This post is the second part of “5 Days in Paris Itinerary – Part I”. Take a look here at more great attractions and tips! There are places for everybody’s taste: luxury, architecture, art, beautiful gardens and amazing views! Certainly, you will find attractions where you had never been, even if you had visited Paris already!
5 DAYS IN PARIS ITINERARY – BEST ATTRACTIONS!
16) TROCADÉRO GARDENS AND SQUARE – 5 DAYS IN PARIS ITINERARY
Subway line 6 or 9: Trocadéro station.
We prefer the Trocadéro station because it is safer and serves the Eiffel Tower too. We don’t like the Bir-Hakeim station, with too many street vendors harassing tourists.
5 DAYS IN PARIS ITINERARY TIP: USE THE TROCADÉRO SUBWAY STATION!
From the Trocadéro, you have a magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower. Sit in the gardens and wait until the water fountain is working, what happens around every 30 minutes. It is wonderful.
17)EIFFEL TOWER – 5 DAYS IN PARIS ITINERARY
This is the most famous attraction in Paris and it is a must see in our 5 days in Paris itinerary!
The best way to visit the Eiffel Tower is to buy the tickets with a fixed time schedule on the internet. You will avoid gigantic lines and it is well worth it. You can choose between 2 options: first and second stages or the full one, that includes the third (and highest) stage.
5 DAYS IN PARIS ITINERARY TIP: BUY YOUR EIFFEL TOWER TICKET ON THE INTERNET WITH A TIME SCHEDULE!
We consider that the view from the second stage is the best, because you can see a lot of Paris and in details. From the third stage, everything looks really tiny.
Another option to visit the Eiffel Tower is a guided tour. I did one with my mother and it included the bunker situated underneath the Champ de Mars, (used during the II World War) and the machine room, from where the elevators are operated. The first and second stages are included and you have access to the rooftop of Júlio Verne restaurant. You need to speak English or French. I liked it a lot. The tour guide told us very interesting historic facts.
18)CHAMP DE MARS – 5 DAYS IN PARIS ITINERARY
After visiting the Eiffel Tower, walk by the Champ de Mars until the Mur de la Paix. This short stroll is cool and has nice photo spots. It is beautiful in Autumn, when the trees turn to different tones of gold colour.
Now, you will be at Place Joffre, in front of the École Militaire, the military academy where Napoleon studied. Visits are not allowed here.
Turn to the left and walk by the Avenue de Tourville to the Dome Church, where Napoleon’s tomb is located. The Dome is that church with the golden top, visible from many places when you are walking around the city.
With this 5 days in Paris itinerary, you will, probably, not have time to visit it. The same way, I don’t think you will have enough time to visit Le Musée de L’Armée, also a part of the Hôtel Les Invalides complex, which was used as a hospital for people wounded at the war.
Unless you feel very compelled to visit them, leave it for the next time in Paris.
Turn left again at the Boulevard des Invalides. Soon you will reach the next attraction.
19)RODIN MUSEUM – 5 DAYS IN PARIS ITINERARY
Are you asking:
– “One more museum?” Yes!
This is totally different from the other museums that I suggest in this 5 days in Paris itinerary. It presents the amazing Rodin sculptures! Don’t you know them? Excellent opportunity to see sculptures that are very natural and realistic.
CURIOSITY: IN THE PAST, MANY PEOPLE SUSPECTED THAT RODIN SHAPED PEOPLE IN PLASTER BEFORE EXECUTING THE SCULPTURES, BECAUSE THEY WERE SO PERFECT !
We always find time, when in Paris, to visit the Rodin Museum. We love it, mainly the gardens, where you can enjoy the magnificent sculptures in a very pleasant environment. And as a bonus, you can look at the Dome from there!
The masterpieces for us are Ugolino and His Sons (in the middle of the pond), the pain and despair in the eyes of The Bourgeois of Calais, the Gates of Hell, inspired on the Dante’s Hell (look with the telescope, for free!) and The Thinker, of course. The details on each one of them are unbelievable!
Make sure you spend time in the interior of the museum. I love the clasped hands sculpture, The Kiss and the hand leaving the tomb. Fabulous! Don’t miss the Van Gogh painting that belonged to Rodin’s personal collection.
20)D’ORSAY MUSEUM – 5 DAYS IN PARIS ITINERARY
Subway: Line 12 – Assemblée Nationale station
One more highlight for the ones who love art and are enjoying the 5 days in Paris itinerary !
We like to start our days in Paris with the museums. At this time, we are more rested and they are less crowded. You can appreciate the collections and stay as long as you want. You can enjoy the city later! This is even more critical in the D’Orsay museum, normally very crowded later in the day.
Why visiting the D’Orsay Museum? It is wonderful! It is an old train station and its architecture is beautiful. The spectacular golden clock is the symbol of D’Orsay.
There are two other very large glass clocks in the wall from where you can see the Seine River and the Louvre! These clocks were shown and described in the book and in the movie The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
The Masterpieces? Go straight to the third floor and start with the Impressionists. Many Monet’s paintings, including some wonderful ones from the Rouen Cathedral.
Another highlight is the Dance at le Moulin de la Galette, from Renoir, wonderful. It shows a ball on the streets of Montmartre.
Go to the second floor and enjoy the van Gogh paintings at the right side of the entrance!
If you are lucky, you can see an interesting temporary exhibition. Once, I saw one relating fashion and art. Very cool!
21)OPERA GARNIER – 5 DAYS IN PARIS ITINERARY
Subway: Line 07 and Line 8 – Opéra Station
LUXURY! LUXURY! LUXURY! You can’t miss it! Magnificent! You must visit! For us, a priority in the 5 days in Paris itinerary!!
Its architecture is very rich!
The tickets are available at the ticket booth at the ground floor of the theater. You can walk without being part of a tour. You can just follow the informations of the brochure that you will receive at the entrance.
The stairway is wonderful. The theater ceiling is colorful, rare in this type of theater. It was painted by Chagall. Spectacular!
The gallery where the noble stayed at the theater breaks, is one of the most beautiful places of Paris. The first photo of this post is from this gallery. Don’t forget to visit the terrace.
Walk by the Place Jacques Rouché to the Galeries Lafayette.
22)GALERIES LAFAYETTE AND PRINTEMPS STORE – 5 DAYS IN PARIS ITINERARY
Both Galeries Lafayette and Printemps Store are located at Boulevard Haussmann, very close from each other. Both deserve to be in the 5 days in Paris itinerary, even if you don’t want to buy anything.
Go to the ground floor of Galeries Lafayette, the most famous multi brand store of Paris. It is not a cheap place, but I am sure you will be delighted!
When you finish visiting the Galeries Lafayette, go to the Printemps store. If you want to rest in a nice place, take the elevator to the 8th floor, then take the escalator and go to the top floor terrace. One of the best views of Paris and for free! If you want to eat, there is a restaurant over there, simple with good food.
5 DAYS IN PARIS ITINERARY : FROM THE PRINTEMPS TERRACE, YOU HAVE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF PARIS! FOR FREE!
Make sure you stop at the brasserie at the 6º floor of Printemps de la Mode (another building that belongs to Printemps). The stained glass ceiling is spectacular. I love the mirrored tables that reflect the ceiling. Great idea!
Exit the store and walk by the Rue Tronchet, from where you will see the next attraction.
23)LA MADELEINE CHURCH AND BOUTIQUE FAUCHON – 5 DAYS IN PARIS ITINERARY
I don’t think the Madeleine Church is particularly beautiful inside, but it is worth walking around its exterior to appreciate the architecture and the columns.
Beside la Madeleine, there is a famous gourmet store, the Fauchon. The tourists love it! We too! Despite of the high prices, here is a place for a little bit of extravagance! Try some sweets. They are delicious and very beautiful.
There are two stores, each in one side of the street. In one of them, there are free tastings of cookies, jams and other delicacies. Difficult is not to buy everything you taste. They also sell champagne brut rosé from the Fauchon brand. Pretty good!
24)MARMOTTAN MONET MUSEUM – 5 DAYS IN PARIS ITINERARY
Subway: Line 9 – La Muette station.
You will cross a nice square called Jardin du Ranelagh, to get to the Marmottan Monet Museum.
For our family, this is one of the best museums to visit in Paris.
It is located in a calm neighborhood, in a mansion that belonged to the physician of many Impressionists painters. The museum is relatively small and you are not allowed to take pictures inside.
Buy the ticket at Fnac or at Ticketmaster website.
What to see in the museum? Everything! This is the museum with the greatest number of paintings by Monet, including Impressions, the work that gave its name to the movement!
5 DAYS IN PARIS ITINERARY TIP: THE MARMOTTAN MONET IS A MUST FOR THE IMPRESSIONISM LOVERS!
You can sit on benches in the middle of the rooms and enjoy several masterpieces. We’ve been there many times and always enjoyed it. There were no crowds of tourists jumping from a painting to the other.
The tiny store is another paradise. I wanted to buy everything! May aI suggest something? Buy small reproductions, easy to carry and that can be framed when you are back home. You can buy a few and make a nice composition.
25)MONTPARNASSE TOWER – 5 DAYS IN PARIS ITINERARY
Subway: Lines 4, 6, 12 e 13 – Montparnasse – Bienvenüe station
Yes! The Montparnasse Tower is not pretty! Completely different from the city’s historic architecture! But yes! From there you have a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower and Paris! And since you are on it, you don’t see it!
Go up only if it is a sunny day. The rooftop is modern, with glass walls and chairs to sit and enjoy the view. They sell champagne, if you are in the mood…
We visited it twice and there were no lines to buy the tickets. The ticket office is located at the ground floor of the building. We went up in the elevator and there were no lines there too. Go straight to the top floor, skipping the floor where the elevator stops. Before leaving, check at the tiny store if there is a souvenir you would like to buy.
26)LUXEMBOURG GARDENS – 5 DAYS IN PARIS ITINERARY
Subway: Line 04 – St. Sulpice station (best option), Saint Germain des-Prés or Odeon. All of this options will take you close to the Luxembourg Gardens.
I like to stop at the Saint Sulpice station, because you can look at the Saint Sulpice Church in your way to the Luxembourg Gardens. Actually I prefer to see it during sunset, when the lights began to lit. However, if you have only 5 days in Paris, go whenever you can. Leaving the subway, walk to blocks in the Rue du Vieux Colombier, where are located the square and the Saint Sulpice Church.
After checking the Saint Sulpice, walk by the Rue Bonaparte to the Luxembourg Gardens. The parisiens love it! Me too! Visit the lake, the Luxembourg Palace exterior and go to the Fontaine Médicis. A lovely place for sure.
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