Sites to See in Paris

When on holiday, the hotels are often used as little more than bases; places to rest, sleep and sometimes eat, with the remainder of the time spent out in the new city or country you’re visiting. As a result, people are increasingly looking to save money on booking inexpensive accommodation in order to spend the rest exploring the city walls not the hotel room walls.

When it comes to saving money on cheap hotels, Paris is a forerunner. With so much to see, do – and spend – it’s little wonder travellers are doing their research to save their pennies for world-renowned attractions such as these.

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the iconic symbol and France and Paris. Instantly recognisable even in silhouette, the tower provides the country with an attraction that people from all over the world flock to see, proof of which being that it is the most visited paid monument in the world.

The iron tower, which stands on the River Seine, was constructed between 1887 and 1889 and became the world’s tallest building until the 1930s when it was overtaken by the Chrysler Building in New York.

A little known fact about the Eiffel Tower is that it was only scheduled to stand for 20 years before it was demolished and it was only because of its use for communications that it was permitted to stay standing.

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe (Arch of Triumph), at the ...

Another attraction that is universally associated with Paris is the Arc de Triomphe, a monument dedicated to French soldiers who died in the Napoleonic war and the tomb of the unknown soldier.

Unbeknownst to those who’ve only seen the Arc on television, it is huge in size, registering at 51 metres in height and 45 metres width. It’s even wide enough to fit a bi-plane through, as Charles Gidefroy displayed during a victory parade in 1919 following the end of the First World War.

The Arc also hosts an “eternal flame” which – as the name suggests – burns continually. In the Arc’s 200 year history the flame has only been extinguished once, during the 1998 World Cup when an intoxicated Mexican fan urinated on it. He was subsequently arrested and charged.

With such culture and history offered by Paris, is really is little wonder that its visitors are shopping around for cheaper hotels and spending their hard earned money elsewhere.

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