Explore The Unexplored Side Of Paris!!!
Paris is considered as the most beautiful destination for all types of tourist. From honeymooners to family holidays, you can enjoy Paris in everyway. Apart from popular destinations in Paris, we will also tell you some of the unexplored places in Paris. Paris is a magnet for tourists — and they usually arrive with matching itineraries. Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, Musée D’Orsay, the list goes on. This means there are often epic queues to get into the biggest museums and long waiting times to access many of the city’s key attractions, particularly in peak season.
But there are great alternatives throughout the city offering just as much charm as the more famous sites without the maddening crowds. Make the most of your holiday in Paris with this guide to the city’s best under-the-radar tourist spots:
THE CHÂTEAU DE FONTAINEBLEAU
The Palace of Versailles will always lure tourists but the equally grand Château de Fontainebleau, just south of Paris, is a more interesting option. The residence of French monarchs for centuries, this spectacular palace was restored by Napoleon after the revolution and is now a protected landmark. The elaborate interiors and extensive art collection are the key drawcards — but make sure you allow time for a wander in the sprawling gardens that spread across 130ha around the chateau.
Glimpsing a view of the rooftops of Paris is a must-do on a visit to the city, but smart Parisians know the Eiffel Tower isn’t the only, or the best, way to do it. Wave goodbye to the hordes of tourists and instead head south to the tallest office building near the centre of the city, the 210m high skyscraper Montparnasse Tower. Get the lift all the way to the Panoramic Observation Deck at the top and behold a truly spectacular view of the city that (includes the magical sight of Gustave Eiffel’s masterpiece).
THE BASILICA OF SAINT DENIS
Notre-Dame Cathedral is undoubtedly spectacular and worth ticking off your list at some point. Yet the endless throngs of visitors in and around it, especially on sunny afternoons, are enough to deter even the most enthusiastic sightseer. Instead take the metro to the suburb of Saint Denis, just north of Paris, to see a church considered by many locals to be the most beautiful and important in the city: the Basilica of Saint Denis. It boasts stunning, brightly coloured stained glass windows and was the burial place for more than 100 French royals (including Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette), as well as Joan of Arc’s favourite church. Plus, it’s home to the preserved heart of Louis XVII, which remains on display in a glass case. saint-denis-basilique.fr
MUSÉE MARMOTTAN MONET
Forget shuffling through the crowded galleries at the Musée D’Orsay to catch a glimpse of Claude Monet’s famous water lily paintings and instead head to the often-overlooked Musée Marmottan Monet, which boasts one of the best collections of impressionist art in the world. If you time it right, you might get to spend time alone with some of the Monet paintings on display here but make sure you save some time to also enjoy the extraordinary work by his equally famous contemporaries including Renoir, Degas and Gaugin.