What to see in Paris in three days (Recommendations and tricks)

Paris is one of those cities that you have to know once in a lifetime. Visit Paris on a weekend is to be short, so if you plan to visit the capital of France, reserve three or four days to really enjoy it. There are many things to see in Paris in three or four days, so put on comfortable shoes, which we now tell you about our trip.

Before leaving for Paris

A little history, you'll live it more closely

Paris is a city that has changed a lot in the last century. Much of the current monuments are thanks to the universal exhibitions lived in the Parisian capital during the 19th century, such as the Eiffel Tower, heGrand palais or the Petit Palais. Even in one of those exhibitions, nothing less than the head of the Statue of Liberty, currently in New York.

Head of the Statue of Liberty at the 1878 Expo

Another Paris is the one forged by Napoleonwhere his grave rests in the impressive Invalids, and that left monuments like the Arch of Triumph, which was built after the victory in the battle of Austerlitz.

It is possible that for many Paris I recall memories of the Second World War, where places like Paris catacombs, where the Resistance was sometimes hidden, the Marais neighborhood, which suffered terrible consequences for being Jewish or the Shoah Memorial.

Tours and excursions that we recommend in Paris!

  • Laclassic of the Eiffel Tower
  • Visit to the Louvre Museum
  • Go on an excursion to the Palace of Versailles

Paris in three or four days

From the airport to Paris

In Paris there are two major airports. The most famous, to the north, Charlles de Gaulleand south Paris Orly. There are many means of transport to get to central Paris and for all budgets, these are explained in the article how to get to Paris from the airport.

Paris, city for walking (and much)

Paris is one of the largest cities and with highest population density in Europe after London As a municipality it only has a little more than 2 million inhabitants, but the reality is that it has about 12 million as a metropolitan area. Its urban center is really large, and although it is not a very comfortable city to walk, it has such beauty that you should not miss many places to use the subway as a means of transport.

Louvre Museum

He Paris weather It is not one of its best benefits, prepare for an umbrella and a good coat outside the pleasant summer, but it has its charm walk along the Seine while the Eiffel Tower opens in the fog.

If we talk about transport We have to say that it is very varied. You have a good system of Metro, Uber, bicycles and even electric scooters. A negative point of public transport is for those families traveling with cart. The Metro is a hell of the amount of stairs it has and the few elevators there are.

Eiffel Tower from the second floor

About Hotels, we can say after several trips that it is possibly the worst of Paris. Expensive, small and usually with somewhat poor services. How are hotels with such small rooms so expensive? It's Paris, many say, but this certainly makes you subtract points from a city like this. At the end of the article we leave you some recommendation.

Places and monuments that you cannot miss

Write down these places in Paris, most of you can not miss, yes, you will need at least 3 full days at least to see everything. This itinerary was what we did and we perfectly picture.

Day 1 - South of the Seine

  • Field of Mars and Eiffel Tower
  • Trocadero Square
  • Alexander III Bridge
  • The Invalids and Napoleon's Tomb
  • Luxembourg Gardens

Day 2 - From the Champs Elysées to Notre Dame

  • Arch of Triumph
  • Elysian Fields
  • Grand palais
  • Concordia Square
  • Place Vendome
  • Sainte Chapelle and Le Conciergerie
  • Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 3 - Museums and classics of Paris

  • Louvre Museum
  • Basilica of the Sacré Cœur
  • Moulin Rouge

BONUS Track - Excursions to Versailles and curiosities of Paris

  • Palace of Versailles (avoid Saturdays)
  • Paris catacombs
  • Tour Montparnasse (Tower 59 floors) at night
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What to see in Paris (the essentials)

If there are several places that you cannot miss in Paris, prioritize the ones that come next. They never fail, and they are several of the reasons why Paris is Paris.

Paris landmarks

1 The Eiffel Tower and Paris from the “sky”

It is one of the best known attractions worldwide and you have two ways to see it. From the Mars field, that park that gives entrance to the famous tower, or climb to the top and discover Paris from a bird's eye view. Both ways, in our view, are mandatory.

Eiffel Tower from the Field of Mars
Eiffel Tower from the second floor

2 The Elysian Fields and the Arc de Triomphe

One of the classic walks in Paris is to start from the Arch of Triumph, one of the most famous monuments of Napoleon, and go down the Champs Elysees visiting or browsing the shop windows from several of the most luxurious shops in Paris.

Arch of Triumph
Elysian Fields

3 Notre Damme and the Ile de la Cité

The long lines testify. To visit Notre Damme is to spend the middle of the morning or to climb to the top, where your so photographed gargoyles rest, or to visit the interior of the cathedral. It is a classic maybe overrated by the cinema, but without wanting a good recommendation, go to visit the old prison ofThe concierge andSainte Chapelle, a few meters from Notre Damme. It is wonderful inside.

Notre Dame
Sainte Chapelle

4 The Louvre Museum

It is possibly the most famous museum in the world, a museum so large that the hours will fall short if you do not plan your visit well. The Gioconda, the famous painting of Leonardo da Vinci, is possibly the biggest claim of the museum. A painting with a certain magnetism, but that many disappoints by its size and the number of tourists that always surrounds it.

Louvre Museum

5 The Sacré Coeur Basilica

At the top of Paris and in one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Paris, is the white Basilica of the Sacré Coeur or Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Visiting this place of worship should get up early to save queues and enjoy the climb, which can also be done in funicular, strolling through narrow streets full of restaurants.

Basilica of the Sacre Cœur

6 The Invalids and Napoleon's Tomb

A place that attracts attention for hosting one of the biggest “criminals” that France has given, The Invalids really was born as a place to shelterformer war veterans, but over time its role has changed to house several museums from different eras, including the First and Second World War. In the Blog there is an article dedicated to it.

Napoleon's Tomb

7 The Palace of Versailles

If there are movies, stories or thoughts about the opulence of royalty, many of them come from kings of france and the sumptuous Palace of Versailles. The Palace is a few kilometers from Paris, with easy access by train or UBER. A visit that we recommend, since it is possibly one of the palaces with the most immense and beautiful gardens in the world. By the way, book the visit online, since you save a lot of queues. They have preference!

Palace of Versailles

Practical data

Before leaving for Paris

  • Search and compare flights at the best price
  • Lonely Planet Guide
  • Airport Transfers
  • Car rental found a 15% discount
  • The best excursions in Paris

What tours do in Paris?

We recommend you read our article the 5 best tours in Paris.

  • Paris Pass Card With it you can access the main tourist attractions and free transportation
  • Boat trip on the Seine. A classic from Paris
  • Excursion to the Palace of Versailles. You can't leave Paris without visiting it
  • Skip the line Louvre Museum. The most famous museum in the world, any excuse not to visit it?
  • Skip the line Eiffel Tower entrance. Possibly the most iconic attraction in the world

Where to sleep?

Paris is not cheap, and hotels are no exception. In addition, they are usually not a wonder nor are they spacious or modern, come on, which is something that Paris cannot boast. Therefore, we will recommend several hotels, with good looks, and prices "content."

  • Park Hyatt Paris Vendome. Luxury hotel with spacious rooms and ideal for a romantic weekend
  • Studio Saulnier. Great apartment for 4 people downtown
  • Hotel Le Relais des Halles. Reformed with classic and modern touches, very Parisian!
  • Holidays in Paris. A clean classic, reasonably priced and centrally located

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