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Paris at a Glance

Paris is a city of casual sidewalk cafes as well as gorgeous upscale dining. This iconic city is famous for its distinctive looks and for its culture.

Hundreds of small contemporary art galleries are tucked away in city streets and giants such as the Louvre and the Orangerie attract millions of visitors. The cathedral Notre Dame attracts visitors to its Gothic spires and handmade stained glass interior. An organ concert in Notre Dame fills your whole body with sound and can be experienced for free.

Neighborhoods make up the bulk of Paris's charm. Visit bookshops, cafes and cheap restaurants on the Left Bank close to the ancient Sorbonne Univerity. A short walk will take you to designer stores, fancy cafes and more expensive options.

Upscale Isle de la Cite sells chocolates, has muti-million Euro apartments and is home to treasures such as Notre Dame and the Chapelle Royale. The Right Bank has the Louvre and some of the city's most expensive and upscale shopping. 

Ride the metro further from the city center and you'll see families playing in parks, local bakeries, huge markets and every day Parisians going about their lives.

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      • Major Airport Paris Charles de Gaulle

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter France if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. Contact a French Consulate's office for more detailed information. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Light Rail / Rapid Transit RER
      • Railroad Gare d'Austerlitz
      • Railroad Gare de l'Est
      • Railroad Gare de Lyon
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Paris has hot summers and mild winters. Bring a raincoat and a sweater for winter excursions.

      Safety Concerns Pickpockets sometimes work the crowds at Paris's biggest tourist attractions. Keep a tight hold on valuables and passports. Some parts of suburban Paris can be dangerous for tourists.

      Health Concerns Paris has clean drinking water and good public health. Stay healthy by washing your hands to prevent illnesses.