What to visit in Paris after the marathon?
Relax now! You have just run the marathon and you need rest! What better than to enjoy the beautiful city of Paris. The French capital is full of cultural resources. Why not take advantage of it? Here are some plans to visit Paris in no time!
What monuments to visit in Paris?
We have selected the places not to be missed, to miss nothing of the city of light.
It is the most visited monument of Paris in the world. Founded in 1889, the Eiffel Tower is almost 300 meters high. Located Avenue Anatole France, you can easily walk place Trocadero to admire this beautiful construction.
It is also possible to climb the tower, by lift or by its staircase of 1665 steps for the bravest (and the least tired). The best time to climb is at dusk to enjoy all the illuminations of the city. Remember to book your ticket in advance to avoid long queues.
For the visit, prices range from € 10 to € 25 for adults, from € 5 to € 12.50 for young people from 12 to 24 years old and € 2.50 to € 6 30 for children. The opening hours are from 9:30 to 23:45, for this time of the year. Attention, the access by the stairs closes at 18:30.
- Metro: Trocadero, lines 6 and 9; Military School, line 8.
- Bus: lines 42, 69, 72, 82 and 87.
- RER: Champ-de-Mars – Eiffel Tower, line C.
The Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe was built to symbolize the victories of the French Empire under Napoleon. Located on Place Charles de Gaulle, you can easily access this monument to see the tomb of the unknown soldier and his eternal flame, a symbol for all the French dead during the First World War.
To access the French historic monument, do not venture to cross the most dangerous roundabout in the world. Borrow the underground for security. At the top of the Arc de Triomphe, you will be able to contemplate the beautiful Parisian city and all the avenues that leave Place Charles de Gaulle. The best known is the Champs Elysees where you can stroll after a big day.
Regarding admission, prices are 12 € for adults, 9 € for young people from 18 to 25 years old and free for children. The Arc de Triomphe opens at 10am and closes at 11pm.
- Metro: Charles de Gaulle – Étoile, lines 1, 2 and 6.
- RER: Charles de Gaulle – Etoile, line A.
- Bus: lines 22, 30, 31, 52, 73 and 92.
Notre Dame Cathedral
One of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in the world, Notre-Dame takes its place in the Place Jean Paul II on Île de la Cité. Composed of two tower nearly 70 meters high. Unfortunately, you will not be able to take advantage of this historic site listed as a monument of France because the building was ravaged by flames following an accident caused by work in progress in the cathedral on April 15, 2019, the day after the Paris marathon 2019.
To get there anyway, you can access it by:
- Metro: Cité, line 4.
- RER: Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame (lines B and C).
- Bus: 21, 38, 47, 85, 96.
The first monument in Paris is located on the Place du Pantheon, near the Jardin du Luxembourg and not far from the dynamic Latin Quarter. The visit is done in two parts. First, access to the interior of the building to contemplate its grandeur and Gothic architecture. In a second time, the crypt where are buried many French personalities like Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Rousseau, Marie Curie, Louis Braille, Alexander Dumas or Jean Monnet.
The doors open from 10h to 18h. Adults must pay the entrance fee of 9 € and 7 € for young people from 18 to 25 years old.
- Metro: Cardinal Lemoine, line 10.
- RER: Luxembourg, line B.
- Bus: lines 21, 27, 38, 82, 84, 85 and 89.
Which museums to visit in Paris?
Paris is composed of a multitude of museums. We have selected three, to do during your stay!
The Louvre museum
It is the most visited museum in the world. Located on the Place du Palais Royal, the Louvre Museum opens its doors for you to enjoy. You will have enough to satisfy your thirst for culture with paintings like The Mona Lisa, Freedom Guiding the People or the Wedding of Cena. On the sculpture side, we find The Venus of Milo, The Crouching Scribe and The Victory of Samothrace, among others.
The Louvre Museum is open on weekends from Saturday to Sunday, from 9h to 18h. Admission for adults costs 15 €. It is free for European Union citizens from 18 to 25 years old and also for children.
- Metro: Palais Royal – Louvre Museum, lines 1 and 7.
- Bus: lines 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81 and 95.
The Orsay museum
Located in an old railway station, the Musée d’Orsay houses a lot of works of the nineteenth century. Between impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, the museum also contains a number of sculptures, and other decorative and architectural elements. Many works of famous artists are exhibited as those of Monet, Gauguin, Renoir and Cezanne among others. In short, a real nice place to take full eyes.
The Musée d’Orsay is open every day except Mondays from 9.30am to 6pm. Its price is very affordable: 11 € for adults with a reduction to 8 € 50 from 16h15. For children and young adults who are European nationals between the ages of 18 and 25, it’s free.
- Metro: Solferino, line 12.
- RER: Orsay Museum, line C.
The Grévin Museum
After the Louvre Museum and the Musée d’Orsay, which are museums with an omnipresent historical heritage, the Musée Grévin is entirely composed of wax statues representing celebrities. Among these 500 sculptures, you will find political personalities, sports or artists. Located at 10 boulevard Montmartre, the Musée Grévin welcomes you on weekends and public holidays, from 10am to 7pm. Admission is 25 € for adults and 21,50 € for students.
- Bus: lines 20, 39, 48, 67, 74 and 85.
- Metro: Grands Boulevards, lines 8 and 9.