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Paris Monuments

Wendy went to France for the first time on 1999 and loved it so much that she moved there in 2005. Today she lives in the French countryside

Talk about France and immediately you think about Paris. Talk about Paris and the first image that comes to your mind is the Eiffel tower. One of the top ten most visited attractions in Paris among Notre Dame, Sacré Coeur, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe.

The EiffelTower

Many people don’t know that the area around the Eiffel tower is just as amazing as the tower itself. Although not as tall (324 m.) as many buildings in New York, on a clear night the beam of the tower covers an 80 km radius. The tower feels bigger than it actually is because it is located in a vast green space surrounded by small but not less impressive buildings. For example, just opposite is the Palais de Chaillot decorated in 1937 for the Universal exposition.

At The Eiffel Tower, Paris

The Eiffel Tower

From the tower, the view is amazing as it stretches from the Esplanade des Invalides to beyond Pont Alexandre III. The best way to climb the tower is by foot. The last time I was there it didn’t take us too long to climb through the numbered steps (1,665) to the second level and the views are more impressive than just taking the lift.

Opening times:

The EiffelTower is open every day all year long, - from 9:30am to 11:00pm, January 1 to June 12 and September 1 to December 31 - from 9:00am to midnight, June 13 to August 31

During Easter weekend and the spring vacation the Tower remains open until midnight.


1) If you take the lift you can choose to go:

  • only to the first level (57m) for €4,80;
  • to the second level (115m) for €7,80;
  • Or go all the way to the third level (276m) for €12.

2) If you take the stairs (first and second level only) the price is €4

How to get there by metro:

  • Lines 8, 13 to Invalides
  • Line 8 to Ecole militaire
  • Line 6, 9 to Trocadero
  • Line 9 Iéna
  • Line 6 to Bir-Hakeim
  • Line 13 Varenne
  • Line 12 Rue du Bac

The Eiffel Tower

Visiting the Eiffel Tower With a friend

Visiting the Eiffel Tower With a friend

View from the Eiffel tower

View from the Eiffel tower

View from the Eiffel tower

View from the Eiffel tower

Champs de Mars

Champs de Mars

The Champs de Mars

These are the vast gardens laid out below the EiffelTower. Although the name evokes the God of war, the Champs de Mars even have a Wall of Peace. The park owes its name to the fact that in its origins, it was used as an exercise area for the young cadets of the military school.


The elevated Trocadero offers a privileged viewpoint of the Eiffel tower on the opposite bank of the Seine. The curved wings of the Palais de Chaillot have sloping terraces and gardens dotted with gilded bronze statues.

Aquarium de Trocadero

An aquarium and cinema in one place. In the aquarium, sharks, clown fish and divers put on a show. At the cinema, you can see in-house animation, humorous and poetical works. There is also a touch pool and workshops for children.

acces map

acces map


An imposing building built in 1671 under the orders of Louis XIV. It was done to house all retired and crippled officers. The soldier’s church and the church’s dome decorated with 12kg of gold, were built later.

The ensemble serves now days to house the Ministry of Defence, the Museé de la Ordre de Liberation and the Museé de l’ Armeé which houses the tomb of Napoleon.

Museé National Rodin

A place not only for art lovers but also known for its peaceful gardens where you can relax among roses and statues. Discover the bronze and marble works by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) This was Rodin’s residence from 1908. Here you will find Rodin’s art works as well as paintings by his friends Monet and Van Gogh among many others.

Palais de Tokyo

A place for lovers of contemporary art, experimental and irreverent exhibitions.

Open from midday to midnight. Entrance fee €6. If you are looking for amusing, limited series souvenirs, the Palais shop is the place to go.

Museé de Art Moderne

The museum of modern art features the fauvists, the cubists, and all the trends in non-figurative art. It also supports the most outstanding trends in new design.

The entry fee varies according to the exhibitions.

Museé de l’homme

Travel back four million years in this outstanding museum.

Palais Galliéra: Musée de la Mode

A Fashion museum housed in a 19th century palace. Here you can find haute couture labels, and discover the history of fashion through a total of 90,000 costumes and accessories.

Museums in Paris: General information

Opening times range from 10 am to 5 or 6pm. A few stay open in the evening.

The majority of Museums close either Monday or Tuesday.

Paris MuseumPass

This pass gives unlimited access without having to queue to over 60 museums and monuments in central Paris and the Paris region. You can choose from 3 different passes which cover 2, 4, or 6 consecutive days for €30, €45 or €60.

The pass does not give access to temporary exhibitions. You can buy your pass here

National Museums

There are 15 in Paris, among them the Louvre, the Picasso, and the museé d’Orsay.

Admission to the National museums is free the first Sunday of every month and free all the time for under 18s, art history students, journalists and teachers.

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© 2008 Wendy Iturrizaga


Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 20, 2012:

My virtual journey intends to stop by and visit. Be prepared there are many of us who will need a tour guide!:))

flode from Paris on May 07, 2011:

This is invaluable advice and I love the selection of places yo made. I was wondering if you knew a good directory type site for museums and monuments? I found one which I have used quite a bit lately called

I would appreciate your advice on this topic!

vinsanity on April 16, 2011:

These are some great photos!

AngelaPereira on April 13, 2011:

I'm going to Paris this easter :-)

This hub gave me a huge help. Thanks for sharing!

Daniel Christian from Los Angeles, CA on November 20, 2009:

LOVE all these places.

Paper Money on August 21, 2009:

I'm in Paris at the moment and just loving it all. Great hub and what a lovely city is Paris.

Wanderlust from New York City on December 18, 2008:

Thank you very much Princessa.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on December 16, 2008:

Wanderlust: Thanks for the comment. BTW I liked your Paris hub. I have added an official link to your hub as it would be very useful for people visiting Paris.

Wanderlust from New York City on December 15, 2008:

Very helpful information about Paris. Love Paris and visit it often. Please check out my hub about free things to do in Paris. i would really appreciate your suggestions and comment, leaving in France I assume you know better.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on December 05, 2008:

Lgali: You do not need to know much French. Obviously the more you know the better but you can get by without speaking French. I came here about 4 years ago without having any knowledge of French at all and It was never a problem. The French were very patient with me.

Ardie: Of course you can share the info. I am planning on another couple of Paris hubs to complete the information missing here.

BKCreative: yes, Paris is one of the few cities where I feel safe regardless of time and place.

Robie2: You are right about the metro, it is really clean with some lovely stations (like the one at the Louvre) and the service is outstanding.

Tonymac: Thanks to you for your comment :)

Brian: I will never understand all the bad press about Parisians and French in general. It is so wrong!!! They are very friendly, helpful, polite and educated. The Parisian metro is the only metro in he world where I am always offered a sit :) Thanks for sharing your experience.

Brian Stephens from Laroque des Alberes, France on December 05, 2008:

Don't believe any bad press about the Paresians, I back packed through France 23 years ago and met some great people at a place called Cassis on the South Coast. 3 of them were from Paris and when I told them I had trouble finding my way around the big city they invited me back to stay at their apartment showed me around Paris and gave me some of the best hospitality I have known in Europe. I know it was a long time ago but it obviously meant a lot or I wouldn't be talking about it now, thanks for reminding me of this great time in France and of the beautiful city of Paris.

Tony McGregor from South Africa on December 04, 2008:

Ah! La belle Paris. Merci Princessa.

Roberta Kyle from Central New Jersey on December 04, 2008:

Great hub, Princessa. Paris is probably my alltime personal favorite city and you have given such good clear simple advice on some of its major delights. I love that you can just walk and walk and walk and that the metro is so well maintained and easy to use and also that even in the smallest, most out of the way cafe you will get a decent meal and often a great one. Merci!

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on December 04, 2008:

This is lovely Princessa!

I've been to Paris many times, and it is the perfect place for a woman to travel on her own (the men were great too).

It's a place where you can just get up and go to...when you get there it will all unfold for you.

I did all the great sites and sights. And just stopping in a bakery to get bread, and then the restaurants. So lovely!

Once I took the Eurostar over. I can go on and on...just thanks for these lovely memories!


Sondra from Neverland on December 04, 2008:

Hi Princessa,

My brother and his new wife are taking their honeymoon to France in a few weeks. I am going to send them a link to your page, if you dont mind : ) It has so much information and such beautiful pictures.

Lgali on December 04, 2008:

I really want ot vist france how much french I have to know.

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