Paris France can be an expensive place to travel to. This should come as no surprise. Aside from the Euro currency being strong and the 20% sales tax, Paris France is also one of the most visited cities in the world! Don’t let that frighten you. Like all budget savvy travelers, we can usually find free things to in just about any place in the world. Without further adieu, here are our list of fun things to do in Paris that won’t cost you a dime.
5 Free and Fun Things to do in Paris France
1. Take in Eiffel Tower Views
While it might cost money to take the elevator up to the top, there’s no charge for picnicking in the public areas in front of this iconic structure. Gazing up at the Eiffel Tower is truly priceless.
2. Notre Dame Cathedral
While it’s regarded as one of the top sights of Paris, it’s always FREE to enter. You might have to pay to go to the top of the Cathedral, but not to enter the Church itself.
3. Le Pont des Arts
This pedestrian bridge on the Seine, connects the Louvre with the Latin Quarter. If you are looking for a pleasant stroll and gorgeous views, this is where you want to be. This is especially true if you have a significant other in tow. The Pont des Arts has also been called ‘lovers bridge’. Couples have been sealing their love with a padlock on the bridge since 2008. Overtime, the weight of the locks had caused damage to the railings and the city had to remove them. Not to fret. While the locks are gone, the love certainly is not. Couples still stroll the bridge arm in arm and there seems to be a large support for the city’s #LoveWithoutLocks campaign.
We say, you can take the lock out of the city of love but you cannot take the love out of the city. (For more on this, visit our Pont Des Arts blog post here.)
4. Stroll by the Seine River to the Louvre
The Louvre is the world’s largest museum and a historic monument in Paris, France (established in August 10, 1793). What looks like a large glass pyramid from the outside, is actually the entrance to a museum that houses the Mona Lisa and serves as a central landmark for the city courtyard, is also a central landmark for the city. If you want to kill a few birds with one stone, this is the place to be. The Louvre is conveniently located on the Right Bank of the Seine, faces the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. While there is usually a cost to enter the museum, taking a walk through the courtyard is free. You will marvel at the magnificence of the structures around you. It is artistic and worth seeing in it’s own right.
5. Arc de Triomphe
Located at the top of the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary & Napoleonic Wars. The names of all French victories and generals are inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. It was quite amazing to spot our family name right under the name Napoleon Bonaparte.