All about Paris


Ah, Paris! The city of lovers, the city of lights, the city of fashion, the metropolis known for. . . the resident’s distant attitude to the tourists! Paris is one of the cultural capitals of the world and it would be a sin to skip it on your list of places to see.

The Eiffel Tower, the Triumphal arch, the Champs Elysées, the boulevards of the Sein … each of these places has become a pop-cultural icon, and a symbol of the French identity and pride in its own achievements. This is the reason why you simply must experience the atmosphere and flavours of Paris!

The biggest attractions in Paris


The Eiffel Tower

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25€

Louvre

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17€

Luxembourg Gardens

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FREE

Notre-Dame Cathedral

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FREE

Moulin Rouge

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50-300€

Montmartre

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FREE

What can you find in the city?


There are many ways to get to know Paris. An interestingproposition is visiting the city following the footsteps of the Noble Prize winner Maria Skłodowska-Curie, who spent most of her life here. You can visit the interactive Curie Museum (free admission) located in the former laboratory of Mr and Mrs Curie in the 5th district. You will find here scientific instruments and archival documents of inestimable value which will reveal before you the incrediblehistory of the Curie family. The museum may be reached via the RER B railway, metro (line 7 or 10) or bus (such as line 21, 27, 38, 84).

An unforgettable experience that’s on offer is a visit to the Parisian catacombs, of which parts have been made available to the tourists. The underground ossuary hides many secrets. Entrance to the underground necropolis is located in the 14th district, near the Denfert-Rochereay metro station.

RECOMMENDED PLACES

Curie Museum

COST: FREE

Parisian catacombs

COST: 12€

Attractions in the region


Paris is a city of well-maintained parks and historical cemeteries with majestic tombs. If you feel like taking a rest from the uproar at the Champs-Élysées, it is worth visiting the picturesque botanical garden Jardin des Plantes, established in 1635 in the 5th district right over the Seine. The garden has been divided into thematic sections, and most of the attractions are free. You can get here by bus (including line 24, 57, 63), metro or RER railway.

During your stay in Paris, it is also worth visiting the royal palace in Versailles, located at a distance of approx. 20 from the capital of France. The impressive baroque palace with beautiful orangery houses thousands of unique works of art (admission: approx. 20 EUR). The palace gardens are the perfect place for a romantic walk or family picnic. There is a train running to Versailles, SCNF and RER C (time of travel: 25-30 min.).

RECOMMENDED PLACES

Jardin des Plantes

DISTANCE: 2 km

Versailles

DISTANCE: 20 km

Cuisine


The French food, even that which is hidden under then name haute cuisine, is one of the pillars of world cuisine. Flagship French dishes can be found in restaurants all over the world. Meanwhile, preparing the original coq au vin blanc (cock in white wine) or called en sarcophage (quail à la Babette) is a significant challenge which requires full commitment of the cook, the highest quality of ingredients and many hours of work.

And although we associate the French cuisine with the sublime taste of foie gras, it is no problem to find simple and equally tasty dishes. Salty snacks and splendid confectionery with legendary macaroons at the forefront can be found almost anywhere. The city is famous for its fragrant bakeries, ones that you cannot be indifferent to. And when it’s warm, the Parisians love to sit long hours in restaurant gardens with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

What should you try?


During your stay in Paris, it is worth trying the original onion soup with croutons, snails with garlic sauce, crème brûlée and the Provencal ratatouille dish, prepared on the basis of seasonal vegetables. Special attention should also be given to seafood dishes: oysters or mule served with Camembert and white wine. As a snack, a tart with bacon (tarte flambée) or pancakes with oranges (crêpes Suzette) will be just great.

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Onion soup

traditional onion soup served with croutons

Snails

Burgundy snail meat served in shells with garlic butter

Ratatouille

stew made of boiled tomatoes, onions, courgettes, peppers, garlic and other vegetables

Crêpes Suzette

pancakes in orange sauce

Where to visit?


In Paris, there are many places where you can eat well. For a traditional French dinner with a glass of wine, it is worth visiting the elegant restaurant Bouillon Chartier, which has been spoiling for the palates of its guests for over 100 years. In Fromagerie Danard, you can taste the aromatic French cheeses and cold cuts, and Mardi Crêpe Club offers some fine salty or sweet pancakes. For dessert and a cup of coffee, it is also worth visiting A. Lacroix Patissier.

RECOMMENDED PLACES

Bouillon Chartier

DINNER: 12-20€

A. Lacroix Patissier

DESSERT: 6-8€

Weather


Paris is located in the temperate marine climate zone, where the winters are mild (about 1-7°C) and the summers are warm and sunny (15-25°C), although July and August have also seen some hot days with temperatures over 30°C. The average annual rainfall in the French capital is about 650 mm, and the richest falls are in May, July and December.

THE COLDEST MONTH

January

/ 2°

Average temperature day/night

THE WARMEST MONTH

July

25°/ 15°

Average temperature day/night

AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE

in the year

15°/ 8°

Average temperature day/night

When is the best time to fly to Paris?


Paris holds tourists all year round. It is best to visit France in the spring or autumn, when the weather is nice, and the prices of flight tickets and accommodation are lower than in July or August. Moreover, in autumn in Paris there are numerous cultural events, like Paris Autumn Festival, Paris Photo Month or Documentary Film Festival.

Paris is around
5800 km from New York.
The flight is 8 hours and 15 minutes

Paris is around
350 km from London.
The flight is 1 hour and 10 minutes

Paris is around
880 km from Berlin.
The flight is 1 hour and 40 minutes

How to get from the airports to the city centre?


There are several airports around Paris, including the Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) located in Roissy-en-France, Beauvais-Tille (BVA) in Beauvais and Orly Airport (ORY) approx. 14 km from the city centre. You can take a bus (approx. EUR 17) from the Beauvais airport to the centre of Paris.

You can also take the train which stops at the Paris Gare du Nord station, but keep in mind that you must take a cab to commute from the airport to the centre of Beauvais. There are buses (including Roissybus), RER (line B), TGV and taxis connecting the Paris – Charles de Gaulle airport route. You can take a bus (including Orlybus) or RER and metro to get from the Orly airport to the centre of Paris.

Paris

Charles de Gaulle

25 km

From the city centre

CDG

Bus

12€ (60 min)

Train

11€ (40 min)

PARIS

Orly

13 km

From the city centre

ORY

Bus

9€ (30 min)

Train

13€ (35 min)

PARIS

Beauvais

85 km

From the city centre

BVA

Bus

17€ (75 min)

Train

15€ (75 min)

How to get around in Paris?


The Paris public transport includes metro, buses, RER railway and trams. A one-off ticket costs approx. 1.9 EUR and a carnet of 10 tickets – approx. 15 EUR. It is worth considering the purchase of Paris Visite which authorises to unlimited transits in the chosen zone. A one-day card for zones 1-3 (city centre) costs approx. 12 EUR/person.

Paris is one of the most jammed cities in Europe, so travelling to the centre and parking can be time-consuming. Considering the well organised public transport, there is no need to rent a car.

Prices in the city


Paris has its price! Although the capital of France does not belong to the cheapest of cities, a visit in this town does not necessarily have to ruin you financially. Both basic food products as well as the French specialities, including cheese and wine, can be purchased in markets and special shops for as little as a few euro. The same is true for street food – it is a cost of around 3-5 euro. Fruit is expensive, on the other hand. Costs of getting around the city and accommodation are comparable with other capitals of Western Europe.

Currency

euro

Coffee

2€

Pancakes

5€

Lunch at the restaurant

15€

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