Oh la la Paris! The city of love, some even deemed it as the most romantic city in the world. Well, you can be the judge of that the next time you visit the home of the Eiffel Tower. However, the thing about visiting one of Europe’s famous capital cities is it could break your bank big time. Yikes! We don’t want that to ever happen to any of us. Especially when euro is on the expensive side in the money exchange land.
Woah – don’t cross off Paris out of your go-to destinations just yet! We have the solutions just for you. Visiting Paris is not always need the expenditure of bags of cash. Au contraire, this lively city holds thousands of free activities you can happily participate in, whether alone, or even with bunch of friends. Isn’t that exciting? Without further ado, here are our best free things to do in Paris.
Be a part of the French by engaging in this one of the free things to do in Paris – Cultural Walks.
Jardin des Tuileries
The Tuileries Gardens gracefully stood on the site of Queen Catherine de Medici’s Palais des Tuileries. André Le Nôtre, a famous gardener from way back when King Louis XIV was on the reign, re-landscaped the whole thing giving off its French formal garden vibe. The gardens divided the Louvre from Place de la Concorde, and stood there are their famous Maillol, Rodin, or Giacometti statues, giving it a picturesque cultural walks for both Parisians and tourists.
Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe, or roughly translated to The Triumphal Arch, this iconic monument was built on top of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Great War, commemorates the lives of French Nationalists who fought during the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars. Climbing on top of the arch itself does cost money, but who needs climbing it, when you can admire its beauty from the streets of Champs-Elysees, or by the bus rides that often circulating that particular tourist site.
Galeries la Fayette
Get in the hottest trends on haute couture capital every Friday at 3pm, in their famous Galeries la Fayette, as they held free fashion shows of their latest collections. Grab a seat by reserving online as the seats will likely be filled up in no time. Well, everyone loves free things to do in Paris. After enjoying the fashion show, head your way for some window shopping, p.s. You don’t need to spend money for this type of shopping. Later, go up to their rooftop terrace and witness the magnifique view Paris has to offer.
The Place du Trocadéro
The Trocadéro Plaza is situated in the 16th arrondissement of Paris is more than meets the eye. It is an entitled spot as one of the best site to watch the grandiose tower of Tour Eiffel. Especially when the sun has set down for the day as the flamboyant tower emits a sparkling light show for the spectators, every hour, on the hour for around five minutes. The Place du Trocadéro will give you the best free seats in town no town. And best of all, it serves as one of the free things you can do in Paris.
If you want the best of one’s culture, guide yourself to their local flea-market. In this case, make your way to Clignancourt Flea-Market. Lécher les vitrines or as what we called, window-shopping is a must-do activities as it is considered a free thing to do in Paris. Well, that is if you didn’t pick up a few antique knick knacks or some of their objets d’art and gadgets and gizmos aplenty. Talk to the local sellers (if you can), with your somewhat comprehensible French. All you need is a friendly smile to start it off.
Paris almost always synonymous with Museums as they holds millions of histories urging to be shared in the world. These are some of the museums that doesn’t require the purchase of tickets.
Maison de Victor Hugo
Live the moments how Victor Hugo wrote the life of the absurdly criminalised Jean Valjean from the tragic story of Les Misérables. The remarkable author spent 16 years of his adult life in this 280 square meter apartment in the Hôtel de Rohan – Guéménée. He was believed to move there a year after the success of his evergreen novel of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Visit the writer’s personal memorabilia, drawings and portrait in this free things to do in Paris.
La Musée du Parfum (Maison Fragonard)
Uncover the history of perfume right from the ancient times down to the very present in Maison Fragonard. Fun facts about this particular house turn-to la Mussée du Parfum, it stood as a nice theatre and also a velodrome. This museum offers both independent and also guided tours. And the best thing, it is available in a total of 10 languages and they won’t charge you a bit. Witness the perfume-making artefacts and also videos on modern day perfume manufacture.
It’s highly unlikely for us Malaysian to visit our local cemeteries or graveyard and yet it’s quite a different case for Paris. Here are our third category of free things to do in Paris.
Père Lachaise Cemetery
Dark haunting graveyards and sudden caw of crows – a recipe for the perfect horror movie. Yet, people would still visit this particular free thing to do in Paris. You won’t be charged a single penny to visit Père Lachaise Cemetery and you can get to visit the resting place for literary greats such as Proust and Balzac, and of course French’s modern icons like Oscar Wilde and La Vie en Rose’s singer, Edith Piaf. It simply just gave off a whole different sombre vibes to be walking through the cemetery.
Cimitière du Montparnasse
Another cemetery worth checking out is the Montparnasse cemetery which lies the hundreds of glamourous and intellectual of all the past Parisians. It wa originally created from three farms in 1824 with the name then was Le Cimetière du Sud or South Cemetery. You can easily reach this resting places of famous poets, philosophers alike such Charles Baudelaire, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Samuel Beckett by riding the metro line 6 and head towards the Edgar Quinet or Raspail stop.
This remarkable monument was primarily built as a place for worship but these days, it has been converted to a mausoleum. Here lies the remains of well-known French such as the aforementioned Victor Hugo, Madame Curie the founder of the element Radium, Dumas, Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo and Émile Zola among others. The Neo-classical architecture is reminiscent of the Panthéon in Rome. It is regarded as the highest honours bestowed on a citizen to be buried in the Panthéon.
Most European countries are famous for their abundance of historical churches and Paris is not going to be left out from the list. Here are some churches that are included in our free things to do in Paris.
Basilique de Sacré-Coeur
Up for a climb? Then you’ll love the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur as it stood high on top of the protuberance of Montmartre. This Roman Catholic Church is free for touring except for some of their domes or to explore their crypt which would cost a few euro to climb up there. Enjoy the magnificent view from the stairs of the Basilica, while listening the ring of one of the world’s heaviest bell of the Basilica. Make sure not to forget any of your belongings there as the climb can really take tire you out in a jiffy.
Notre-Dame de Paris
Ever heard of The Hunchback of Notre Dame? Did you know that it was imagine to occur in this peculiar Cathedrale? Now, here’s your chance to get the inside look at how it is like to be living inside the Notre Dame as Quasimodo. Well, not really live there, just simply having a free tour inside of the Cathedrale. This wondrous and iconic Paris monument is festooned in Gothic art, remarkable stained glass window, and adorn with gargoyles making it a must-visit place whenever you stop by Paris.
L’église de la Madeleine or La Madeleine Church was designed to the glory of the Napoleon’s army and strategically situated near the Place de la Concorde and also the Place Vendôme and Saint-Augustin. This Church with a touch of Neo-Classical style façade, its columns are as high as 65 ft (20 m) tall, similarly built like an ancient Greek temple. Also, the organ inside the church is considered to be the best in Paris. We don’t know for sure why, but you can check it out for us, and share with us why it is believed as so.
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