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17 Fun Facts about Paris

Paris is of course France’s capital city.  It is said to be the city of love, is brimming with famous historic sights and is home to the very best of French haute-cuisine.  If you’re considering a trip here, you’ll enjoy these 17 fun facts about Paris that you might not have known!

  1. The Eurostar from London takes an average of just 2 hours and 25 minutes to reach Paris’ Gare du Nord.
  2. Prefer to fly yourself?  You’ll need the following coordinates: Latitude: 49° 00′ 30.20″ N, Longitude: 2° 32′ 18.39″ E for Paris-Charles De Gaulle. (Airport code CDG).
  3. The Eiffel Tower was only meant to be a temporary installation, which was intended to stand for just 20 years when it was built for the World Fair in 1889.
Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

  1. It takes 1665 steps to climb from the bottom to the top of the Eiffel Tower.  If you don’t care for all the climbing, there are lifts available to whisk you to the top.
  2. Paris has a population of 2.2 million that live in the 106 square kilometers that make up the city.
  3. There are 6,100 streets in Paris. Rue des Degres is the shortest one and is only 5.75 meters long. It can be found in the 2nd arrondissement.
  1. The city is divided into 20 arrondissements, with the first one in the centre, and the following ones corkscrewing outwards in a clock-wise direction.
  2. Paris has over 500km of bike lanes for cycling around the city.
  3. Becoming a taxi driver in Paris is an expensive venture! You have to pay around €200,000 to obtain a taxi license!
3rd arrondissement, Paris, France

3rd arrondissement, Paris, France

  1. Paris was named “Lutetia” in 300 BC under the Roman Empire.
  2. Le Procope is the oldest café in Paris and has been operating since 1686.
  3. Paris has over 450 parks and gardens dotted around the city, making it a great destination for kids!
  4. The most famous cycling event in the world is the Tour de France, which finishes on Paris’ historic Champs-Elysee.
  5. The Louvre boasts over 38,000 pieces of art, and is the world’s largest art gallery and museum. It’s located on the Right Bank of the River Seine, in the very centre of Paris.
  6. The Catacombs of Paris is the final resting place for over 6 million people. It’s an underground network of tunnels beneath the city, and around 500,000 visitors head down here every year.

The Eiffel Tower, Paris

  1. The Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris, having being built in 1604.
  2. It’ll come as no surprise that Paris is home to plenty of Michelin Starred Restaurants.  Some people even travel to Paris simply to eat in these restaurants!

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