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Paris - what a marvellous, elegant city! A metropolis, which attracts and enchants with its grandiose cultural treasures each year millions of visitors from around the world. But still Paris is a city, which despite its enormous dimension and hectic pace of modern life preserved itself a breath of romanticism. In the multifaceted townscape all genres of social life, art and culture, tradition, history and modern age have merged into a harmonious whole. As well as all of this, the famous French Cuisine, Haute Couture and perfumeries and, not least, the exciting Parisian nightlife have over the centuries given Paris its unique charm.
Sightseeing / Slideshow
Notre Dame, ParisThe historical centre of Paris with the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral on the Seine island Île de la Cité, the Louvre Louvre, which was once the residence of the French kings and is now a world famous art gallery and museum, the elegant Champs Élysées, which connects the Place de la Concorde with the Triumphal Arch, the Eiffel Tower, the Pantheon and enchanting parks such as the Jardin de Luxembourg, attract visitors as magically as the artists’ district at Montmartre - one of the most romantic places in Paris with numerous intimate cafes, boutiques and art shops around Sacre Coeur on the highest rise of the city.  Many artists, mainly painters, offer their works and the paintings of Paris Montmartre Sacre Coeurthe famous impressionists, like Toulouse Lautrec, are omnipresent. Beyondd this from the church one can enjoy a marvellous view of the city in a quite peaceful atmosphere.
No less attractive is the Quartier Latin - the traditional students' quarter, with its inexpensive, small  restaurants and numerous bookshops, where also the time honoured University of Sorbonne is to be found.  A very popular tourist attraction is a sail on the Seine river. Passing under some of the most beautiful historic bridges of Paris, it conveys fascinating views of numerous sights,  as well as vivid impressions of the bustling quais. The banks of the Seine belong to the UNESCO World Heritage!
Paris by night
Paris MontmartreWhen the sun sets behind Notre Dame, a special lighting arrangement casts a spell over the city, and the famous Parisian nightlife begins. People stroll along the Champs Élysées, visit the small Cafés, enjoy a nocturnal sail on the Seine, admire the illuminated Eiffel Tower or visit cafes, bars or vaudeville shows, such as at the famous Moulin Rouge, where one can in champagne mood experience excellent, delightful variety entertainment and of course experience a genuine Cancan. Very special  is a romantic evening at Montmartre, the (former artist's quarter on the highest rise of the city (see above). On special occasions one even can experience the Eiffel Tower on fire!
sunset at the SeineHistory
In the absolutist France, in particular in the reign of Louis XIV, literature, music, architecture and the fine arts began to flourish in Paris, causing it to become the cultural capital of Europe for approximately two centuries. Paris determined the fashion and even the language; upper class Europeans conversed in French. With the work of Jean Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire, Diderot and others in the 18th century, Paris took over a leading role in the Age of Enlightenment. With the French Revolution it became the scene of world historic upheavals and afterwards the centre of the new order under Napoleon I. In the course of this development the population grew so rapidly that in the 19th century Napoleon III decided on a complete remodelling of the city, with the aim of creating the most modern and beautiful capital of Europe. Georges Eugene Haussmann was the man who, as prefect of the city, was entrusted with this project, and he designed the townscape of Paris as it is up to the present day.

 

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