What should I see in Paris

Paris attractions: you have to see these 25 beautiful places

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That Paris the city ​​of love is, I knew. But I would not have thought before our trip that I would fall in love with this city myself. Why did I like the city so much? Well, I'm usually not the romantic type. But Paris and them many sights have enchanted me. Therefore, I would like to introduce you to the most beautiful sights in the city - and there are a few.

By the way, we managed all of the Paris sights listed here in four days (but didn't sleep much) and we did a lot with that Rental bike drove through town. With it you can get from A to B really quickly (there are even e-bikes) and you will also see a lot of exciting places on the way that you are not in any travel guide.

There are a few more at the end of our sightseeing article Insider tips from real Paris insiders who live in the city of love.

1. The top attraction: the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the landmark the Seine city and of course THE top attraction in Paris. The Eiffel Tower has enchanted me. Suddenly he is standing in front of you. A huge colossus made of steel. No matter whether at night or during the day - the Eiffel Tower is always impressive. On the meadow in front of it, that Champ de Mars (Field of Mars) there is always something going on. It is particularly beautiful Eiffel Tower at nightwhen the colossus is illuminated.

The Eiffel Tower is 324 meters high and is located on the Champ de Mars near the Seine. More precisely in the 7th arrondissement - that's the name of the various districts in Paris. The huge tower was built from 1887 to 1889 and was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.

Everything you need to know about the Eiffel Tower, how you can best save money on your visit, from where you can best photograph it, can be found in our extra article on the Eiffel Tower.

2. Palais de Chaillot

This is located directly across from the Eiffel Tower on the other side of the Seine Palais de Chaillot. In summer, visitors and Parisians alike sit on many steps and meadows, indulge in baguettes and wine and enjoy the magnificent view of the metropolis's landmark. We also have a picnic at the Palais des Chaillot and eat baguette, cheese, avocado and olives.

From here you can experience the perfect sunset in Paris. In addition, a large number of showmen always provide fun and entertainment here. At night the Eiffel Tower is illuminated and everything is glittering. That looks beautiful. The only thing that annoys: there are often street vendors who want to sell you something.

Incidentally, the Palais de Chaillot was built in 1937. From the Eiffel Tower you can see very well that the palace consists of two pavilions, which are separated by a large flight of stairs. There are three museums in the Palais de Chaillot - the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, the National Museum of the Navy and the Musée de l’Homme.

You will also find the Café Carlu restaurant and the Chaillot National Theater here. Since the view from the top step is the most beautiful and you have the Eiffel Tower right in front of your nose, this spot is of course always very crowded. If you're up here, you might well have one live Marriage proposal get it.

3. Musée du Louvre with the Mona Lisa

Anyone in Paris comes on largest museum in the world not over. The Louvre is simply impressive and, next to the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame, probably the most famous sight in Paris. Don't worry, it would take you a long time to see all the works of art in the Louvre. According to the Dumont travel guide *whole four daysif you look at each work for ten seconds. Nobody can and shouldn't do that.

I recommend looking at the different areas on the museum information sheet and then deciding what interests you. Just walking through the corridors makes little sense and you would be over-saturated quickly. After all, an infinite number of works are exhibited on an area of ​​60,000 square meters. We were very impressed by the Louvre and it was really great.

Our tip: Buy them Tickets for the Louvre must be online in advance. You have to enter a time slot for this, but then you can take the fast lane line and don't have to wait long. For almost all sights in Paris, it is worth booking your tickets in advance. We have never seen queues as long as in Paris. The city really is bursting at the seams in summer.

From the outside, the building is of course awesome too. The glass pyramid and the great palace with an enormous amount of stucco are really nice to look at. You will stand in front of it and just be amazed. We took hundreds of photos - you won't be any different. Never in our life have we been to such an impressive museum as the Louvre. The huge paintings, the old statues and the whole architecture of the building - this is unique in the world.

Mona Lisa (Louvre)

And one more thing: Sure, they Mona Lisa shouldn't be missed in the Louvre either. But don't be disappointed. The painting of the Mona Lisa is not as big as you might expect. In addition, you will never be alone with the lady. You should have seen the Mona Lisa by now - but in your mind you somehow expect something different beforehand.

Jardin des Tuileries - Louvre Gardens

After a long walk through the Louvre, we sat outside in the sun on the meadow Tuileries Garden laid and enjoyed the weather. These many impressions had to be processed. In addition, we were able to let the splendor of the palace work on us again. Then we walked through the Tuileries Gardens.

The park is known as a promenade. There are benches and chairs everywhere to relax on. There are small cafes and snack bars. It's just wonderful there. In the gardens there is that too Musée de l’Orangerie. There you can see, among other things, the water lily pictures by Monet. If you haven't had enough of art after the Louvre, you can continue to let off steam there.

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4. Notre-Dame

At the April 15, 2019 destroyed one Fire large parts of the world famous cathedral Notre Dame. It is currently not foreseeable when Notre-Dame will be able to open to visitors again. We still show you the pictures and information of the old Notre-Dame here. Images for the history books.

To see one of the most spectacular Gothic churches, we have a good tip for you. Go to work at 8 or 8:30 a.m. Notre Dame. From 10 a.m. you can be sure that a huge queue will stretch across the entire square in front of the church. Notre-Dame is located on the Seine island Ile de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris.

The church is also called the Church of Our Lady, so it is consecrated to Mary, the Mother of God. Up to 14 million people visit the church every year - that is an average of almost 40,000 a day. Every visitor to Paris wants to see the inside of the 850-year-old church. Incidentally, the church was completed in 1345. Construction began as early as 1163.

On Sundays for church services, the church is also very impressive with organ music and singing. Visitors can still walk around. The only disadvantage is that the third rose window in the church, which you can admire, is above the organ and can only be seen when you are standing in front of the altar. However, this is not possible during the service.

The three rosettes in Notre-Dame are just huge and beautiful. They have a diameter of up to 13 meters. Although the rosettes are so large and lined with other, smaller rose windows, it is very dark in the church. But that is precisely what makes the church so charming.

The view from the south tower of Notre-Dame

To get to the South tower of Notre Dame To get up, you have to take a ticket with a time stamp from the machine to the left of the entrance and queue up at the right time. Since we still had a little time between visiting the church in the morning and the first admission to the tower, we had breakfast in the Café Panis.

There is a delicious breakfast in a beautiful, original location. Back at the entrance we got a little shock: an eternally long queue had formed within a very short time. Fortunately, we had our tickets with the time. With them you simply walk past the queue to the entrance at the right time, show them and come in.

Tip: Be sure to get a ticket with the time from the machine the morning before the opening of the south tower (on the side to the left of the main entrance)!

400 steps lead to the roofs of Notre-Dame. The stairs of the more than 850 year old church are so trodden that it looks as if the steps have holes. A new world opens up to us from the 69 meter high tower. Believe me - it's just breathtaking. You can also take the typical photos with the gargoyles without any problems. There is enough time for that.

You can't stay indefinitely on the tower, but it's still worth a visit. The so-called Gallery des Chiméres - the gargoyles with their grotesque faces - is a must in Paris. By the way: The bell of the Notre-Dame is called Emanuel and weighs 13 tons. The mallet alone weighs 500 kilos.

5. Catacombs

They are a very special sight with a horror factor catacombs. For centuries, stones, plaster and clay were mined underground in Paris for the construction of the city. Formed at depths of five to 35 meters since the 12th century underground quarries and tunnel networks of 300 kilometers in length