Paris in 3 days
Paris is worth a visit. Why?
The city has flair, beautiful old buildings, museums, history, gardens, the Seine and much more.
Our Top 5: Eiffel Tower, Louvre, the Galleries Lafayette, Versailles, and Notre Dame, although due to the 2019 fire, the interior cannot be visited. But you can still book a VR-Tour.
We traveled with the TGV from Stuttgart main station to the Gare de l’est. In Paris we bought first a 10-pack metro tickets (detailed information on Metro Paris: tickets and prices) and headed to the Best Western Hotel Trocadero .
If you don’t want to walk take the the Hop-on- Hop-off Bus 35 Euro, 24 hours.
- MONTMARTRE – Parisian district
- Eiffel Tower Tickets order direct or with Get your guide (26 Euro )
- 1 Stunde River Seine Bootstour – ab Eiffel Tower docks oder Hop on Hop of ca. 18 Euro
- Louvre Tours; Free Tour of Paris THATlou oder Explore | Visitor Trails
- Arc de triumph
- Versailles – day trip
- Notre dame – closed since fire in 2019
- Disney Land or Asterix Land
- Tour of the storming the Bastille, and the Catacombs des Paris (29 Euro), and the
- Resistance and Liberation Museum oposite of Bastille Building – free !
- Markets: Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen, Puces de Vanves
- Galerie Lafayette, roof top with view of opera & Eiffel tower (free)
- MAM Modern Art Museum – free
- Chinatown in the 13th arrondissement
- colorful houses at Rue Crémieux
- Follow Emily in Paris – view stops on map
- 10 best Eiffel Tower views + free map included! – kevmrc.com
What to see in 3 days
- Day 1 –Arc D’ Triomphe, Palais Garnier, Musee De La Orangerie, La Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Seine River Cruise
- Day 2 –Notre Dame, Saint Chapelle, Musee D’Orsay, The Catacombs, Montparnase
- Day 3 –Montmartre, Geore Pompidou, Pere Lachaise Cemetery
- or – Gardens of Palais Royal, Galerie Vivienne – Galerie Colbert, Place Vendôme, Opéra Garnier, Galeries Lafayette
- an other one -Tuileries Garden, Place de la Concorde, Pont Alexandre iii – Grand Palais – Petit Palais (from outside), Champs Elysées
On booking.com you find a large amout of hotels her just a view recommondations:
- Best Western Premier Trocadero La Tour, a 4-star well rated Hotel, just 10 minutes’ walk to the Eiffel Tour
- Hotel Dress Code & Spa, a highly reviewed centrally located 4 star hotel, near the opera house
- Hôtel Eiffel Turenne, a well rated 3* hotel within a ten minute walk of the Eiffel Tower
- Ateliers de Montmartre, an apartment in Montmartre with views of the Sacre Coeur
- Vintage Paris Gare du Nord by Hiphophostels, a Hostel just next to Paris Gare du Nord
- The Generator Paris, a well reviewed hostel near Paris Gare de l’Est
- Hotel le Compostelle, a highly rated 3* hotel centrally located near the Louvre Museum
Our trip log book 3.– 6. November
The first attraction for us was the Louvre and the Mona Lisa, we pre-booked the tickets, so that we were quickly admitted after we had shown our Covid Pass. We had to queue up to watch the Mona Lisa because everyone wants to see her, even though hardly anyone knows why she is so famous. If you want to make yourself smart, you can read it here. In short, it is still not known for sure who Leonardo da Vinci painted. In 1911 the painting was stolen from the Louvre and in 1913 a call was received from Florence that the Mona Lisa had appeared and they brought it back to Paris.
The Louvre is in the 1st arrondissement of Paris (one of the 20 districts), where you will find the following sights with which you can fill your day:
The Louvre is in the 1st arrondissement of Paris (one of the 20 districts), where you will find the following sights to fill your day:
- Jardin des Tuileries
- Musée de l’Orangerie
- Place Vendôme
- Palais Royal
- Les Halles
- Île de la Cité (Westspitze)
- Sainte Chapelle
- Place Dauphine
4. & 5. November
We took the train to Versailles and toured the premises and the park. The Eiffel Tower at night was the conclusion and prelude to the next day.
After enjoying the view of Paris from above from the Eiffel Tower the next day, we continued by foot to Le Marais – the gay district of Paris. Here you will find many boutiques and pubs as well as historic buildings as it is one of the oldest part of Paris. On our walk we also admired the Saint-Paul Cathedral, the Town Hall – Hôtel de Ville and the Norte Dame from the outside.
We have dedicated the last day entirely to the Champs Élysées. With the Arc de Triumph on one end and the Place de la Concorde at the other end and the adjacent Tuilerie Garden. The best way to start is at the Petit Palais – Museum of Fine Arts & Palais de la Découverte – Science Museum from there head towards the Arc de Triumph, on Avenue Montaine on the left is the luxury boutiques of Paris. On the Champs you will find many restaurants in beautiful old buildings. Don’t miss the delicious Macrons at La Duree.
We haven’t explored everything yet, so I’m already looking forward to my next visit. In the list Paris sights you will find some destinations as well as tips for your Paris trip.
Information of the Paris Tourist Office are very helpful to plan your trip. Of course, there is also a multi-day pass for Paris under turobpass.com. We preferred to book what we wanted to see, and in the end it was cheaper.
- Musée de la Magie (Museum of Magic) on Rue Saint Paul in the 4th arrondissement. With its warped ceilings and chequered floors, it showcases the history of magic and old paraphernalia used by illusionists.
- Musée de la Chasse et la Nature (The Museum of Hunting and Nature) boasts a huge collection of elks, lions and cheetahs as well as an array of disturbing hunting equipment.
- Musée des Arts Forains (Carnival Arts Museum). Started by Jean-Paul Favand this museum holds all things associated with funfairs and is located in the 12th arrondissement.
- The Edith Piaf Museum. An intimate collection of Edith Piaf memorabilia, commemorating her life and her music.
- Musée de Montmartre. Enjoy this small little museum that tells the history of Montmarte which also includes a gorgeous garden which was once painted by Renoir.
- Musée des Égouts de Paris (Paris Sewer Museum). Surely this is one of the weirdest museums in the world! The tour takes you to the deep underground paths of Paris and looking at a sewerage system that started back in the 12th century.
- Musée des Vampires (Vampire Museum). With the recent explosion of Young Adult vampire inspired novels, TV shows and movies, surely a creepy collection of all things spooky might appeal.
- Musee Grevin. One of the oldest wax museum showcasing over 450 characters. Also includes a Hall of Mirrors and a theatre for magic shows.
- Musee de la mode (Museum of Fashion). For the fashion minded who are interested in historical collections of clothing worn by different eras. All collections are temporary exhibits so one can never tire of visiting this museum
- La cité des sciences et de l’industrie (Science Museum). The largest Science Museum in Europe is an unforgettable experience with loads of interactive activities.