For over two thousand years, Paris has been a centre for culture, art, food, architecture, industry and history. The landmarks of Paris are some of the most widely recognised in the entire world and it is also the most visited city on Earth.
This beautiful and rich city has seen its dark days and its enlightened ones. Known for the Eiffel Tower, Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Paris is definitely a destination worth visiting. There have been countless movies made and songs written about its beauty and the feeling one gets when walking its streets. A trip to Paris is always an unforgettable one and definitely an experience everyone should have in their lifetime. They don't call it 'The City of Light' for nothing.
There is no 'bad' time to visit Paris as each season has its charms. In the summer time, the weather is comfortable but the tourists are plenty. In the fall/winter, temperatures can get a little chilly and the stores are packed during the holiday season. However, you won't be competing with quite as many other tourists. While many Parisians do speak English, a French phrase book could be quite helpful.
Getting in and around Paris
Unless you live in Europe, you will very likely be flying to Paris. If so, Charles de Gaulle airport is your best bet. It is a major airport which means you will have a wide variety of flight times and airlines to choose from.
Europe has an impressive high-speed train network. The TGV can transport you almost anywhere that you'd want to go. Euroline Bus Company can also provide transportation in and around France and Europe, if you are travelling to Paris from another European city. If you're travelling from the UK, you must take a ferry across the English Channel. Note, Paris is a walking city, so be sure to bring good walking shoes on your trip to Paris!
The best way to see Paris is to walk to your destinations. You'll find great little shops, restaurants and sights that would only be a blur by any other means. However, if you are travelling to a sight that's beyond walking distance, you have many options in Paris.
Most seasoned tourists won't recommend driving yourself or employing the bus system. However, the Metro and the Underground Rail are two great options from Paris's excellent public transportation system. Taxis are also an option, however they can be pricey. Nevertheless, taxis are always a possibility if you're in a pinch.Paris Car Hire
As in most cities car hire is available in Paris, however it may be easier to walk the city.^ Back to top
Sleeping in Paris will be a large portion of your trip's budget, no matter what hotel you choose. However, there are thousands of hotels in Paris to choose from. You can easily find the right hotel for you.
Things to do in Paris
A better question would be: 'What can't you do in Paris?' The list of attractions, museums, monuments, and historic sites in Paris is never ending. Nevertheless, here are few places you simply must see before your first trip ends: