The most iconic sight in all of Paris. Do not miss this iron lady known all around the world. The views from the top are breath-taking. Built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair, Eiffel Tower became the world's tallest man-made structure until the Chrysler Building in New York was finished in 1930. Although it is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions now, it was not accepted well by the French at the time. Also, it was supposed to be taken down after 20 years since it was meant to be only a temporary exhibit. Fortunately, Gustave Eiffel convinced the government to keep the construction and use it as a radiotelegraph station. There are 1,665 steps leading to the top, but you can take the stairs only to the second floor. A lift takes you to the top floor. Originally, only the second floor was open to the public, but now all three levels are accessible and boast award-winning restaurants. In the evening, Eiffel Tower is illuminated with 20,000 light bulbs. Please note that there are no locker rooms, so do not bring large baggage or pushchairs if you cannot fold them.
The largest art museum in the world located inside the Louvre Palace which was once a residence of the French kings. It began its existence as a 12th century fortress and its parts can still be seen in today’s Louvre. The palace was turned into a public museum during the French Revolution and it was opened for the first time in 1793. Nowadays, its most admired piece of art is Mona Lisa by Da Vinci. The museum is one of the locations featured in the Da Vinci Code – both the book by Dan Brown and the film based on it. It also appears in one episode of the British TV series Doctor Who (episode: City of Death). The museum is very large and seeing all of its parts can be both time consuming and exhausting. The multilingual maps provided in the museum for free might prove handy while picking the best route that would include all of the things that interest you. Also, you might spend some time queuing for the tickets. Louvre is easily reachable by metro (lines 1, 7).
Notre-Dame is probably one of the most well-known churches in the world and is a true masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. Both the outside and the inside is worth exploring and the reliquary holds many first-class relics. Higlights of this historical gem are definitely stained glassed windows and its western facade depicting the Last Judgement.
This arch measuring 50 meters is dedicated to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Located at the end of the Champs-Élysées, it is one of the finest neoclassical monuments in Paris. The top terrace is accessible and it offers magnificent views of the city.
Stretching across two kilometres, this avenue claims to be the world's most beautiful one. Paris' famous landmark - Arc de Triomphe - is located at the western end of the street. This area is the mecca for shopping lovers. Champs-Élysées is packed with stores of luxurios brands, both French and international. Besides posh boutiques, there are also some fancy cafés and nice bistros around here.
The largest international airport in France and the second busiest airport in Europe after London Heathrow. Trains from Gare du Nord station offer the fastest journey to central Paris, taking about half an hour. The airport is served by two RER B stations, one is set next to Terminal 3 and the other is set next to the TGV station under Terminal 2. There are three terminals in total, linked by a free shuttle rail service. Roissybus runs a direct bus heading to central Paris. It departs from Terminals 1,2 and 3 and the journey lasts about an hour. Buses 350 and 351 also run to Paris and serve more stations. Free and unlimited WiFi is available at the airport. You can also purchase two premium offers for faster and stronger internet connection.
The spacious main square of Nice is bordered by red Italian-style palaces, palms and pines. The atmosphere of the place is simply faultless and it is said to be the most spectacular square in the city. This place also offers many shopping and dining possibilities and is thus a perfect spot to relax. Many historical sights are in close proximity from the square.
Thanks to its advantageous location, this place sees to a big number of tourists every year. Many interesting attractions are within reach of this square, but it is also an attraction by itself. The neoclassical architecture is very pleasing to look at and provides an atmosphere specific for Nice. The square got its name from the Palais de Justice, which is the Law Court of Nice. It´s perfect as a meeting spot or a place to relax, since there are many cafes and restaurants around this area. Some of the buildings on this square are lit up during the night and provide pretty scenery for anyone who walks by.
The highest point in Nice and the best place for breath-taking panoramic views of the city. The hill takes its name after a citadel from the 11th century that used to stand at the top of it but it was destroyed by king Louis XIV in 1706 and there are only a few remains left now. The park features a waterfall and it is a great place for a stroll. Also, it has large lawns where you can enjoy a picnic while your kids are having fun on the playground. There are also two cafés where you can get some snacks or ice cream.
This cathedral is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and its name originates in the relics of St. Reparate, that arrived to Nice in 1090. The cathedral itself was built between the years 1650 and 1699. It has been classed as a monument historique since 9 August 1906. The building is breathtaking, it is clear that there was a lot of tedious work and perfectionism behind all the decorations, gilting, and the appearance of the interior. When you get inside, you can adore the figures, stained glass and the beautiful paintings. You really do not have to be religious to enjoy the quiet and peaceful contemplation that this cathedral is perfect for. Also, as one of very few religious buildings, this one is completely free of charge to get inside and it is open to the whole public.
The Vieux Lyon is the largest Renaissance district of Lyon in the 5th arrondissement of Lyon. This zone is served by the metro line D In 1954, Vieux-Lyon, the city's oldest district, became the first site in France to be protected under the Malraux law to protect France's cultural sites. Covering an area of 424 hectares at the foot of the Fourvière hill, it is one of Europe’s most extensive Renaissance neighborhoods. There are three distinct sections: Saint Jean, Saint Paul and Saint Georges.
Notre-Dame de la Garde, a Catholic basilica in Marseille, France, is the city's best-known symbol. The site of a popular Assumption Day pilgrimage, it is the most-visited site in Marseille. Consecrated on 5 June 1864, the Neo-Byzantine church was built by the architect Henri-Jacques Espérandieu on the foundations of an ancient fort at the highest natural point in Marseille, a 149 m limestone outcropping on the south side of the Old Port of Marseille. The basilica replaced a church of the same name that was built in 1214 and restored in the 15th century. It consists of a lower church or crypt in the Romanesque style, carved from the rock, and an upper church of Neo-Byzantine style decorated with mosaics.
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located about one kilometre off the country's northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches and is 100 hectares in size. As of 2009, the island has a population of 44. The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: on top, God, the abbey and monastery; below, the great halls; then stores and housing; and at the bottom, outside the walls, houses for fishermen and farmers.
La Place Bellecour is a large square in the centre of Lyon, France, to the north of the Ainay district. Measuring 312 m by 200 m, it is one of the largest open square in Europe, and the third biggest square in France, behind the Place des Quinconces in Bordeaux and the Place de la Concorde in Paris. It is also the largest pedestrian square in Europe: vehicles are allowed in Places de la Concorde and des Quinconces. In the middle is an equestrian statue of king Louis XIV by François-Frédéric Lemot. Another statue, representing the Petit Prince and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is at the west end of the square. The square also has two pavilions, housing the tourist information office of Lyon and an art gallery.
Fourvière is a district of Lyon, France and also a hill immediately west of the old part of the town, rising abruptly from the river Saône and then gently sloping down to the north-west. It is the site of the original Roman settlement of Lugdunum. Though it supports the world's two oldest and active funicular lines, it is primarily known for the Catholic Basilica of Fourvière. The inauguration of the golden statue of the Virgin Mary on the north-west tower is the origin of the famous 8 December Festival of Lights, when the citizens of Lyon display candles at their windows. This festival now attracts hundreds of thousands of people into the streets of Lyon every year. Fourvière contains many other religious buildings including convents, monasteries and chapels. It is known in Lyon as "the hill that prays". It is now part of a UNESCO World Heritage site designated for the city of Lyon in 1998.