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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

  • 90%

    Rodrigohc94

    Well of course I'll recommend to anyone to go to Paris, the city of light, love, fashion and art. Seriously its awesome if you havent gone yet you must go! Its a must in your lifetime, it has everything. Its a little more expensive than any other average city but its worth it, some of the best museums in the world are in paris, so many things to do, you can never have enough of paris

    Insider Tip:If you go in winter its really cold and some days are rainy so bring the right clothes & I wouldnt reommend to be in the eiffel tower on new years eve its really really crowded and you're just standing there frezzing some hours and if you're planning to go back to your hostel by train or subway its going to take you like 2 hours and its not the big thing just some fire works like 5 small ones and they light up the eiffel tower like every night better go to a nice place to dinner or a nightclub

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    Touristy But Worth a Trip

    As Audrey Hepburn once said "Paris is never a bad idea". But you must beware how drastically touristy Paris is. It's very unlikely you'll meet a lot of French people, mostly other tourists from around the world. The landmarks are all worth a once in lifetime visit, but the constant gypsy's on the streets and in the metros begging for money gets a little tiring.

    Insider Tip:Try to take the metro to far ends of the city and walk around. It's more authentic. East dinner at 8 PM like a true Parisian and sit outside on the curb to people watch with a vat of wine. You'll feel like you stepped out of a movie scene.

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    Crowded and dirty

    Paris is a city too crowded and dirty. It definitely is not the best place to visit (if you want a stress free trip). If it is the trip of your life, go for it, but if you are looking for a place where things work properly and people are respectful and kind, Paris is not the place. I met very few people willing to help with information there (yes, there are some kindhearted individuals there, but I think most of them are foreigners, lol, sorry!).

    Insider Tip:You better learn French and start studying the subway map before landing in Paris and don't forget the pickpockets.

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    Paris = Tourists

    For me, Paris is too busy. It has beautiful monuments, but they are constantly accompanied by pushy crowds and a lot of confused/stressed tourists. They French who live there mostly seem annoyed with foreigners and haven't the tolerance for incompetence. I preferred my visit to Lyon (the second largest city in France depending on who you ask) because it was less crowded, smaller, more open, and the people were friendlier/more patient with my terrible French abilities.

    Insider Tip:The metro is easy to use. The ticket machines can be changed to English, French, Spanish, etc. And you can by a day pass that allows you to ride whenever, wherever, all day. For me, I found "Fodor's 25 Best Paris" to be very helpful for navigating the city and choosing what sites to visit during my few days there. The book has a map of the city and the transit system. Don't take a taxi to/from the airport. There are a few trains and busses that take you from the airport (CDG) to the center of the city.

  • 80%

    susanli

    Paris, from NYC

    Paris is not overrated at all. Coming from NYC, I was really happy with the metro in Paris. It's efficient, easy to figure out, and pretty much gets you everywhere. I was on exchange in Amsterdam and visited Paris alone. I have several years of junior high and high school French under my belt, which definitely made it easier to navigate the city. However, most everyone speaks English. I would recommend seeing the Orsay (better than the Louvre), Luxembourg Gardens, and a movie at an indie cinema!

    Insider Tip:If you are studying in the EU and have a residence card, you can skip the waiting/admission fee lines for major museums (i.e. the Louvre, Orangerie, Orsay) and go directly into the museum for free. Your residence card doubles as your ticket. If you're in Paris for a few days and want to use the metro as your main source of transportation, buy a "book" of tickets (10 single-ride tickets), instead of 10 tickets on separate occasions, to save some money.

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