A weekend in Paris - tips from a local

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A weekend trip to Paris – what you can do

This time we were able to win over Denise Urbach to present her favorite city Paris in a guest article. Denise lives in France and therefore knows Paris very well. With her tips, you'll be well prepared for a weekend in Paris full of experiences. We thank you for the recommendations. This will make your trip to Paris an experience.


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At the Arc de Triomphe in Paris © Copyright Denise Urbach
At the Arc de Triomphe in Paris © Copyright Denise Urbach

2 days Paris with Paris sightseeing tips

Bienvenue à Paris, in one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Paris, the city of love and a thousand lights, has much to offer. But the vacation time is usually not enough to visit everything. Those planning a weekend trip to Paris should organize their sightseeing program well, in order to see much of the city in no time while enjoying the special Parisian flair.

  • Route for 1 weekend in Paris


  • Day 1 for your weekend in Paris

Our discovery tour of Paris begins at the Arc de Triomphe and continues along the Champs-Elysées. This stretches over 2 kilometers from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde. It is home to boutiques by well-known designers and numerous restaurants. The Place de la Concorde with the Luxor Obelisk is the largest square in Paris. During the French Revolution, the guillotine used to behead Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France, stood here. Today, Place de la Concorde is very popular with tourists due to more pleasant events, especially during the Christmas season. Then here is “La Grande Roue de Paris”, the city’s 60 meter high Ferris wheel.

We then continue on foot across the Place de la Concorde into the Tuileries Garden, the former palace park of Paris, at the end of which is the world-famous museum, the Louvre. However, before you enter the museum through the glass pyramid to visit its most famous resident, the Mona Lisa, it is worth taking a look back towards the Arc de Triomphe. Here the visitor is offered an impressive view of the historical axis of Paris.


Louvre Pont des Arts
Louvre Pont des Arts – Fancy some art on your weekend in Paris?


After stopping at the museum, the tour continues to the Hôtel de Ville. Contrary to many assumptions, the Hôtel de Ville is not a hotel, but the city hall of Paris. The Pont Notre-Dame next door will then take you across the Seine to the Paris city island, the Ile de la Cité. The Notre Dame Cathedral is located there.

Tip: Visit the Sainte Chapelle

On the Ile de la Cité, not far from Notre Dame Cathedral, is the Hôtel Dieu, whose garden and courtyard impress with their architecture. The Sainte Chapelle is also worth a visit. The former palace chapel from the 13th century impresses with its 15 meter high stained glass windows and interior decorations and should therefore not be missing from any program.

Strolling through Paris makes you hungry and tired. In the Bercy Village, on the site of the wine depot of the city of Paris, you can end the evening in one of the restaurants.

  • Day 2 for a Paris short break

Day two begins at the Tour Eiffel. You should allow time to visit the city's landmark, because the rush of visitors is often very large. But it's worth queuing, because the view from the top floor is breathtaking!


Eiffel Tower - Weekend in Paris
Eiffel Tower - a must see on a weekend in Paris


Tip for your weekend in Paris: Visit the Opéra Garnier

Around noon, after a meal, you can take the metro to the Opéra Garnier. A visit to the opera is highly recommended on a weekend in Paris, especially the hall with its ceiling paintings by Chagall is worth seeing. With the Opera just a short walk from Galeries Lafayette, now is the time to shop in Paris's department stores. The roof terrace of the Galeries Lafayette should not be missed when visiting a department store. Because the panoramic view over the city is simply grandiose.

Finally, we recommend a detour to Montmartre for the rest of the afternoon. There you can, for example, visit the Sacré Coeur Cathedral and the Place du Tertre with its painters and portraitists. After a coffee break on one of the terraces, you can follow Rue Lepic to descend the Montmartre hill again. This leads past the Amélie Café to Moulin Rouge, the most famous of the Parisian cabarets in the Pigalle district. This is perfect for an evening on your weekend in Paris.


The Moulin Rouge
The Moulin Rouge for a night out on your weekend in Paris


If you follow this program, you'll have made the most of your weekend in Paris. But since Paris has much more to offer and you haven't yet seen all the special features of this enchanting city, the following applies: A bientôt à Paris!

City tour of Paris with Denise Urbach

Denise Urbach has lived in Paris for years. She works there as a city guide and wrote these tips for a weekend in Paris. She publishes articles about Paris on her website. You can also book a city tour with her there. You can also find more information at www.help-tourists-in-paris.com. (Unpaid advertising).

  • Tips for an extension in Paris

A weekend in Paris is not enough for you and you want to stay longer in Paris? No problem! How about a relaxing boat trip on the Seine, for example? Sit on board and glide past the historical sights. Morning, midday or sunset – every time of day offers a unique experience.

For families or those young at heart, a day trip to Disneyland Paris is a must. Immerse yourself in the world of Walt Disney, just a short train ride away. Meet your favorite characters, enjoy the rides and parades.

Paris is full of fascinating museums that go beyond the Louvre. Discover the Musée d'Orsay with its impressive collection of impressionist art. Or how about a visit to the Musée Rodin, where you will not only find Rodin's works but also a beautiful garden?

These tips will extend your Paris adventure and show you new facets of this great city.


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3 thoughts too "A weekend in Paris - tips from a local"

  1. This is an excellent 2-day itinerary of Paris. All the unmissable sites are here. And yes, Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Thank you!

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