The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame Cathedral may come to mind when you think of Paris.
Food, art, culture, and shopping, for example, are all important aspects of the city’s identity. The French capital is an iconic city break location for good reason, and it’s easy to reach by rail, plane, or Eurostar.
In a clockwise spiral, Paris is split into 20 arrondissements (districts).
The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and so on are the names of the arrondissements in Paris.
The city is divided into right and left banks by the Seine River. The Rive Gauche, or Left Bank, is home to the 5th through 7th arrondissements, as well as the 13th through 15th arrondissements, and is known for being bohemian and artsy.
The Eiffel Tower, one of the world’s most famous structures, offers 360-degree vistas of Paris from its observation deck. You can either take one of three elevators to the top or climb the 704 stairs.
The Musée d’Orsay, an extensive collection of Impressionist art housed at a former train station, is a half-hour walk west down the Seine from there.
The Jardin du Luxembourg is a 25-minute walk south, while the Jardin des Champs-Élysées is a 10-minute walk west, which can lead to a shopping spree down the famed boulevard.
The Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral and the Roman-Byzantine Sacré Coeur Basilica in the bohemian Montmartre quarter offer a cross-section of the city’s various architectural styles.
From public parks to kid-friendly institutions, Paris has something for everyone. If all else fails, Disneyland Paris is only a half-hour drive away or a simple shuttle ride away from the airport.
Many of the city’s family attractions are conveniently placed in the heart of the city, making them easy to reach on foot.
Children may run wild in the playground, spend a day sailing wooden boats on the fountain pond, ride the ancient carousel, or watch a show at the marionette theatre in the Jardin du Luxembourg, which is a 15-minute walk from Saint-Germain-des-Prés.