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Tuesday 12 April 2011

Paris for Free - Top 10 Free Attractions in Paris




Sightseeing in Paris - less queues, more fun!

Paris has long been known as a city of luxury and indulgence, something which can seem daunting for those hoping to experience it on a budget. Luckily for you, there is still a way to enjoy the full beauty of Paris without any paying entrance fees.

Each of the Paris attractions below are as much a part of the experience as the Louvre or Eiffel tower, but are completely free! Leaving more of your Euros for the important things, like café lattés and croissants along the Seine.



Notre Dame

Notre Dame cathedral is perhaps one of the most moving and historic free attractions Paris has to offer, with a past filled with royal weddings and coronations, riots and impressive renovations.

Mass is still held daily in the cathedral, and it is open every day from 8am until 7pm. Although the queue to get in may seem long, it moves quite quickly and so it is well worth the 20-minute wait to see the inside of the cathedral.



Jardin du Luxembourg

The Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens) is one of Paris' largest parks, sprawled across 55 acres. There is plenty here to keep the young and old occupied, including a playground, puppet theatre, boating pond, chess and boules.

The gardens have two beautiful fountains and are spectacular in Spring and Autumn, when the flowers and trees really come alive.



Musée Carnavalet and Musée Zadkine

The Musée Carnavalet serves as a museum of the history of Paris. It occupies two neighbouring buildings amd has a vast collection of artowrks, photographs and artefacts.

The Musée Zadkine is another one of Paris' top free attractions. It is devoted to the works of Russian artist Ossip Zadkine, who lived and worked in Paris for most of his life. Entrance to the permanent exhibitions is free for both museums.



The Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter is the name given to an area of Paris situated on the left bank of the Seine, in the 5th and 6th arrondissements. This area was home to countless students and artists, and retains its bohemian café atmosphere to this day.

A stroll through its myriad alleys and walkways reveals a plethora a unique shops and restaurants, including some of Paris' cheapest places to enjoy a tasty meal with wine.



Paris Modern Art Museum

11, Avenue du Président Wilson

This museums provides a well-structured overview of the modern art movements of the 20th century, including fauvism, cubism, and post-cubism. Entry is free and the museum is open from 10am until 6pm, with late openings on Thursdays.



Petit Palais and the Champ-Elysees

Avenue Winston Churchill

Entrance to the permanent exhibition in the Petit Palais museum is free, and allows you to enjoy paintings and sculpture by from of the world's favourite artists, including Delacroix, Monet, Gaugain and Rodin.

The building itself was built in 1900 and sits at the base of the Champ-Elysees, ideal for a walk along this beautiful avenue devoted to Paris' favourite contemporary art - fashion.



Père-Lachaise Cemetery

Although it may seem macabre to be visiting a cemetery, Paris' Père-Lachaise cemetery has significant historical importance for the city.

Over 2-million visitors a year pay tribute to the graves of some of the world's most important figures from literary, theatre, musical and political spheres, including the graves of Chopin, Bellini, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison.



Jardin des Tuileries

Explore these famous gardens which lead up to the Louvre Museum - you'll be amazed to discover their humble beginings as a 16th century clay quarry! Today they are one of Paris' most popular gardens. Play hide and seek in the maze, pose with the massive stone statues, or simply relax on a chair by the lake and soak up the sunshine.



Maison de Victor Hugo

6 Place des Vosges

This historical building was the home of renown Parisian author Victor Hugo from 1832 until 1848. Victor Hugo wrote several well-loved French novels including The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables.



Sacre-Coeur

The sacre-Couer (Basilique du Sacré-Cour) is one of Paris' most iconic buildings. This gleaming white basilica sits proudly a-top the butte Montmartre, Paris' highest point.

The immense staircase leading up to the basilica is a wonderful spot to sit in the late afternoon and watch the sun set over the city.



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