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9 Summer Activities to do in Paris

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This question is actually superfluous because the French metropolis is the city of art, fashion, and love. So all you need to do is choose which of the possible activities in Paris is next for you.

As a political, economic, and cultural center, Paris offers its visitors everything that makes a city trip interesting. In addition, there is a varied nightlife and a wide gastronomic offer in the city of love.

Plan your leisure activities in Paris now using the following suggestions for things to do and excursions. We not only reveal which activities are the must-dos and well-known highlights in Paris but also have one or two insider tips for you! So, what should you definitely not miss on your next travel to Paris?

1. Visit the Eiffel Tower – Paris' top attraction

Visiting the famous landmark in the 7th arrondissement is one of the famous leisure activities in Paris. Millions of visitors take the challenge year after year and climb the 312 m high iron truss tower or use one of the elevators of the Eiffel Tower.

Over 600 people work on or for the Eiffel Tower. It is basically open all year round. In 1887-89, the much-admired structure was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution at the World's Fair. Until 1930, the Eiffel Tower remained the world's tallest building. One thing is for sure: a visit to the Eiffel Tower is not to be missed on a trip to France.


Tickets to the Eiffel Tower cost €10.50 for adults. To go up in the elevator, you have to add another 6€.

2. Visit the Louvre

In the center of Paris, on the right bank of the Seine, lies the Louvre, one of the most famous museums in the world – and the largest and most visited boot. Opened in 1793, the Louvre Museum is located in the former residence of French monarchs.

When you visit this cultural site, don't take on too many activities in Paris. After all, the Louvre houses more than 35,000 objects, including Leonardo da Vinci's “Mona Lisa,” one of the most popular works in art history. Worth seeing in addition: the glass pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum and the statue of the “Venus de Milo”.


Tickets for the museum cost 17€.

3. Stroll through the Louvre gardens

What can you do in Paris if you are already at the Louvre? Then a walk through the “Jardin des Tuileries” (Tuileries Garden), a baroque palace park, is recommended. It is the oldest park in the French capital and connects the Louvre Museum and the large “Place de la Concorde”, the site of an Egyptian obelisk.

If you need a break after visiting the sprawling museum, the “Jardin des Tuileries” is a great place to take a breather. Here you can enjoy nature, admire the historical statues and recharge your batteries for your next leisure activities in Paris.

4. Get spooked in the catacombs

You will get a completely different impression of the artists' district Montparnasse in the 14th arrondissement in the catacombs of Paris. According to estimates, up to eight million bones lie in the former quarries. Since the cemeteries in the city were overcrowded, the dead were reburied in this underground cave system at the end of the 18th century.

You climb 136 steps underground at the “Place Denfert-Rocherau”, immersing yourself in a century-long gone. Today's museum covers about 2 km of the catacombs. Take your sweetheart firmly by the hand and take in the eerie sight. One of the following activities in Paris could be a visit to the legendary cemetery “Cimetière Montparnasse”.

5. A walk along the Seine

This is one of the romantic leisure activities in Paris that no couple will miss: strolling arm in arm along the banks of the Seine in the evening and enjoying the special flair of the French capital. If you start at the Pont au Change at the height of the “Ile de la Cité” and walk downstream, you will have a walk of almost 4.5 km to the Eiffel Tower.

You will pass numerous impressive bridges and buildings such as the “Pont Neuf” and the art museum “Musée d'Orsay” and can stock up on souvenirs, magazines, comics, and books at the stalls of the bouquinistes. Definitely a must-do for a visit to France!

6. Enjoy the culinary highlights of the city

To make sure you don't miss any local delicacy, you can book a culinary city tour as one of the most nutritious activities in Paris. Then you will get to know the best baguette, chocolate, and much more. Food has a high value among the French, and the choice of specialties and delicacies in markets, stores, bistros, and restaurants is correspondingly large.

In Paris, more and more places offer regional cuisine and organic products. If you have a taste for it, treat yourself to a “dinner à deux” at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Or discover the benefits of bistronomy, where the focus is on authentic flavors – and high quality at affordable prices. Many cafes and restaurants are placed near cozy apartments or hotels that can be booked at

7. Admire the Palace of Versailles

You can visit one of the largest palace complexes in Europe in the neighboring city of Versailles, just under a 50-minute drive from Paris. The baroque building stretches for half a kilometer and served as the residence of Louis XIV and other French kings from 1661.

You will chalk up a visit to the magnificent chateau, now used as a museum, and its gardens as one of the activities in Paris that will be deeply etched in your memory. Don't miss out on this venture and make it happen. The Hall of Mirrors of Versailles, which is more than 300 years old, alone is worth the visit, even with older children.

8. Observe life on the Canal Saint-Martin

The 10th arrondissement on the right bank of the Seine is an urban neighborhood full of contrasts. There you can avoid the tourist crowds and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere along the Canal Saint-Martin, which opened in 1825. The waterway is one of the numerous “monuments historiques” in the capital and has a completely covered northern section in the 11th arrondissement. Various leisure activities in Paris are also available here in the east of the city: visiting cafes and bistros, boating, or listening to the music from the bars along the canal until late at night. The waterfront promenades in this classic working-class neighborhood are busy on weekends.

9. Sightseeing in the 4th arrondissement of Paris

What is there to do in Paris? For example, go out and store in the hip “Le Marais,” a multicultural district in parts of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. Métro line 4 will take you to ” Île de la Cité”. People in love with Paris know: This is where the heart of the metropolis beats. The most important attraction is “Notre-Dame de Paris”, one of the most famous Gothic cathedrals in the world. Next to the cathedral, the city hall (Hôtel de Ville), also built in the neo-Renaissance style, presents itself impressively on the right bank of the Seine. Moreover, one of the absolutely indispensable activities in Paris is a visit to the huge cultural center “Centre Pompidiou”.

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