Ahhh, Paris. Well, this place has always been and always will be considered one of the best destinations for the wandering soul.
Paris is the largest city and also the capital of France. Yeah, same place where french fries come from. Well done, you.
Over the years Paris has been become well-known as one of the most romantic places in the world. Everything from the history, culture, art, music, design, and food is world renowned.
But what if you only have a short time to explore this magnificent city? Well, you’ll have to do it minimalist style, and as such I hereby present to you the top four can’t-miss attractions of Paris. If you get to see and experience all of these places, you’ll have seen the best of the French capital.
5. The Louvre Museum
The Louvre was originally built and used as a palace, but is now known as one of the best museums in the world. Art is king here. It is the largest museum in the world. The uber-famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci, which was purchased by the great king, King Francis I, is one of the great pieces you’ll see at this museum.
The museum itself is a temple of art. Some other great works you’ll see here are The Nike of Samothrake, The Dying Slave of Michelangelo, and many, many more.
4. Notre Dame Cathedral
The Notre Dame cathedral is one of the most religious places in the world. The beautifully built structure is itself an amazing piece of art. The construction and decoration as well as the planning of this building is something to really be admired.
Apart from the construction and perfection this building is considered to be the religious center of the city. If you’re down with the J man or his poppa, be sure to drop by and pay your respects.
3. Disneyland Paris
Disneyland is famous the world over, and for good reason! Feel like a kid again as you pay a visit to Fantasyland, Space Mountain, and the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast. Take a stroll around and marvel at the life-size cartoon characters singing and dancing down the colorful streets! Disneyland Paris tickets vary in price, but it is usually best to book in advance to get the best deal.
The park is located 32 kilometers from the center of Paris, but is easily accessible via public transport. Just be sure not to buy too many souvenirs or your minimalist days will be over!
2. Arc De Triumphe
This arc was built to celebrate the victories of Napoleon in 1806, but was not completed until 1836, long after the famous emperor’s death. This Arc celebrates the battlefield warriors of France who commanded during the reign of Napoleon.
The design of the structure is yet another fine piece of art in the city. A must see for history buffs and architecture appreciators alike.
1. Eiffel Tower
But of course! The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous and visited attractions in the whole Europe, and something Parisians hold very dear. The 300-meter tall structure remains one of the tallest towers in the world and is visible from every part of Paris. In fact, construction laws are in place in the city so that no tall buildings may be erected that might obscure the view of the tower from any location within the city limits.
What are your must-see sights in Paris?
Do you agree with my picks above, or are there some other attractions you’d much rather see, or activities you’d much rather do, if you found yourself short on time in the French capital?
Let me know via the comments.