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Paris City Guide
Often referred to as the City of Light, Paris is a truly romantic place to stay. The French capital offers world class monuments, museums and art, not to mention the gourmet delights of French cuisine. During your stay in a Golden Tulip hotel in Paris, you could spend your days wandering the cobbled streets of Montmartre, discovering the art galleries in Saint-Germain-des-Pres, sitting beside the river Seine, or watching the world go by from a Parisian café table.
Take the time to explore the unique charm of each district, finding wonderful restaurants and chic boutiques near your hotel in Paris. Booking a Golden Tulip hotel close to Paris will enable you to see all the sights such as the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the Musée d’Orsay, all of which are within easy walking distance from the centre of Paris. Not far from Paris you can visit the Château de Versailles, or have fun with the family at Disneyland Paris.
Things to do in Paris
It’s easy to be bowled over by the number of things to do in Paris, you can see one of the world’s best known landmarks, the Eiffel Tower, and enjoy a panoramic view of Paris. There's also one of the best known museums - The Louvre – full to the brim with renowned masterpieces. Paris has one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in the world, the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Its fine carvings and gargoyles create a striking impression when approached for the first time. For something a little bit different, there is the heart of Paris’s famous bohemian underbelly, centred on the lights and colour of the Moulin Rouge! The birthplace of cabaret and the famous can-can dance is well worth a visit.
Things to see in Paris
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Paris’s major attractions, why not head underneath the city streets! The Paris Catacombs make for an eerie and interesting adventure. The catacombs and are open from Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. The Grevin Wax Museum is also well worth a visit, with many recognisable faces on show. If you want to get off the city streets, Bois de Boulogne is a beautiful park to wander around. It has several lakes, landscape gardens and even a zoo for you to explore. There are plenty of things to see in Paris that are off the beaten track, so it’s worth exploring each and every nook and cranny.
No trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the imposing Notre Dame cathedral with its gargoyles and flying buttresses. Standing proudly on the Ile de la Cite, this iconic Gothic church dates from the 12th century, making it much older than the famous story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Staying in a hotel near Notre Dame means you’ll be perfectly located in the heart of the city.
Notre Dame Tips | Plan your visit
How to get to Notre-Dame by subway
Line 4: get off at Cité or Saint-Michel.
Lines 1 and 11: get off at Hôtel de Ville.
Line 10: get off at Maubert Mutualité or Cluny-La Sorbonne.
How to get to Notre-Dame by train
RER B: get off at Saint-Michel-Notre Dame.
RER C: get off at Saint-Michel-Notre Dame.
How to get to Notre-Dame by bus
Buses 21, 38, 47, 85, 96: get off at Cité-Palais de Justice
Buses 24, 47: get off at Notre-Dame – Quai de Montebello
Buses 21, 27, 96, 38, 85: get off at Saint-Michel - Saint-Germain
How to get to Notre-Dame from Charles de Gaulle Airport
RER B: get off at Saint Michel - Notre Dame.
Notre-Dame Opening hours
Every day from 8:00 am to 6:45 pm and until 7:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday
Notre-Dame Admissions Pricing
Free of charge for all with free tours organised serveral times a day.
Photo Copyrigh: C. Garton
Set on a hilltop overlooking the north of Paris, Montmartre is a charming district of steep cobbled lanes with traditional Parisian cafes on every corner. The white domes of the Sacre-Coeur basilica can be seen at the top of this hill. A hotel in Montmartre is an ideal place to stay if you want to experience the arty, bohemian feel in this traditional Parisian district.
Montmartre Tips | Plan your visit
How to get to Montmartre by subway
Line 12: get off at Jules Joffrin, Pigalle, or Lamarck Caulaincourt.
Line 2: get off at Anvers.
Line 12 and Funicular railway: get off at Abbesses.
How to get to Montmartre by bus
Take buses 30, 31, 80, 85.
Additional option: Montmartrobus.
How to get to Montmartre by car
Use the Goutte d’Or car park.
How to get to Montmartre from Orly Airport
Take RER C and get off at Porte de Clichy, then take subway line 13 and get off at Place de Clichy. You can walk from there or take line 2 and get off at Anvers.
How to get to Montmartre from CDG Airport
Take RER B to Gare du Nord. Change to subway line 2 and get off at Anvers.
Photo copyright: C. Garton
Spectacularly housed in a former train station, the Musée d’Orsay specialises in French art, boasting a superb collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. Set off from your hotel near the Musée d’Orsay, wander along the banks of the Seine and then feast your eyes on masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Renoir and Gauguin.
Musée d’Orsay Tips | Plan your visit
How to get to Musée d’Orsay by subway
Line 12: get off at Solférino.
How to get Musée d’Orsay by train
RER C: get off at Musée d’Orsay.
How to get Musée d’Orsay by bus
Take bus 24, 63, 69, 73, 83, 84 or 94 and get off at Musée d’Orsay or Solférino.
Musée d’Orsay Opening hours
Daily, except Monday, from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm and on Thurday from 9:30 am to 9:45 pm.
Closed on 1 May and 25 December.
Musée d’Orsay Admissions Pricing
Full price: 11€
Reduced price: 8.50€
Under 18s: free of charge
Free of charge for all on the first Sunday of each month
Photo copyright: R. Starkweather
Choose a hotel not far from Disneyland Paris for a memorable stay with the whole family. You’ll be perfectly situated to enjoy all the rides, meet Disney princesses and villains, and have a whole world of Disney-themed fun. Explore behind the scenes of your favourite films with a visit to the Walt Disney Studios Park.
Disneyland Tips | Plan your visit
How to get Disneyland Paris by train :
Take RER A stop at Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy.
How to get Disneyland Paris by Navette :
Vedette de Paris at Port de Suffren-Eiffet Tower.
How get Disneyland Paris by car :
Autoroute A4 or follow mentions “Disneyland Paris” Hertz transport with preferential tariff.
How to get Disneyland Paris from Orly Airport :
Take a Navette Magical Shuttle Orly to Disney.
How to get Disneyland Paris from CDG Airport :
Take a Navette Magical Shuttle CDG to Disney.
Disneyland Paris Opening hours :
Every day from 10.00 am to 11.00pm.
Disneyland Paris pricing :
One of the world’s largest museums, the Louvre Museum is housed in a former royal palace, now featuring a great glass pyramid in its central courtyard. The museum’s world-class collection includes, among other gems, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa. Stay in a hotel near the Louvre to ensure you are right in the heart of the city.
Louvre Tips | Plan your visit
How to get to the Louvre by subway
Line 1: get off at Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre or Louvre - Rivoli
Line 7: get off at Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre
How to get to the Louvre by bus
Take buses 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81 or 95 and get off at Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre or Louvre - Rivoli.
How to get to the Louvre by car
Every day from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm you can park in an underground parking garage on Avenue du Général Lemonier.
How to get to the Louvre from Orly Airport
Take RER C towards Champs de Mars - Tour Eiffel, get off at Saint-Michel Notre Dame station, then take the bus number 27 towards Saint Lazare and get off at Musée du Louvre.
How to get to Louvre from Charles de Gaulle Airport
Take RER B towards Massy-Palaiseau, change at Châtelet les Halles, take subway line 1 and get off at Palais-Royal - Musée du Louvre.
Louvre Opening hours
Open every day 9:00 am to 6:00 pm except Tuesdays.
Evening opening hours: until 9:45 pm on Wednesday and Friday.
Closed on: 1 January, 1 May, 14 July and 25 December.
Louvre Admissions Pricing
From October to March: access to permanent collections is free of charge for all on the first Sunday of each month.
Full price: 15€
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The iconic metal structure with its elegant curves has watched over Paris since 1889. If you are staying in a hotel near the Eiffel Tower you’ll be based in the chic 7th district, on the left bank. Climbing the most famous monument in Paris is a must: the view from the top is simply spectacular.
Eiffel Tower Tips | Plan your visit
How to get to the Eiffel Tower
Getting to the Eiffel Tower by subway
Line 6: get off at Bir-Hakeim
Line 9: get off at Trocadéro
Getting to The Eiffel Tower by bus
Bus number 82: get off at Tour Eiffel or Champ de Mars
Bus number 42: get off at Tour Eiffel
Bus number 87: get off at Champ de Mars
How to get to the Eiffel Tower from Charles-de-Gaulle-Airport
Take RER B towards Antony, Robinson, St-Remy-les-Chevreuse.
At St-Michel Notre Dame change lines onto the RER C towards Versailles-Rive Gauche. Get off at Champ de Mars - Tour Eiffel.
Eiffel Tower Opening hours
From Monday 15 June to Tuesday 1 September 2015: Every day from 9:00am to 12:45am
From Wednesday 2 September to Thursday 31 December 2015: Every day from 9:30am to 11:00pm
Eiffel Tower Admission Pricing
Full price: 14 €
Age 12 to 24: 13 €
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Arc de Triomphe / Champs-Elysées
Arc de Triomphe / Champs-Elysées Tips | Plan your visit
How to get to Arc de Triomphe/ Champs-Elysées by subway
Lines 1, 2 and 6: get off at Charles de Gaulles-Etoile.
Lines 1 and 9: get off at Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Line 1: get off at George V.
How to get to Arc de Triomphe/ Champs-Elysées by train
Take RER A and get off at Charles de Gaulle-Etoile.
How to get to Arc de Triomphe/ Champs-Elysées by bus
Take bus 22, 30, 31, 52, 73, 92 or the Balabus.
Arc de Triomphe/ Champs-Elysées Opening hours
1 April to 30 September from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm.
1 October to 31 March from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm.
Closed: 1 January, 1 May, 8 May (morning), 14 July (morning), 11 November (morning) and 25 December.
Arc de Triomphe Pricing
Full price : 9.50€
Reduced price : 7.50€
Free for under 18s, Europeen Union citizens under 25 years old, jobseekers, Paris Museum Pass holders, and for people with disabilities.
Château de Versailles
Gloriously frivolous in design and scope, nothing else comes close to the Château de Versailles. The seat of French royal power until the French Revolution, the château is surrounded by fabulous gardens designed by Andre la Notre. Don’t miss the sumptuous King’s Apartments or the impressive Hall of Mirrors. Stay in a hotel near Versailles for easy access to this royal palace.
Château de Versailles Tips | Plan your visit
How to get to Château de Versailles by train
Take the RER C to Château de Versailles Rive Gauche,
Or take the Transilien train from Paris Saint Lazare train station and get off at Versailles Rive Droite. Alternatively take the Transilien train from Paris Montparnasse train station and get off at Versailles Chantiers.
How to get to Château de Versailles by bus
Take the Versailles Express which leaves from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, departing twice a day at 8:00 am and 2:00 pm.
How to get to Château de Versailles by car
Take Autoroute A13 Versailles Centre. Fee-paying car parking near the Château.
Château de Versailles Opening hours
From April to October :
The Château: Daily from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm except Mondays.
The Trianon and Domaine de Marie-Antoinette: Daily from 12:00 am to 6:30 pm except Mondays.
The Garden: Daily from 8:00 am to 8:30 pm.
The Park: Daily from 7:00 am to 8:30 pm.
From November to March:
The Château: Daily from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm except Mondays.
The Trianon and Domaine de Marie-Antoinette : Daily from 12:00 am to 5:30 pm except Mondays.
The Garden and Park: Daily from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Château de Versailles Pricing
Full price entry to Château: 15€
Reduced price entry to Château: 13€
Photo copyright: Christian Milet
Paris is one of the best connected cities in the world. It is served by Charles de Gaulle and Orly Airport and its main train station, Gare du Nord, connects to almost every country in Europe, including the UK via Eurostar. Once you’re in Paris, transport around the city is easy with the famous Metro on hand to take you to the most beautiful districts. If you’re after something less practical but much more scenic, a boat tour along the Seine is highly recommended.
There are hundreds of events in Paris to look forward to. Particularly unmissable is Bastille Day on the 14th July, a Paris event that celebrates the storming of the Bastille and the eventual formation of France’s current government. Every July and August the Paris Plages takes place; temporary beaches are created along the Seine, hosting many summer activities and offering a haven for locals to escape the heat. Paris Fashion Week runs semi-annually and is a must-see for style-lovers. For something a bit different, why not try September's Techno Parade?
Restaurants in Paris
Paris really is the home of haute cuisine as we know it, so it’s understandable that the streets are always filled with foodies. Delicious patisseries, hidden away bistros, exotic chocolatiers and Michelin-starred gastronomy giants all make up the reputable culinary landscape of this capital city. There are hundreds of restaurants in Paris you can try, but if you’re looking for Michelin stars the Champs-Élysées is a good place to start. Almost every neighbourhood has a vibrant market to explore with one of the most famous being the Marché Bastille. It runs twice a week on the Boulevard Richard Lenoir.