The French capital is often called the most romantic city in Europe. But why not go on a trip with the kids to Paris? This beautiful European city has a lot to offer: a unique atmosphere, a large number of monuments, beautiful flower parks, Disneyland, or excellent gastronomy worthy of Michelin stars.
1. Eiffel Tower
Visit Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower? That would be a sin. The French symbol towering majestically into the clouds is the most basic monument that you simply have to visit. The view from its three floors is truly spectacular. You can get up either by lift or by stairs, with a different view on each floor. The most interesting one awaits you on the second floor when you are already high enough, but at the same time, you are still able to perceive the details of the city below you.
2. Luxembourg Gardens
To get to know the real life of the people of Paris, visit the romantic Luxembourg Gardens located right in the heart of the French capital. This magical place, where locals go to play sports, talk, and recharge their batteries, serves as a real and unadulterated island of peace and relaxation. You can relax on one of the many benches or have a family picnic right on the lawn. Flower beds, fragrant flowers, and interesting sculptures will be appreciated more by adults, children will be thrilled to ride Shetland ponies or fly small sailboats along the pond. In the park, there are two playgrounds, the use of which is charged, a carousel, and even a puppet theater with beautiful puppets.
The castle and gardens of Versailles are the most visited monument in France. You can see the castle itself on several sightseeing tours. Its luxurious rooms will literally captivate everyone – small and large – visitors.
After the tour, beautiful, flowering gardens await you, as well as a village built by the Austrian Archduchess Marie Antoinette for her pleasure and distraction. The almost fairytale village served as a farm on which crops intended for the royal board were grown. However, the Archduchess was mainly looking for shelter from the world, a rest from the strict rules of court etiquette.
4. Paris catacombs
Paris catacombs Are you and your children happy about it? If so, don’t miss a visit to the Parisian catacombs, whose walls are filled with skulls and bones from the ground to the ceiling. Over the course of 30 years, the remains of more than 6 million people have been buried in the catacombs. At a depth of 25 m underground, there are about 200 km of corridors, of which only about 2.5 km is accessible to the public. Visiting this scary place is truly a powerful experience.
5. Jardin des Tuileries – Tuileries Garden
Right in the center of Paris, on an area of 28ha, lies a beautiful public park originally in Italian, now in a French style. The garden is full of greenery, fountains, and marble statues, there is a gallery with exhibitions of modern art. Children will enjoy the ponies they can ride, as well as the water areas that are used to rent small sailboats for children. If you are looking for an oasis of peace on your journey through bustling Paris, visit the Tuileries Garden, the ideal place to relax.
6. Jardin des Plantes: Noah’s Ark in Paris
This oldest Paris garden was founded in 1635 and originally served as a herb garden and botanical laboratory for scientists at the court of King Louis XIII. The oldest greenhouses date from the beginning of the 18th century, at the end of which a zoo was built in the gardens.
An integral part of the gardens is the Museum of Natural History (Musée National D’Histoire Naturelle), which includes many fantastic exhibits. The Grande Galerie de l’Évolution is more like Noah’s Ark than a museum. In the middle of the building are marching animals, from rhinos to giraffes to elephants and tigers, all life-size. The skeleton of a whale and a number of sea creatures hangs from the ceiling so that it looks as if they are really swimming in the ocean. The second hall, the so-called Salle des Espèces Menacées et des Espèces Disparues, is dedicated mainly to extinct and endangered animal species.
The zoo was created after the abolition of the Versailles Garden. For great interest, it was necessary to move the animals closer to the city. The garden has retained its original, rural character to this day, and since it has been declared a historical monument, its appearance has never been changed.
Who doesn’t know the magical world of Walt Disney? It is the wish of every child to spend time with popular fairy tale characters. The amusement park offers a large number of attractions, one more attractive than the other. You can walk through the maze of Alice in Wonderland, try Indiana Jones’ orbit, sail on a pirate ship, fear a huge house of horrors, watch a movie in a 3D cinema, take a picture with one of the fairy-tale heroes… One day is not enough at Disneyland.
8. Asterix Parc
About 30 km northeast of Paris is the amusement park Astérix Parc. It is not as well known as Disneyland, which does not detract from its attractiveness. The park is inspired, as the name suggests, by the character of the comic book hero Asterix and his friends from the Gallic village. Lots of adventures and fun await you and your children at 35 attractions, you can take pictures with the character of Asterix and his faithful friend Obelix or visit some of the interesting performances.
9. Paris beaches
If you are visiting Paris during the summer holidays, be sure not to miss the man-made beach right on the Seine embankment. It is open for 4-5 weeks at the turn of July and August and will delight especially children who can fully enjoy swimming in the pool – swimming in the river, building sandcastles, as well as fun performances and workshops. Tons of sand, tall palm trees, deck chairs, beach games, refreshing cocktails, and especially endless relaxation simply cannot be resisted.
10. Coffee, wine, pancakes, or croissants
The atmosphere of Paris is best absorbed by the locals. It is ideal to sit in one of the typical French cafes with a delicious coffee or a glass of wine. Children will definitely enjoy hot chocolate, ice cream, fresh croissants or real French crêpes, or sweet pancakes, whose salty variant called galette is no less popular. A sweet moment of your trip with kids in Paris that may not be missed.