Studying in Paris – Must-sees!
Paris has got to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world! It’s vibrant, is cultural, it’s chic!
Many of Paris’ most noteworthy museums and landmarks are free for 16–25-year-olds. What’s more, the annual student travel card (Imagine R Etudiant) comes in at only 350 euros for unlimited travel on Paris’ metros and busses. Consequently, if you find the right places, making the most of this iconic city can be surprisingly affordable.
So, if you are lucky enough to spend a year studying in Paris, this is my checklist for you!
The Louvre is, of course, a must-see. It’s the embodiment of grandeur – the size, number and detail of the paintings won’t let you down!
Musée de l’Orangerie
Also situated in Jardin des Tuileries, but on the west-side, is the Musée de l’Orangerie. This museum is a personal favourite of mine!
Most famous for its Monet Water Lillies, the atmosphere on the ground-floor of this gallery can only be described as meditative.
Head downstairs, and step into a surrealism exhibition, highlighting the work of René Magritte including the iconic “Treachery of Images” perhaps more familiarly known by what it quotes: “Ceci n’est pas une pipe.”.
Across the river from Jardin des Tuileries, we find the Musée d’Orsay. And just like the Louvre, the architecture of the building itself – once an old train station – is truly stunning.
It is home to sculptures, paintings and even furniture. But, perhaps most impressive, is the size of its collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, including an array of works by Monet, Manet and Van Goph.
People-watching in this museum adds an extra layer of amusement – go on a quiet afternoon, and admire the locals sketching the art.
The Pompidou stands out amongst the classic Paris rooftops with its avant-garde, inside-out-styled architecture. Whether you love it or hate it – it is undeniably iconic.
Not only do its galleries boast globally renowned art, but it also offers an incredible view of the city spanning from the Eiffel Tower to Montmartre.
Pick up a book and read it in its large public library or have a coffee outside next to its Stravinsky Fountain!
Perhaps the least well known of the bunch, Musée Rodin is a sculpture gallery dedicated to Auguste Rodin and home to both “The Thinker” and “The Kiss”. With an expansive garden, and situated in the luxurious 7 arrondissement, this museum is perfect for taking a picnic and enjoying on a sunny day.
Situated at the heart of Place de l’Opéra, Palais Garnier is one of the most famous opéra houses in the world. Whilst its exterior is impressive, its interior is ever-more ornate, fit for Paris’ high society, decorated with dazzling chandeliers and grand staircases.
Arc de Triomphe
Heading the Champs-Elysée, Arc de Triomphe is, of course, one of Paris’ most recognisable landmarks. Climb to the top in the evening and watch the sun set over the Tour Eifel.
At the highest point of the city, butte Montmartre, you will find Sacré-Coeur – a Roman Catholic church.
Whilst the church is a site to see in itself, the rest of the 18 arrondissement also has a lot to offer, with its endearing cobbled streets, boutiques and street-artists. After a look inside the basilica, head out and enjoy a vin chaud and crepe on its steps alongside a view of the whole city.
Nestled in the student-popular 5 arrondissement, Panthéon is a grand mausoleum and another monument which offers a panoramic view of the city.
Its interior is decorated with mosaics and paintings depicting French history, but it is perhaps most famous for its eye-catching Focault pendulum that hangs from the central dome.
Now this one doesn’t really need an introduction, but I feel a duty to put the Tour Eifel on this list!
Watch the sunrise from Trocadero and walk down the Champs-de-Mars grabbing a croissant on the way.