Two Days in Paris

in City Guides, Sightseeing

Tourists and locals enjoy Paris by the Eiffel Tower – Photo: Gabriel Villena

With over 28 million visitors each year, Paris is without a doubt one of the most exciting cities in the world and a destination that you certainly don’t want to miss on your trip to Europe. So, whether you are taking a long deserved city break or only have two days to spend in Paris on your European vacation, we hope you find our tips on what to see and do in Paris in two days helpful.

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Eiffel Tower

Whilst cliché to some, the Eiffel Tower should definitely be first on your list of things to do, especially if you only have two days in Paris. This attraction is so popular that many tourists still visit on their second and third trips to this marvelous city. The view from the second and third levels is truly incredible, so make sure you take the trip up the tower to enjoy an unforgettable view. If you are really short on time and money, the view from the second floor is still amazing.

Buy a Paris Pass

Even if you are visiting Paris for two days, we strongly recommend that you take advantage of the Paris Pass. The Paris Pass offers free entry to over 60 of Paris’ best sightseeing attractions, excellent special offers at the best stores and restaurants as well as free public transport. The Paris Pass also enables you fast VIP entry at most of Paris’ best attractions. The Paris Pass is a great way to save time and money in the City of Lights.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Built in the 12th century and standing on the Île de la Cité, this magically cathedral is an awesome example of Gothic architecture. Free guided tours are available upon request, so make sure you enquire at the information desk when you arrive. If you’re in a hurry, however, it is recommended that you visit the cathedral during weekday mornings and evenings to avoid the hordes of tourists and the annoying long lines.

The Louvre

Even if art isn’t your cup of tea, just walking through the Louvre and its courtyards is something you just have to do. In fact, even art lovers often say they are more impressed with the architecture of the building than with the art it contains! The Louvre is one of the world’s largest museums and is jam packed with treasure, so we suggest that you by do some research online before you visit or save your time by booking a guided tour.

Catch the Eurostar

If you are visiting Paris from London or Belgium you should take advantage of the Eurostar. The Eurostar is a high-speed passenger train the connects Paris with Belgium and London. Travel time between Paris and London is about two hours and 15 minutes, so it is a great way to travel to Paris quickly, cheaply and easily. Also, only twenty minutes of the journey is in the channel, which will give you a chance to check out some of the beautiful European countryside.

The Catacombs of Paris

The Catacombs of Paris or Catacombes de Paris offer a stunning visual to even the most jaded amongst us. Filled with the remains of Paris’s long buried dead, and a bit of vandalism, the tour is both stunning and strangely beautiful. Do keep in mind, however, that you may have to wait in line. Only 200 guests are permitted entry into the catacombs at any given time.

In truth, there is so much more to see and do in Paris than what can be done in just two days. However, with a well thought out plan and the right travel tips and advice, you can see and do what is more important to you and still experience what this magically city has to offer. Be sure that, even with your itinerary in hand, you take along an excellent map. The pie shape of the city can be confusing at best.

Bon voyage!

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