When coming to Paris and realizing you only have four days to visit all the beauty the city has to offer, it may be a bit overwhelming. Such a large city, that has been around for so many years, has layers and layers of history built into its walls. Given that the Eiffel Tower is an obvious sight that you have to see when you visit, let’s take a look at what to see in Paris in 4 days. The great thing about Paris is although you may only have limited time to visit, we can give you a list of the top must-see destinations to visit while you’re here for 4 days, and you can always come back!
The Louvre complex is another famous site that you can’t miss when visiting Paris. It was originally built in 1202 to be a fortress for a king, but in the 1500s, it got renovated with wings added to be a royal palace. In the late 1700s, it became the now famous Musée du Louvre. Its construction was finished when its famously recognizable glass pyramid was added in the 1980s. Stroll through the endless halls of art and sculptures and enjoy the breathtaking architecture at the same time. Take a peek at pieces like the Mona Lisa, and some Roman sculptures. Get there early or buy your tickets in advance, because the lines for the museum are always long. It’s also good to keep in mind that on Wednesdays and Thursdays, the Museum stays open until 10pm! You can also enjoy the underground mall the Tuileries garden right outside of the Louvre.
Another famous museum you can’t leave Paris without visiting is Musee d’Orsay. This museum can be found along the Seine River and was open in 1986 in the location of an old railway station. This art museum is filled with some of the most beautiful impressionist and post-impressionist artwork in the world. Here you can find works from artists like Monet, Van Gough, and Manet.
Arc De Triomphe:
This monument was wanted by Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate the French Revolution. At over 50 meters tall, the Arc De Triumph is a must-see for some of the best views of Paris. Climb up its old staircase to the top and view the beautiful skyline of the city. See the elaborate details and decorations scribed into the bottom of the arc. The body of the Unknown Soldier is buried at the base, and you can see the flame of remembrance relit every day at 18:30. While seeing the Arc, makes sure to enjoy the rest of the Champs Elysées area with all its cafes and luxury shops.
In the middle of the Seine River, on the island Ile de la Cite, you can find the beautiful 800-year-old Notre Dame. Build in 1163, this gothic Catholic church is one of the most famous churches in the world and sports beautiful architecture and stained glass windows. In this actively used church, you can find many renowned religious artifacts, paintings, and can see the history and renovations done over the years to the enormous building.
If you’re looking for a sight to take your breath away, Versailles is sure to do it. Famously known for its palace and its gardens, Versailles is a beautiful area just on the outskirts of the city. Louis XIV hired many painters and artists to elaborately decorate the Palace with beautiful gold pieces and cover the ceilings in color. The gardens bloom with colors and boast tall fountains and sculptures to visitors. The area is one you won’t forget.
Père Lachaise Cemetery:
As the largest cemetery in Paris and the most visited one in the world, the Père Lachaise Cemetery is definitely a trip you’ll remember. The 44 hectares area in the 20th arrondissement has over 70,000 graves to see. Not only is the cemetery peaceful to visit, but it also houses many famous people like Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Molière, and Edith Piaf.
On a hill at the highest point in Paris, Montmartre is on the outer part of the city and is a beautiful and happening place. Located in this area is the famous Sacré-Cœur Basilica built as an expedition piece in 1914, and the world-renowned cabernet Moulin Rouge. Enjoy the artistic shops and streets, as long and you don’t mind the stairs! You could get some of the best views of Paris.
We have put together a 4-day package that can relive the stress of traveling, and assure you that you catch all the best attractions! This itinerary makes sure to hit all of the above attractions and many more! For additional information, click the link below: