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City Guide Paris, France

Visiting Paris

Regarded as the most romantic city in the world, Paris is definitely a wonderful place for couples to visit, although you don’t have to be travelling there with that ‘someone special’ to appreciate it. It is full of famous landmarks and museums, great places to eat and a host of buzzing bars and nightclubs. So even if you are going with some friends or on your own, you won't find it hard to fill your days.

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Paris Podcasts

Getting to know Montmartre

In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty travels to Montmartre, one of Paris' best-known neighbourhoods, to speak to Frederique Maitrehenry of Musée de Montmartre to find out what makes it so unique.

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Paris Videos

How to save money in Paris

How to save money buying tickets for public transport, when the main museums in Paris are free and more.

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Paris Pocket Guide

Paris Pocket Guide

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Paris City Reviews

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Paris, beautiful city

    Beautiful city, it's a pity some of it's people are ugly on the inside. We got robbed twice in Paris, the second time was INSIDE DISNEYLAND!! The shine was taken away a little for me but I still really loved it how beautiful it was, we went during a heat wave aswel which was a nice change from Ireland. One thing you should note though is that the French stare..... A lot.... It's very rude and unsettling, specially for an Irish person(we keep our heads down and our business to ourselves).

    Insider Tip:Don't trust the taxi drivers

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    A weekend in Paris

    Paris was as I expected but a bit colder. It was expensive but manageable for a short trip. When I used good manners and French, the people were kind and hospitable; they just want you to try. However, beware scammers. Within the first 3 hours of our trip we were hassled 5 times-- once having men grab us and tie "free" "friendship" bracelets on us before we could protest, and then demanding a "donation." Another two women hassled us for money and then became hostile when we refused.

    Insider Tip:Learn basic French. And if someone asks if you speak English say "no" in another language. English makes you a mark and we resorted to speaking Spanish together in public. Also, buy a metro pass for however many days you are in Paris! Zones 1-3 should do it.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Cold and windy in February - but very welcoming and cultured

    A sober, beautiful, very European and very diverse city, absolutely stunning during the fall (I visited in October 2006), spring and summer, and quite windy, rainy and cold during winter - this time, we travelled in February 2015. Must be visited at least once. Do that! Might be expensive for someone visiting from elsewhere than the proverbial first world.

    Insider Tip:Think twice before buying a museum or metro/bus pass during winter: while the opportunities they provide are excellent, you will hardly have the time in the 2, 3, 4 or 5 days chosen, to visit everything on the menu. Buying 10 tickets for the metro (or twice that) may be enough for a 5 or 6-day trip, and individual tickets for sights and museums are available on the museums' websites. Louvre will take more than a day. So will le Musee du Quai Branly or my favorite Centre Pompidou. Enjoy!

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Paris is a wonderful city, but only if you haven't set lofty expectations beforehand! Be sure to visit the obvious destinations - the Lourve, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, but there are plenty more things to see, and a potential day trip to Versaille.

  • 100%

    segagary1182

    City of Love and Amazing Sights

    I love Paris. I've been seven times in seven years. There is no way you can hate this place. The people are no where near as cold as they are said to be. They are awesome. They love their city and it's easy to see why. The food is great, the wine is amazing, the sights are accessible and the metro makes life so easy. Drink wine at the Seine, visit the varied areas of the cities and just take in the atmosphere.

    Insider Tip:Go to Pont Neuf and sit right at the edge of the island (same one as Notre Dame) and look towards the Eiffel Tour under the tree. It's amazing.

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