When someone mentions romance, many people imagine Paris. Its streets which smell like roasted chestnuts, magnificent architecture and splendid gardens enrapture not only tourists but local citizens as well. Over 45 million people come to the city of love annually. They want to see Montmartre, Notre-Dame de Paris, and the statue of the Venus de Milo in the Louvre Museum with their own eyes. Some people come here to return home in a new status of a fiancé and a bride. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most popular locations where people say “yes” in all languages of the world.

Life in Paris doesn’t stop for a single moment. It hosts events which can fit any taste: cinema festivals, concerts, exhibitions, parade. It’s impossible not to mention the most renowned fashion event while talking about cultural life. A fashion week gathers beau monde from all corners of the planet. Parisians and all French people, in general, celebrate loudly the Bastille Day. The festivities are celebrated with a military parade which starts its procession from the Place Charles de Gaulle towards the Élysée Palace.

Arrondissements of Paris

Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements. Each of them resembles a separated little town with its own way of life. The enumeration starts from the center and goes in the form of a clockwise spiral. Every arrondissement is again divided into 4 quartiers. You should consider the place to stay in Paris seriously while planning your trip. Choosing a hotel or an apartment in an unfavorable district can ruin your impression of Paris.

The arrondissements from 1 to 8 and 16 are considered to be the most prestigious. 1, 4 and 7 are the most expensive ones to stay in. Arrondissements 10, 18 and 19 are reputed to be the most unfavorable ones. There are many immigrants and people with low social responsibility here. Therefore, it’s not only dangerous to live but also to have a walk here.

Paris’ attractions

The attractions are situated at every step here: squares and palaces, cathedrals and museums. The Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Gardens of Versailles, and Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile alone count for a lot! Even a week won’t be enough to see perhaps a half of these places. The city offers more than 1800 historic places and 130 museums. We highly recommend you to create a route of fascinating places in Paris in advance.

Eiffel Tower

Notre Dame Cathedral


Triumphal Arch

Moulin Rouge

National Museum of Natural History

Centre Georges Pompidou

Sacré-Cœur Basilica

Luxembourg Gardens

Les Invalides

Montparnasse Tower


The Musée d'Orsay

The Tuileries Garden


Lido de Paris


Place de la Concorde

Pont Neuf

River Seine

Sainte Chapelle


Paris Catacombs


A couple of words about the Parisians

Just like any other capital, Paris is an important economic and cultural center of the country. Many people say that Parisians are arrogant. However, at the same time, the French capital is renowned for its cosmopolitanism. Such contrasts are typical for many French megalopolises. But it is a true lifestyle and a part of the culture for Paris. The French honor their language a lot. Therefore, if you want to ask something, start your communication in French and ask if a person knows English. You are most likely to be ignored if you start your conversation in English. Make sure you pack a French phrase-book to your luggage.

Brief history

The city was founded by the Celtic tribe of Parisii back in the III century AD. It was called Lutetia. In 52 AD, the legion of Julius Caesar took this territory under control and gave it another name – Parisia. The era of the Roman reign ended in the V century BC when the lands were seized by the tribes of Franks. Paris became the capital of the Kingdom of Franks in 508.

Brief history

Paris lost the status of capital in the VII century and managed to return it only in the X century. Starting from the XI century, the control over city passes over to the “water merchants”. Commercial connections develop with the help of the expansion of river waterways. During the reign of Philip Augustus, covered markets, bricked streets, and beautiful fountains started to appear in Paris. Other famous buildings also were created during the Middle Ages: the Louvre Palace, Notre-Dame de Paris, Sorbonne University. During the Hundred Years' War (in the XV century), Paris lost the status of capital again. It finally returned it at the beginning of the XVI century, while Francis I was the king.

From Renaissance to Revolution

The XVII century was marked by the religious wars between the Catholics and Protestants. The bloody St. Bartholomew's Day massacre became the crucial moment in this civil confrontation. On that night, the Catholics killed thousands of Huguenot-Protestants in Paris. King Henry IV ascended the throne in 1594 and grant people religious freedom. The Huguenots’ wars soon stopped, and the king became the victim of the Catholic fanatic. In 1622, Paris becomes an archbishopric. The Pont Neuf and Place des Vosges, the Luxembourg Palace and Palais-Royal appeared in Paris in the XVII century.

From Revolution to nowadays

Paris was exposed to a wave of protests, revolutions, and wars in the XVIII-XIX centuries. The citizens decided to proclaim themselves to be an independent community for the first time under the leadership of E.Marcel. The storming of Bastille was one of the main events during the first French Revolution. Paris managed to withstand the siege for 4 months during the Franco-Prussian war. Later, France surrendered. Radicals had been ruling the city for a couple of months and created the Paris Commune.

During World War I, the Germans didn’t make it to Paris. The city became the capital for the Russian emigrants after the October Revolution. In World War II, Paris was seized and occupied by Hitler’s army. Nevertheless, it did not face much destruction. Paris was exposed to the next act of violence in 1968, in the period of students’ rebellion.

In succeeding years, Paris had been developing successfully and its face changed a lot. Modern buildings and skyscrapers started to appear all over the city. The infrastructure, culture, and tourism were developing rapidly. Nowadays, Paris remains to be one of the most beautiful and charming cities not only in Europe but on the planet.