Second Trip Sights: Best Places To Visit In Paris
Paris is a city full of art, fashion and beauty.
So if you have already visited the French capital and have done the usual visits, the Eiffel Tower, Tuileries Gardens or Montmartre what more is there to see?
Well, for second trip sights, the best places to visit in Paris are not so obvious but equally appealing and interesting.
Loved The Louvre? Go Back!
The Louvre is one of the biggest museums in the world and covers 18 acres.
It has 38,000 works of art in 400 rooms. Needless to say, seeing it all in one trip is unlikely.
So if you loved it on your first visit there’s plenty more to see on a second.
Explore The Petit Palais
If you would like to visit a less crowded or touristy museum, The Petit Palais is perfect.
Not only because it houses one of the finest collections of sculpture and paintings in Paris, but because it’s free!
The architecture on its facade alone is enough to impress. Inside take in the works of Rembrandt, Monet, Rodin and Cézanne.
Discover The Musée Cluny
The Musée Cluny is another great find. It is the National Medieval Museum and has some of the most exquisite tapestries that you will ever see.
Some such as La Dame a la Licorne from the 1500s need to be stored in dim light as they are so delicate.
Impressed By Musée d’Orsay?
The Orsay museum has a huge collection of Impressionist paintings and for art lovers it is one of the highlights of Paris.
It has works by Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh. It is a vast museum, but there are other equally intriguing museums.
Explore Musée De l’Orangerie
The Orangerie is the permanent home of Monet’s Water Lilies, a series of murals inspired by the garden at his home in Giverny.
As well as paintings, l’Orangerie is also home to sculptures, photography and furniture.
Inspired By Notre-Dame?
Notre Dame is still one of the most iconic churches in the world, despite its recent fire.
In its prime it was a place of worship for Catholics from around the world but also a huge tourist attraction.
If you have been inspired by your visit to Notre Dame you may want to visit some of the other beautiful churches in Paris.
Visit Basilica Of Sacré Coeur De Montmartre
Apart from being a stunningly beautiful church with incredible artwork it is also situated in a fantastic position.
Sacré Coeur is located on the summit of the butte of Montmartre and overlooks the entire city of Paris and its suburbs.
This church was built by St Louis between 1241-1248 to receive the Crown of Thorns and a piece of the true Cross.
It has a stunning stained glass window which depicts the Old and New Testament, as well as the history of the world up until the moment the relics arrived.
Sadly, they were destroyed during the French Revolution, but the chapel is still a beautiful place to visit.
Adored The Tuileries Gardens?
The famous Jardin des Tuileries were designed by the gardener of King Louis XIV, and still retain their formal French garden style.
But there are other beautiful gardens to visit in Paris if you have already visited the Tuileries Gardens.
Head To The Jardin Du Luxembourg
Located between the Latin quarter and Saint Germain des Pres, the Luxembourg Gardens cover 25 hectares and are split into French and English gardens. Inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence they were the initiative of Queen Marie de Medici in 1612.
Stroll Around Parc Monceau
Take a post lunch walk around Parc Monceau or grab a baguette and some cheese for a picnic on the grass.
This is one of the most elegant gardens in Paris, situated in the 8th arrondissement.
You’ll find numerous statues, spectacular trees and a Renaissance archway as you stroll around mixing with tourists and Parisians alike.
The Chateau de Versailles is the kind of place that leaves a lasting impression, the Palace, the gardens and the park are stunning.
But there are countless beautiful chateaux in Paris just waiting to be explored.
Wonder At The Château De Chantilly
The Chateau de Chantilly is one of the most extraordinary chateaux in Paris and maybe in all of France.
It was built by Henri d’Orléans, Duke of Aumale who was one of the greatest collectors of his time.
Surviving through the centuries the chateau now houses France’s second largest collection of antique paintings.
The incredible Reading Room is one of the country’s most extensive libraries.
Climbed The Eiffel Tower?
A visit to Paris is not complete without a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but there are other great vantage points in this beautiful city.
Climb Tour Montparnasse
Tour Montparnasse is, well, ugly. Not to put too fine a point on it.
In a city filled with such incredible architecture and beautiful buildings it is an eyesore.
But it does have a fantastic benefit, it offers the most amazing view of Paris including the Eiffel Tower.
The views you will get from here are unmatched.
And there’s a nice restaurant and bar at the Skydeck, so you can sip a glass of wine and enjoy an unparalleled view of the City of Light.
Take A Hot Air Balloon Trip
Well there is one way to get a better view of Paris than from the top of Tour Montparnasse.
In the 15th arrondissement you will find the Ballon de Paris Generali, the biggest hot air balloon in the world.
Take the trip of a lifetime and make unforgettable memories.
Paris is well worth a second visit and even if you came back every year for the rest of your life you would still find something new to see, do and experience.
I hope you have enjoyed this guide to the best places to visit in Paris on your second trip.
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