France’s capital and the city of light, Paris is a big city and a dream destination with lots of things to take in including gastronomy, fashion, culture, art, world-class museums, outstanding eateries, luxurious hotels, and amazing neighborhoods. However, it is an expensive city but as the capital of designer fashion and luxury, it still stands at the top of many bucket lists. Although the city is expensive, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy there without breaking the banks as the Trip Before has an incredible list of free and fun activities that you can do to enjoy your trip to Paris free of cost.
Built-in the 15th Century and restored in 19th C after being badly damaged due to French Revolution, Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris is the most iconic and beautiful Gothic architecture with rose windows, stained glasses, the tower, gargoyles, and steeples. Moreover, visitors can also enjoy a panoramic perspective of the city by climbing the tower and can explore the Notre-Dame treasury, although, you have to pay a small fee for climbing and to enter the crypt.
In winter, you can enter into the main area of churches free of cost from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm and in summer the timings are slightly changed from 7 am to 9 pm to enter freely into the main area of churches.
Situated in the heart of Paris’ Left Bank, Luxembourg Gardens is the best place to admire the beauty of nature which has something for everyone. The setting of the gardens resembles the English style on one side and French style on the other with winding paths, apple orchard and trees in addition to this the garden is full of fountains, beehives, pavilion, and 100 statues. In summers, to race across the water, you can also hire a mini wooden boat in the central pond. So don’t miss this free fun activity while visiting Paris.
If you want to explore the city of lights, Paris then you can take various free walking tours available in Paris like many other cities in Paris. Local tour guides are available for your guidance which are really passionate to show you their city’s beauty and they only ask just for the donation or a tip at the end of the tour instead of a whole fee. You can select the area of your interest to explore or can even take night tours. But don’t forget to book your free walking tour in advance as they get very busy during peak tourist times.
There are dozens of museums present in this France’s capital, although many of them are not free to visit but there are several cultural spaces, art places and museums in the city which are free to visit including Musée de l’Orangerie, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Musée de la Grande Guerre, Musée du Quai Branly, Musée d’Orsay, Musée de l’Histoire de l’Immigration, Musée Guimet and so forth. And you know what! A whole host of museums open their museum’s door for the public free of cost on the first Sunday of each month. To know the history and to admire the art collection must visit these free museums in Paris.
One of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Eiffel Tower aka “La Tour Eiffel” in French, is absolutely free to see. This Tower sparkles for five minutes each hour from dusk to the early hours of the morning. Yes! The light show is free of cost and can be seen from various points of the city. But if you want to climb up the tower then you have to lose your pocket a little bit.
A renowned market and food street in Paris, Rue Mouffetard, is the biggest ‘shopping street’ flooded with foodstuff including wine, fish, pastries, meat shops, and cheese. Moreover, the market is full of trendy boutiques, art galleries, best cafes, and renowned eateries. Here you can also enjoy the dance of locals and sometimes the vendor also offers free samples to the visitors. So if you want to do window shopping or buy inexpensive goods then visit this market.
A peaceful place at the heart of the vibrant district with a surface area of 19 hectares, opened in 1824, the Montparnasse cemetery is the second largest cemetery in Paris that houses more than 40,000 graves and over 750 trees. This cemetery is the burial place of many renowned Persian intellectuals and scholars including Jean-Paul Sartre, Charles Baudelaire, Charles Garnier, Simone de Beauvoir, and Guy de Maupassant. You can visit this peaceful spot free of cost.
The most popular small Independent English Language bookstore in the world, Shakespeare and Company is the place where James Joyce’s Ulysses was published. This book store includes an antique literature section, used and new book departments and a free library where you can enjoy free reading of your favorite book.
The city of lights, Paris offers an assortment of concerts free of cost throughout the year at different places across the city including churches, music halls and town halls. So don’t forget to hear live music on Saturday at the Notre Dame Cathedral at 8 pm throughout the year.
The flower market is one of the favorite places of every visitor to smell flowers but on each Sunday the flower market turns into bird market where all kinds of birds including colorful pet birds and fowls are on sale in addition to this mammals and rabbits are also on sale there which you can buy at reasonable prices. You can browse this market free of cost to see various birds and mammals.t
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