The top platforms of the Eiffel Tower or the dome of the Eiffel Tower are among the best-known and best viewpoints in the city of Paris Sacré-Cœur. Impressive impressions can also be gained from the 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse.
Not quite as high, but no less interesting for that reason, are the views from the platform of the Arc de Triomphe, the south tower of the Notre-Dame Cathedral or from the terrace of the La Samaritaine department store.
Also in oneBig citylike Paris, you will always find a way to find a park where you can relax, do sports or find a place for a cozy picnic.
The Bois de Boulogne in the 16th arrondissement is one of the most important parks. The park is simply called “le Bois” by the locals. It is almost 900 hectares in size and was founded by Napoleon III. converted into a public park.
The Bois de Vincennes is to the east of the city and is a slightly larger and more popular park. It was originally a royal hunting ground and also France’s largest zoo.
One of the main attractions is the Parc de Bagatelle. This is a walled garden with the most beautiful flower arrangements in Paris.
The original “Royal Garden for Medicinal Plants” from 1626 became a well-known research institute in the 18th century. Its reopening as a natural history museum made the “Jardin des Plantes” an attraction that is still worth seeing today.
If you have children with you, you should make a detour to the Jardin d’Acclimatation. A mini farm, a small train and a puppet theater await the youngest visitors. But you can also ride a pony or visit a distorting mirror cabinet here.
At the place where the slaughterhouse and cattle market used to be in Paris, an amusement park and a technical and industrial museum were created, the Parc de la Villette with its 35 hectares and the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie museum in the 19th arrondissement.
A somewhat dreamy park can be found in Parc Monceau. It is an oasis of silence and an upper-class landscape garden from the 19th century.
A somewhat new creation of garden art can be found in the Parc de Bercy in the east of Paris.
Other green oases in Paris are the parks: Parc Montsouris, in which a multitude of bird species live, the Parc André-Citroën and the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
The underground Paris could also be interesting. A special labyrinth with perforated quarries, metro shafts, canals, catacombs and sewers, the latter of course under hygienic conditions, which can be visited. Definitely a different way of getting to know the city of Paris.
Table delights in the capital of France
There are supposed to be tourists who come to the Seine city not just for the sights or for shopping. No, there are also some people who travel to Paris for the sake of the culinary delights. And the choice of food and drinks is really very big. Whether it is a luxury restaurant, gourmet temple, bistro or café, the number of different options on offer is huge.
However, you will not find a really typical “Parisian cuisine” here. But the specialties that France has to offer mix here and a multitude of restaurants with international cuisine is not uncommon in Paris. Spicy and tasty stews from the Caribbean, Indonesian rice platters or recipes with couscous from North Africa are great favorites popularity .
Regional areas of France that are mainly represented in culinary Paris are Burgundy, Bordeaux, Lyon, Provence or Landes, Languedoc and Périgord.
The cradle of French culinary art is in Burgundy, especially hearty and hearty dishes have their origins here.
Lyon is known for dishes from pork, game and various different types of vegetables. It is also called the gastronomic capital of France.
Known as the second major wine-growing region in France, Bordeaux is also recommended for its delicious food. The sauce Bordelaise, which is mainly served with rump steak, porcini mushrooms or lampreys, is well known beyond France.
Delicious vegetables in the form of tomatoes, olives, but above all herbs and garlic are served in Provence. Of course also the most famous fish recipe in the world: the bouillabaisse.
The French breakfast is rather sparse. In the past, this left space for a five-course lunch. This tradition currently only exists on Sundays and public holidays. However, you can often find cheap lunch menu offers in top restaurants that save money and time.
In the Landes, Languedoc and Périgord regions, foie gras and truffles are the main ingredients on the menu.
There are a few rules that are followed in a typical French restaurant. Hors d’oeuvres are served first. Fresh raw salads (crudités), various types of sausage or cold meat (charcuterie) or duck, goose or pork that is marinated in lard (rillettes).
Often times, the meat is not completely done on the main course. When ordering, you should therefore make sure to express your wishes.
There is also a large selection of desserts. The “tarte tatin” is something typical. A caramelized apple dessert that is worth trying. Or some profiteroles, a kind of cream puff filled with vanilla ice cream and served with hot chocolate sauce.
And of course you should also try the large selection of wines. If you don’t like wine, you can of course also get beer or other drinks.