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Paris - Notre Dame & the Eiffel Tower

The Capital City of France, Paris sees huge numbers of visitors - the vast majority of whom flock to the city's top tourism attractions which include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, the Champs Elysees and Notre Dame Cathedral, and to a lesser extent the Versailles Palace which is found a little outside of Paris itself.

Notre Dame is innately associated with Paris' history - it's a majestic, gothic cathedral whose construction first began in 1163, though it took a couple of centuries to build. If you do plan on visiting Paris, a must see tourism attraction really is Notre Dame. Many of Paris's other attractions are found close by - here is often a focal point for tourists.

Paris: Notre Dame
Photo of Paris City's Notre Dame Cathedral in France.

A little more modern than the Notre Dame Cathedral is the Eiffel Tower, which is undisputedly one of Paris's (indeed France's) most iconic attractions. Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was the world's largest building for over 40 years (until the Empire State building was built). Hope for a clear day on your vacation to Paris - on a clear day you can see for 50 miles from the top of the Eiffel Tower. During the day, and especially on weekends, the crowds can be overwhelming - arrive early or late in the evening to avoid the queues.

Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower

Visit Paris in Style

Paris is a travellers dream - the city has more hotels and guesthouses than any other city in the world. If you want to travel in style, there's huge numbers of luxury hotels for you to choose from.

In terms of Paris's best hotels, consider the small but stylish Balzac, the trendy and fashionable Plaza Athenee, the majestic Hotel de Crillon or Le Grand Hotel or the warm and welcoming Relais Christine. There's also plenty of options for staying in private stately homes in Paris.

Try to choose a hotel as centrally located as possible - the area around Notre Dame, the Louvre museum or the Champs Elysees is ideal. Centrally located districts such as St. Germain, Pompidou or the Latin Quarter are great places to stay. The area around the Eiffel Tower is a little bit out in the sticks - try to stay more centrally than this, to avoid constant travel to Paris' attractions, which are generally found close to the river in the centre of the city.

Getting There

Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport is well connected with flights to major cities worldwide - however, travelling by train from this airport to the city centre can be rather time consuming, stressful and crowded. Paris' Orly airport is more centrally located, and convenient. There's also great train connections whether by Eurostar to London and England, as well as further South in France and elsewhere on the continent.

Tips for Travelling Onwards

Consider heading to the beautiful countryside of Normandy and Brittany with it's beaches and old medieval towns. Travel further South to find France's heartland including the wonderful wine growing regions, the Alps offer skiing holidays in the winter and some excellent hiking and mountain biking in the summer months. On the Meditteranean coast, fine (rather crowded) beaches are lined with holiday homes for the rich and famous who descend upon towns such as Monaco on the French Riviera.

Photo of France: The Versailles Palace
France's Versailles Palace is not far from Paris.

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