Paris, the so called the City of Love, is the capital of France and its most populous city. Many tourists may visit France for the Eiffel Tower or maybe to sample some snails or, as they are known in France, ‘escargot‘. however we are going to focus on the free things Paris has to offer.
Another nickname for Paris is the City of Light. The literal reason behind this is that Paris was one of the first cities in the world that had street lighting powered by gas! Another reason behind the nickname is the instrumental role Paris had during the Age of Enlightenment.
With all that in mind we present our list of the top five free things to do in Paris:
5. Basilique du Sacre Coeur
First up on our list of free things to do in Paris is the Basilique du Sacre Coeur (or Sacred Heart Basilica in English).
The Basilique du Sacre Coeur is a religious landmark however you don’t have to be religious yourself to appreciate the beauty of its architecture.
After around 200 or so steps you can reach the dome of the Basilica and view the panorama of the city of Paris for up to 30km on a clear day.
4. Museum of Modern Art
The museum of modern art was originally opened in 1961 with a core collection and added to by a few collectors generously donating their artworks.
Nowadays it has various exhibitions throughout the year whilst still maintaining its core collections of over 9000 works. There are pieces from Delauney, Picasso, Matisse, and many more.
The Promenade Plantée makes it to number 3 on our list of free things to do in Paris.
Much like the New York Highline, The Promenade Plantée was built on previously unused railway tracks running through the city.
Opened in 1993 the elevated pathway follows an easterly path of 4.7km across the city. It begins at the Viaduc des Arts and eventually ends at a spiral staircase to the boulevard Peripherique.
Along the walkway there are enclosed areas giving you an opportunity to get to hidden area away from the city yet still within the city. There are also viewing platforms offering expansive views of the city from above. The Promenade Plantée is definitely worth a visit whilst in Paris!
2. Jardin Du Luxembourg
The Jardin du Luxembourg was created by Marie de Medici in 1612 and were modeled on the Boboli gardens in Florence.
The gardens cover an area of 25 hectares of land and is split into two distinctive sections; the English gardens and the French Gardens. You can find an orchard, a bee-keeping area or apiary, a forest and a pond here in the Jardin du Luxembourg.
The park is open between 7:30am and either 4:30pm and 9:30pm depending on the season.
Famous for its resident hunchback, Notre dame cathedral is number one on our list of free things to do in Paris.
Notre Dame is one of biggest and most well-known church buildings in the world, and you can visit for free! It is designed with French-Gothic style architecture and has many gargoyles which the church is famous for.
Other important features of the Notre Dame Cathedral are the stain glass windows, huge organ and the ten church bells – the biggest of which, Emmanuel, is tolled every hour during the day.