So, you have just one day in Paris and don't know if it's possible to manage everything in such a short time period?
Paris is the most visited city, the dream destination for every traveler, and it has endless attractions for everyone. Discovering a few of these in just one day is possible, but only if you have a perfectly pre-arranged plan.
Every minute of your schedule matters and all of your "must-see" and "should-do" activities have to be sorted intelligently. Therefore, it's better to create an itinerary in advance to make the most out of your one day in Paris. This scheduled plan will enable you to tick off all of the important points. It also helps to buy the Paris City Pass, which includes free access to several museums, public transport, discounts on shopping, and skip-the-line tickets to places like the Eiffel Tower.
Below are five places you will be able to visit if you manage your time effectively based on a beforehand planned itinerary.
5 Must See Attractions in Paris
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is a must-see attraction in Paris and the symbol of France. The tower was built by Gustave Eiffel to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution. It is 324 meters high. This monument is considered one of the most visited places in the world. The view from the top of the tower is fantastic. If you spend your time accurately and have arranged all your activities beforehand, then you might get a chance to have a dinner at the unique restaurant with exquisite cuisine located on the first floor of the tower: 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant. Book your tickets beforehand to save time!
The Champs-Elysees is one of the most famous avenues in the world, known for its glory and majesty. And missing the opportunity of walking across this stunning street, while being in the city, would be a crime. The city’s main artery links the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde. Since the completion of the avenue in the seventeenth century, it has undergone many changes. On both sides of the street are luxury stores of world famous brands and restaurants. But despite transitions, the tree-lined avenue with symmetrical landscaping and monuments is still breathtaking.
Notre-Dame de Paris
Another must-see historical monument in Paris is Notre Dame de Paris. A perfect example of French Gothic architecture in France and Europe from the Middle Ages. It is unique thanks to its size and antiquity, exquisite and sophisticated architectural details. Reaching the top of 402 steps inside the towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral, will give you one of the most impressive panoramic views of Paris. Before you climb to the top, the tour has three important stops: upstairs has amazing Gothic architecture; the chimera galleries allow you to get close to the famous gargoyles; and a couple of meters from the top, stop and admire the belfry, church bells, and the famous 14-tonne Emmanuel great bell.
The Louvre Museum
The Louvre is the most visited art museum in the world rich in history and exclusive in culture. The aristocratic atmosphere and the diversity of artworks will impress you and especially if you are a lover of art, you will undoubtedly fell in love with this place and want to come back. The huge collection of masterpieces are divided into eight categories:
- Egyptian antiquities
- Oriental antiquities
- Greek, Etruscan and Roman
- Islamic Art
- Sculptures of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Modern Times
- Objects of art
- Graphic arts.
The Louvre is the world’s largest museum with its size and scale of the collection, and you can’t see the entirety of the museum in one visit. Especially, when you are a day in Paris, then give priority to the art category you love and concentrate on that specific one. Book a 'skip-the-line' ticket if you don't already have the Paris City Pass to save time!
Aquarium of Paris
The last place you visit, the Aquarium of Paris, will provide great entertainment, especially if you are with kids. You’ll spend around 1.5 hour there, but gain some unforgettable memories. Ticket prices vary, depending on the activities included.
To explore Paris in a day and visit the above-illustrated attractions is possible to a certain degree if you have all the necessary information in advance and have a scheduled itinerary. Another quick way to see the city in a day is to buy a hop on hop off bus tour ticket or boat ticket.