Paris is the capital of France, located at the banks of the Seine River. It is known as the world's most romantic and most beautiful city. The city's most famous building is certainly the Eiffel Tower. In the city center are of course numerous other famous historical buildings, museums and the world's second highest number of Michelin-star restaurants. Paris is often called the mecca of fashion, because nearly every well-known fashion and cosmetics company is having its headquarter there. The city is the world's most visited tourist destination, attracting more than 45 million tourists every year.
Monthly Weather Conditions
Paris works as a great year-round destination, with the weather changing from month to month. The most rainy days are from November to March but Paris still offers great places to visit when it rains.
The best time to visit Paris is from June to August when the weather is just about perfect. There are long days of sunshine, offering the perfect opportunity to enjoy key events like Fete de St-Denis (June), Fete de la Musique (June), the Tour de France (July) and Bastille Day (July).
More information: Paris forecast and weather conditions monthly
Paris 12 most important sights:
- Musee d'Orsay: Beautiful museum
- Eiffel Tower: The most iconic tower in France.
- Musee du Louvre: The Louvre is considered the world's greatest art museum.
- Notre Dame Cathedral: Famous cathedral
- Luxembourg Gardens: Gardens
- Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris: This performance hall hosts opera, ballet and chamber music performances.
- Pont Alexandre III: Deck arch bridge that spans the Seine in Paris.
- River Seine: This famous river flows from east to west through the heart of the city.
- Musee de l'Orangerie: Museum
- Paris Muse Private Tours: Private tours of Paris museums.
- City Wonders: Discover Paris during unique tours of the city's most famous sights.
- Gamescape: Gamescape is the new kid on the block in terms of live escape games in Paris.
Recommendation for one day:
- First, it's great to go to the Eiffel Tower, the best known landmark in Europe.
- Near the Eiffel Tower is the Louvre, the essential museum of Paris. Or you can go to the Champs Elysees, the most prestigious and famous street in Paris, and possibly the world.
- See Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the first Gothic cathedrals ever built. Constructed in 1163, it offers an incredible vista of Paris.
- Visit the Luxembourg Gardens. These formal gardens were once open only to royalty prior to the French Revolution, they now serve as one of Paris's most popular relaxation destinations.
- Top off the evening at LArc, just a stone's throw away from the grand and imposing Arc de Triomphe, LArc is a multi-level nightlife experience comprising a restaurant, bar and club in one majestic Napoleon III-era building.
The recommended accommodation areas for Paris are:
Cheap area: Essonne
Central location: 8th Arr, 10th Arr
Nightlife: Rue Montmartre
Compared to prices worldwide, Paris is an expensive destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $91.80, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $316.48, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $100.05
- Hotel (3 stars): $132.41
- Hotel (4 stars): $204.30
- Hotel (5 stars): $372.67
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $22.55
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $32.97
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $7.27
- Meal, McDonalds: $10.30
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $16.37
Paris has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 46.8 (a little weaker than United states average 47.9)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 65.7 (weaker than United states average 69.5)
- Walking alone at night: 42.4 (a little better than United states average 41.7)
More information: Paris safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.