A weekend in Paris - what you can do
This time we were able to win over Denise Urbach to present her favorite city Paris in a guest article. Denise lives in France and knows Paris very well. With their tips, you are sure to be well-equipped for a weekend in Paris full of experiences. We thank you for the recommendations. This will make your trip to Paris an experience.
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2 days Paris – a short weekend trip
Bienvenue à Paris, in one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Paris, the city of love and a thousand lights, has much to offer. But the vacation time is usually not enough to visit everything. Those planning a weekend trip to Paris should organize their sightseeing program well, in order to see much of the city in no time while enjoying the special Parisian flair.
Day 1 for your weekend in Paris
Our discovery tour of Paris starts at the Arc de Triomphe and continues along the Champs-Elysées. This extends over 2 kilometers from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde. It is home to well-known designer boutiques and numerous restaurants. The Place de la Concorde with the Luxor Obelisk is the largest square in Paris. At the time of the French Revolution, the guillotine used to behead Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France, stood here. Today, the Place de la Concorde is very popular with tourists due to more pleasant events, especially around Christmas time. Because then here is "la Grande Roue de Paris", the 60 meter high Ferris wheel of the city.
Continue on foot over the Place de la Concorde to the Tuileries Gardens, the former palace park of Paris, at the end of which is the world-famous museum, the Louvre. Before entering the museum through the glass pyramid to visit its most famous resident, Mona Lisa, it is worth taking a look back towards the Arc de Triomphe. Here, the visitor has an impressive view of the historical axis of Paris.
After stopping at the museum, the tour continues to the Hôtel de Ville. Contrary to many assumptions, the Hôtel de Ville is not a hotel, but the city hall of Paris. The Pont Notre-Dame next door will then take you across the Seine to the Paris city island, the Ile de la Cité. The Notre Dame Cathedral is located there.
Tip: Visit the Sainte Chapelle
The Hôtel Dieu is located on the Ile de la Cité, not far from the Notre Dame Cathedral. Its garden and inner courtyard impress with their architecture. The Sainte Chapelle is also worth a visit. Because the former palace chapel from the 13th century impresses with its 15 meter high stained glass windows and the interior decorations and should therefore not be missing in any program.
Strolling through Paris makes you hungry and tired. In the Bercy Village, on the site of the wine depot of the city of Paris, you can end the evening in one of the restaurants.
Day 2 for a Paris short break
Day two begins at the Tour Eiffel. You should allow time to visit the city's landmark, because the rush of visitors is often very large. But it's worth queuing, because the view from the top floor is breathtaking!
Tip for your weekend in Paris: visit the Opéra Garnier
Around noon, after a meal, you can take the metro to the Opéra Garnier. A visit to the opera is highly recommended on a weekend in Paris, especially the hall with its ceiling paintings by Chagall is worth seeing. With the Opera just a short walk from Galeries Lafayette, now is the time to shop in Paris's department stores. The roof terrace of the Galeries Lafayette should not be missed when visiting a department store. Because the panoramic view over the city is simply grandiose.
A detour to Montmartre is recommended for the rest of the afternoon. There you can visit the Sacré Coeur Cathedral and the Place du Tertre with its painters and portraitists. After a coffee break on one of the terraces, you can follow Rue Lepic to go back down the Montmartre hill. This leads past the Café de Amélie to the Moulin Rouge, the most famous of Parisian cabarets in the Pigalle district. That fits for an evening on your weekend in Paris.
If you follow this program, you'll have made the most of your weekend in Paris. But since Paris has much more to offer and you haven't yet seen all the special features of this enchanting city, the following applies: A bientôt à Paris!
These tips for a weekend in Paris come from Denise Urbach
Denise Urbach wrote these tips for a weekend in Paris. Denise lives and works in Paris. She publishes articles about Paris on her website. More info at www.help-tourists-in-paris.com.
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3 thoughts too "A weekend in Paris - tips from a local"
Thank you, Hazel, for your comment. I'll be the guest author of this post.
This is an excellent 2-day itinerary of Paris. All the unmissable sites are here. And yes, Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Thank you!
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