Paris is one of the jewels of Europe, known for its lights, romance and the Eiffel Tower. You could be in Paris for two weeks and still not see everything so you should spend at least three days in this beautiful French capital.
You cannot truly imagine the grandiose nature of the Eiffel Tower until you witness it in person. Take the elevator up to the second floor of the tower to get an amazing view of the city. On the third floor, all of the buildings are too small to see and the tower tends to sway with wind. An elevator ticket to the second floor costs €8.20 for adults and €6.60 for people aged 12-24. Children under 11-years-old can visit the second floor for €4.10.
Those who want to get some exercise can climb up the 674 steps to the second floor. Climbing the stairs costs €4.70 for adults and €3.70 for people aged 12-24. Children under 11-years-old and disabled people can climb the stairs for €3.20.
The most prominent museum in Paris, the Louvre, is worth a visit. Many visitors quickly flock to the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, but the museum has so much more to offer. You could imagine what it was like to live in the palace by walking through the deep red furniture and extravagant chandeliers of the Napoleon III apartments. Another interesting feature of the Louvre is its Egyptian artifacts, such as the large Sphinx sculpture.
Admission to the museum is €10. The Louvre is free for those under 18-years-old and for those aged 18-25 who live in the European Union. The museum is free for everyone on the first Sunday of every month. The Louvre is open every day except Tuesday. The museum is open Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
No visit to Paris is complete without a visit to its churches. Notre Dame de Paris is a beautiful display in Gothic architecture. The inside of the cathedral is free to visit, and the cathedral is open every day from 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. The Sacre Coeur, which is situated at the top of the butte Montmartre, offers a spectacular view of Paris. The climb up to the church is not easy, with over 200 steep steps, but the view at the top rivals that of the Eiffel Tower. It is free to enter the inside of the church, but the use of cameras and video recorders is strictly forbidden.
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