TOP 15 Things to Do in PARIS | Virtual France Travel Guide | Aerial View | Bird’s Eye View #Vacation
If it’s your first time to Paris, you’ll probably want to spend some time at the world-renowned Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre-Dame, yet don’t miss out on other notable city jewels: the Musée d’Orsay, the Luxembourg Gardens or Le Marais and list goes on. There’s no way you’ll get to do it all – museum-touring, shopping, cemetery-perusing, district-exploring, opera-attending – so plan your own itinerary, group sightseeing nearby attractions together and see Paris on your own terms.
0:00 Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel)
Designed and constructed for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (the World’s Fair), the Eiffel Tower was always meant to be a temporary structure, but it skirted demolition talks twice.
0:44 Notre-Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris) FREE
Note that the cathedral sustained significant damage as a result of a fire on April 15, 2019. Its wooden roof and spire collapsed during the fire. It remains closed until further notice.
Like the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is seen as a Parisian icon. Located right along the picturesque River Seine, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is considered a Gothic masterpiece and is often regarded as one of the best Gothic cathedrals of its kind in the world.
1:04 Musée du Louvre
If you only had time to visit one museum in Paris, it should undoubtedly be the Musée du Louvre. That’s because the Louvre is not only widely considered to be one of the best art museums in Europe, but one of the best in the world as well.
1:44 Jardin des Tuileries FREE
Centrally located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, the Jardin des Tuileries is a free public garden that spans approximately 55 acres. Though it was initially designed solely for the use of the royal family and court, the park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1991.
2:04 Le Marais FREE
Straddling the 3ème and 4ème arrondissements (districts), Le Marais is one of Paris’ oldest and coolest districts . With all of its cobblestone streets, stately stone architecture and tucked away courtyards, it’s easy to feel as if you’re strolling through medieval Paris.
2:20 Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre (Sacre-Coeur) FREE
Rising high above Paris, the Sacré-Coeur (meaning “Sacred Heart”) looks more like a white castle than a basilica – but that’s what it is. Towering over the eclectic neighborhood of Montmartre (once a hangout for Paris’ bohemian crowd), this Roman-Byzantine masterpiece is easily recognized by its ornate ivory domes.
2:39 Musée d’Orsay
Housed in a former railway station along the Left Bank, the Musée d’Orsay is regarded for its rich collection of impressionist works. If you climb to the museum’s top balcony, you can catch a breathtaking view of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica through the museum’s massive transparent clock.
2:55 Palais Garnier – Opera National de Paris
A masterpiece of architectural opulence, the Opéra Garnier – also known as the Palais Garnier – still exudes the same enigmatic atmosphere it radiated in the late 1800s.
3:15 Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg) FREE
A warm-weather oasis that offers the simplest of pleasures, the Luxembourg Gardens provide ample green space (61 acres) for sun-soaking and people-watching, plus there are plenty of activities to keep kids entertained.
3:35 Arc de Triomphe
Situated at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, the towering Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoléon to honor the Grande Armee during the Napoleonic Wars. The arch, which is the largest of its kind in the world, is adorned with several impressive, intricately carved sculptures.
3:59 Versailles Palace (Chateau de Versailles)
The Château de Versailles, the sprawling palace and former seat of power, is located 14 miles southwest of Paris in Versailles.
Nowhere in Paris does stained glass windows quite as well as Sainte-Chapelle. The panes – dating back to the chapel’s construction in the 13th century – depict 1,113 scenes from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible in vivid color. Sainte-Chapelle, which took just seven years to build, is a treasured example of French Gothic architecture and originally held Christian artifacts acquired by Louis IX.
4:55 Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck
The Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck claims to have the best views in Paris – and once you reach the top, it’s easy to see why.
5:24 Moulin Rouge
If you’re looking for the quintessential Parisian nightlife experience, Moulin Rouge will likely fit the bill. The legendary cabaret club opened in 1889, wowing crowds with dazzling dancers, free-flowing Champagne and outrageous elements like a gigantic model elephant in the garden.
Situated in the Latin Quarter – or 5th arrondissement – of Paris, the Panthéon is a large church and burial ground with a storied history.