City of love, fashion, art and history. For centuries Paris has had a magical and powerful attraction. In the 'City of Light' romance is around every street corner, between historical monuments and the crème de la crème of modern architecture. Could Paris be the most beautiful city in the world?
To answer this question, you need to experience Paris for yourself. From our campsite near Paris is it easy to take the train to Gare de l'Est. The price of a daycard for adults is €18,30, for children under 11 years it's €12,95. With a daycard you can travel by train, bus and underground all day. You can buy the traint ticket at the reception.
In the heart of the French capital you'll find the Louvre, the Eiffel tower, the Champs Elysées and Montmartre..... and so much more!
The real Paris is to be found in Montmartre. This art district bustles 24 hour a day. Tip: let one of the artists draw a portrait of you in the Place du Tertre and then walk down the hill to the Place Pigalle. There you find the famous square, home to theMoulin Rouge. Wait until dark, Paris really comes alive at night! Be sure to have a look inside the Sacre Coeur during the day. This basilica is still relatively new (opened in 1914) but competes with the best of the world. The Sacré Coeur sits on top of a hill, with only the panorama view from the Eiffel tower being better.
Some facts: It is 324 meters high, has more than 7 million kilos of steel and attracts more than 6 million visitors each year. The steel wonder of the World Exhibition of 1889 is still the symbol of the city. At that time, the Eiffel tower was the highest building of the world. A visit to this miracle on the left bank of the Seine must be on your 'to do' list. The view from the top is 'formidable'. Did you know that the Eiffel tower is 15cm smaller in winter than in summer? The law of physics: steel contracts when it is cold!
Notre-Dame is the eyecatcher on the Île de la Cité, in the heart of the city centre. This gothic cathedral has dominated the city for centuries. The first stone was laid in 1163. Superlatives fail to describe the 130-meter high cathedral. The famous book ' The Hunchback of Notre Dame' from Victor Hugo in 1831 (and the famous Disney®-movie from 1996) makes this religious monument well-known to the general public. So even the kids will know it!
Père Lachaise: the tombs of celebrities
Jim Morrison, Frédéric Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and many more musicians, writers, politicians and famous stars from the bygone times have their last resting place at Père-Lachaise. It is one of the most famous cemeteries from the world and the huge park with its striking tombs (one more ostentatious than the other) provide many "ohs and ahs". The entrance is off the Boulevard Ménilmontant 15, in the 20th arrondissement.
Shopping at Lafayette or Le Bon Marché
A day's shopping in Paris? Visit the world of Galerie Lafayette and all your shopping dreams will true. Plus, the upmarket shopping centre -with the famous light dome- on the Bouelvard Haussmann has been an attraction in its own right for more than 40 years.
Concept store Colette is a paradise for every fashion and art lover. Here you find the most exclusive, designer stuff; from clothes to make-up to food. Most people just window shop because the prices can be high. Definitely worth a visit is the kiosk where you can find all the recent magazines about fashion and design. There is a cafe in the kiosk where you can choose from more than 100 different types of mineral water.
Vintage heaven Kiliwatch
In the heart of the city centre is Kilwatch: a temple for every fan of vintage goods. If you look around, you will find amazing designer clothes at great prices. Take your time to look around and you are sure to find some gems. Don't like vintage? They also have really nice clothes from young designers and a bookstore with everything about... you guessed, fashion!
Le Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen
The most famous flea market in Paris is Le Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen. This market has been held on the edge of Paris every week since 1885. The metro will take you quickly to the centre. The flea market has more than 2000 shops where you can find everything, from clothes to old furniture to collector's items. Leave plenty of time to explore it fully.
With that strange tangle of pipes and tubes in all the colours of the rainbow, theCentre Pompidou has to be the strangest building in Paris. What lies behind the historic industrial facade of this fantasy factory? A lot is the answer. The Musée National d'Art Moderne, with more than 50,000 works of art is one of the largest modern art museums in the world. However there are also exhibitions, a huge library, theatres, a cinema and restaurant housed in the Centre Pompidou. The building itself is an attraction but outside there is also plenty to see as the square in front of the Centre Pompidou is a gathering place for street performers.
Art tresures from the Louvre
Worlds most famous art museum welcomes more than 8 million visitors each year. No other museum like the Louvre can claim the same. In particular, sculpture and painting works of art are well represented, the main draw being the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. The Louvre is is one of the oldest museums in the world. It opened in 1793 to display the royal art collection. The Louvre is housed in an old medieval fort, which later became a palace. The famous glass pyramid forms the futuristic entrance.
In a beautiful train station dating back to 1900, situated by the Seine, is where you will find the impressive Musée d'Orsay. With a collection mainly from the 19th century, with sculptures and impressionist paintings, is it one of the most popular museums in Paris. The collection embraces the period from the mid 19th century to 1914 and includes works by famous artists such as Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, van Gogh, Degas, Rodin and many others.