Paris is known for many things including beauty, culture, romance and iconic landmarks. It is believed that it is the most popular tourist destination in the world. The city has a notable influence over many realms of culture: art, cuisine, and fashion. The city is so beautiful and influential in fact, that major areas of the city and the River Seine are preserved as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. When you visit, you should make time to climb the Eiffel Tower, marvel at the Gothic beauty of Notre Dame, explore the Louvre Museum and see a show at the Moulin Rouge. The choice is yours to design your own adventure. Wimdu allow you to tailor your trip to your own personal preferences, offering apartments for rent in Pairs’ most famous and trendy districts, as well as a good range of accommodation is some of the lesser-known and therefore cheaper areas. This has the dual effect of not only slashing your accommodation bills during you time in Paris, but allowing you to see the city from a more localised point of view.
Where to stay – Accommodation and apartment rentals in Paris’ trendiest districts
There is no denying that Paris is a pricy city when it comes to accommodation. Hotels and hostels alike are able to charge a lot of money for even the most modest of rooms due to the enormous popularity of the city. More savvy travelers often look to rent an apartment in Paris. These self-catering apartments offer visitors not only great accommodation at affordable prices, but also the opportunity to mingle with real Parisians, away from the tourist bubble. You can also tap into your new short term rental landlord or roommates wealth of local knowledge. It’s an excellent way to find out the best local bars and restaurants often just minutes away from you accommodation. So if you would like to travel like a local, and personalized your trip make sure you check out Wimdu great range of holiday apartments and other accommodation options in Paris.
- Did you know that the Eiffel Tower is given a makeover, including a new coat of paint, every seven years?
- Despite being the defining image of Paris, the Eiffel Tower is not the most visited attraction. That title goes to Disneyland Paris, found on the city’s outskirts.
- On the first Wednesday of every month, the civil service alarm is sounded at midday. Do not worry there is no imminent attack - it is just a test.
- There are more dogs in Paris than children. (About 300,000 dogs for those stat lovers)
- Its nickname of the City of Lights was coined not because of the wattage output but for the renowned amount of intellectuals that resided in the city.
Before Amsterdam, New York, and Las Vegas, Paris was the original ‘sin city’ of lively entertainment. The Moulin Rouge is known as the world’s first cabaret theatre show and remains today, amongst tourists in particular, one of the hottest ticket in town. For those who prefer the more gritty and underground bar, for which continental Europe is famed, head to La Piano Vache. This great bar is the perfect introduction into Parisian underground culture. It is advisable that you take a detour off the tourist track when looking for the bets nightlife. We recommend asking your apartment host for tips on where to head at night. Nobody can beat a local on knowledge of the best drinking spots. In terms of daytime entertainment, Paris has a diverse array of activities to offer. Whilst sightseeing will keep you occupied for much of your stay , it is also a great idea to check out the City Zoo and waterparks that serve the city during the warmer months. If you are staying in Paris for longer its rewarding idea to try out a French language course and brush up on the world most romantic language.
In terms of daytime entertainment, Paris has a diverse array of activities to offer. Whilst sightseeing will keep you occupied for much of your stay , it is also a great idea to check out the City Zoo and waterparks that serve the city during the warmer months. If you are staying in Paris for longer its rewarding idea to try out a French language course and brush up on the world most romantic language.
The best sights and attractions
Paris is one of the most famous and visited city in the world. Its world-famous attractions roll off the tongue of even the most untraveled amongst us. Here is but a few of the sights you should check out during your stay.
• In the heart of Paris, on the banks of the Seine, lies the world most famous and most visited museum The Lourve. Over 30,000 objects from today all the way back to the dawn of time are exhibited in the 60,600 square meter museum , originally built in the late 12th Century as a fortress.
• Located in the former railway station, The Musee d’Orsay hosts some of the world’s best impressionist paintings. It is one of the largest permanent collection of the genres in the world.
• Walking along banks of the River Seine offers the best view of some of Paris’ most important landmarks. From the famous Pont Neuf bridge, walk to the Ile de la Cite to see the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Palais Justice.
• In the wealthy suburb of Paris lies the majestic Palace of Versailles. The stunning building has a fascinating history as the symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime.
• Stroll along the Champ Elysees towards the famed Eiffel Tower, it is cheaper to go half way up the tower and you still get a great view of the city.
• On the western tip of the Champ Elysees lies one of Paris’ most famed monuments. The Arc de Triomphe, stands 50m high and honours those who fought and dies in the Napoleonic and French Revolutionary ward. Inscribed on both the inner and outer façade are the names of all the French victories and the generals that led them.
Transportation and Day trips
A wonderful feature of Paris is that there are a number of modes of transport to explore the city. Ride the metro or drift along in a boat. Or travel through Paris like the locals do, on a bike or on skates, a great form of exercise plus you can stop pretty much anywhere you want if something catches your attention. A wonderful, albeit haunting excursion in Paris is a visit to the Catacombs of Paris, an underground resting place that holds the remains of about 6 million people. Paris is also considered one of the fashion capitals of the world, and is home to such labels as Chanel, Christian Dior and Yves Saint – Laurent. In terms of shopping, explore Le Marais for many “Parisian” style clothing stores. Or visit Quartier Saint-Germain-des-Prés for a range of vintage clothing stores. If you are lucky, you may even be able to pick up some great deals on some world renowned labels!