France: 5 unforgettable places to visit

Top 5 main sights in Paris. How to get there, visiting hours and ticket price?

You’re unlikely to find another city on earth that has as huge a number of famous cultural monuments as Paris. Every square meter of this dream city is brimming with history and unforgettable beauty. The concentration of attractions here is simply incredible. If you come to the capital of France for the first time and dream to get the maximum number of impressions in one trip, you will surely ask yourself a question – what to visit first of all? I hope that the information I have selected will help you independently, in a relatively short period of time, to see the most striking historical monuments of this center of world tourism.

And so, the top 5 most unforgettable places in Paris:

The Louvre. There is an opinion among Parisians: to fully understand Louvre one human life is not enough. Where to start a visit to the museum? First of all the halls, where the most famous collections of masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt Caravaggio and other masters of the pen of international fame are located. Do not forget to walk through the Tuileries gardens, stunning beauty. The museum is open every day of the week, except Tuesday, from 9 to 18h. On Wednesdays and Fridays, opening hours are extended until 9.45pm. May 1, December 25 and January 1 are public holidays. The entrance fee is only 10 Euros. If you decide to visit this cultural monument on July 14 or the first Sunday of the month – you can do it absolutely free. Go to the Louvre by subway (line 1 and 7) to the station “Palais-Royal/musée du Louvre”.

The elegant symbol and landmark of Paris is the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is open daily from 9:30 to 11:45. Summer schedule (June 17 to August 28) from 9:00 am to 0:45 am. The ticket price, depending on the altitude, ranges from 4.70 to 13.40 euros. Child ticket (up to 11 l.) costs up to 9.3 euros. Young people under 24 years old can visit this legendary architectural monument at a preferential price of 3.20 to 11.80 euros. It is better to buy tickets in advance on the website of the Eiffel Tower. The most comfortable way to get to the museum is by metro. The nearest stations are Bir-Hakeim (line 6), Ecole Militaire (line 8), Trocadéro (lines 6 and 9). Or by train (RER): Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel (line C).

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3. The spiritual symbol of France – Notre Dame de Paris. The temple is located on the island of Cité on the Seine. The Cathedral is open daily from 8:00 to 18:45. On Saturdays and Sundays, the visiting time is extended for half an hour (up to 19:15). Entrance to the cathedral is free. If you want to admire the charming views of Paris there is an observation deck, which encircles the entire famous architectural monument. To get up to it will have to pay 15 euros. The closest stations are Cité or Saint-Michel (line 4), Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11), Cluny – La Sorbonne (line 10), Châtelet (lines 7,11,14). By electric train between Saint-Michel and Notre-Dame (lines B and C).

4. In fourth place is the most famous Parisian street – Champs Elysees, crowned by the architectural celebrity of France – a fifty-meter Arc de Triomphe. Do not forget to admire the beautiful Elysian Palace, the official residence of the French presidents. The street is remarkable for its numerous boutiques, salons, restaurants and cafes, which are open every day. Most of the stores close at 8-24 pm. To get here, the best way is to take the metro. Lines 1, 8, 9, 12 and 13. To get there take the RER A train Charles de Gaulle – Étoile, George V, Concorde, Champs-Élysées, or the RER A express train Charles de Gaulle – Étoile (lines 1,2, 6).

5. Versailles, the residence of four generations of French rulers, crowns our personal top 5 list of the best sights in Paris. This symbol of royal power is located 40 kilometers from the capital. You can visit the gardens of Versailles daily from 8 to 20h30. The Palace is open daily, excluding Mondays, from 9 am to 6.30 pm. During the cold season (from October, 1 to March, 30) the schedule of services is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Monday is the day off. For visiting the palace you have to pay from 13-15 euro. Take the suburban electric train (RER C) Paris – Versailles Rive Gauche.

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