It’s been a quite a while since my last post. I’ve been super busy with uni and life in general. So excuse the delay and enjoy today’s post 🙂

Ranking the top attractions of Paris can be quite a challenge, as everything in Paris is just so fascinating and glorious. But I decided to give it a shot and mention my top favorite places that you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Paris.

Now before you get started, make sure you check out my latest post on Paris, which covers all the information and tips on how to save time and money and you’re first Parisian delight!

1. Eiffel Tower

There’s obviously nothing surprising about this one. The Eiffel was way over my expectations, however queueing to get to it’s top can be a pain and there’s a whole lot of other places in Paris where you can get a panoramic view of the city for free (ex. Rooftop of Galeries Lafayette). So if you’re on a short stay or traveling on a budget don’t worry about skipping on this one!

Here’s a pic from my Instagram of the Eiffel Tower in daylight, with it lights up and when it sparkles!
2. Orsay Museum

This might come as a surprise to many of you since most people would mention The Louvre as their top museum in Paris. But I have to say even though the Louvre is just exquisite, it can be quite overwhelming and exhausting. I’ve written a whole post on Do’s and Don’t of the Louvre that will give you all the useful information you need to know to make the most of your visit, but still that is not going to stop you from getting painful feet.

Now what’s so special about the Orsay you may ask! For one thing, the Orsay museum is mainly a museum of Impressionism and post impressionism movement which has always been my favorite era in art history. So that means I got to see some of the most famous works of my favorite artists, which was just great. On the other hand, although the Orsay is relatively big, but within 2 hours you’ll get to see everything and perhaps stop by at some of your favorite works for a few minutes more. And last but not least, although the Orsay museum was a former train station, the museum route is quite straight forward. You start from one place and you end just where you have to, without missing out on anything.
The downside is that you’re not allowed to take any pictures from the paintings!

Main hall of the museum and where the sculptures are on display
 
3. The Louvre

Simple! There’s just absolutely no way you can go all the way to Paris and miss out on Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa! Be wise about it and do your research if you don’t want to be waiting in line for hours and later getting all lost and confused in this massive museum.

4. Notre Dam

Here’ one thing you can do in Paris for free. Just make sure you get there early so you don’t have to wait in line for a long time.
Make sure to check out the open days and hours in the website in order to not be disappointed.

5. National Opera
This building had one of the most lavishing interiors I had ever seen.  It’s a bit on the pricy side, with a 10€ entrance fee and one of the few places in Paris where under 25s have to pay. However it was absolutely worth it. And it immediately became one of my favorite places in Paris.
6. Sacre Coeur 

Famous for it’s spectacular sunset view, this is the highest point of Paris and one the free places where you’ll get a panoramic view of the whole city. The interior is just as stunning and perhaps you’ll get to wonder in the beautiful Montmartre neighborhood if you had some extra time.

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7. From Grand palais to Hotel des Invalides
Now you might not have the time or money to visit the Grand Palais, Petit Palais or Hotel des Invalides individually, but make sure you don’t miss out on seeing the lavishing exterior. This is one of the most beautiful routes to walk, where you’ll get to see some beautiful architecture, scenery, take some gorgeous pictures and perhaps chill out in front of Hotel des Invalides.
Petit Palais
Grand Palais
Pont Alexandre III
Hotel des Invalides
 
8. From the Louvre to Place Vendôme
Another beautiful walking route from the magnificent architecture of the Louvre to the peaceful Tuileries Garden and the exquisite Place Vendôme with it’s historic column and beautiful water fountains.
Place du Carrousel
Tuileries Garden
Place Vendôme
9. The Rodin Museum
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This place has to be one of my favorite museums ever. It was my first experience of an outdoor exhibition. While most of the works are inside the building, some of Rodin’s most famous sculptures are scattered in the beautiful garden. And if you don’t want to pay the whole entrance fee you can just buy a ticket for the garden where you’ll get just enough fabulousness.
10. Champs Elysées / Arc de Triumph
If you’re in for some Luxury shopping then this is your place. If not, just strolling along the Champs Elysées or having a cup of coffee in one of it’s coffee shops is going to be a delight. I would definitely prefer this place at night time when the street lights up.
Let me know about your top Parisian attraction and why it’s so special.
Happy travels,
Matin

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