Paris: The City of (gay) Love
Besides some of the world's most famous museums, Paris offers a vibrant historic city center, a beautiful riverscape, and a lively gay scene. The French capital is one of Europe´s highlights and a perfect city trip destination.
The gay center of Paris is the Marais, an old and popular district in the 4th arrondissement of Paris with a lot of beautiful alleys and streets. You'll find a lot of gay clubs, bars, cafes and shops here, as well as dozens of gay-friendly restaurants, most of them quite close to each other. Thousands of gay boys and men from all over the world meet here every day and get in contact with each other.
Some more locations are as well spread all over the city and especially underground parties can take place in the suburbs away from the city center.
The vast majority of Paris is gay friendly and travelers will have no problems showing their love in the streets. Paris offers the gay traveler a comfortable atmosphere.
The annual gay highlight is the Paris Gay Pride end of June with thousands of people celebrating in the streets.
Monuments to France’s glorious past are everywhere, perfectly lined up for as far as the eye can see. They are a constant reminder that for hundreds of years until the late 18th century, Paris was the capital of the western world’s superpower.
Of course, Paris´ most famous sight is the Eiffel Tower and no one could imagine Paris today without it. But Gustave Eiffel only constructed this elegant, 320m-tall signature spire as a temporary exhibit for the 1889 World Fair. Luckily, the tower’s popularity assured its survival till today. If you want to climb the Tower, you should prebook tickets online to avoid long ticket queues.
If anything rivals the Eiffel Tower as the symbol of Paris, it’s the popular Arc De Triomphe. The intricately sculpted triumphal arch stands sentinel in the center of the Étoile roundabout. From the viewing platform on top of the arch you can see the dozen avenues.
Paris is definitely a city for walking in. Half the size of London, you can walk for hours and never run out of famous buildings and statues to look at, stopping along the way for coffee and delicious pastries in the city’s many cafés and patisseries. An alternative would be to rent a bike: you’ll find ‘Vélib’ bikes ready to rent all over the city.
Paris is a city with hundreds of museums and was the home of some of the world´s most famous painters like Picasso and Monet.
The Louvre is one of the world's largest museums and a historic monument in Paris. It is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement and nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited. The Louvre is the world's most visited museum, and received more than 9.7 million visitors every year.
Fans of contemporary art shouldn’t miss the Centre Pompidou with its excellent exhibition of modern art.
If you plan to visit a lot of museums on your trip to Paris, it makes sense to buy a Museum Pass as you have entrance to a huge number of museums and can save a lot of money and time.