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Even if you’ve never been to Paris you may feel like you already know the City of Light. And in most cities in the world you’d be scraping the barrel trying to find 75 genuinely worthwhile things to do. But that will never be the case in Paris.
Such is the amount of world-beating museums and sights we all know and love, there will never be a shortage of ideas. We reckon you could make another 75 with the rejects and still have the time of your life in Paris.
You can’t compose a list like this without having tried and trusted favourites like the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower, but we also have a few recherché places and experiences that merit the extra minutes on the RER or Metro.
It would be remiss to leave out Disneyland on a list of Paris day trips, though of course it is technically in Paris.
Hop on a shuttle from the city and spend the day meeting Mickey and friends, making yourself sick on the myriad roller coasters.
Head behind the scenes or catch a show in the Walt Disney Studio Park, where the real magic happens.
This is a great option for the whole family, with child-friendly rides on offer as well as full-on thrill rides for the adults.
The world’s largest and most visited art museum has more than enough material for an article of its own.
The Louvre Palace started out as a medieval fortress, before becoming a gallery for artists to study antiquities and the works of Old Masters in the 1700s.
Fast forward 230 years and you have a museum that you’d need weeks to fully appreciate.
There are antiquities from scores of world cultures and a collection of Renaissance and Baroque art that puts every other museum in the world to shame.
If you are pressed for time, see the crème de la crème like the 2,200-year-old Winged Victory of Samothrace, Liberty Leading the People (Delacroix), the Portrait of François I (Jean Clouet), the enigmatic Gabrielle d’Estrées and one of her sisters (Unknown) and of course the Mona Lisa (Leonardo da Vinci).
Even taking on board the queues and safety measures, how could you possibly come to Paris and not go up one of the world’s most famous landmarks? Built in time for the 1889 World’s Fair, the tower stands at 324 metres and was the tallest structure in the country until the Millau Viaduct was completed in 2004. As an attraction it hardly needs introduction.
If you’re in the city for the first time then it needs to be a priority, but if you’re returning after a few years you can spot the city’s new landmarks, like the Fondation Louis Vuitton, from the observation decks.
Close to 7 million people ascend the Eiffel Tower every year; most go up to the first two levels where there are shops and restaurants, while the third level is still the highest accessible observation deck in Europe at 276 metres.
If there is one reason why Paris is called the city of lights, it is because of the startling ‘Paris nightlife’. From fancy restaurants to cool brasseries and hot nightclubs to sizzling cabaret shows, there’s a lot that the city has in store for its people.
If watching the cancan girls is not your thing, shopping your heart out all evening might tickle your fancy. And even if that doesn’t work, the Eiffel Tower will definitely work its charm upon you!
Now, before you get to plan your Europe trip, have a look at all of these popular bars, party places, and experiences that will surely make you fall in love with Paris even more!
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