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Things to do in Paris

Paris is the ultimate travel bucket-list item for just about everyone in the world. There are endless cultural and historical things to see in Paris. You can spend a week walking around this romantic city and still feel like you did not have enough time. Our Paris Checklist helps you to narrow down the best things to do in Paris for your vacation. Print out this list and then hit the town!

 

Things to See in Paris

☐ Eiffel Tower | most iconic cultural symbol of Paris, built 1889 for the World's Fair

☐ The Louvre | world's largest art museum and holds famous pieces such as the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and even the Law Code of Hammurabi

☐ Arc de Triomphe | world's largest triumphal arch, commissioned by Napoleon in 1806, it honors those who fought in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars

☐ Ile de la Cite | the actual center of Paris and a natural island in the Seine

☐ Pont Neuf | oldest standing bridge across the River Seine

☐ Notre Dame Cathedral | see Christian relics, like the Crown of Thorns, and the Treasury, with Napolean's coronation robes

☐ Sainte Chapelle | largest collection of 13th-century stained glass anywhere in the world

☐ The Conciergerie | prison where Marie Antoinette and others were held before being taken to Place de la Concorde to be executed

☐ Place de la Concorde | site of guillotine execution of King Louis XVI, Mari Antoinette, and Robespierre during the French Revolution

 

Best Views for Paris Sightseeing

☐ Eiffel Tower | This is an iconic viewpoint in Paris. There are three floors, but the 3rd floor can only be reached via an elevator. If you want to walk to the 2nd floor, then you will walk 704 stairs, which is about 15 minutes. 

☐ Arc de Triomphe | There are 284 stairs here and the lines are not as long here as at the Eiffel Tower. The views at sunset are especially stunning

☐ Montparnasse Tower | Tallest skyscraper in France until 2011, offers terrific panoramic views of Paris from the observation deck

☐ The Pantheon | referred to as the "Balcony of Paris" because it offers 360° views of Paris

 

Top Things to Do in Paris

☐ Seine River Cruise | see the landmarks of Paris as you relax on a boat

☐ Watch an Opera at the Palais Garnier | setting for the musical “Phantom of the Opera”

☐ The Catacombs | bones of six million Parisians lie here. In the 18th-century, cemeteries were cleared around Paris and the bones were moved to these underground tunnels

☐ Musee d’Orsay | largest collection of impressionist art in the world. Monet, Manet, Degas, Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gaugin and more

☐ Pompidou Centre | largest modern art museum in Europe

☐ Musee de l’Orangerie | small museum feating impressionist artwork, including Monet, Picasso, Sisley, Cezanne, Matisse, and more

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