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Paris

About Paris:

Paris is the world capital of style and a great destination for a city break. Looking for culture? Spend the days exploring some of Europe’s finest art galleries like the Louvre and Musee Rodin. Architecture?

The city centre is truly beautiful and boasts amazing buildings like Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Fun? There are glamorous shops galore, superb restaurants and the kind of nightlife that’ll keep you partying till dawn.

Reaching the French capital could hardly be easier since the launch of the Eurostar. Ultra-modern trains now fly directly from London’s magnificent St Pancras station to Gare du Nord. It takes little more than two hours. You can then continue your journey into France and beyond by high-speed TGV.

You can catch high-speed TGV trains throughout France and beyond from Paris’ seven major train stations.

Paris’ Gare du Nord is the main hub for the Eurostar direct from the UK. If you’re catching a connecting train into France or beyond, chances are you’ll need to change stations.

Head north to Lille and across the border into Belgium via Brussels. Take the train southeast to Lyon and the gateway to the French Alps. Or speed south to Avignon in gorgeous Provence.

Click here to find out how to get from Gare du Nord to other mainline stations. Click here for information about other Paris train stations, metro, RER (Paris regional train network).

What to do in Paris:

Eiffel Tower:

When it was built for the 1889 World’s Fair, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world. To this day it’s the tallest in Paris and the world’s most-visited monument. The tower is best viewed at night when it’s lit up like a giant Roman Candle against the night sky.

Information office: +33 (08) 92 68 30 00 (all major languages)

 

Notre Dame Cathedral:

Completed early in the thirteenth-century, Notre Dame (‘Our Lady’) Cathedral is a fine example of Gothic architecture. Climb the cathedral towers to come face-to-face with the grotesque gargoyles added by architect Viollet-le-Duc in the ninteenth-century.

Information office: +33 (08) 92 68 30 00 (all major languages)

 

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur:

Perched atop the hill of Montmarte, the grandiose Basilica of the Sacred Heart watches over the city. Erected after the suppressed uprising of the Paris Commune (1870-71), construction began in 1875 and was completed in 1914.

Information office: +33 (08) 92 68 30 00 (all major languages)

 

Louvre:

The Louvre is by far the most-visited art gallery in the world. Home to the Mona Lisa, it was erected by Louis XIV in 1672 to display the Royal art collection. The exquisite architecture of the building is worth a look alone. While the huge museum demands multiple visits before you can even scrape the surface of its splendid collections.

Information office: +33 (08) 92 68 30 00 (all major languages)

 

Musée Rodin:

Less overwhelming than the Louvre is this delightful museum, devoted to the works of sculptor Rodin. The museum is housed in the lovely eighteenth-century residence where Rodin lived and boasts famous works like ‘Le Penseur’ and ‘La Cathédrale’.

Information office: +33 (08) 92 68 30 00 (all major languages)