As the capital of France and one of the world's truly global cities, Paris needs little introduction. Situated on the River Seine, it can trace its history back to 4,200 BC, when early settlers created buildings that were to be discovered by archaeologists many thousands of years later.
It was the biggest city in the world between the 16th and 19th centuries and is still densely populated today. It is a hub for commerce, fashion and industry.
Known for being one of the most romantic destinations anywhere in the world, Paris is also sometimes referred to as La Ville-Lumiere (the City of Light) and Paname.
Although it has had a turbulent past and was occupied during the Second World War, Paris retained its identity and is now a diverse, multicultural location that delights millions of tourists every year.
Paris Travel Tips
You will most likely land at Charles de Gaulle International Airport when you travel to Paris by air, although you should check your tickets carefully as other possibilities include Orly International Airport and Beauvais.
It is also easy to get to Paris by train, as it is well connected to the rest of Europe by rail. There is no central station, so you will need to check which one you will arrive at, beforehand, in order to plan your onward journey.
From the UK, the Eurostar is a fast and reliable way of getting to France and you will alight at Gare du Nord if you use this form of transportation.
Paris is divided up into 20 arrondissements, or districts, so it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with them, using a map, once you get to your hotel.
Walking is a good way to experience the city, as you can get from one side to the other in just a couple of hours and you will see plenty of attractions, and be able to stop off at French cafes along the way.
The Metro is another alternative, as it is cheap and there are 16 lines, covering the whole city. You can get a discounted pack of ten tickets, or purchase daily, or weekly, passes if you intend to use it regularly during your stay at the Millennium Hotel Paris Opera or the Millennium Hotel Paris Charles de Gaulle.
If possible, avoid driving in Paris, as the roads are very busy.
What to pack:
Summers are usually warm and sunny in Paris, so you should pack your sunglasses and suncream if you visit at that time of year. However, rain is never usually far away, so an umbrella could also be a useful addition.
In the winter, it gets cold but does not usually snow, so you will want to pack plenty of warm layers to keep you cosy when you leave your hotel to explore.
What to do and where to go?
There is so much to see and do in Paris that you will not have time to take it all in, in one trip, however it is well worth checking out the main landmarks, which are summarised in the Paris travel guide below.
Find a Paris Museum Pass or a ParisPass to get discounted entry into multiple tourist attractions and ensure you get to each attraction early to avoid queues.
One trip may not be enough and you could be booking another stay in Paris as soon as you get home.
Place de la Concorde
Arts and Culture:
Notre Dame de Paris
Arc de Triomphe
Former Conciergerie prison
Parks and Recreation:
Arc de Triomphe
Jardin des Plantes
Population: 2,211,297 people
Area: 105 km²