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Renowned as one of the world’s most cultured and romantic cities, Paris makes an ideal holiday destination. Like New York, it is a place where every street corner holds a landmark that is unmistakably familiar thanks to the pervasiveness of popular culture. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre; all have featured heavily in countless films, TV shows and books, and continue to spellbind throngs of tourists from around the globe. In Paris, it’s easy to keep the kids happy, whilst catching enough culture and cuisine to satisfy mum and dad.
With so much to see and do, it’s vital that you’re properly prepared for your trip to Paris. Whether you’re planning a relaxing sightseeing break, or a more hands-on adventure, the HomeAway Holiday Rentals website has numerous Paris properties that you can choose as a base. Explore everything Paris has to offer from a spacious and comfortable townhouse or apartment, but before you do, why not peruse our guide to the top family attractions in the city of love?
Five unforgettable Paris attractions
The Eiffel Tower
The most instantly recognisable building in Europe is surely the Eiffel Tower. Built in 1889 and named after its engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower is a behemoth at 1,050ft, dominating the Parisian skyline. Depending on how brave you are feeling, there are three floors open to the public, with a breathtaking view of the city your reward for reaching the top. If the climb proves to be arduous for little legs, you can always break the journey up by stopping to replenish at one of the fine, family-friendly restaurants located within the building.
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For art lovers, the Louvre boasts one of the most awe-inspiring collections of Old Masters in the world. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Greek masterpiece the Venus de Milo may not inspire fervour in wee ones, but their artistic merit is indisputably worth enduring an hour or two of grumpy faces! Film buffs will recognise the spectacular glass pyramid outside the historic palace from the screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s critically-acclaimed novel The Da Vinci Code, and the whole family will enjoy exploring the vast anthology of paintings and sculptures in the world’s largest museum. If you’re planning ahead, it’s always wise to book your passes in advance to avoid the interminable queues.
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Let’s be honest, aged 6 or 46 there is barely a man, woman or child alive that could fail to be impressed by the sheer spectacle of the Magic Kingdom. A sprawling world of its own that incorporates five different themed areas, the park is home to countless rides and attractions to entertain the entire family. Kids will be thrilled at coming face to face with their favourite Disney characters, though there’s also a golf course, boutiques and a celestial spa on site when parents tire of Mickey and Goofy’s antics. The children will never forget a trip to Disneyland Paris, where – as the slogan would have it – dreams really do come true.
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Food and drink
Paris is renowned for its café culture. After a hard day of exploring the winding streets of the Central Islands, why not take the weight off your feet at one of the city’s numerous pavement bistros? It’s the perfect spot from which to watch the world go by while you sip a black coffee and rich, flaky croissant. When evening falls, try some traditional French cuisine in one of Paris’s many Michelin-starred restaurants. Frogs legs will certainly inspire some smiling little faces. Whether you’re on the Champs-Élysées or in a cobbled side street, you’re unlikely to be disappointed by the traditional French fare that’s made using lots of garlic and a whole lot of love.
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Seine river boat tour
Watching the city’s impressive landmarks serenely slide past as you float down the Seine River has to be high on the to-do list for first-time visitors. There’s no shortage of companies offering one-hour trips along this stretch of river throughout the year, with the going rate a reasonable 10 Euros per person. The pontoons don’t disappear at night either. In fact, an evening trip holds its own allure, as the glimmering lights of the city sparkle on the water. Don’t forget to don a fleece, though – Paris may be beautiful, but at times she can be an icy mistress.
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