphe” and afterwards take a stroll down the Champs Elysees so you can also do some shopping while you are at it. This way you don’t have to worry about bringing shopping bags up the “Arc de Triomphe”!
Centre Pompidou and Les Halles
Last but not least I’d recommend you guys to check out Les Halles and the surrounding area!
For anybody that doesn’t know “Les Halles” is a huge shopping mall and even if you don’t want to buy anything I’d just tell you to go stroll around and do a bit of window shopping since it’s definitely one of the nicer malls.
When you are in that area you can also go have a look a “Centre Pompidou” which is a museum that contains more modern pieces and if you haven’t gotten enough views of the city from above then you can also go on top of the modern building and get yet another great view of Paris. Personally I didn’t go inside the “Centre Pompidou” because I felt like we were already short on time considering how much we wanted to see. Nevertheless I enjoyed checking out the building from the outside but next to it is also a fountain by the artist niki de saint phalle, which was the main reason we went there. It’s very abstract but at the same time quite fascinating so once again if you are already planning on going to “Centre Pompidou” or “Les Halles” you should for sure check it out!