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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.

Eiffel Tower

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 Pantheon

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.

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Walks

Paris is a city full of charm. Many places and known places are associated with it. We have selected a few places for you to go to enjoy these timeless places, perfect for walks.

The Luxembourg Garden

In the heart of the 6th arrondissement, the Jardin du Luxembourg is ideal for relaxation and dreams. Here is the Palais du Luxembourg where the senators sit. You will also find the beautiful Fontaine Médicis, representing a couple of lovers. Located in a quiet and shaded place, you can easily stroll around contemplating Acis and Galatea, surprised by the Cyclops Polyphemus. You can also rest on the benches of the English gardens.
To finish the walk, go to boulevard Montparnasse to climb into the tower and enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the city of Paris.

The quays of the Seine

You passed here during the marathon but isn’t this an opportunity to come back to the docks to enjoy the view? A true treasure of Parisian heritage, the quays of the Seine offer you a multitude of ideal places to relax. Take a simple stroll or if the urge to sit down for a drink is too strong, go to a barge.
From the quays of the Seine, you can easily reach key places in the Parisian capital such as Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Sainte Chapelle and the Tour de l’Horloge, located on Ile de la Cité. You can also cross and reach the Louvre via the quai de la Mégisserie. Once you arrive at the Louvre, you can easily reach the Tuileries garden to relax.

Car ride

Are your legs too tired to walk again? Don’t panic! Don’t panic! Why not enjoy a ride in a vintage car. This way of visiting Paris is unusual and will allow you to tour the capital with your driver who also acts as a guide during the visit.
Aboard a Peugeot 404, Lada 1300S or Mercedes 208SE, you can enjoy good macaroons or a glass of champagne.

Evenings

In addition to the fact that the French capital is full of structures and buildings related to its heritage, there are also theatres that make it famous. We have selected 3 typical Parisian ones for you.

The Olympia

It is the largest concert hall in Paris. It regularly hosts big names in the music industry or comic artists. Located between Place de la Madeleine and Place de l’Opéra, this hall was inaugurated in 1893.
Remember to look at the schedule for the evening you wish to attend. Schedules and rates vary according to the artists who come.

The Moulin Rouge

The Parisian cabaret was built in 1889. To get there,
Immerse yourself in the world of the Moulin Rouge and its burlesque representations. Enjoy refined dishes and at the same time, a colourful French cancan show!
Be careful, however, you may not be accepted in marathon clothing! Proper business attire is required!

The Point Virgule

If you’re looking for budding comedians, it’s at Point Virgule! Located in the Marais district, this theatre allows the artist in representation to be close to his audience. Ideal for an evening of laughter and a good time, Point Virgule’s theatre is the perfect place to be!