Free things to do in Paris

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Everyone thinks that to travel you have to save lots of money. Well yes, you do need some. Once you have food, accommodation and your rental car sorted you won’t have to worry about paying to get into specific venues. There are plenty of interesting and stunning locations in Paris and they are all at your disposal once you get into your car. Here is our list of free things to do in the city of love.

National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Pompidou

Home to more than 50,000 works of art from the latest and greatest the museum is located inside a steel superstructure complex. Bibliothèque Publique d’information (Public Information Library) and the centre for music and acoustic research are also under the same roof.

Musée du Louvre

It is reported that 8 million people pass through its doors every year making it the most visited museum in the world. The surrounding areas have plenty to boast about too so once you have finished gazing at The Mona Lisa, explore! Avoid peak times to make the most of this place.

When you manage to escape from the impulse to capture every angle of its glorious Gothic architecture, you’ll discover that the inside of Notre Dame is quite a sight to behold. Free regular Sunday organ recitals take place at 4:30 pm. Be sure to check the website before you go.


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Basilique du Sacré Coeur & view

Believe us when we say that the view at the top of all those stairs is worth the sweat. You could sit for hours with a picnic by your side atop the hill in Montmartre. You might even hear and watch some buckers, including noted football magician Iya Traoré who draws crowds from all over the world with his impressive one-man show.

Everyone on your Instagram will be asking you where you are when you snap a picture of yourself sitting on one of Daniel Buren’s striped columns in the courtyard at Palais-Royal. And you’d think that’s a good enough reason to go but there is more. Gardens – yes, you know the ones featured in Assassin’s Creed Unity and the best part is that they look beautiful all year round. Alternatively, try Jardin du Luxembourg.

Arènes de Lutèce

Not so much a garden, Arènes de Lutèce is a segment of what remains of the city’s Roman past. Cross the river and take your hired car for a spin around the fifth arrondissement. The amphitheatre and sounding greenery make for a lovely game of football when the weather is not so chilly.

Which university doesn’t want to showcase their student’s talent? Certainly not this one – free concerts given by students are the place where you can find France’s next musical prodigy.

Radio France Concerts

France’s public radio hosts around 150 yearly free concerts. You can also observe live rehearsals and public recordings. Take a look at their site for more information.

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