Writers, travellers, artists, photographers and filmmakers have tried to capture the magic of the French capital for hundreds of years. Time and time again, they have failed. It may be possible to understand and admire the magnificence of its architectural splendours, the appeal of its long tree-lined boulevards, the draw of its vast, green parks, but that unique feeling of strolling through this open-air museum on a clear night cannot be reproduced by any medium. Paris is a city that must be experienced first-hand.
Instantly recognizable for its iconic architecture, it is a vibrant metropolis in constant change. Though perennial monuments like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral are a must, as are world-renowned museums such as the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, there are wonders to be found on every corner. From the trendy bars, boutiques and galleries of Marais to the artsy and bohemian feel of Montmartre to the grandiose elegance along the Seine, there is plenty for all tastes, a full range extending from earthy grit to over-the-top sophistication, but always with an emphatic and inimitable Parisian flavour.
A pioneer in design of all kinds, Paris is consistently at the forefront of innovation in everything from the arts and culture to fashion and gastronomy. Be it for shopping, dining or sightseeing, it is hard to find a better place than this, the world’s most visited city.
La Tour Eiffel
This iron tower is the very symbol of Paris itself, and it attracts nearly seven million visitors each year. The tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World Exposition to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution. It towers over the city at 324 metres and weighs over 10,000 tons, making it both an imposing monument and an engineering marvel.
The 689-foot tall Montparnasse Tower, also called the “Tour Maine-Montparnasse”, is Paris' only skyscraper, standing at 59 storeys tall (plus 6 underground levels). The fastest lift connects the ground floor to the 56th floor, at an altitude of 643 feet in just 38 seconds (or 19 feet per second). The top floors and the terrace are only accessible by stairs and provide breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
Moulin Rouge - The Most Famous Cabaret in the World!
The Moulin Rouge promises an unforgettable evening. Since 1889, the Moulin Rouge is the most famous cabaret in the world, thanks to its French Cancan and the larger-than-life shows with feathers, rhinestones and sequins. Enjoy your dinner in the French gastronomic tradition in a beautiful Belle Epoque venue, and experience the show Féerie, which you are sure to remember for years to come. An unmissable Paris experience.
Good to know
The city’s local transport system is cheap and efficient. The bus, underground (metro) and commuter train system (RER) are divided into five zones. Tickets are valid on both buses and trains, and can be purchased from the stations and in kiosks. Travel cards, ranging from one to five days, are also available at the airport, at underground stations and from tourist information offices.
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