09 Feb 5 Best Free Things To Do In Paris
Home to several iconic sights and attractions, Paris is among the most sought-after tourist destinations in the world. This European city, despite being an expensive place to vacation in, welcomes millions of visitors from all parts of the globe all-year round.
For travellers that are budget-conscious, Paris is still very doable as it offers numerous free things to do. Here are some of the best free things you can do and avail of while in the City Of Love:
- Visit the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris
A grand and imposing structure in the heart of Paris, the cathedral is a magnificent Gothic architectural masterpiece that offers free entrance to anyone who wants to see its interiors. Although climbing the twin towers requires a fee, being able to enter and explore the main edifice is sufficient to get an appreciation of this outstanding Parisian landmark.
- Walk along the Seine riverbank
The Seine riverbank is considered by many to be the best spot for taking spectacular pictures of the sunrise and sunset in the city. Also, because the river reflects beautiful colors throughout the day, capturing these changes over time is such pleasant sight to behold. The river has 37 bridges, including the Pont des Arts and the Bir-Hakeim, which are two of the most popular among those who want to take amazing photographs of the sceneries.
- Go to Paris on the first Sunday of the month to avail of free stuff
If you schedule your trip to Paris on a first Sunday, you can take advantage of various free offers while you are there. You can visit numerous museums for free. The world-renowned Louvre and Musee d’Orsay are two of the strongest-drawers and can be extremely crowded on this particular day of the month. Other museums and galleries that you should consider including to your itinerary are the Musee de l’ Assistance Publique, Petit Palais, Musee d’Art Moderne, Musee Nissim de Camondo, and Centre Pompidou.
- Catch a free fashion show at the Galeries Lafayette
Two times a year, Paris hosts one of the world’s most famous fashion shows, the Paris Fashion Week. During this event, big names from the fashion industry showcase their latest clothing styles and designs. However, not all fashion enthusiasts can attend this affair, so to get a taste of authentic Parisian fashion, checking out the Galeries Lafayette’s collection is a good alternative. On Friday afternoons, the department store holds free runway shows with professional models dressed in chic and trendy outfits.
- Relax at the Jardin du Luxembourg
After many hours of walking, you should take a short break at Paris’ second largest city park, the Jardin du Luxembourg. With an abundance of well-trimmed and well-kept trees, flowers, and plants, the garden is also adorned with hundreds of monuments, statues, and fountains. It is located close to other popular attractions in the city, so putting your feet up for an hour or two there, while reading a book or eating some snacks, is highly recommended.
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