Top 8 Free Things to Do in Paris

Things to Do in Paris

Last updated on March 27th, 2024 at 09:15 pm

Paris is for many one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but its beauty is so undeniable that visiting it may not be exactly cheap. However, a flights to paris does not necessarily have to be expensive. In fact, the City of Light is full of corners that are free to access. Can’t think of any? Well, at least ten of us.

1. House of Victor Hugo

At number 6 Place des Vosgues is the house of Victor Hugo, one of the main literary exponents of the European Romantic Movement. The apartment that the author of Les Miserables lived in between 1832 and 1848 is open almost every day of the year and reviews the life and work of his owner before, during and after his exile.

Walk through the salons where Victor Hugo met with Gautier, Lamartine and Dumas; see the family portraits signed by Boulanger and Châtillon; and enter the Frenchman’s bedroom, a faithful reproduction of the room in which he spent his last years of life. His bed is original, the famous writer died in it on May 22, 1885.

2. Garden of Boulogne

A stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe you will stumble upon the great green lung that is the Jardin de Boulogne. But more than a meticulously designed garden, Boulogne is a large park with semi-wild vegetation, ideal for escaping the traffic of the bustling streets of Paris.

It is perfect for walking, although because it is huge, you may be interested in renting a bike to ride its trails comfortably, more or less quickly and without getting too tired – you can do it at the gate of the enclosure.

3. Guided tours

Many are the cities that offer free visits that later turn out to be not completely free. This is not the case of those organized by the non-profit association Parisien d’un jour (Parisian for a day). Through this curious initiative you will be able to see the capital of France through the eyes of one of its inhabitants who will be in charge of guiding you through not very typical, local itineraries.

These walks are a unique opportunity to discover the most authentic side of one of the most touristic cities in the world. You only need one thing to be able to do them: book a place at least two weeks in advance on their website.

4. Carnavalet Museum

Two palaces in the Marais district house the Carnavalet Museum that reviews the history of Paris from its origins to almost the present day. In it there is space for archaeology, design, painting, photography, sculpture and furniture.

A lot of objects from different eras serve to narrate the evolution of a very alive city although, for many, one of the best parts of this visit comes when crossing the door of its orangerie or greenhouse.

5. Saint-Denis Cathedral Basilica

To the north of Paris is what the first Gothic church in the world was once. You will find the temple in which many of the French kings have been buried on the Rue de la Légion d’Honneur in Saint-Denis. If you go on the first Sunday of the month between January and May, in November or December you can visit it at no cost.

Children under 18, young Europeans between 18 and 25, the unemployed, journalists and the disabled do not pay at any time of the year. The rest of the mortals will have to pay 7.50 euros if they want to walk next to the tombs of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette outside the days of free admission.

6. Viewpoint of the Sacré Coeur

Seeing a city from above always gives perspective. In the case of Paris, you can do it without taking a euro out of your wallet if you go up to the Sacré Coeur Viewpoint, a terrace located at the foot of this emblematic Byzantine-style temple, just above the square where Amélie’s carousel is located.

Come to this viewpoint before sunset if you feel like enjoying views and music because, at that time, many artists are encouraged to accompany the sunset with their songs.

7. Curie Museum

At the Radio Institute in Paris, one can access the place where Pierre and Marie Curie discovered polonium and radium in 1868, the same place where their daughter Irène Joliot-Curie and she husband Frédéric did the same with artificial radioactivity in 1934.

Both the entrance and the guided tour of the Curie Museum are free. That if you cannot enter the facility any day of the week. Monday, Tuesday and Sunday you will find it closed.

8. Paris Beach

During the months of July and August, the banks of the Seine between the Isle of Saint Louis and the Jardin des Tuileries are filled with sand to create the plage de Paris. More than a tourist attraction, it is a gift that the city makes to all those inhabitants who cannot escape by the sea during the summer period.

Go to this improvised sandbank to relax and watch life go by the river without having to pay any admission.

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