Top 5 things to do for FREE in Paris

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Paris, the “City of Lights” has a great many amazing things to offer for tourists.

This is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, as everyone knows, but also one of the most expensive ones! However this does not mean you need to rob a bank when you travel to the French capital.
There are many things to do and see for free in Paris, so you could visit the capital without spending a lot of money.
Here is a selection of 5 things that you could visit and see for free in Paris, especially for YOU!

1.    The Eiffel Tower :

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris, an ideal place for all visitors.
Obviously, paying a visit to the 1st, 2nd or top floor, would cost some money, and is only for the brave visitors that do not mind the queue!
However, you can easily come close enough to this impressive structure and admire the wonders that architectural genius Gustave Eiffel created for the amazing city of Paris.

Champ de Mars 75007 Paris

2.    La Butte de Montmartre :

Montmartre

Montmartre

Montmartre”, situated north of Paris on the hill of Montmartre, is a must-see during your stay in Paris. It is home to the Basilica of the “Sacré-Cœur” and is also the highest point in Paris, located 130 meters above sea level.

There are two ways of getting to Montmartre: For the more sporty people, there is a flight of stairs with 222 (!) steps. If this sounds to exhausting, you can make use of the cable car.
Once you have reached the top, you will be delighted by magnificent views of Paris.
Do not miss the opportunity to see the work of many artists (painters, sculptors, poets) who have been coming together for years on Place du Tertre, located 2 minutes from the Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur.

35, Rue du Chevalier-de-la-barre 75018  Paris

3.    The  Louvre and Museum d’Orsay

Le Louvre

Le Louvre

The Louvre is located in a former royal palace, between the right bank of the Seine and the Rue Rivoli, it’s the largest museum in Paris, the most well-known and most visited museum in the world.
You will see many works of diverse nature such as paintings, drawings, sculptures and archaeological objects, as well as the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.
There is no doubt that you should make some time to visit the “Louvre” – on every first Sunday of the month, and on July 14 (national holiday in France), you can do this for free!
The Louvre museum is always free for people under 18 years old and for people with disabilities and their carer. For people between the age of 18 and 25, discounts may apply, to promote cultural activities for younger people.

Musee d'Orsay

Musee d'Orsay

The Orsay Museum, located on the left bank of Paris, was built in the old station “Gare d’Orsay”, and is one of the most popular museums in the capital.

You can see paintings and sculptures from Occidental from 1848 to 1914, as well as temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists. Like the “Louvre”, it is possible to visit the Musee of “Orsay” for free on the first Sunday of the month and this museum also has  reduced rates like the Louvre Museum.

Louvre: Musée du Louvre 75058 Paris
Orsay: 1, rue de la Légion d’Honneur 75007 Paris

4.    Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris :

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris

The cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, more commonly called “Notre Dame” is not the largest in France, but is unquestionably one of the most wonderful examples of Gothic architecture and one of the great symbols of Paris.
To visit the museum or climb up the towers you will have to pay, but you will not have to spend a penny to stroll to the tower and inside the cathedral, to admire this ashtonishing architecture.

6 Place du Paris Notre Dame, 75004 Paris

5.    The Avenue des Champs Elysées and la Seine :

Champs Elysees

Champs Elysees

The Avenue Champs Elysees, often by the Parisians called “The Champs”, is considered one of the most beautiful avenues in the world, and by the French as “The most beautiful avenue in the world”!
It connects the “Arc de Triomphe” to the “Place de la Concorde” where the famous Obelisk of Luxor can be found.
This avenue is one of the most famous in the world – with its many cinemas, coffee places and shops that are beyond your wildests dreams.

La Seine

La Seine

The River Seine, a 14km long river running through Paris, played a very important role in the history of Paris. Many buildings have been built along the Seine, with quite beautiful architecture, representative of the “City of Lights”.

Both banks of this river, the “Rive Gauche” and the “Rive Droite” are a big part of the fame of Paris and it is therefore essential that you walk around there, during your trip to Paris. This does not cost you anything and will leave you with wonderful memories and great dreams in your head.

Some people say that Paris is a very expensive city to visits for tourist, but now you know that many of its most famous sights are very easy on the pocketbook! Enjoy!

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4 Responses to Top 5 things to do for FREE in Paris

  1. anne says:

    I have lovely friends in Paris .. who I met through blogging,… Never went to Paris (even though I live in the UK) until April 2009 and now I have been 5 times .. You don’t always have to spend lots of money ,and you see so much through walking .. !!

  2. Hi Anne,
    You are absolutely right; the best way to discover a city is by strolling around and just “get lost” in the tiny streets.. I love it! I haven’t been in Paris since I was 12 so I would also like to go back there, as an adult and see all these beautiful places…

  3. Erik says:

    Nice tips, but the Louvre is *very* busy on days when the entrance is free. I would also add the Sacre Coeur Basilica, Musée Petit Palais and Musée d’Art Moderne to the list.

  4. Jean Jean says:

    You are right Erik, but places with free entrance are very popular and therefore are more likely to be very busy all the time!!
    But thank you for your comment and additional ideas, which are also very beautiful places to visit in Paris, for free :)

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