How to Do Paris in a Weekend

Paris is one of the most iconic, exciting, culturally rich, and generally creatively stimulating cities in the world, and if you are lucky enough to get the chance to visit, you will naturally want to make the most of every moment.

To help you with the planning segment of your Parisian adventure, here is how to do Paris in a weekend (just make sure you wear your most comfortable walking shoes).


Stay as Close to the Center as Possible

Although it may seem as though the different districts that make up the city of Paris are close together, in reality, there are plenty of suburban areas between each of the tourist landmarks, meaning that it makes much more sense to stay in the center.

Now, naturally, hotels and even Airbnb are going to cost more than if you choose to stay on the outskirts, but as you are only in Paris for a weekend, or a long weekend at best, time is of optimum priority.

Pack Sensibly

Obviously, it would be brilliant if you were able to pack a wide range of outfits to suit how you feel once you arrive in Paris and, of course, to adapt to the European weather.

In reality, however, it becomes necessary to pack as sensibly as possible, and if you have to, wear the same sweater in the evening and the same pair of jeans in the day.

On the subject of packing and preparation, make sure you have brought along enough activities to keep you occupied during downtime, especially if you are planning to get in and around the city on long train rides.

For example, you could download a couple of enticing podcasts to your smartphone or tablet or even register with to play online slot machine games, both of which you will be grateful for should your plane or train be significantly delayed.

Prioritize Attractions & Pre-Pay

The top ten popular tourist attractions in Paris, all of which you should do your best to include in your itinerary (even if you do not have the chance to go inside them all), are, in no particular order:

  • The Louvre Museum, with its huge array of paintings, sculptures, and other artwork
  • The Eiffel Tower (available to climb via pre-booked tickets)
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • The Trocadero (for the breathtaking views)
  • Montmartre (the artists’ quarter)
  • The Arc de Triomphe
  • Basilique de Sacre-Coeur
  • Musee d’Orsay
  • The Palace of Versailles (just outside Paris)
  • The Centre Pompidou

Now, as a weekend vacationer, you should be realistic about just how many of the top ten Parisian tourist attractions you will be able to enjoy in the time you have. By far the best option is to conduct research online when planning your visit so you are able to prioritize the places that interest you the most.

Once you have decided, spend time looking into the best deals for visitor passes, as in some cases, it may be cheaper if you buy your entry tickets before you arrive in France.


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