Paris is one of those cities that never fails to impress you. Whether you are a first-time visitor or returning to explore new sides of it, there are more things to do than you will ever have time for. The city combines world-famous monuments with an incredible cuisine, rich history, an outstanding art scene, excellent shops and numerous social attractions to create one of the most complete experiences you can get in your travels. Some experiences, however, are never to be missed for an authentic look at one of the most widely appreciated locations in the world.
Before jumping to the mandatory activities and destinations, let’s answer a question that we often receive from those preparing to visit the city.
What is the best way for me to reach my place of accommodation once I am at the airport?
Paris has excellent public transportation that we can easily recommend to use during your stay. However, we find it to have some drawbacks that are hard to ignore for your first trip to the city. After your flight, it is almost certain that you will feel tired and stressed out. Your luggage will only add to your discomfort, as you will have to carry it while searching for the right routes. Needless to say, the trip itself will not as comfortable or fast as you may want it either.
We recommend that you use a Paris airport taxi instead – these bring significant advantages when it comes to speed and comfort, without having you go deep in your pockets. You will be able to relax on your trip towards the hotel, as all worries of getting lost or losing your luggage will disappear. Once you are ready to explore the city, here are a few experiences you should not miss.
Mandatory visits for a complete experience
- Eiffel Tower
As one of the most recognizable structures in Europe, every visit to Paris should have it among the top priorities. While you will inevitably see it from various areas of the city, there is nothing quite like seeing its grandeur up close. For the full experience, make sure you climb the tower and get a stunning view of the city.
Another world-famous attraction, this avenue can satisfy all kinds of interests, as you will never get bored between the myriad of cafés, luxury shops, cinemas and theaters. Even simple walks are a real pleasure, as beautiful gardens and impressive buildings serve to create an unforgettable visual experience.
As one of the most important museums in the world, it hosts an impressive collection of artworks lead by one of the most famous pieces of all time: Mona Lisa. Other noteworthy mentions are the Dying Slave by Michelangelo, Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, belonging to Antonio Canova and the Winged Victory by Samothrace.
- Moulin Rouge
This world-leading cabaret venue has inspired numerous works of art, and it doesn’t take long to see why. A spectacle of exorbitant costumes, colorful sets, intense plays and excellent music will leave you fascinated with the place and craving for a return.
- The Notre Dame Cathedral
As one of the first Gothic cathedrals ever built, it is definitely one of its biggest masterpieces. This world-famous building will leave you stunned both from the streets and the inside, as its imposing design and carefully detailed sculptures make it a true work of art that contributes heavily to Paris’ identity.