What to see in Paris in 48h - Visit Paris over a weekend

Paris attracts up to forty million tourists per year. It is the favourite destination for those who are looking for elegant architecture and top fashion districts, as well as for those who seek the bohemian atmosphere of the artists’ districts, like Montmartre. For those who only have a short weekend to keep as many memories of Paris as possible, no panic, here we recommend what to see in Paris in 48 hours.

Let’s start from the Louvre Museum. We advise you to buy a skip-the-line entrance ticket in advance, to save precious time and to avoid being too tired to see the collections properly, after a never-ending line. A full visit to the Louvre requires at least five hours, while those who want to focus only on the most important works, can see them in an hour and a half. The ten things that you must see at the Louvre can be localized on the map of the museum. They are, for sure: Mona Lisa, Liberty Leading the People, Venus de Milo, Nike of Samothrace, Death of the Virgin, Love and Psyche, Oath of the Horatii, Virgin of the Rocks, and The Raft of the Medusa.

A trip to Paris usually includes a visit to the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Let’s get informed on what can still be seen in Notre-Dame after the fire destroyed its spire on April 2019. The facade and the two bell towers, the three gothic vaults and the side walls still offer a notable visual impact. According to the reconstruction plan, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is scheduled to open again in 2024, in time for the Olympic Games in Paris.

The 48-hour visit to Paris continues with the Arc the Triomphe, erected by Napoleon for the Austerlitz victory; the Pantheon, built on Sainte-Geneviève hill; the Moulin Rouge, the historical cabaret where cancan dance was invented; and the Eiffel Tower, a symbol of Paris and the technical progress culminated with the Exposition Universelle of 1889. After seeing these attractions, you have seized the chance to see the best of the French capital city.

For those who are looking for recommendations on how to spend a wonderful night in Paris with the classical music concerts that take place in the most beautiful churches in the city, we have a page especially dedicated to Paris church concerts.