Paris, the most touristic city in the world, merits some time to explore. But for many travelers, time is unfortunately limited and days spent exploring the capital are often counted on the fingers of one hand.
With so much to see and do in Paris, it’s hard to get a list that goes to the basics while having a realistic experience of everything Paris has to offer. By speaking mainly to those who do not know Paris, we have selected the best of Paris with some known places, others off the beaten path, to help you plan a long weekend or a stay of a few days in the capital.
10.The Rodin Museum
The Rodin Museum is a museum which since 1919 has been engaged for the preservation and diffusion of the work of Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). Through its two sites, the Biron Hotel in the Rue de Varenne in the 7th arrondissement in Paris and the Brillant villa in Meudon (Hauts-de-Seine), the establishment maintains a selection of nearly 6,800 sculptures. 8,000 drawings, 10,000 old photographs and 8,000 other works of art.
With 700,000 visitors a year, the Rodin Museum is one of the most relevant French museums.
The charming Rodin Museum Park, with a fountain, rose bushes and a nice beer garden, makes it a perfect choice for a pleasant afternoon.
The museum also hosts special exhibitions and a cycle of exhibitions of contemporary works.
Located on the side of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg garden is inspired by the Boboli Florentine Garden was founded at the initiative of Queen Marie de Medici in 1612. With a space of 25 hectares, the garden is separated into a part in the French and the other in English.
These wonderful gardens are loved by Parisians eager to bask in a sun-worshiped garden chair or enjoy an improvised picnic. Children of all ages can enjoy a small sailboat race in the basin behind the Senate, walk through the children’s playground, watch a puppet show or borrow the oldest riding school in the city.
Joggers come running, while others come to walk in the orchard and apiary, where beekeeping is practiced and honey is sold in the fall.
8.Le Musée d’Orsay
The Musée d’Orsay is a national museum inaugurated in 1986, located in the 7th district of Paris along the left bank of the Seine. It is placed in the former Orsay train station, created by Victor Laloux from 1898 to 1900 and refitted as a museum by the President of the Republic Valéry Giscard d’Estaing.
the museum includes the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterworks in the world: Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, Gaugin, and many others are on display. In addition to the works of the Grand Masters, you will find a selection of decorative art from the Art Nouveau era and a range of 19th-century sculptures.
Go relax at the cafe behind the museum’s giant transparent clock.
7.The catacombs of Paris
The catacombs of Paris, a term used to describe the municipal ossuary, are originally part of the former underground quarries located in the 14th district of Paris, connected by inspection-galleries.
The visit of the Catacombs of Paris is, without doubt, the most frightening attraction that Paris has to give, with kilometers of tunnels lined with femurs and skulls of six million dead Parisians. Built 18 meters underground at the end of the 18th century to prevent diseases from spreading in the cemeteries of the city center, the Catacombs are now the scene of an icy walk.