My last weekend I spent in Paris, even with the weather we had luck for the most time. Even the sun was shining. As I was exploring Paris for the first time, I was not allowed to miss the main attractions. Today I want to show you the ones that I liked the most.
The Louvre is the best known art museum in Paris, here you can, for example, view the painting of Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci. There are many well-known paintings and sculptures to discover. Incidentally, the Louvre was once called the Palais Louvre and was one of the residences of the French king. If you do not want to go to the museum. It’s still worth a visit. The building complex is beautiful and bears witness to the architecture of earlier times.
Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile
The Arc de Triomphe is also an imposing building that you should definitely visit during a stay in Paris. This is a monument, which was built from 1806 to 1836. It is located on Place Charles-de-Gaulle. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier commemorates the unidentified dead of the First World War.
Pont Alexandre III
You should not miss this bridge, the many details and embellishments are really impressive. In addition, a short walk along the Seine can be combined with a visit to the bridge.
Palace of Versailles
You should not miss the Palace of Versailles. With a train journey of about 1 hour, which costs you 7.30 euros, you will reach the Palace of Versailles quite easily. Admission is even free for anyone under the age of 25, after it costs 18 euros.
The interior of this royal house seeks its match. Rarely have I seen so many gold applications and chandeliers as in this castle. I am always fascinated by how detailed the craftsmen have worked in past times. The beautiful wall paneling or the intricately carved doors are simply breathtakingly beautiful. There are also huge ceiling paintings to discover in almost all rooms of the exhibition.
Breathtaking is also the famous mirror gallery of the Palace of Versailles. It consists of 17 mirrored windows, countless chandeliers and fantastic ceiling paintings. Incidentally, it is recommended to take an audio guide with you at the entrance, which is also available in German. That’s how you learn a lot more about the castle.
The garden of Versailles is huge, countless fountains and artfully designed green areas invite you to linger.
Tour Eiffel / Eiffel Tower
He is the hallmark of Paris par excellence, the Eiffel Tower. And I can really recommend you to visit him. Once you’re there, get a ticket and head up the elevator for a breathtaking view. We had to wait about 1 hour on a Saturday night to go all the way up. The wait was worth it anyway. On the internet you’re also be able to buy special tickets, but I can not say anything about them, whether it is faster with them or not.
Since there were a lot of people during the day, we decided to go to the Eiffel Tower in the evening. The view was really special.
Grand and Petit Palais
Two equally beautiful buildings can be found in the Grand and Petit Palais directly on the Seine. The Grand Palais, like the Eiffel Tower, was built for the 1900 World’s Fair. The Petit Palais is right next to it. Just as the already mentioned above Pont Alexandre III.
The Maison Ladurée is especially known for its macarons. One of them is on the Champs Elysée. The hype is real, people are lining up to grab some of the famous macarons at the store. However, there are other outlets such as also in the Palace of Versailles. Since the Macarons of Ladurée are also available in Zurich, I decided not to hire them. But especially during the week is worth a visit to the afternoon coffee.
A shopping experience par excellence is what the Gallery Lafayette offers. The building is simply breathtaking. You feel more in an opera than in a shop. Also in terms of brands this is the top address in Paris. You could probably shop for an annual income. The offer is so huge that you quickly lose the overview of the brands. But it has not only high-priced brands. Now at Christmas time, in the middle of the gallery, there is a huge Christmas tree of balloons and about every 15 minutes the music starts and the Christmas tree starts to turn, while other balloons and decorations go up and down.
I hope I could give you some inspiration for your Paris visit. Have you ever been to Paris?