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2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 12 Paris, the so-called city of light. One of Europe's leading cities in both business and culture and also an all-time favorite amongst tourists. There are so many things associated with the city – fashion, grand monuments and sights, romantic walks along the Seine, cafés where artists meet – and they are all true. Paris is home to many iconic sights, such as the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre Museum. However, the best part of visiting the city is getting lost in the streets and finding the small, but delightful, restaurants, visiting the stores of world-famous designers or taking an evening stroll along the Seine with your beloved. No matter what you do, Paris is an enchanting city and you won't forget your visit there easily.

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The city code for Paris is (0)1. since the machines do not accept these cards. Some Parisians do not tip at all. Although they are only available during the day.parisinfo. If the service was outstanding. com) Tax Refunds There is a VAT refund available to those who are not EU citizens. VAT is 19. Always check the rates before transaction and exchange large sums so that the rates are better for you. with your receipt attached. Prices 2 3 . Visa and MasterCard are the best choices. so you can get your money back immediately. instead. do not add the tip to your bill. Check the commission rates – the difference between buying and selling rates should be around 5%. If you are paying with a credit card. Parisians appreciate good manners. If you are staying for a longer time. Languages The official language is French. but always ask the person first. Tipping Service charge and tax is included in your bill. Most of the cafés and fast-food establishments around the city center offer free Wi-Fi connection. Definitely learn basic French phrases and do not be afraid to use them – they will open many doors for you. you might want to leave a tip which is usually about 5-10% or several coins. The customs authorities will stamp your documents for you to later make your claim through the store's affiliate – Global Refund is the most common in France. visitors from the US and Asia might need to check compatibility. If you came to Paris hoping to practice your French. The plugs have two round pins. Internet There are over 400 Wi-Fi hotspots around the city that are completely free. com) Official tourist website for France (uk. Remember to bring an adapter or converter if you need it. Your best bet at such places is using cash.parisinfo. as the shopkeepers and other workers will always use English with foreigners there. Make sure you get the VAT refund form from the store at the time of your purchase. €1 = 100 cents You can exchange your currency at most banks. consider buying a local SIM card – the services in France are very cheap and could help you especially if you're on a budget. mid-range restaurant. American Express might not be accepted everywhere. Alternatively. Mobile Phones The whole country is covered by the GSM 900/1800/GPRS/HSPDA network. you might want to steer clear from these areas. com) Wikipedia (en. so keep an eye out for the stickers on shop doors. You can also withdraw euros at an ATM if exchanging money is a hassle for A list of current events in Paris (en. These companies have their offices at the airport. draught) – €4 – €7 Gasoline (1 liter) – €1. too. While using credit cards. three-course – €55 Big Mac – €3.33 liter) Domestic beer (pint. scattered around most of Paris' attractions.wikipedia. Search for the “Orange” network on your device. they can be very convenient.6% and you need to spend a minimum of €175 to be eligible for the refund. Hotels and hostels generally offer internet connection. Internet Resources Official tourist website for Paris (en. and show it and the items you purchased on your final departure from the European Union.50 Hostels (average price/night) – €60 – €80 4* hotel (average price/night) – €150 – €200 Car-hire (medium-sized car/day) – €100 COMMUNICATION Electricity The standard electricity supply in France is 230 volt – 50 Hz AC.franceguide. inexpensive restaurant – €10 – €20 Meal for 2. Fill out the form and. it could be a problem if you decide to use it with ticket machines in the metro and at gas stations.20 Bottle of water at supermarket – €1 (0. although you might hear English quite often in the touristy areas. leave the tip on the table. you will avoid the so-called “rudeness” of the Parisians this way. since service is included. Meal. you can use the exchange bureaux. Internet cafés are still popular in Paris and not hard to find. but you should check if the service is included in your room rate. The international access code for France is +33. There are four operators in total running the network. Hopefully. European mobile phones should work fine. Keep in mind that if you do not have a card with a chip. so a simple greeting will work magic if you're lost and need to find your way.MONEY Currency: Euro. You can assume that the younger generation is fluent in English. Make sure you don't pack the purchased items into your checked luggage if flying.

Drive on the right. so always check which station your trains departs from. which run until 5.15AM. Make sure the meter isn't already running when you board the car and that the taxi has a license number.parisinfo.30AM. there are six train stations in total. with banks closing one hour earlier. Museums also stay open longer for one night every week. These consist of 47 lines in total and can bring you back to your hotel if you miss the last metro train. and on Friday and Saturday evenings. As in any major European city. During the day. prices vary.90. Monday and Tuesday are the usual closing days. you could call one of the taxi companies or flag a cab down on the street. but at night. 4 5 . Tip is included.30AM to 0. they are replaced by the Noctilien or night buses.transilien.40 for the two basic zones. Additionally. A single ticket is valid for one trip only and costs €1.30AM.transilien. RER – the suburban express railway goes to the countryside and is mostly used by commuters – a great way of crossing Paris quickly if you need to do so. they are open from 9-10AM to 5-6PM every day. but there is an extra fee for luggage. They run from about 7AM to 0. International bus companies also operate buses from and to Paris. As for public transport. but the five-day ticket costs € 38.50. However. Paris' famous shopping avenues break these rules. Supermarkets usually stay open until about 8PM or 9PM and close on Sundays. Boat – the Seine is used for both regular transport and for scenic cruises. Otherwise. com) Taxis The universal number for calling a taxi is +33 1 45 30 30 30. The Paris Visite is a special ticket valid from one to five days. taxis are a fast and cheap means of transport. Driving Speed limits in French cities – 50 km/h (30 mph) Outside the cities – 90 km/h (55 mph) Highways – 130 km/h (80 mph) BAC limit – 0. shops might also open on Sundays. Talking on a cellphone while driving is prohibited. The initial fare is €5. so always check the museum website before you plan your trip. there are several kinds of tickets to choose from. Smaller shops may close for a lunch break or even for the whole day on Monday. traveling by metro might be faster. also known as the Mobilis coupon. you should watch out for scams. they also go to the suburbs.HOLIDAYS 1 January: New Year's Day Between 22 March and 25 April: Easter Monday 1 May: Labour Day 8 May: Victory 1945 39 days after Easter: Ascension 49 days after Easter: Whit Monday 14 July: Bastille Day 15 August: Assumption Day 1 November: All Saints' Day 11 November: Armistice 1918 25 December: Christmas Day TRANSPORTATION Public Transportation Paris is a well-connected city served by three international airports. Then.05 Always wear a seatbelt. Museums close on Christmas Opening Hours Shops are open from 9AM to 7PM on weekdays and Saturdays. each museum has different conditions. even in the backseat – it is the Information on ticket prices ( Maps of the Paris metro and night bus networks (www. Offices and public institutions are generally open from 9AM to 6PM.transilien. Bus – the 59 routes make an alternative to the metro. the fare for additional kilometers differs according to the speed at which the car is going. New Year's Day and other holidays (see Holidays above). The system operates from 5. More information on taxi fares (en. The 16 lines (one of them fully automatic) serve over 300 stations scattered all over the city. Drivers must be at least 18 years old. They are sold in the metro and train stations or you can use the automatic dispensers. In the run up to Christmas. Metro – your best bet when it comes to transport. None are central and they are not connected. A daily pass. runs until 2. They close on national holidays. Official website of the Paris public transport system (www.70. Alternatively. allows for an unlimited number of trips on a single day and costs €6.30AM. often staying open until midnight. The usual ticket fares apply here. However. Navigo Semaine is a pass (costing €5) that you can use for one whole week and you charge it with your own money for use when you want to travel.

since metro stations are on most of them. It's generally hard to get lost. it might be faster and more convenient to walk instead of using public transport. When crossing the road. If two sights are closer than two metro stations. FOOD Walkability It could be said that Paris was meant to be explored on foot. Avoid restaurants near the major tourist sights. you must be at least 21 years old. Some bars stay open until early the next morning. grabbing a guide and setting out for yourself is probably one of the best ways to explore the city. be careful. you'll miss out on a lot of sights and the city's unique atmosphere. themselves. mainly. if you'd like to visit the suburbs or Disneyland Paris. Otherwise. renting a car might make the trip easier. there might still be some traffic passing from the opposite direction. Traffic is dense. When the light turns green. Legal Age The legal drinking age in France is 18 years. as they charge inadequate prices for poor food and service. Specialties: Brie de Meaux – a special cheese made from cow milk Crêpes – French pancakes Crème brûlée – dessert made from vanilla custard Guignolet – a cherry alcohol drink Champignons Croissants Nightlife in Paris means small establishments and music venues instead of big noisy clubs. Please note that if you want to rent a car.TRANSPORTATION From July 1st 2012 you must carry a breathalyser kit in the vehicle. parking is notoriously difficult and. 6 7 . Most Parisians. too. Exploring Paris by car is a bad idea. Take note that wine is often cheaper than non-alcoholic drinks. Paris is a great city to indulge in tasty dishes. watch out for any large boulevard. However. French cuisine is famous all over the world and Paris is one of its centers. In fact. do not own cars. There is no average closing time – watch what crowd the establishment caters to and that might answer your questions. You might want to plan a route so that you pass by all the major sights.

Last but not least. fiac. 8 9 . Parisian flea markets. museum and theatres stay open longer Autumn Fashion Week November Beaujolais Nouveau Day – red wine from the Beaujolais region is released for sale on the third Thursday in November. Most of the city's parks and old cemeteries are free. Take a stroll along the Seine River. French food and wine make for terrific buys.villette. Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! Champs-Élysées Christmas Lights – the ceremonial start of Christmas on the Champs-Élysées December New Year's Eve THINGS TO DO Free Things To Do Some museums are free on certain days – check the respective museum's website. There are high-end boutiques with haute couture. open for two days October Nuit Blanche – night-time arts festival. since you might discover treasures you won't find in contemporary shops anymore.EVENTS DURING THE YEAR January New Year's Day February Chinese New Year International Circus Festival of Tomorrow March Spring Fashion Week May Annual Jazz Festival Printemps des Museés – free museum admissions all day long July Bastille Day – spectacular celebrations on the Champs-Élysées Cinema en Plein Air (www. Shopping The first thing that comes to mind is fashion.rockenseine. August Rock en Seine (www. Le Museé du Parfum – a fascinating perfume museum. Paris Galleries Lafayette Department Store – fashion shows take place here weekly. Paris Plage – the banks of Seine are used as a free beach in The Tour de France finishes in Paris every year. such as the president's office. vintage clothing shops and many opportunities to find a real bargain. Stroll the Avenue des Champs-Èlysées. Notre Dame Cathedral – one of Paris' most famous sights is completely free. Artwork is also one of the more popular souvenirs to take – international arts fair Les Journées du Patrimoine – places normally not open to public. Musée Carnavalet – museum devoted to the history of Paris. Free wine tastings take place at Taillevent every Saturday – a music festival September Foire International d’Art Contemporian (www. The flea markets are also a great shopping destination.

distract you. your best bet is to try and get away from anyone who's keeping too close to you. Generally. Aside from pickpockets. there have been cases where thieves have ripped them straight out of the peoples' hands and ran off with them. They are skilled and can go through your bag without you even noticing. Use your common sense. However. too – organized gangs work here. If. DO NOT expect the upscale fashion products to be cheap. go in the opposite direction and avoid the crowds. don't flaunt your camera and keep an eye on your cellphone and wallet. Safety Paris. be quick and call for the police – you might scare the thieves off and get your possessions back. like any big city popular with tourists. DO start a conversation with a stranger with a greeting. Moreover. You should take care while using the metro. DO NOT dine near the tourist attractions. be wary of anyone approaching you on the street and offering your services. especially if you're using the ATM. you will discover Paris’ true charm.DOS AND DO NOTS DO try to learn some French phrases – the locals will be delighted and happy to help you if you need something. if you don't let anyone 10 . you do get pickpocketed. you should be just fine. Be careful about using your phone while on the subway. you can get better deals (and food) elsewhere. DO try to walk as much as possible – this way. The greatest threat is pickpockets. watch out for tourist scams. and so is France in general. is generally safe. do not travel to northern Paris suburbs. Use your hotel's safe if you can or carry a money belt around with you. if you do not need to. DO keep an eye on your belongings. DO NOT follow the tourists while exploring the famous sights – instead. else you could find yourself without them in a short while. by any chance. as it is the more dangerous part of the city. Always know where your luggage is. DO NOT try to explore Paris by car – you will save yourself much trouble. since thieves often steal from tourists there. Be extra careful on the train from the airport.

23 quai Conti. France GPS: N48. E2.5 Children (4-11 years): €4. €14 to the summit Children (12-24 years): €7. Its architecture's aim is to invoke feelings of fear.85863.85733. Deportation Memorial Paris B / Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation Paris This monument is a tribute to the French who were deported by Nazis during World War II. €12. Covering 24. The views from top are out of this world.35159 D The French Institute / Institut de France This institute unites five academies together and also manages various cultural establishments such as museum or castles. Admission: Adult: €8.5 The access waiting time to the monument is likely to be over 2 hours. Port de Conti. France GPS: N48.5. E2.33762 Phone: +33 (0)1 4441 4441 E 12 13 . 75006 Paris. Do not miss this iron lady which is known all around the world. GPS: N48.ACTIVITIES Champ de Mars ACTIVITIES One of the largest parks in Paris located between the Eiffel Tower and the École Militaire. €9. E2.m. E2.m. to 12:45 a. E2.85001. France GPS: N48.29821 C Statue of Liberty / Statue de la Liberté Situated on a man-made islet on Seine.85212. 75004 Paris. 75015 Paris.27968 A Eiffel Tower / Tour Eiffel The most iconic sight in all of Paris. 7 Square de l'Ile-de-France. France GPS: N48. 75006 Paris.29415 Opening hours: Daily: 9 a.85588.5 hectares. Pont de Grenelle. it was erected to remind the fact that the American one has its origin in France.

18-25 year-old EU citizens and the disabled – free entrance.34459 Phone: +33 (0)1 5340 6080 Opening hours: 1 March to 31 October : 9:30 a. Bronze equestrian statue of King Henry IV and 384 of the sculptured faces.85733. Place Jean-Paul II.85544.m. 6 Parvis Notre-Dame.50 € Reduced: 5. 75001 Paris.m. 75004 Paris. both on the outside and the inside. France GPS: N48. E2. France GPS: N48. E2. 4 Boulevard du Palais. – 5 p.85314. 15 May to 15 September every Wed last admission at 9 p.m.m. France GPS: N48. don't miss out on this small brewery where special and unusual kinds of beer are brewed! 20 Rue Canettes. H Notre Dame de Paris / Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris A true masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The reliquary holds many first-class relics.m.m. G Pont Neuf The oldest bridge in Paris. to 6:45 p. 1 November to 28 February : 9 a.34152 I 14 15 . E2.m.m.ACTIVITIES O'Neil bar If you are a beer lover. 75006 Paris.m. E2. Admission: Free entrance. Admission: Adult: 8.33374 Phone: +33 (0)1 4633 3666 ACTIVITIES F The Holy Chapel / La Sainte Chapelle The whole chapel is lined by 13th century stained glass – just visit in a sunny day and marvel at the spectacular lightshow. GPS: N48.34897 Phone: +33 (0)1 4234 5610 Opening hours: Weekdays: 8 a. – 6 p.85184. Do not miss. Sat. Sun: 8 a.50 € Minors under 18. to 7:15 p.

– 11 p. 19 Rue de Surène. France GPS: N48. 75001 Paris. – 9 p. France GPS: N48.86538. September – March: 7:30 a. France GPS: N48.ACTIVITIES Concorde Square ACTIVITIES / Place de la Concorde A famous square close to many important sights. Place Colette.m.m.33601 Phone: +33 (0)1 4458 1515 J Tuileries Garden / Jardin des Tuileries A large. beautiful park with many sculptures and historical buildings to discover. 28 Boulevard des Capucines. France GPS: N48.m. – 7:30 p.m.86442. France GPS: N48.87021. N Olympia music hall / L'Olympia This concert hall was established by the founder of the Moulin Rouge and many world-known stars performed here.32839 Phone: +33 (0)8 9268 3368 K 16 17 . especially those written by French playwrights. 75009 Paris.32155 L Madeleine Theater / Théâtre de la Madeleine One of the most outstanding and prestigious theatres in Paris.m. E2. June – August: 7 a. A lovely place for a walk. Rich repertoire and interesting history: a must see. E2. The Luxor Obelisk stands in the middle – can you read the hieroglyphs? 75008 Paris.m. E2. 75001 Paris. E2.32048 Phone: +33 01 42 65 07 09 M French Comedy theatre / Comédie Française This theatre is a place where you can see great performances.32468 Opening hours: April – May: 7 a.86334.87099. Admission: For free. E2. such as Moliére. 75008 Paris.

29498 Opening hours: 1 April to 30 September : 10 a.m. E2.32206 Phone: +33 (0)1 4279 8549 P Avenue des Champs-Élysées Said to be the most beautiful avenue in the world. Q Le Redlight club / Le Redlight Underground (literally) venue beneath Tour Montparnasse. typical french food. E2. disabled.m. 150 Avenue des Champs-Elysées. to 11 p.86950.50 € Free admission: minors under 18. to 10:30 p. friendly service.30848 R 18 19 . charming and cosy! 7 Rue Stanislas.32829 Phone: +33 (0)1 4548 2994 O Triumphal Arch / Arc de Triomphe The majestic arch honours those who died in the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. 75008 Paris. France GPS: N48. Admission: Adults: 9. 75008 Paris.87380.m. France GPS: N48. E2. 18-26 year-old EU citizens. 75006 Paris.ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES Chez Marcel restaurant / Chez Marcel Amazing restaurant with good wine.84381. 1 October to 31 March : 10 a.m. France GPS: N48.84190. E2. The cafés and luxury shops here lined by chestnut trees create a special scenery. 75015 Paris. one of Paris' busiest house and electro clubs 34 Rue du Départ. France GPS: N48. One of Paris' illustrious monuments.

Fri: 9 a. Place des Pyramides. Sat.86104. too. but there are many other gems.33539 Phone: +33 (0)1 4020 5760 Opening hours: Mon. E2. E2. Of course. do not miss the Mona Lisa. France GPS: N48. teachers of art and the disabled. – 9:45 p. – 6 p. Permanent collection: €10 Temporary exhibition: €11 Combined: €14 S National Library of France / Bibliothèque Nationale de France In the four towers. 18-25 year-old EU residents. a large library is seated. Sun: 9 a. Thu.m. newspaper or magazine ever printed in France.37734 Phone: +33 (0)1 5379 5379 T 20 21 . 75013 Paris. 75001 Paris. 11 Quai François Mauriac.ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES Louvre Museum / Musée du Louvre The most-visited museum in the world – for a reason. Wed. France GPS: N48.m.m.m. This institution saves every book.83289. Admission: Free admission for visitors under 18.

87660.35590 Phone: +33 (0)1 4051 3838 W 22 23 . GPS: N48.40345.26210 U Arab World Institute / Institut du Monde Arabe This centre's aim is to inform people about Arab culture in cooperation with Arab countries and to share know-how in science and other fields. 75005 Paris. Interesting historical features and lots of attractions.84930.69680 Phone: +33 (0)1 6071 5070 V Jardin d'Acclimatation Small entertainment park much-loved by families with kids. E2. Well worth a visit! 23 Rue des Sablons.ACTIVITIES Palace of Fontainebleau ACTIVITIES / Château de Fontainebleau One of France's largest and most beautifully decorated and furnished palaces. France GPS: N48. 77300 Fontainebleau. France GPS: N48. E2. E2. 1 Rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard.

Dome 9 a.m. Situated in the ultra-modern La Défense district of Paris.m. but also for its dome which offers breath-taking views on clear days.88889. E2. Entrance fee to the dome: €5 Y Tour First Currently the tallest building in France.25167 X 24 25 .m. 35 Rue du Chevalier de La Barre. E2.88631. 92400 Courbevoie. Admission: Entry to the basilica is free.ACTIVITIES Sacré-Cœur Basilica ACTIVITIES / Basilique du Sacré Cœur This beautiful basilica is popular not only for its looks. 75018 Paris. – 7 p.34301 Phone: +33 (0)1 5341 8900 Opening hours: Basilica Daily: 6 a.m. France GPS: N48. France GPS: N48. Place des Saisons. standing 231 metres high. -10:30 p.

129 Avenue de Tourville. Admission: Full price: €9 Reduced price: €7 Z 26 . E2.31247 Opening hours: Open daily.85475. 75007 Paris. France GPS: N48. to 6 p.m.ACTIVITIES The National Residence of the Invalids / L'Hôtel national des Invalides This Baroque complex is home to many military monuments and museums and also a hospital for war veterans. Napoleon is buried here.m. from 10 a.