It's impossible to pinpoint just what it is that makes Paris unique, it just is... Stunning architecture, internationally known landmarks, and an artistic heritage that is almost without equal, its all that - but more ! Its the very atmosphere of the place, the history that is bound together with the romanticism that gives Paris its very special uniqueness.
Long thought of as the city of lovers, Paris would be perfect for a romantic break or even make a lovely honeymoon destination. There are two major international airports at Paris, Charles de Gaule (code CDG) and Orly (ORY). Both airports have an enormous amount of options for reaching the city centre once you have arrived. Make sure that you work out what lines you need in advance, as its quite confusing once you're in the thick of it. Unless you plan on going outside the city, there really is no need to have a car at Paris, its just too much hassle. The public transport system is amazing, with the metro, buses and trains all easily available. For your convenience you can also compare the hotel prices here
Top Attractions in Paris
Visit the Eiffel Tower
Magical mystery tour of art dating back to the middle ages, and including the Venus de Milo and The Mona Lisa.
Montmartre and the Sacré Coeur
This is a very touristy area, but despite this it has an atmosphere of authenticity... Narrow cobbled streets, portrait artists, and a funacular railway up to the Sacre Coeur. Walk in the footsteps of Toulouse-Lautrec in the Place du Tertre...
Notre Dame Cathedral
A gothic masterpiece and the home of literatures Quasimodo. The cathedral was started in 1163, and it took them 170 years to finish it ! It is home to the biggest organ in France.
The Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie
The biggest science museum in Europe, and a truly, truly, amazing place, very hands on especially for children who have two huge areas dedicated at 2 to 7 year olds and 5 to 12 year olds. Don't miss the Geode, a 12 story high sphere that houses a state of the art cinema.
The Arc de Triomphe
Over 200 steps, or a lift, and you reach some of the most amazing views over the Champs d'Elysee and Paris.
The Musee d'Orsay
The impressionist and early modern art lovers paradise, and my favourite museum. Monet, Rodin and Van Gogh rub shoulders with sculptures and glasswork in a collection of nearly 3000 pieces.
Natural History Museum
In fact its made up of several departments spread out over the city. The botanical gardens are on the left bank of the river Seine, they cover 28 hectares and house 5 of the museum's collections. The gardens have a small zoo within them, but there is also the Paris Zoo, completely renovated after nearly 6 years of work.
The river Seine and its famous bateaux-mouches cruises
See Paris from a different angle, from the river boats. You can have dinner on some of them as you drift by the famous landmarks, and under the bridges of the Seine. Paris by night is spectacular from the river, and there is acompany who offers a combined cruise and night at the famous crazy horse revue.
The most luxurious of palaces, with the ornate and spectacular hall of mirrors, to the immense, perfectly kept gardens with their magical fountains, there are nearly 400 years of royal history to see. Try to visit at the weekends when there are amazing light and water shows in the gardens.
Pick the time right
Tourists visit Paris from May to September
Tip: Paris is often less busy in July and August, when the Parisians go on holiday.
You can buy Paris « passes » which include transport and entrance to museums and other attractions. These go from 1 to 5 days. Alternatively there are books of 10 transport tickets available letting you save around 1/3 off the standard prices.
The Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay amongst others are free for everyone on the first sunday of every month.
Paris has over 2000 hotels, and over 40000 restaurants. For a reasonable priced hotel, try the major chains, such as those of the Accor group – Ibis, Mercure or Novotel.