Weekend in Paris: A Self-Guided Three-Day Walking Tour

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Weekend in Paris: A Self-Guided Three-Day Walking Tour
A 2020 poll by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy ranked Paris as the third most walkable city in the world. Thanks to the size of the city (just 10km in diameter), it only takes two hours to walk from one side of the city to the other. For tourists solely wanting to discover the famous landmarks of Paris, this diameter reduces to 4km. In addition to its compact size, Paris has over 100 pedestrianized streets, allowing walkers to discover the city without the interference of road traffic. Aside from Montmartre and Belleville, the terrain is relatively flat, meaning however far you walk, it will never be too strenuous. Follow this action packed three-day itinerary to ensure that you see all of the best monuments, museums, and neighborhoods that Paris has to offer. If you are lucky enough to be in Paris for longer than one weekend, split these walking routes over several days. So, put on some comfy shoes (or stay in your heels to channel your inner French), and let’s get exploring! The rue de l’Odéon in Paris, looking south from the crossroads of the Odeon. Image credit: Wikipedia, Ralf.treinen (CC BY-SA 3.0) Day One: ‘The Real Paris’ Highlights for Part One Include: Pantheon, Jardin du Luxembourg, Odéon, Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Saint-Michel, Notre Dame, Île de la Cité, and Île Saint-Louis. Highlights for Part Two Include: Hotel de Ville, Le Village Saint-Paul, Hotel du Sully, Place des Vosges, The Jewish Quarter, Marche des Enfants-Rouges, Passage de l’Ancre (Centre Pompidou) Additional options for Musée Carnavalet, and Musée National Picasso-Paris. Description: Spend your first day in Paris soaking up the charming atmosphere of the city, and discover why it is often regarded as the most beautiful city in the world. Today’s walking tour will show you the authentic Paris, with its cobbled streets, picturesque parks, and extraordinary landmarks including Notre Dame and the Panthéon. Jardin du Luxembourg. Photo credit: Rdevany/ Wikimedia commons

Lead photo credit : Paris from above © Christian Jacquet

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Inspired by the rich culture that France has to offer, Poppy Pearce moved to Paris as an au pair in August 2022. Having gained a degree in Theology and Religion with Arabic from the University of Exeter, Poppy has a passion for languages and experiencing new cultures. When she’s not working, Poppy loves to explore everything that Paris has to offer, from exhibitions and museums, to restaurants and second-hand clothing stores.


  • Elaine Beaudoin
    2023-07-28 07:56:31
    Elaine Beaudoin
    Thanks Poppy - Although I have been to Paris many times over the past 40 years, you still have listed some places I have not experienced. I am looking forward to checking these spots out next Spring. As others have suggested, It would be great if there was an ability to print the article. I then can put it with my other reference materials for my next trip. Again, thank you for such a comprehensive walk through Paris.


  • Patricia Kale
    2023-07-27 09:47:52
    Patricia Kale
    This is a beautiful and useful article, Poppy! I would also love to print the article contents with the maps. I'm sure your web support engineer can post a pdf! Best wishes, Patricia


  • Vincent Panettiere
    2023-07-27 06:58:52
    Vincent Panettiere
    I love this site. Am going to Paris in December and want to print this article on Paris walking tours. An ad blocks out the center of the page. How can I print this article? Thanks Vinceent