Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world. Most tourists think that it’s an expensive city, and it can be. There are lots of things to do in the City of Love to suit your interests and budget. Wherever you’re staying and whatever your budget is, Paris is full of free things to do. It doesn’t matter if you’re staying in some of the Paris luxury apartments or a cheap hostel, you should still visit these low-cost places. Here are eight of my favourite.
1# Check out the Museums:
The museums in Paris are top-notch. But, did you know that some of them are free on the first Sunday of each month? This includes the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. You can also get free admission if you’re under 25 and are from one of the countries in the EU. This is a great way to experience all the amazing culture without breaking the bank.
There are also 14 other museums in Paris that you can visit for free at any time. Find the ones that appeal to you.
2# Go to the Churches:
The gothic churches in this city are famous around the world. You can admire the architecture and gargoyles on the outside or go inside to admire the lavish interior. Notre Dame is one of the most well-known in the world and it’s free to visit. If you want to go up the Bell Tower to look down on the city, you’ll have to pay a small fee.
3# Join the Free Walking Tours:
Free walking tours are becoming more popular around the world. All you have to do is turn up at a specific time and place and you’re good to go. The guide takes you around the city and explains the history and culture, which is a great way to learn what Paris is all about. Search online and find the tour that suits you.
You can also download walking tours onto your phone and go around the city on your own. There are so many beautiful things to see that getting lost is a pleasure in this city.
4# See the Gothic Cemeteries:
Most people wouldn’t expect a cemetery to be a tourist attraction. But, in Paris it is. Some of the larger Gothic cemeteries are breath-taking and you can visit the graves of famous people. This includes Charlie Chaplin and Oscar Wilde.
5# Visit the Arc de Triumph
The Arc de Triumph is one of the most famous landmarks in France, which is at the end of Champs-Élysées. You can walk around for free and see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. There’s also an eternal flame to honour those who lost their lives in the wars. You can go to the top for a small admission fee.
6# Take in Views of the Eiffel Tower:
Everyone knows the Eiffel Tower and dreams of seeing it. Going to the top can be expensive and you may have to line up for hours.
This isn’t the end of the world.
The views of the tower from around the city are spectacular. And, you can get good views and photographs from several points in the city. The best place for me is near the River Seine.
The tower lights up when it gets dark and sparkles for a few minutes every hour on the hour. This is a magical thing to see.
7# Have a Romantic Walk along the River Seine:
If you’re in Paris with your partner, take a walk along one of the most romantic rivers in the world. You can sit on the benches and watch the boats go by or just enjoy an evening stroll to soak up the atmosphere.
You don’t have to be madly in love to enjoy the River Seine. The area is very photogenic and a paradise for photographers.
8# Enjoy the Parks:
Paris is full of parks and green spaces where the locals and tourists like to come to hang out. These are great places to enjoy the nice weather or to take a well-earned break from exploring the city. Some people like to have a quiet picnic on the grass.
Jardin de Luxembourg and Parc Montsouris are some of the more famous ones in Paris. And the best thing is, you don’t have to pay to go inside.
Visiting Paris is a dream come true for a lot of people. It may be expensive to get to the city if you’re living outside of Europe, but it will be an unforgettable trip. Regardless of your budget, you don’t need to waste money and spend a fortune on experiencing the city. First-time visitors always make this mistake. Just remember, the city is full of free things to do and see if you know the places where to look.