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Discovering Paris In Three Days

Updated on January 12, 2016

Paris is beautiful, charming and romantic. Many adjectives can define this city so special, but nothing compares to feeling Parisian energy really.

Some consider Paris the capital of love; Ido not disagree, but I believe the romantic side of Paris is only one of the attractions that will take you to the French capital.

Paris is known as the City of Light, a city that was home to the Enlightenment and so many revolutions, it gave birth to the most enlightened minds of the planet, artists, painters, architects, musicians and thinkers. Finally Paris became the center of the arts, of good taste and refinement, a very influential city to Europe and the rest of the world.

It is this Paris we'll talk about today, will point out a 3-day itinerary for you to know the substance of this city of culture, romance and its architectural beauty.

I want to make it clear that know Paris in three days is a tourist option, there is so much to do in the city that 10 days may be short. But if you want to experience the essence, in two or three days your trip can be complete.

Let's make a tour around the most important destinations,pass by the most famous and remarkable monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, and also know the most romantic spots, as the Pont des Arts and the Montmartre area.

Day 1 - From the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre walking

Our first day in Paris will be the busiest, but be prepared to walk a lot, which will be 12 kilometers as the scenery and the attractions are amazing.

We will make a beautiful walk: Jardins du Trocadéro> Eiffel Tower> Champ de Mars> Arc de Triomphe> Champs Elysees> Place de la Concorde> Jardin des Tuileries> Louvre.

Each tourist will have his starting point, but to unify and give a suggestion that can cater for all, I recommend taking a metro to Trocadéro station.

Jardins du Trocadéro

The gardens of Trocadéro (Trocadéro Square) makes up a beautiful outdoor plaza in Paris, is located just in front of the River Seine and with a privileged view of the Eiffel Tower. My recommendation to start your first day out from this point is for the reason that it will be the top of this square you will know the Eiffel Tower, the ultimate symbol of Paris.

In my opinion, from anywhere in the city, the most beautiful way of seeing the Eiffel Tower is reaching the Trocadéro train station, going up to the square and dazzling with the landscape.

This square was created less than a century ago, in 1937 for the Universal Exhibition (an event that turned the world from the mid-nineteenth century). Prior to this construction, there were the Gardens of the Trocadero Palace.

Besides the great view of the Eiffel Tower, this square stands out for its gorgeous fountain of Warsaw, the Roger-Henri Expert architect, formed by a series of ponds and waterfalls ending in a large rectangular pool. There are some water cannons that make a sideshow.

Be sure to observe the sculptures of the 1930s that embellish the square and take a picture of the top square with the Eiffel Tower behind.

Eiffel Tower

Few know the Universal Exhibition, but it is worth mentioning that the Eiffel Tower was also built for the 1889 edition of this exhibition.

The Eiffel Tower is an immense piece of architecture with 330 meters high, built entirely of iron by the French engineer Gustave Eiffel, but designed by Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier.

This tower is beautiful, no matter what angle you look, it surprises by its perfect curves, their complex structure and the wonderful view we have of it high.

Many people wonder if it is worth paying to climb to the top of the tower; the answer is, of course, from there you have the most magnificent view of the French capital and can observe all the sights with a 360 ° view.

€ 14.50 are well invested, there are people who think about saving, but remember that it's not every day you have the chance to climb this tower.

Still others venture to walk up to the first floor (restaurant and gift shop), but I want to make it clear that this activity is not for everyone, the time lost will also be valuable.

Note that there are two types of passes, the more economical that entitles you to climb halfway up the tower, for € 8.50 / person and the most complete which will allow you to reach the top of the tower (Sommet) 330 meters height.

Leaving the Eiffel Tower, before meeting the Champ de Mars, I recommend eating a delicious French crepe cooked which is sold directly opposite the Tower, across the street.

WORTH: return to the Eiffel Tower in the evening of the day to observe the lights of a sideshow highlighting the possibility to dine in the tower restaurant.

TIP: Buy souvenirs in the official souvenir shop inside the Eiffel Tower, the items cost a bit more, however, they are of extremely high quality. The vendors who sell the tower miniatures usually charge little, but the quality is poor.

Champ De Mars Seen From The Top Of The Eiffel Tower.

Champ De Mars

Since we are at the Eiffel Tower after our first stop, we follow the Champ de Mars which is one of the largest green areas of Paris.

This beautiful area of ​​contact with nature is a park, an environment for walking; just feel good, breathe a little cooler air .

Access to the park which is open to the public 24 hours a day, consisting of a garden in the best French style, with places to rest, ponds, ducks, swans, etc., The park is visited by families of Paris, beyond the pale, heavy traffic of tourists who enjoy a stroll through the park before or after visiting the Eiffel Tower.

A stop which can be up strategic to rest and be in touch with nature, take your kids to play on the playground, ride a pony or observe the bronze statues.

Arch of Triumph

Now we will go to the Arc de Triomph from the Trocadéro station on Avenue Kléber, one of the finest in the region, where the main embassies of countries around the world are located.

A short break can be made to have a coffee, get some rest, but without losing too much time because our tour is just beginning.

Walking straight down the Avenue Kléber you reach the Arc of Triumph; pay close attention to it because you must go through a tunnel to get to the square which is located in the middle of an important and busy roundabout.

This is probably the most famous Arc of Triumph in the world, who ordered its construction no other than Napoleon Bonaparte, who wanted to celebrate his victory in the Battle of Austerlitz. Its construction was carried out between 1806 and 1836 on the Charles de Gaulle square, also known as Place de l'Étoile.

Within the Arc of Triumph there is a small museum that tells the story of its construction, it is also possible to climb to the highest point of the arc to observe from there the most important sights of the city.

Although it is a simple construction, which we can know in just over an hour, the Arc of Triumph has a great historical significance for the French, a place used by the public to celebrate its greatest achievements, war and peace.

Champs Elysees

We leave the Arc of Triumph down the Champs Elysees, the main avenue of Paris, with just under two kilometers long. This avenue will be our way from the Arc of Triumph to the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre finally.

But do not think this is only a passage from one tourist spot to another, this street is one of the most sought sights of Paris. It is considered the most elegant avenue in the world, called "la plus belle avenue du monde" by the French.

If we talk about fashion and perfume, it is there where installed the main and most exclusive brands in the world such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Dior, Cartier and others.

For men, there is the attraction of the most luxurious brands of car shops in the world, a true playground for those passionate about cars.

While the Champs Élysées in Paris is well known for shopping, it is also a beautiful place to just walk, enjoy the culture of the streets, take a break to eat and one of the main entertainment spots in the city.

One of the monuments that deserves special attention is the Grand Palais des Beaux-Arts (Great Palace of Fine Arts), a very beautiful building built in 1897 to host the World Expo 1900.

Place De La Concorde

Following your walk along the Champs Élysées you will arrive at the Place de la Concorde. The route is just under two kilometers and looks quite nice, with green areas and monuments; just stop and take pictures.

Your attantion will catch the obelisk of Luxor, an Egyptian obelisk of more than 3300 years it was taken to France in 1836. The obelisk was a gift from Egypt to King Louis-Philippe I, who had put it in the center of the square.

Jardin Des Tuileries

After observing the sights around the square, perhaps for a ride on the ferris wheel, I recommend leaving the Place de la Concorde and enter the Jardins des Tuileries, or Portuguese Tuileries Garden, which is just behind the square towards the Louvre.

This garden is a spectacle, nature, peace, rest, there are even chairs tilted the lake to relax after a good hike.

There are several statues in this garden, beautiful flowers, green, and some animals, you can stop to rest or cross it straight until finally arriving at the Louvre.

Our first day out will end here, take the opportunity to take pictures on the outside of the Louvre, as we are already quite tired and the time is short, I recommend returning to the museum on the second day.

Day 2 - Louvre Museum, Notre Dame and Hôtel de Ville

Our second day will be quieter, but do not think that there will be a breeze, because the Louvre is huge and will require you enough energy.

Also on this day I recommend spending in the Pont des Arts, a place that has become popular in recent years, where couples in love padlock securely swearing in eternal love.

Finally, for the day we will visit the Cathédrale Notre-Dame, which is located only 1.5 km from the bridge and then end the tour in the Town Hall Square.

Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum is undoubtedly one of the most complete in the world, filled with works of art, archeology and paintings.The Museum is housed in what was once the Royal Palace and has collections assembled for centuries by the French monarchy and purchase items from the nineteenth century.

The Louvre was a model for several European and international museums, is the most visited museum in the world and very famous for works of important artists, among the most sought is "La Gioconda" (The Mona Lisa) of Leonardo da Vinci.

My recommendation is get there early, the entry costs 11 € and you can spend the day inside the Museum to meet the greatest amount of work possible. There are restaurants for lunch and snack.

Took a digital guide that is very cool, it's a Nintendo 3DS adapted with information about the museum, it works via GPS and offers various guided tours with voice as well as information about the works in the case of a free ride.

Major works from the Louvre:

  • Mona Lisa - Leonardo da Vinci;
  • The Virgin and Child with Saint Anna - Leonardo da Vinci;
  • Marriage at Cana - Véronèse;
  • Death Sandanapale - Eugène Delacroix;
  • Liberty Leading the People - Eugène Delacroix;
  • Quarters of Napoleon III (a complete environment with collection and art objects);

  • Victoria of Samothrace;
  • Venus de Milo;
  • La Dentellieère - Vermeer;
  • Exchange of Princesses - Rubens;
  • Mummies of Egypt;
  • Sarcophagi;

Enjoy as much as possible your time at the Louvre, go with the premise that it is impossible to know the museum in one day, choose what interests you most and use the guide to save time.

Pont des Arts - Bridge of Padlocks

I recommend from the Louvre, after a tiring day and the halls of the museum, if you are traveling with your mate to pass through the Pont des Arts.

That's where millions of people are renewing their ties and vowing eternal love; in recent decades the bridge became popular and travelers from around the world leave their padlocks attached to the structure.

Another must see to recall your trip is a padlock symbolizing the union of the couple, a more than a romantic setting.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Let's enjoy the second day to meet the Notre Dame Cathedral, it is very close to Pont des Arts, you can get walking to the cathedral and it will be approximately 1.5 km.

You come from the Louvre, cross the Pont des Arts and arrive at the Quai de Conti, an avenue that passes on the Seine, you will walk to your left at the bridge exit and will walk to the Pont Neuf.

Cross the Pont Neuf and walk to your right, you will be in the Île-de-France, a small island which is located in the middle of Paris. Walk on the street Quai des Orfèvres take the Quai du Marché Neuf and make the curves down the street until you reach Notre Dame.

The walk is hot, I agree.


The Notre Dame Cathedral has a Gothic style and is one of the oldest in France, it was built from the year 1163 until the year 1245. It was dedicated to Mary - the mother of Jesus.

Visiting the Cathedral is a beautiful experience, even for those who are not Catholic or practitioner, a monument of this caliber should not be judged by religion but by its historical, cultural and architectural significance.

Hôtel de Ville - Town Hall Square

Our second day will be full of emotions, first we will know the relics from the Louvre, leave a lock on the Pont des Arts, visit the Notre-Dame and finish the tour on Town Hall Square (Hôtel de Ville in French).

It is in this building that the institutions of the municipal government of Paris work. As a curiosity, since 1357 this building hosts public office, that's where the mayor takes care of the city administration since 1977.

The reason to visit this square and visit the Town of Paris, and its beautiful typical French architecture, is to meet and interact with the natives wandering around the square in day-to-day.

Day 3 - Lafayette, Sacre Coeur, Place of Artists and Moulin Rouge

Our three-day itinerary in Paris is coming to an end, but do not think that there is little to see and visit in the latter day, get ready for a fast day and use a passage for the last sights of the city.

Galeries Lafayette

On the third day come to the Lafayette Gallery, which can be easily reached by several lines of the Paris Metro. I believe that the easiest season to come is the Saint-Lazare, by passing the subways M3, M12, M13 and M14. But there are nearest stations as the Havre - Caumartin Chaussee d'Antin or - La Fayette.

One of the most famous malls in the world, the Lafayette Gallery Boulevard Hassmann, is epic, luxurious and a must-see tour. Everything there is amazing: the shops, the decor, fine environment and its excellent service.

Okay, maybe not everyone has money to buy an expensive purse or a gold watch, though, there are small objects that can lead to memory of this incredible department store.

Sacre Coeur - Sacred Heart Basilica

Leave the Lafayette and walk to the basilica for just 2 km. Towards the end of the square turn left and go to the Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, turn right and go until you see the basilica. From the moment you catch sight will be easy to find, there are dozens of streets that lead you there.

There is a grand staircase to climb to reach the top of the mountain where the Basilica is located, up there you can take beautiful panoramic photos of Paris.

Unlike Notre-Dame Basilica does not have so much history, it was built from the year 1875 and was completed in 1914. Still, it is one of the most visited tourist spots in the city; it has four domes and is inspired by Roman architecture and Byzantine.

You can avoid using the electric train, called Funiculaire of Montmartre, which became operational in 1900. The cabin is designed to allow the user to enjoy the basilica during the ascent.

Place du Tertre - Square of Artists

This square is located just next to the Basilica Sacre Coeur. It is here that famous cartoonists, painters and artists expose their works and perform outdoor paintings.

One of the most striking places of Parisian culture and art, here is the Montmartre region that Impressionism emerged in the early twentieth century. The story tells that in these blocks lived poor artists of the early twentieth century, such as Picasso and Utrillo.

Here nearby there is also an interesting museum called L'Espace Salvador Dalí, devoted to drawings and sculptures of the artist.

One of the unmissable activities is to request a caricature of one of the artists who are working there, an unforgettable memory of your trip to beautiful Paris.

Montmartre - Moulin Rouge

Since we are talking of Montmartre, we will continue our tour through this region which is undoubtedly the most bohemian of the city. It is in this region that we find the best cafes, restaurants and of course, the cabarets of Paris as the Moulin Rouge and the Lapin Agile.

My recommendation is a tour of the Boulevard de Clichy, where the Moulin Rouge and many other venues, shops and loving adult-themed shops are located.

If you choose to arrive to the nearest metro, the station is Blanche, opposite the station exit you will see the Mouling Rouge, a little behind the Musée de l'érotisme, etc.

From there you can customize your ride.

Final Considerations

Dear reader, my tips in this article should serve only as a starting point for your adventure through Paris, there are so many things to do in this wonderful city that an article would never do a justice to its beauty and history.

Use this script three days as an idea of ​​what to do, but not set as absolute fact, Paris has numerous other attractions, these are only the most visited tourist attractions, be sure to "get lost" through the streets, that experience will be even more fruitful.

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