Best Things to Do in Annecy, France

2 Days in Anncey France - Things to do and see

WHAT TO DO IN ANNECY ONE DAY

Annecy is surely one of the prettiest towns in France. I don’t exaggerate to say, it is one of the most beautiful towns in Europe.

If you plan a trip to France and skip Annecy, you will miss out. So, whether you have only a day or a bit longer, here are the best places to see in Annecy in one day (or two days). Annoy is one of the most beautiful places in FranceThough I cannot really remember, I am pretty sure that I first heard about Annecy on Instagram, and that must have been the trigger to wanting to visit it.

What is better than colorful medieval houses, clean, alpine air, and in the case of Annecy, proximity to a gorgeous, pristine lake that is set against the Alps?

Not much, and so I finally made my way to visit for two days. And I can easily say that this picturesque town was a pleasure to see!

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR ONE DAY IN ANNECY

Here is some important information for your Annecy trip!

How to Get to Annecy from Geneva

  • By Plane: The nearest airport to Annecy is the airport in Geneva.
  • By Car: Annecy is located close to the Swiss border. Though it is just a 30 minutes drive from Geneva, the motorway toll for France is about 20€ (on return).

How to Get Around

  • Annecy itself is pretty small, so you can explore Annecy on foot.
  • You do not need any buses, etc.
  • However, you can rent bikes, take the bus, or drive easily by yourself to leave the old town.

Where to Stay

If you stay only for a few hours, you will not need accommodation. In case you stay overnight, I recommend booking a hotel in the old town of Annecy though. It might be tricky if you come by car to find parking, so double-check if the hotel offers (free) parking.

Tips for Solo Female Traveler

I visited Annecy with my little dog only, so I am not sure it is considered solo travel. Our accommodation was outside the old town, and we did not walk around at night, but I felt totally safe during the say. Since it is quite busy in summer, I recommend watching your bag/purse, but other than that, I loved exploring Annecy as a solo traveler.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN ANNECY IN ONE DAY

I suggest starting the morning by visiting the old town of Annecy.

Beautiful Annecy on a sunny day

Annecy Old Town

Since I was coming from “outside, “I “entered“ the old town, and strolled along the streets without any real plan (which is sometimes the best).

And then there it was. The famous castle that I had seen many pictures of: Palais de L´Isle. 

Palais de L´Isle 

As seen in the pic above, this castle is one of the main tourist attractions in Annecy. It looks tiny and has a long history.

It was used as a prison, a courthouse, an administrative center and now it is as an art and history museum. It is an original structure and the oldest parts of which date from the 12th century. According to the website of the castle, a visit takes about one hour.

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Even if you do not go inside, it is such a lovely setting with all the flower pots everywhere – indeed very Instagram-worthy (and something I did not see in Venice).

Get Lost in the Streets

Annecy is so pretty that I could have easily just strolled around for hours without a goal. It is such an unreal place that you should explore, so make sure to plan to explore the old town without a real goal in mind.

Annecy: one of the many bridges

The houses around the castle are so charming and reminded me pretty much of beautiful Italy, and after strolling around, I had lunch in one of the numerous restaurants.

Besides the many colored houses and flower pots, you´ll find plenty of restaurants and cafes – seriously. There are so many options to dine or grab a gelato (or real snacks) that you´ll definitely find something for every budget and taste.

If you don´t rush, take your time and have lunch/dinner. I guess it might take a few hours to see all the little narrow streets and souvenir shops.

Be warned: you´ll be only one of many tourists there, but it does not surprise that this is one of the most famous Annecy hot spots.

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Château d’Annecy

Château d’Annecy is a hilltop castle located right next to Lake Annecy in the old town’s heart. Castle in AnnecyIt is one of the numerous beautiful castles in France, and though the castle was built many years ago, it was just in the 1950s when the town of Annecy rebuilt it.

It has become a popular tourist attraction and is now a museum: Le musée-château d’Annecy. The castle is also listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture in 1959.

My dog and I walked up (it is an easy uphillwalk-up), but since dogs were not allowed to enter the castle (which is now a museum), we could not visit.

  • Prices are around 5,50€ for adults.

Lake Annecy

I cropped off the day at the stunning Lake Annecy. Lake Annecy is seriously beautiful and one of the top places to visit. I suggest planning in the afternoon (at least 3-4 hours if you do some activities in and around Lake Annecy).

I have been to Switzerland many times, and I am used to pristine lakes that make you want to jump in. Lake Annecy is equally clear and spectacular. In the sunshine, the water shimmers in several beautiful greenish/bluish colors.

Boat Tour

A boat tour is one of the best Annecy activities. It is a great way to cool off and see more of the beautiful lake and the Alps.

The boat’s audio guide was in French, which is a pity, but I still enjoyed my boat trip. The lake also offers options to rent pedal boats and do some other kinds of watersports activities.

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  • Boat tours cost about 15€ no admission for dogs or children under 5 years)

A park surrounds Lake Annecy, so there are also enough other options to rest or chill (and Annecy is a great place to visit with kids).

Stroll the Lake

Also, take your time to stroll the lake. Even if you are tired. There are enough places to take a rest (including parks where you can lay down and have a picnic).

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Water Activities

You can do many activities on and in the water – go kayaking, swimming, or enjoy other water activities on Lake Annecy.

Water activities in Annecy

Rent a Bike

After that, I´d suggest renting a bike and tour the lake. Though not all of it, most of the path should be pretty good to ride or just hike around in the area. With 1 day in Annecy, you should have time to do that.

Enjoy Outdoor Adventure

Though for me Annecy is mostly about the gorgeous old town with its colorful buildings and flower pots (in the summer months) and Lake Annecy, the area itself is also very well-known as a place for outdoor sports lovers.

Depending on what your focus is, you can also do some outdoor adventure. As mentioned, you can do a lot on Lake Annecy, including SUP and biking around the lake, but you can also go paragliding, hiking, via Ferrata, canyoning, and more.

It might be a busy itinerary with only one day in Annecy, but since Annecy is so small and you could also add a little adventure to your list.

However, Annecy also has some more modern parts that you can discover with a short sightseeing bus tour (though I often hop on one of those, I did not do so in Annecy since I think it cannot get much better the old town and the lake). They start at the lake, and it might be a good thing to get a quick view over other places of Annecy.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE BEST THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN ANNECY

Annecy´s old town is probably one of the most beautiful places (in Europe?) and, together with its lake, probably the main reason to visit Annecy.

I left Annecy with a good feeling. Despite the crowds, I loved the pretty Alp town, and I would be happy to return for another weekend in the summer. Though it is a small place with not THAT many attractions, it is still full of beauty. Discovering Annecy with Puppygak - Where to go in Annecy

I hope this post has helped you find out about the best things to do in Annecy in one day.

Safe Travels, Arzo

 

Best Things to Do in Colmar in One Day

Where to go and what to do and see in Colmar in one day. France

WHAT TO DO IN 1 DAY IN COLMAR 

Are you planning your Colmar itinerary and are wondering about the best things to do in Colmar (in one day)? Then I am happy to share my travel tips with you. Find out what to do in one day in Colmar – what to see and where to go, plus many more travel tips for this pretty, pretty place.

Nestled among vineyards with its traditional houses, canals, and floral displays, Colmar is a picture-perfect fairytale dream. And because of this, Colmar has become a popular destination in France.

After visiting Annecy, another fairytale town in France, I was quick to name it the most beautiful town in France. With its colorful and pretty houses, water canals, and Lake Annecy, it was easy for me to declare it as the prettiest town around.

Looking at pictures of Colmar, it seemed to be as beautiful as Annecy. So, I knew I had to visit for myself before I deciding on the stunning town in the country.

And so I added Colmar to my Alsace road trip, and after a few days in Strasbourg and its surroundings, I finally visited Colmar. Colmar best places to see and what to seeBefore I let you know my conclusion – which place really deserves the title of the most beautiful town in France – I will share my travel tips for Colmar.

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FUN THINGS TO DO IN COLMAR

Here are my tips about the best things to do in Colmar in 1 day.

Stroll the Old Town of Colmar 

While I am always a fan of getting lost and just seeing where I will end up, I also try to find out about certain places/houses/attractions so that I do not miss out on the highlights. Believe me, that has happened to me, and now, I try to have at least a basic not “get lost” itinerary. 

You can get a free Colmar map either at the hotel or the tourism office and walk the outlined route. There are also signs for main tourist attractions, so you will find them by just following the signs, or you can follow the golden triangles (embossed with Lady Liberty) and see the best Colmar attractions. 

The old town is one of the best places to see in Colmar – or better yet, THE  best place to visit.

Keep an eye out for some of these places and attractions:

Little Venice

The very picturesque Little Venice is the main tourist spot. This colorful neighborhood starts behind the Koifhus building and goes through the fishmonger´s district and the bridges Turenne and Saint-Pierre.Colmar where to go and what to do in one day, visit Little Venice

It is also the most photographed area (I just assume this after looking at Instagram). It is small and there are not even that many streets you could discover! So, even if you want to explore each street and look at each house, you will not need endless hours for it. 

Colmar, Little Venice is the most beautiful place to visit in Colmar, France

When I visited, it was lovely with all the blossoms, but I missed all the flower pots that I saw in other pictures. I am sure this would have added to the beauty of Colmar.

Apparently, Colmar inspired Disney’s Beauty and the Beast setting. No wonder, with these colorful houses, narrow streets, and the canal. 

You will find a lot of in Colmar’s old town are little shops, restaurants, and bakeries.Colmars most beautiful place, Little Venice

Saint-Martin Collegiate Church 

There are several interesting and impressive churches in Colmar’s old town. Saint-Martin Collegiate Church at Place de la Cathedrale is probably the most amazing. The church was completed in the late 14th century, and not only does it look impressive from the outside, but the inside, too.Colmar Church, the best attractions in Colmar France

Pfister House

Built in 1537, the decorated Renaissance-style Pfister House features paintings from the Bible and German emperors and is based heavily on medieval architecture. It is one of Colmar’s most impressive buildings, though I almost missed it as it does not stand alone and almost gets lost in between all the other interesting architecture. Colmar what to visit and see - the Pfister House

House of Heads 

One of the best things to do in Colmar is to see the House of Heads. The Rhine Renaissance-style burgeois résidence was built in the early 17th century and has 105 head sculptures. The Alsace bronze copper is a reminder that this house was used for trading wine.Colmar, House of Heads  in the old town of Colmar_

Koifhus / Customs House

Another place to visit – even if you are one day in Colmar only – is the Koifhus. Once the town‘s business and political hub, the Customs House (or Koifhus) was built in 1480. The ground floor served as a warehouse, market, and customs office for centuries.

Covered Market Hall

I just looked at the Market Hall from the outside, though it is often rated as one of the must-sees in Colmar. The Market Hall dates back to 1865, and after many other uses, it is again a market today.

Tanner’s District

The “village in a town“ underwent some restorations about 50 years ago. It was originally built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Colmar attractions and places to go in one dayTanners (people who tan animal hides) used to live in tall, half-timbered houses. They stand on a stone base with no foundations or cellars, and the roofs of the houses have several hooks so that hides could dry.

Fishmonger’s District

Once home to fishermen, the Fishmonger’s District features a colorful rainbow of half-timbered houses along the Lauch River.

Most of the houses were homes to boatmen and fishermen. Nowadays, other means of transportation are used, but back then, the market gardener would sail along the Lauch to transport goods to town.

Mini Sightseeing Train

While I have used these kinds of sightseeing trains in other cities, I did not use them in Colmar. If you are tired of walking, you can instead hop on one sightseeing train and discover Colmar by train.

  • You can find out about the history of the town during the 35-minute ride. Tickets are about 6€ for adults.

Colmar,mini sightseeing train

Boat / Gondola Tour 

Have I ever mentioned my obsession with boat rides? Yes? Okay, so I am happiest on the water, and for all those weird people with the same obsession as me, you can do a boat tour in Colmar as well.

It is not the epic 3-hour boat tour that I did on Lake Thun, but well, the boat ride takes 30 minutes, and this is a lazy kind of sightseeing, as you will see the center of Colmar without having to move at all.

More Fun Colmar Activities

If you have more than a day or want to add a  few more activities, then consider doing one of these things in Colmar.

Wine Tasting

Alsace is famous for its white wines. The Alsace Wine Route Road Tour is famous for a reason. Alsatian wines are named for their grape varietals. As someone who does not drink any wine, I am not familiar, but even I know about the famous Riesling wine.

There are often wine tastings in Colmar in the summer, so for many visitors, these are another fun thing to do in Colmar.

Hiking

While Colmar itself is a beautiful little town, there are some lovely hiking paths close by. Since I was short on time, I did not take any hikes, but if you are interested in more nature time and doing more outdoor activities, then you can choose between easier and even longer hikes in the area.

Day Trips From Colmar

If you make Colmar your base and want to see more of the area, then plan a day trip to Colmar´s bigger sister.

Strasbourg

Not far from Colmar is the pretty city of Strasbourg. Strasbourg Petite FranceGetting to Strasbourg by car or train is quite easy, and if you have booked your hotel in Colmar for two nights or even longer, make sure to add a day trip to Strasbourg. Find a detailed Strasbourg itinerary for a day here.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR ONE DAY IN COLMAR ITINERARY

Here are some essential travel tips for Colmar.

Alsace, France’s smallest region, is perched on the edge of Germany and Switzerland, on the Rhine River. It is now part of France (but had been part of Germany several times) and combines these two countries’ best. 

How to Get to Colmar

  • Flying: Colmar does not have a regular airport, and the closest airports are Strasbourg-Entzheim (70km from Colmar), Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (about 70 km away) – from both airports. You can easily get to Colmar by train.
  • Train: Colmar is linked to the largest French and European cities either directly or by changing trains. The train station is close to the old town of Colmar, and after a short walk, you can reach it on foot.
  • Car: I arrived in Colmar by car, coming from Strasbourg. It was part of a beautiful Alsace road trip I took, and it was very scenic.

How to Get Around Colmar

  • In Colmar, you will most likely visit the old town. And the good news is that Colmar is so small and walkable that walking is the best way to get around.
  • On the flip side, Colmar is so small that you are “done“ quickly. However, if you don’t want to or can‘t walk that much, you can either do a sightseeing tour on the small sightseeing trains you see everywhere, or you could rent a bike. There are also boat tours available (more on that later).

Where to Stay in Colmar

  • I stayed at a 3-star Colmar Hotel, and I loved it. I booked it more or less last-minute via booking.com.
  • It is my preferred booking site, as I can often cancel hotels up to 24 hours in advance, which helps since I am a very spontaneous person. I mostly booked the hotel because of its free parking and proximity to the old town. It is not directly located in the old town, but about a 10-15 minute walk.
  • It is just next to the train station, so whether you get here in your own car or by train, the hotel is perfect.
  • Also, the breakfast was great (including muffins, crepes, pancakes, and much more) and the rooms were clean, bright, and modern. It is for sure my first pick for Colmar.

To find out more about the hotel click here.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN COLMAR

As you can see, Colmar is a beautiful town worth visiting. Do I think that it is the most beautiful town in France? Well, I am not sure. I still vote for Annecy, but in Colmar´s defense, no flower pots were hanging everywhere (as I had seen on social media and I personally saw in Annecy), which probably makes the town even more colorful and fun.

However, Colmar is a stunning place! 1 day in Colmar is enough to get a good glimpse (click here to read my Annecy post and find out why I am so in love).

If you stay in Colmar longer, you can spend even more time soaking in the beauty or visit a few other places that are close by, like Strasbourg. 

Adding Colmar to your bucket list is definitely a good idea, and hopefully, these tips have helped you find out about the best things to do in Colmar.

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Safe Travels, Arzo

 

How to Have an Epic One Week in France Itinerary

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PLAN A PERFECT FRANCE ITINERARY FOR 7 DAYS

Are you heading to France and wondering about the best one week in France itinerary? Then read on, as here are my personal recommendations for a fun and easy trip to France.

France is one of the top travel destinations in Europe. Known for its pretty cities, like Paris and Lyon, and the lush lavender fields of Provence and many beautiful villages and towns, you cannot say that France is not diverse. 

However, given the country’s size, you will not be able to cover all of the top places in France in one week – let alone all of the beautiful places.

But at least you always have a reason to come back and revisit France. For this 7-day France itinerary, I have picked Paris (how could it be any different) and the Alsace region.

Within this time, you will get a good glimpse of France – from the country‘s capital to the cute region of Alsace in the eastern part of France, with the charming towns of Colmar and Strasbourg and other cute villages along the way.

Before talking about the best places to visit in 7 days, here are some travel tips for your trip.Paris itinerary

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR ONE WEEK IN FRANCE

Okay, before we get started, here are a few basic travel tips for your trip.

How to Get to France

  • I suggest starting (or ending) your trip in Paris. You can fly into Charles de Gaulle Airport.
  • Otherwise, get to Paris by train from many stations in Europe (if you are from Central Europe, I recommend getting to Paris by train but of course, this is a personal preference). Especially if coming from London or places like Zurich or countries like Belgium, Netherland, or even Germany, arriving by train is probably the best way.
  • Transportation to and from the airport into the city center is easy and costs about 10€ from Charles de Gaulle Airport.
  • Strasbourg and Colmar also have airports but there are not that many flights to/from. So you might have to get back to Paris.

How to Get Around France For 7 Days

Personally, I did not like road tripping France. People in France tend to drive…reckless. Plus, the cost of tolls and petrol are high.  

My tip is to use public transportation for most of the 7 days – with an exception in Alsace.

In Paris use buses and the metro only (and a bike if you want to) – driving in Paris seems like a terrible idea. And if you visit, you will probably understand my resentment.

From Paris to Strasbourg (or Colmar), you can then use the train. The slower trains are cheaper – the fast TGV line can be expensive, but you will not need it often. 

Buy train tickets in advance: A train trip from Paris to Strasbourg costs about 75-85€, but you can get better deals if you buy in advance.

For the days in Alsace, you can rent a car for two or three days. Driving in Alsace is easy and fun (and you will stay away from motorways that have tolls). You will not need the car in Colmar or Strasbourg but just for the one or two days in between. However, you could also use public transportation to see the towns in Alsace and avoid road tripping.

Where to Stay France For 7 Days

For the first three nights, I suggest staying in Paris. Then, two nights in Strasbourg and one night in Colmar (I have added tips for each place below). You do not stay at one place for the 7 days in France if you follow this itinerary.

Best Time to Visit France

France is good to visit at almost any time of the year. However, keep in mind that it can get really hot and crowded in the summer months. 

So, personally, I suggest doing this trip in April or May (with the vineyards in Alsace) or in September. 

If you are into Christmas markets, you will also love visiting in the first few weeks of December, as Strasbourg and Colmar are well-known for their Christmas markets – and Paris in December is also worth a trip!

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PLACES TO VISIT IN 7 DAYS IN FRANCE

So, let’s get started.

Days 1 – 3,5 in France: Paris

So, for the first few days, I recommend exploring the beautiful city of Paris. Of course, you could do Paris in a nutshell and see it in 2 days, but I recommend staying at least 3 days. For this itinerary, I planned for about 3 or 3,5 days in Paris.

PARIS

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It does not always make a good first impression, but if you ask me, Paris is one of the best places to visit – and that is at any time of the year.

Paris is quite small and very compact – often you can walk from one main attraction to the other.

But metro tickets are also cheap, and you can easily get from one district (arrondissement) to the other. Buses are easy to use, too.

So, my tip is not to rent a car but to get around on foot and use public transportation.

With one week in France, I suggest staying three days. And maybe even 3.5 days, so you can then use the rest of the day to get to beautiful Strasbourg.

Things to do and see in Paris

  • Visit the Eiffel Tower
  • Stroll the Seine
  • Rest at Jardin des Tuileries
  • Explore Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur
  • Rest at Jardin du Luxembourg
  • Admire the Bridges
  • Picnic by the Seine
  • See Notre Dame
  • Discover the Louvre
  • Visit Versailles (half a day/full day trip)

Check out my detailed 4-day Paris itinerary for more information on each activity.

Where to Stay in Paris

To check out accommodation rates for different hotels, click on each link.

  • The luxurious hotels in Paris come with a big price tag but are probably worth the money – Four Seasons Hotel George V is one of the most iconic hotels in Paris – find out more about the hotel.
  • Le 12 Hotel: This 3-star hotel has great reviews and is centrally located. Click here to find the best rates for this hotel.
  • I sometimes book budget hotels, but actually, I cannot recommend any budget hotels in Paris (so, if you know a great budget hotel let me know). The standard is quite low, so rather spend a bit more on a hotel that is not total crap.
  • If you enjoy an Airbnb accommodation, click here (first-time users can save $$$ by using my link)

Days 3,5 – 7 in France: Alsace

From Paris to Strasbourg

Strasbourg, Obernai, Ribeauville, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, Eguisheim, Colmar

For the second part of your France itinerary, I suggest spending time in Alsace. It is in the eastern part of France – close to the German border. I picked this area of France for several reasons: It is famous for its wine production but also for its extremely picturesque towns and villages. Also, it is quite easy to reach from Paris. You do not have to stress too much with long travel distances and yet you will see a complete side of France.

As mentioned above, the fastest way to get to Strasbourg is via the fast TVG train. The train station in Strasbourg is central, and you can just drop off your luggage at your hotel and use the rest of the day to explore this pretty city.

You could also rent a car from Paris and do the rest of the itinerary by car, but I suggest using the train, as in Strasbourg you will not need a car either.

STRASBOURG 

1-1.5 days should be good for this pretty city, which is also the capital of Alsace: Strasbourg.

Strasbourg´s main attractions are close to each other, and you will not need a car to get around – on foot or with public transportation will be perfect for seeing the best places. Strasbourg Petite FranceStrasbourg Cathedral in one dayYou will experience a completely different side of France – Strasbourg could not be more different from Paris. With its colorful, half-timbered houses and the city’s medieval feel, Strasbourg is a perfect mix of France and Germany.

Things to do and see in Strasbourg

  • Getting lost in La Petite France
  • Walk along the River III
  • Cathedral Square – Strasbourg Cathedral
  • Boat Tour – Batorama
  • Place Gutenberg
  • Place Kleber
  • Place Broglie
  • Place de la Republique

Find more travel tips for Strasbourg in my more detailed Strasbourg guide.

Where to Stay in Strasbourg

I did not enjoy my stay at my hotel, and I think the standard in Strasbourg is not high, so I recommend staying in a better hotel to avoid disappointment. Click here to find out rates and prices.

OBERNAI, RIBEAUVILLE, RIQUEWIHR, KAYSERSBERG, EGUISHEIM

The last few days of your one week in France trip will be spent in the southern part of Alsace. The 170-kilometer-long Alsatian Wine Route weaves its way through Alsace’s thousand-year-old wine country.

With only 3-4 days in Alsace, it will be difficult to cover all the places on the Wine Route, but you will see some of Alsace’s prettiest areas.

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Things to do in Obernai, Ribeauville, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, Eguisheim

This day will be busy – maybe one of the busiest days of the week as it includes several smaller towns/villages in Alsace. However, you can feel free to skip any town or village and instead do one or two wine tastings to make it less stressful.

You can book tours from Strasbourg or Colmar to see the villages. Or, you can now rent a car and drive the route from Strasbourg to Colmar (adding these villages to your itinerary).

Each village is tiny, and if you don’t do a wine tasting or any hikes, you can see all of them in one day.

Just try to start the trip at 9 am at the latest and rent the car in advance so that you can fit them all – or at least 3 villages – into your France itinerary.

Here is more information on my Alsace road trip – find out what to do and see in each village.

COLMAR

For the last day of your “France in 7 days” I suggest visiting Colmar!

Pretty Colmar, which lies south of Strasbourg and is kind of the unofficial end of the wine tour road trip, is extremely picturesque and fun and a great end for one week in France. Colmar, Little Venice is the most beautiful place to visit in Colmar, FranceColmar best places to see and what to seeAs the town is small, one day in Colmar is enough to cover the main attractions. 

Like Strasbourg, Colmar is very walkable, and while you could hop on a mini sightseeing bus, you can also wonderfully explore the town on foot.

With the cobblestone streets, it is important to wear comfortable shoes. Make sure you also recharge your camera so that you can take billions of pictures from one of the prettiest towns in the country.

Things to do and see in Colmar, France

  • Little Venice
  • Saint-Martin Collegiate Church
  • Pfister House
  • House of Heads
  • Koifhus / Customs House
  • Covered Market Hall
  • Tanner’s District
  • Fishmonger’s District

For more information on Colmar, click on my guide.

Where to Stay in Colmar

  • I stayed at the 3-star Colmar Hotel, and I loved it. It is just next to the train station, so whether you get here in your own car or by train, the hotel is perfect. Also, the breakfast was great (including muffins, crepes, pancakes, and much more) and the rooms were clean, bright, and modern. It is for sure my first pick for Colmar.
  • If you are looking for something more luxurious, check out this 5-star hotel in the heart of Colmar. It comes with a lot of amenities and a great location.
  • To find out more about the hotel and check-out rates, click here.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON SPENDING ONE WEEK IN FRANCE ITINERARY

While France has much more to see – like Provence and the French Riveria with Nice (and not to forget the prettiest town of all, Annecy) – this itinerary is realistic. But it also includes some fantastic places to see in France.

It is busy at times, but after all, you should not feel stressed about changing hotels each night, spending too much time on trains, or dealing with trains that run late. 

And best of all: This France itinerary allows you to experience city life combined with beautiful scenery, wine tasting, and overly cute towns and villages! Get ready for an amazing 7 days in France.


Safe Travels, Arzo

HOW TO CREATE AN EPIC 4 DAYS IN PARIS ITINERARY

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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN 4 DAYS – ITINERARY

Are you planning your 4-day Paris itinerary and wondering about the best things to do in 4 days in Paris? Then use this post to plan your trip – find out about the best things to see, where to stay, and more.

You cannot visit France and skip Paris. Even though it wasn’t love at first sight – but now, it is true love. This sentence sums up my relationship with the city. Because after a few trips, I fell in love with the city and I keep going back to Paris. Not only because Paris at night is the most beautiful city, but there are also many more reasons to revisit.

If you have not been to Paris yet, my top tip is not to expect too much. But once you arrive, embrace its beauty to the fullest.

So, this list is a compilation, carefully curated, of my tips on the best places to go in Paris in 4 days.

TIPS FOR YOUR ITINERARY FOR 4 DAYS IN PARIS

Here are a few travel tips for your first trip.

Best Time to Visit Paris

I have always visited Paris in the summer – or between May and September to be more precise – and except for once, the weather has always been lovely. It is not too hot (like Italy in summer), which is great because Paris has to be experienced outdoors.

While many places, like museums, can be visited at any time of year, I suggest visiting between April and early November for the activities mentioned below. It is not a specific summer Paris itinerary, but the tips are probably most enjoyable when it is warmish outside (in case you visit in winter, check out Paris at Christmas Time)

After all, most of the mentioned activities are outdoors, and let’s face it: Paris on a gray day loses, like most other places, a bit of its charm. 

Like the Tour de France and Fashion Week, many events make prices for accommodations even more expensive. So, if you aren’t visiting for one of those events, try avoiding those times.

How to Get Around Paris

Paris is best explored on foot. In Paris, I actually broke my walking record of 30 km of walking in one day. The city is geographically small, and many tourist attractions are quite close to each other.

And public transportation is pretty great. Take the metro to get around or buses. It is easy, fast, and affordable. There is no Oyster Card, like in London, so you could either buy single tickets or plan in advance and buy multi-tickets to save a bit of money.

Hop-on and hop-off buses are also a great option, and you get a discount on several popular tourist attractions in Paris. Click here to find the best hop-on and hop-off tickets for your trip to Paris.

On one of my previous trips, I discovered new areas of Paris by bike. It was a lot of fun, but they were mostly less famous and busy arrondissements (neighborhoods) that I cycled around. Call me chicken, but traffic in Paris is crazy, and I wouldn’t ride in the busy places of Paris.  Parisian (or maybe all French) car drivers drive a bit… crazy (and that is putting it nicely).  You can rent a bike from the bike-share system if you plan to cycle around Paris.

Taxis and Ubers are available, but probably hardly needed in a small city like Paris with so many beautiful sights along the way (and you would miss out on in a taxi).

Language in Paris

French. And only French. Okay, some people speak English, especially in hotels. But I have also met staff in restaurants at the Champs-Élysées (and other touristy spots) that don’t speak (or don’t want to speak) any English. 

I learned French at school and still have some very basic French knowledge that helped me. Download an (offline) app that helps you translate, if needed. If you want to understand the city better, watch these movies about Paris before you visit.

People in Paris

After about ten visits, I can say this: I don’t come to Paris for its people (nicely put). If you are from Berlin, you might not be shocked. If you are from London or a place where people are overly friendly, you might experience some negative surprises. Just keep that in mind when visiting Paris.

Where to Stay in Paris for 4 Days

You can find all kinds of accommodations in Paris. While the standard of accommodation is not very high (a 3-star hotel can be quite shabby), you aren’t in Paris for its hotels.

To check out accommodation rates for different hotels, click on each link.

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BEST THINGS TO DO IN PARIS IN 4 DAYS

Let´s start with the first day in Paris – and let´s go to the Eiffel Tower first. How could it be any different?

DAY 1 OF 4 DAYS IN PARIS

I suggest starting your 4 days in Paris with a visit to the main Paris landmark – the Eiffel Tower. Arriving here early will mean you have the tower to yourself for a short while before all the other tourists come.

Stop 1: Visit the Eiffel Tower

Luckily, opinions can be changed! The Eiffel Tower was only meant to stay for a short duration (during a world exhibition). Later, they agreed that it should be kept as a permanent sight. It is probably one of the three most famous sights globally and no hidden gem in Paris.Where to go in Paris At night, when the Eiffel Tower is illuminated and wears its most pretty dress. But even during the day, it is great to be around. There are some meadows in front of it where you can rest and chill, or you can climb the stairs and get on top. Whatever you do, make sure to plan enough time for seeing the Eiffel Tower from different perspectives and take great pictures with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

It is ideally located next to the Seine, so it is a great way to start your day and/or end it.

I recommend heading there early in the morning, while most people are still sleeping. You have the area almost all to yourself and can stroll around. 

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The Eiffel Tower opens to visitors at 9:30 am, so if you use the time before to stroll around the area, you can be one of the first people to visit. But you can go in until midnight if you prefer to get there later the day.

I recommend getting there early, and you can enjoy great night views (that also include great views of the Eiffel Tower) from other vantage points, which I will mention later in this post.

Prices: Prices depend on whether you take the lift or climb the stairs to get to the top of the second floor. Young people are discounted – ages 12-24 pay half, and under 12 pay even less. Prices for adults (second floor) start from 10€, but if you like to skip the lines, check out the Skip the Line Tickets: Eiffel Tower.

Stop 2: Stroll the Seine

After some time at the Eiffel Tower, it is time for nice strolls along the river.

The Seine River is hard to miss, and this is another must-do activity. You will stumble upon it, and it is actually a great guide.

Stroll the Seine and look to the left and right. You will see beautiful little places along the way, so plan in some time for detours. If you walk from the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, you will always have this great view. most beautiful places in ParisThere are benches, so you can also take a seat to soak in the beauty. I recommend this walk twice – once in the daytime and once at night. 

For the first day, I suggest walking all the way to the next main Paris attraction.

Stop 3: Admire the Bridges

You will also pass some pretty bridges, the most beautiful one being – in my opinion, Pont Alexandre III. This extravagant opened in 1900 and has probably been a tourist magnet ever since then. Great views of the Eiffel Tower and more gorgeous surroundings included.What to visit in Paris in 4 days But keep an eye on other detailed-oriented bridges. There are numerous in Paris, and they are all pretty!

Stop 4: Picnic by the Seine

So, it is time for lunch!

I hardly give suggestions for restaurants – mostly because I am a vegetarian. I have a hard time in France with all that food (in Paris, I miss the hipster places, with their fresh juices and vegan menus, that we have in all other big cities in Europe), so I often buy food and have snacks, or am just happy if I see vegetarian food offered.

So my suggestion is the following: Bring your own snacks and drinks and sit by the Seine and have a picnic. I love just sitting and resting there – ideally next to the Seine River.

Stop 5: See Notre Dame

After lunch, head to another Paris tourist attraction: As you probably know, there was a severe fire in the cathedral in 2019 – so you cannot visit the inside anymore, but I still urge you to pay a visit and see it from the outside.

Notre Dame is one of the most iconic sights and is located right next to the Seine River. The Cathedral is the Gothic style and took about 200 years to complete (construction started in the 12th century).Notre Dame in Paris - things to do in fours days ParisJust stroll around and then enjoy the views from a bench.

From the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame, it is about 5 km, so you are probably tired by now, and with the stops along the way, it is probably afternoon.

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I recommend heading to the Louvre from here. Even if you don’t want to visit the inside, you will have two of Paris‘ best things coming up on your way.

Stop 6: Explore the Louvre

After exploring Notre Dame, you might want to take a coffee break before it is time for the Louvre Museum. Yes, visiting is somehow a must and surely nothing unusual to do in Paris.

Everyone knows the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci – the Mona Lisa. If you have ever wondered where she calls home, the Palais du Louver’s answer in Paris. You can even visit her.Louvre and more places to see in ParisThe museum has, of course, more art pieces and attracts about ten million visitors each year! As you can imagine, it is busy at almost any time of the year. Book tickets in advance to skip the lines and see art pieces from all around the world.

If you don’t want to visit inside, you should still add it to your 4-day Paris itinerary, as the area is so pretty!

Of course, it depends on how much time you will need for each activity, etc., but if you arrive in the late afternoon, you have time to go inside the Louvre.

The best, however, is to be there in the “dark“ –  the beautiful glass pyramid is probably the most distinctive feature. And strolling around is a must-do for Paris, especially in the evening when it looks adorable! Click here to get the best rates for skip-the-lines tickets and audio-guided tours.

Depending on the season, it might be dark already. If it is still not dark, you can have dinner somewhere near the Louvre and wait for the sunset – because it just gets better.

Tip: If you are around the Louvre during the day, you can also check out the impressive Musee d´Órsay, one of the top museums in the city. It is a 10-minute walk from the Louvre.

Stop: 7 Stroll Back from the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower  – in the Dark

Okay, it really depends when it gets dark.

I am not a party person or night owl, but strolling through Paris at night is my personal top-top-top tip. No other city is as beautiful at night as Paris.

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The City of Lights deserves its name, and all the illuminated buildings (and some sights) make Paris the most beautiful city at night!

If in Paris, plan to sleep a few hours less than regular, so you can spend at least two or three nights (or at least late evenings) outdoors. You will not regret it! That I can say for sure.

End your day at the Eiffel Tower. I am like a child, amazed by illuminated buildings and especially by their beauty. For a few minutes, at the top of the hour, it even sparkles! Yes, it is amazing, and ending your day there, buying a snack, and sitting outside is just beyond perfection.

OMG – I see it myself – this first day in Paris is crazy. But I have done it myself – it is doable!

DAY 2 OF 4 DAYS IN PARIS

If you didn’t make it inside the Louvre the day before, you could start your day there. If you made it, start your day with some time at the park.

Stop 1: Rest at Jardin des Tuileries

After all the walking and exploring on the first day in Paris, the second day can start slowly. Why not in the lovely Jardin des Tuileries, which is next to the Louvre? What to see in Paris - 4-day itineraryIt has seating options and looks absolutely lovely. So, this is the first choice when you like to start the day quietly.

The garden opens at 7 am and is open until around 9 pm (11 pm in the summer). Some days, it is closed. The entry is free.

From there, you can head to the next attraction, which is easily accessible on foot from the garden.

Stop 2: Stroll Avenue des Champs-Élysées

Before lunch, start walking towards the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous tourist spots in Paris. And there is a reason for that. This almost two-kilometer-long magnificent avenue is home to many shops, restaurants, and cafes, and you could spend hours and hours here.

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It starts at the Place de la Concorde (which is, by the way, another interesting place to see, but it probably won‘t take much time to check out) and ends at Place Charles-de-Gaulle. It is also a beautiful place to visit at night.

However, there are many shops and restaurants so that you can have your lunch here and before heading to the end of the avenue.

Stop 3: Learn About History at Arc de Triomphe 

This famous landmark is located on the western end of the even-more-famous shopping street I mentioned above, the Champs-Élysées.

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It is in the middle of a roundabout (probably one of the busiest ones in Paris, and here you will understand why driving in Paris sounds like a crazy idea).

To get there, you need to use an underground tunnel, and if you get closer to it, you´ll notice the amazing little details that tell you the whole story. 

From the panoramic terrace, you have a great view of Paris -, especially at night. This view is one of a kind.

Opening hours are from around 10 am to 10:30 pm (11 pm in the summer) and costs about 12€ (free access for people under 26, or Paris Museum Pass Card holders). Again, you can buy “skip the lines ticket” to save yourself some valuable time in Paris.

The Arc de Triomphe was built to honor the dead soldiers during the time of Napoleon in the 19th century. You can learn more about this during a self-guided or guided tour.

For day 2, it is a great place to end the day – have your dinner somewhere close by. This day was not so busy, but you will need all your energy for the next day!

DAY 3 OF 4 DAYS IN PARIS

Okay, now it is time for another classic.

Stop 1: Explore Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur 

Montmartre is waiting for the third day of your Paris itinerary. Come to Montmartre around 9 am or 10 am at the latest. It gets jam-packed later, so you have some quiet time for some time.

This is the lovely artist neighborhood with the famous Sacré-Cœur Basilica. The basilica sits on a hill – and thus, is a great vantage point! Of course, it looks wonderful inside as well (and it is another great, free thing to do in Paris).Montmartre and Sacre Couer - where to visit in Paris, FraneBut there is so much more going on in this Parisian neighborhood that is one of my favorites (or arrondissement, as it is called here). Artists, shops, cafes & restaurants, cobblestone lanes, and cute buildings make this area very charming.

There is no excuse not to visit when you are spending four days in Paris.

I would suggest going there in the morning when Paris is still sleeping or slowly waking, and after lunch, heading to the next beautiful place. I explored it by myself (or friends and family), but there are also guided walking tours available, which you can check out here.

You should plan in half a day for this area – also, enjoy your lunch here before it is time to rest in one of the prettiest gardens in Paris.

Stop 2: Rest at Jardin du Luxembourg

Do you want to experience a nice time in a park? Then head to Jardin du Luxembourg. Okay, these two places aren’t really close to each other (about five kilometers apart) but hop on a metro or bus and head to my favorite park in Paris: Jardin du Luxembourg.After exploring Montmartre on foot, it is time to give your feet a rest. And what place would be better suited than this lovely garden?

Okay, admittedly the garden is so big, and there is so much to see that you will probably also walk a lot here, but eventually, you can rest and enjoy the last few hours of your Paris trip.

The former royal garden covers 25 hectares and offers a lot of seating options and some snack stalls. Lovely statues are situated throughout the park. The Medici Fountain and the Pavillion Davioud are just some of the sights to see here.

The entrance is free. While the park opens early in the summer (7:30-8:15 am, depending on the season), it also closes quite early, between 4:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Thus this is a great place to spend the afternoon of your third day.

From the garden, the next stop is not too far.

Stop 3: Dine at Montparnasse Tower and Enjoy the Views

For dinner, head to the Montparnasse Tower.

I mentioned that there are better viewpoints than the Eiffel Tower, and here is another one: Montparnasse Tower – the second-highest skyscraper in Paris.There are two options to enjoy the best views (especially in the evening). You can buy tickets to the 56th floor (no worries, you can use the lift when booking a ticket) and there are normally NO long lines. 

Or you can make a reservation for the Ciel de Paris Restaurant and enjoy the view from the restaurant. (I did both.)  

The food is exquisite (they even had some vegetarian dishes) and so was the view, which is probably one of the best ones I have had in a city.

DAY 4 OF 4 DAYS IN PARIS

For the last day in Paris, I recommend a day trip.

Stop 1: Visit Versailles

You need to wake up a bit earlier to enjoy some time at Versailles without the crowds. So, ideally, you are in Versailles around 9 am!

Versailles is a small town outside of Paris and most famous for its grand Palace of Versailles, which used to be the French kings’ residence, including the infamous Louis XIV.Gardens of VersaillesThe palace is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best places to see in Paris during a four-day visit (though it is not really located in the city).

You can either visit the gardens (which come with shorter lines) or visit the gardens and the palace, spreading over 800 hectares.

Outdoors, you can enjoy the extremely neat meadow and the fountains, or you can enter the even more impressive and opulent interior and learn about the history of France and Versailles.

Though your 4-day Paris itinerary might be busy and you don’t feel like leaving the beautiful city, this trip should be on everyone’s list.

If you plan your trip on your own, you could probably finish it in about five hours (including travel time). However, I recommend scheduling in at least 6-8 hours, so you are not overly stressed. Getting there early is the best way to avoid the crazy lines (yes, here are the crazy lines again), so try to be there at 9 am sharp.

I went there twice but always booked a guided tour. Here are some tours that you can check out.

If you want to do an independent tour, you can get there by train (one-way tickets are around 7€ from the city center and take about one hour). If you like to skip lines – I know, it is getting repetitive :), buy tickets in advance. Click here to get the best prices for skipping the lines at Versailles.

For the afternoon, I would not plan too much and see what you feel like. I always like to give myself some “free time“ to do what I want, so I recommend the same for you.

In the evening, however, I recommend a Seine River boat cruise. Since a trip to Versailles probably will take all day, you have to make plans for the evening of the 4th day in Paris.

Stop 2: Seine River Cruise

No trip to any place with a river would be complete without a boat cruise. At least to me. And when in Paris, I recommend going on an evening river cruise.Seine River in ParisBoat stations are close to Notre Dame, so if you want to revisit this area, why not spend your afternoon here before hopping on a boat?

Of course, you can do it in the daytime, too, but as mentioned above, Paris at night is like a different world and a River Cruise at night is one of the best things to experience in Paris.

Personally, I think it is an amazing way to end this trip. You will remember the view over Paris and the Eiffel Tower, illuminated at night, and I, personally, could not ask for more!

CONCLUSION: HOW TO SPEND 4 DAYS IN PARIS

Hopefully, this 4-day Paris itinerary has given you a good idea now, where to go and what to see in this unique city that offers so much to its visitors. While 4 days in Paris might sound a lot to some of you first, it surely is not that much – and if you fall in love with Paris – like so many of us – you can always re-visit because Paris is always a good idea!

Check out more day trip ideas from Paris.Safe Travels, Arzo

Create a Perfect 7 Days in Paris and London Itinerary

Itinerary for London and Paris in 7 days, France and England in one week

Epic 7-Days Paris and London Itinerary

Two of the most fascinating cities in Europe are London and Paris. And thus, I have created a one-week long Paris and London itinerary for you.

I totally get why Europe is so intriguing for many Americans- actually for people from all over the world. Europeans love to travel within Europe, and if you have never been to Europe before, you will quickly understand why it is so popular.

I mean, we all know about the world-famous cities like ViennaBarcelona; about the stunning islands like Santorini and Mallorca; and let’s not forget about the breathtaking scenery of Central Europe.  Paris and London, however, are some of the most special destinations on the continent.

And the good news is that it is also quite easy to travel within Europe. Train and flight connections are generally good, sometimes even very good. 

So, if you plan to visit the two main cities in Europe, London, and Paris, this one-week itinerary will help you figure out how to organize your trip. Whether you want to stay seven days or even longer, there are lots of things to do and see.Paris & London, 1 week itinerary for Paris and France - Pin me for Pinterest

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR LONDON AND PARIS ITINERARY

Here are some tips that will help you plan your trip before discussing your actual Paris and London itinerary.

Booking Accommodation in Paris and London

For hotels, I mostly use booking.com because I am a very spontaneous person and want to be flexible. Most of the time, you can – often- cancel accommodations without any cost up to 24 hours before your stay. The rates are also most often the best.

Keep in mind, that London and Paris are both extremely expensive when it comes to accommodation. If you stay outside the city center. you can find better deals. Also, public transportation in both cities is pretty good. If you rely on public transportation, make sure a metro/underground station is close by.

Booking Tours in France and London

When I book my tours, I mostly use GetYourGuide because of their generous cancellation policy. And in case something comes up, I know they have my back (like the day I was not picked up for a tour even though the tour operator confirmed the trip. I got my money back from GetYourGuide after the tour operator did not return my messages). I will mention tours whenever I feel it is suitable for you guys!

Airports in London and Paris

Both cities are well connected to airports from all over the world. If you come from abroad, you will most likely fly into London or Paris

  • Airports in London: These airports include London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, and London Stansted. Some are quite far from the city center, but all airports are well-connected to the city center of London and have regular shuttle buses.
  • Airports in Paris: There are three main airports in Paris for visitors: Charles de Gaulle Airport, Orly Airport, and Beauvais-Tillé Airport. The first two airports are well-served by public transport. The latter one is a lot farther from the city and getting to the city requires a longer and more expensive transfer.

However, if you are from European countries like Germany, Belgium, or the Netherlands (or any other country close by), then getting to London or Paris by train would probably be a good or even better choice.

Best Time to Visit London and Paris

I have visited both cities many times, and while I almost always had great weather in Paris, the weather in London was… grayish.

Both cities are great to visit in December (for all the Christmas lights and shopping). If you can freely book your trip, I suggest visiting in May, June, or September. 

I normally never recommend visiting a place during the high season, which for Europe is most often in July and August. Both cities also host many events, like the Tour de France and Fashion Weeks, which make prices for accommodation go up significantly at that time. 

So, if you aren’t visiting for one of those events, try avoiding those times.

How to Get From London to Paris or From Paris to London

You can, of course, fly from one city to the other. There are quite a number of flights between these two capitals each day.

However, the easiest way to get from Paris to London is by train. It takes less than three hours and there are regular train connections.

Normally, the earlier you book, the cheaper it gets.

HOW TO SPEND 7 DAYS IN LONDON AND PARIS

For your itinerary, you can start your trip with London or Paris – it’s up to you. I do not see any particular benefit with starting in one city.

Paris in 3,5 Days

Paris… there are not many cities in the world that are as popular, famous, and appealing as this quite small European city. While I did not fall in love with Paris immediately, after about 8 trips or so, I can say that the city has grown on me. Now, I do feel that Paris is rightfully on people´s bucket lists! 

Paris is not only a great destination for love birds: it is a heaven for shopping addicts, for architect lovers, for people who enjoy outdoor time and nice strolls, for history nerds… to make it short: Paris is great!

It is pretty. Pretty, pretty, pretty!

Best Places to Stay in Paris

You can find all kinds of accommodations in Paris. However, the standard of accommodation is not very high (a 3-star hotel can be quite shabby), so I would probably pay a few $ more to avoid ending up in a very shady place.

To check out accommodation rates for different hotels just click on each link:

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You should know what to expect – while it is often called the most romantic city in the world, truth is that it can be a bit disappointing first. It is dirty, there is a lot of tourist scam but it is also extremely beautiful and special. While I am often in my hotel after sunset, I try to experience Paris at night.

Because Paris is the City of Lightsand the illuminated Eiffel Tower is just one fantastic sight to see after sunset – and it wears its best dress at night.

However, there is also a lot to do and see during the day. Where to go in Paris

Before jumping to your days in Paris, here are a few more travel tips. Depending on the time of your arrival, I suggest planning in about 3-5 days for Paris. While the city is small, there is a lot to do. Montmartre and Sacre Couer - where to visit in Paris, FranePARIS TRAVEL TIPS

  • Paris is best explored on foot. The city is geographically small, and many tourist attractions are quite close to one another. However, once in a while you will need public transportation.
  • Public transportation is also pretty great. So, hop on the metro or bus to get around, if needed. It is easy, fast, and affordable. There is no Oyster Card in Paris (unlike in London) so you could either buy single tickets or plan in advance and buy multi-tickets to save a bit of money.
  • Hop-on and hop-off buses are also a great option, and you get a discount on several popular tourist attractions in Paris.
  • I hate to say it, but Parisians are not the nicest people – and they do not even bother to speak English. So, you really should pick up some French words and not take it personally. However, I also realized that the people were becoming nicer day by day, but still… Download a translation app, if needed.

Notre Dame in Paris - things to do in fours days ParisTHINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO VISIT IN PARIS IN 3,5 DAYS

  • Visit the Eiffel Tower (during day and night – it is really magical in the dark)
  • Stroll the Seine
  • Admire the Bridges
  • Picnic by the Seine
  • See Notre Dame
  • Explore the Louvre
  • Rest at Jardin des Tuileries
  • Explore Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur
  • Rest at Jardin du Luxembourg
  • Visit Versailles

I have a very detailed Paris post where you can find out more about the best activities and an ideal 4-day Paris itinerary and also a post about the best day trips from Paris. Millennium Birdge and where to see in London - LouvreThen, it is time to head to England´s capital, lovely and moody London.

London in 3,5 Days

London is another fun capital in Europe. It is a bit hipper and I think younger people (especially if you travel with teenagers) will enjoy London more than Paris. However, this does not mean I suggest skipping Paris. Like Paris, I have visited London numerous times, and I always find new cute places and great spots.

Since the UK has left the European Union, things have changed a bit and this might also be true for crossing borders. I haven’t been to England since then. So, I cannot say how much you will be controlled when crossing borders. 

Where to Stay in London

Here are some of the best-rated hotels for each budget:

  • Luxury Hotels in London – London is home to numerous luxury hotels – if you find something easily it is luxury accommodation in London.
  • Ritz-Carlton is one of the top hotels – it is also conveniently located in the city center and quite close to Buckingham Palace. Click here for the best rates and more info.
  • Draycott  Hotel is a small luxury boutique hotel I actually stayed at one night. It is definitely, a good choice if you prefer smaller and more unique places. Click here for more info and the best rates.
  • Mid-Range Hotels in London – If you are looking for nice but more budget-friendly hotels that are located in the center of London, then check out the following hotels:
  • 3-star hotel Hampton by Hilton Waterloo – find out more about this hotel and get the best rates here.
  • Budget Hotels in London – London is expensive but you might find a good deal
  • This hostel is well-rated, conveniently located and if you book a bed in a dorm you can actually get a bargain. Click here to get the best rates for YHA London Central.

London Eye at night - what a beauty.

London is a must on any England itinerary but since it is quite easy to get from London to Paris, this Paris/London itinerary is also fun.

London is as rainy as rumors say and so, don’t forget your umbrella – with this in the back of your head, be ready to explore one of the most exciting and diverse cities in Europe.

There is so much history – so many historic and important buildings, so many new and modern buildings, so many great Instagrammable spots, so many artists…Do not forget all the pubs and friendly people…

Before discussing the main things to do in London, here is some information for your days in London.

LONDON TRAVEL TIPS 

Though many sights are within walking distance, you might need to take the bus or underground once in a while. 

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  • The underground in London works fine (I still prefer taking buses though). It gets extremely busy, especially at rush hour. So, I really recommend not taking the underground or bus at those times. It works fine and is quite cheap and fast.
  • Some of the red double-decker buses are actually regular buses and not sightseeing buses, which is pretty cool and I recommend using them at least once.
  • Oyster Card: Buying an Oyster Card makes sense if you use public transportation often. You can load it up with credit and just swipe it in/out at every bus and underground station. In the end, it finds the best rates and calculates the cheapest tickets (handy, right?). You can now also use your credit card and pay contactless.
  • Hop-on and hop-off buses are also popular and great for seeing London from a different perspective.
  • You can rent bikes for free at many bike stations. The first 30 minutes are free, then you would have to pay. I normally just ride around for 30 minutes and then bring it back to a rental station. There are quite a few rental stations in the city center.
  • While the black cabs are very popular and iconic, I have never used them and don’t think you really need a cap if you book your hotel in a central location.

London what to see - Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower)THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO VISIT IN LONDON

  • Hyde Park and Speaker´s Corner
  • Buckingham Palace
  • London Eye
  • St. James´ Park
  • Houses of Parliament and Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower)
  • Tower of London
  • St. Paul‘s Cathedral
  • Nottinghill
  • Oxford Street or Regent´s Street
  • If you visit in winter check out my London winter travel guide.
  • For more tips and more detailed info on all of the places to see, head to my detailed London 4-day itinerary.
  • Check out my England itinerary if you want to stay a bit longer in England – click here to find out more.
  • If you are on a budget, then take out my London budget guide.

As you can see, my more detailed posts have much more info for your trip. 

Millennium Birdge and where to see in London

London Eye at night - what a beauty.

FINAL THOUGHTS IN VISITING PARIS AND LONDON FOR A WEEK

If you only have one week in Europe and want to experience some of the main cities of the continent, then you will find them in these two capitals. Paris and London are unique destinations and special on their own.

So I hope that this 7 days Paris and London itinerary will help you plan your trip!Safe Travels, Arzo

 

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN ALSACE – 3 DAYS ITINERARY

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ALSACE WINE ROUTE ROAD TRIP WITH BEST PLACES TO SEE

Are you planning your Alsace itinerary and wondering about the best places to visit in Alsace in 3 days (or 4 days)? This post is for you: find out where to go, what to do, how to road trip Alsace and more travel tips.

The Alsace region in the eastern part of France is known for several things – most of all, its wine, food, and cute medieval towns. The 170-kilometer-long Alsatian Wine Route weaves its way through Alsace’s thousand-year-old wine country. From Thann to Marlenheim, it passes through a string of picturesque villages in full bloom and well-known wine-producing towns. 

So, what does a person like me, a vegetarian who couldn’t care less about wine, do in Alsace? 

The answer is that road-tripping this lovely province is one of the most beautiful trips you can take in France – and you do not have to be into wine to enjoy it. That‘s because vineyards are also for the eyes, and there are some of the most beautiful villages and towns here in France.

So, if you are wondering about a good – and quite short – road trip in Central Europe, then the Alsace Wine Route tour is probably perfect for you.

Here is my Alsace Wine Route road trip itinerary – 3 days in Alsace is the minimum, in my opinion. If you have 4, 5, 6, or 7 days, even better – but three days in Alsace is a good starting point for getting a very impression of Alsace.

Here are some travel tips before naming some great stops and the best places to see in Alsace on this road trip.

Whether you road trip or use public transportation, you should be aware of a few things to better prepare for your trip.

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR AN ALSACE ROAD TRIP

Before talking about the most beautiful places in Alsace (from what I have seen), here are some travel tips.

Pin Me For Later – 3 Days in Alsace

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What is the Alsace Wine Route?

The Alsace Wine Route is one of the oldest wine routes in France (launched in 1953), and visitors can enjoy many activities relating to wine and the vineyard all year round.

It winds 170km from the north to the south of the region, passing charming wine-growing villages. From April to October, villages organize wine and harvest festivals in turn, which means a lot of folk entertainment, processions, and wine-tastings take place throughout the day and even at night.

This Alsace itinerary does not cover the whole route, but if you add one or two more days and stay in Alsace for 4 or 5 days total, you can do the full road trip.

How to Get to Alsace

There are some international airports here, including the ones in Strasbourg and Mulhouse-Basel (about 70km from Colmar).

Colmar and Strasbourg, the end and starting points of this itinerary, also have well-connected train stations (it takes less than two hours to get from Paris to Strasbourg on the fast train).

How to Get Around Alsace

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: If you visit Alsace, you will find out quickly that using public transportation can be tricky. Many travel bloggers complained about bus timetables that were not easy to understand.

ROAD TRIP: So, for this Alsace itinerary, the best way to get around is to drive yourself (no tolls included in this trip). You can either rent a car or get here on your own. For day trips, you can do organized tours or get around via train, which is quite easy from Colmar to Strasbourg, for example.

Driving in Alsace 

Driving in Alsace is quite fun – the views are scenic, and the towns and villages you pass are pretty. The streets are well-paved. French drivers are generally a bit reckless and tend to tailgate. Don’t let them stress you out and drive at your own speed (there are speed signs everywhere, and though I did not see many speed cams, I would take speed limits seriously if you do not want to get tickets back home).

The brown signs indicate the “Alsace Wine Road Trip”. I did not always see them and really typed in each of the places I wanted to go to in my GPS. I made sure to add smaller places, so my GPS would navigate me correctly.

During peak season, parking can get difficult, but there is quite a lot of parking in front of each town/village.

One hour costs around 2€ in most places (if you are on a really tight budget, you could park your car about a kilometer outside of each town center). It is 3€ for a day pass in Eguisheim – which is an exception though, and normally you have to put coins into a small machine and pay in advance.

This means you have to think about the length of your stay in advance. Some places offer free parking on Sundays or after 7 pm.

Best Time to Visit for AN Alsace Road Trip

Visiting between May and October means you will enjoy the most beautiful scenery!  You will either enjoy the spring buds, the summer berries, or the fall harvest during this time.

I actually visited at the end of March and did not regret it. Yes, I imaged it to be even greener and prettier in my head, but visiting in March or April when the vines had just started to bud also meant fewer visitors, fewer crowds (oh, these small towns and villages can get crowded), and more spontaneity with my hotel booking.

December is a very popular time to visit Alsace because of the famous Christmas Markets. However, if you have come here for the vineyards and enjoy scenic rides while the sun is shining, come in the warmer months.

Check out my packing guide for Europe in winter or Europe in summer.Alsace hiking vineyards

Where to Stay in Alsace

I stayed in Strasbourg for two nights and another night in Colmar. I explored Strasbourg for one full day and then drove to Colmar on my second day. Along the way, I managed to see all of the places I mention below. I spent my third day in Colmar and ended my trip there. 

If this is your first trip to Europe, check out my Europe travel tips.

Map Of Best Places to Visit in Alsace

BEST PLACES TO VISIT ALONG THE ALSACE WINE ROUTE

If you rent a car, I suggest renting one on Day 2 of your trip. For Strasbourg, you will not need a car (flying into Strasbourg means you can get to the city center easily by public transportation or taxi).

Day 1: Strasbourg

I started my trip in Strasbourg. It is not an official part of the Alsace Wine Route road trip, but it is one of the region’s must-see places. It is so rich in sights and attractions that I would plan at least one full day here.Strasbourg Cathedral in one day It is located in the northern part of the Alsace Wine Route, making it the perfect starting or ending point.  Strasbourg is the biggest city in the region and a wonderful place to see for a day or two. It is mostly known for its half-timbered houses and political institutions (for the European Union), but do not skip the lovely parks and gardens.Strasbourg Petite FranceWalking along River III and marveling at the colorful houses will make you fall in love with the city. You will see all the beautiful magnolia trees in the spring and summertime, which make strolls even nicer.

I suggest spending a full day in Strasbourg and stay overnight before starting your next day early. Check out my detailed Strasbourg itinerary with detailed tips and more travel tips.

Where to Stay in Strasbourg

Day 2 : Obernai, Ribeauville, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, Eguisheim

While the more scenic routes come when driving through the little towns and villages along the vineyards, I drove the highway to get to my first stop, which took me about 30 minutes.

I should mention that I normally left my hotel around 7 am, so I am out for quite a while and get to see as much as possible. So, for this second day, I managed to see a lot in Alsace, but if you do not want to start your day so early, you might have to skip one place or another.

Also, if you do a wine tasting, you will have to skip a few places – or add one or two more days to your itinerary so that you can visit all the places I saw in one day in 2 or 3 days.

OBERNAI

I did not spend much time here, but I really liked what I saw. I made Obernai the first real stop on my wine route tour.Alsace Road Trip, ObernoiAlsace itinerary, Obernai It is a very well-preserved town in the region. Whether you drive through or park your car and stroll the place, checking out the town hall or Saint Pierre and Paul Church, it is cute and fun and a good first stop.

If you are doing this itinerary as I did, you will not have much time. If you have a minimum of four days in Alsace, you can also visit the Mont Sainte-Odile (first drive there and then hike up) and enjoy panoramic views of the Alsatian plain.

If you are into hiking, take your time and see what there is to see at Mont Sainte-Odile (located west of Obernai), which makes this part either a 10-minute stop or a half-a-day stop.

After that, head to Ribeauville.

RIBEAUVILLE   

This cute little village is absolutely charming. Located along the Alsace Wine Route, there’s plenty to see here besides the vineyards.Alsaces most beautiful villages, Ribeauville

Alsaces most beautiful places, Ribeauville Walking through Ribeauville will give you the chance to see it in all its glory. Colorful houses with flowers on display, medieval castles and churches, and historical monuments are scattered throughout the old town. 

When you head to the vineyards, you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views of the vines and the Alsace region.

If you don’t have enough time, you can skip it, but if you are going to be in Alsace for four days or are very motivated during a shorter visit, then visit this lovely French town.

RIQUEWIHR

If you can visit only one place on this day, then make it Riquewihr. While all of the places mentioned had their charms and were impressive, this one was my favorite.Alsace, France best places to see and go

Alsace itinerary 3 days, Riquewihr It’s a tiny village with narrow streets and bright, colorful houses – Riquewihr definitely likes to show off. It felt unreal and reminded me a bit of Germany´s most beautiful medieval town, Rothenburg ob der Tauber (though it is smaller).

Wander through its cobblestone streets, visit the 13th-century Dolder Tower houses (one of which has a medieval weapons display), or stop by the 16th-century Maison de Vigneron that has winemaking tools and a restored kitchen for you to see.

Shortly after Riquewihr, you will be entering the heart of the vineyard region. Don’t hesitate to stop and explore, go winery-hopping (with moderation, of course, unless you want to walk all the way back!), and taste the many wines the region is famous for, like Riesling.

KAYSERSBERG

Kaysersberg was my second to last stop for this day – another idyllic village on this Alsace road trip. What sets it apart from the other medieval villages is its fast-moving river, which gives it a different feel.Alsace, France best things to do in 3-5 days, KaysersbergAlsace what to do in 3-5 days, Kaysersberg Like the other towns in this area, the flowers and half-timbered houses are focal points when you visit. As small as Kaysersberg is, you should have no trouble getting around on foot and taking in the sights.

One of those sights is the Château de Kaysersberg. Built over 800 years ago, the castle played a key role in developing the town and its history. 

I did not have a chance to go up to the castle. But if you have more time than I did, you can enjoy lovely views and see colorful Kaysersberg from above.

EGUISHEIM

If you have time – and more importantly, if you have some energy left – you can make Eguisheim your last stop of the day. Alsace, France best places to visit Eguisheim

Alsace, France best places to see Eguisheim Surrounded by lush green hills, Eguisheim is a quaint little town along the Alsace Wine Route. Full of narrow streets, lovely architecture, and colorful flowers, this is the perfect place to get lost for a few hours. See some historical fountains and visit the 13th-century church that displays the well-known  “Opening Virgin” statue while you’re here.

Day 3: Colmar

Last but not least, plan for a full day for Colmar. It is either a good starting or ending point on the itinerary and one of France’s prettiest towns.Colmar, Little Venice is the most beautiful place to visit in Colmar, FranceColmar where to go and what to do in one day, visit Little Venice The town is bigger than the other places mentioned on this Alsace itinerary (except for Strasbourg), but still small enough to be walkable. I think that one day in this fairy-tale town is surely enough to see its best attractions, like Little Venice and the old town.

Here is my detailed 1-day itinerary for Colmar with more travel tips.

Where to Stay in Colmar

  • I stayed at the 3-star Colmar Hotel, and I loved it. It is just next to the train station, so whether you get here in your own car or by train, the hotel is perfect. Also, the breakfast was great (including muffins, crepes, pancakes, and much more) and the rooms were clean, bright, and modern. It is for sure my first pick for Colmar. To find out more about the hotel and check out rates, click here.

EXTRA TIPS FOR 4 OR 5 DAYS IN ALSACE

If you have more time for your Alsace trip, then this might be interesting for you.

Chateau du Haute Koenigsbourg

Over 850 years old, this medieval castle sits on a rocky hill overlooking the Upper Rhine Plain. Centuries ago, it was used as a strategic lookout before being abandoned and later rebuilt by German Kaiser Wilhelm II.

This castle gets over 500,000 visitors a year, and it’s easy to see why. From its vantage point, you can see out across the Alsace region, and the views are breathtaking.

I did not have a chance to visit the castle while I was in Alsace, but if you like to hike or plan to spend 4+ days out here, I would definitely suggest going.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON MY ALSACE ROAD TRIP

As you will find out, when visiting the region yourself, Alsace means beautiful medieval towns and villages, fun cities, lush vineyards (at times), and lovely mountain roads.

The Alsace Wine Tour road trip (what a name!) is a fun and easy road trip. So, if you stay 3 days in Alsace, you will have enough time to see the most beautiful places in a nutshell. 

Stay safe and have fun!Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Things to do in Strasbourg in One Day

Where to go and what to do and see in Strasbourg in one day or two days. France

WHAT TO DO IN STRASBOURG – ITINERARY FOR ONE DAY

Are you planning your Strasbourg itinerary and wondering about the best things to do in Strasbourg in one day? Then this post is for you. Here I share my favorite activities in Strasbourg plus some travel tips.

Strasbourg is one of my favorite cities in France. If you love beautiful, colorful, half-timbered houses and the medieval feel of a city, I am sure you will love the city, too. What to see in StrasbourgOkay, before I spill the beans, just quick info that at the end of this Strasbourg itinerary, you will also find the best travel tips for the city, so this post is not only about the best things to do and see, but it is also a quick guide.

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Best Activities for One Day in Strasbourg 

Start your first day in Strasbourg quite early as the city quickly fills with visitors from all around the world, and it can feel crowded easily.

Getting Lost in La Petite France

La Petite France is a must-see. It is Strasbourg´s lively tot spot and is well-known for cobblestone streets, canals, and well-preserved half-timbered homes. Strasbourg Petite FranceThe pretty, pretty houses of La Petite France, date back to the 16th and 17th centuries and are a treat for the eyes. You can get wonderfully lost here and enjoy the gorgeous architecture.

Strasbourg Petite FranceBack then, fishermen, millers, and tanners lived and worked in this part of town where the streets were built level with the waterways – just adding more beauty to the lovely houses.

  • Besides wandering for two or three hours, I also recommend visiting Ponts Couverts and Barrage Vauban, located in La Petite, France. 

From Barrage Vauban, the weird-shaped dam, you can also enjoy nicer views for free. Just climb about 50 steps, and you can enjoy the panorama from the terrace. They are not as mesmerizing as the Cathedral’s view, but they are still nice – plus, fewer steps and no entry fee.

Strasbourg, view from Barrage VaubanIt really depends on your speed and how “lost“ you actually get, but I estimate that it will take you about 2 hours max. Even though there are many shops and stores, I did not feel the need to spend more time there.

There is a vegan restaurantVelicious Burger – where you can have some lunch (it surely was not the best vegan burger I have ever had, but definitely decent).

  • From there, I suggest taking a lovely walk.

Banks River – Walk Along the River III

This was actually one of my favorite activities in Strasbourg. Walking along the River III. While I was fortunate with the weather, sunny but not hot, many people flocked and “escaped“ the city to enjoy some “nature“ time. I use quotation marks because I don‘t really mean escape – the river is just in the city center.

And there is no real nature, but it felt like a beautiful getaway. It was busy but not crowded.Strasbourg sights River III

Best thing to do in Strasbourg _ walk the riverMy tip: Take a walk from Petite France all the way to Pont d`Auvergne (which is about 2 km), but do not stop at Grande Ile yet.

Along the way, you can make some nice stops and do as the locals do – enjoy some time out by the river.

  • Then, slowly head to Grand Ile (which is about one km away). Again, it depends on your speed and the breaks you take, but I would plan 30-90 minutes for this activity.

Grand Ile

Strasbourg is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island of Grande Ile, in the city’s historic center. You will find more half-timbered houses here, the symbol of the city, and a few more landmarks – one of which is, of course, the cathedral (Münster).

Cathedral Square – Strasbourg Cathedral

Like so many cities and towns in Europe, Strasbourg also has a beautiful cathedral that is one of the main tourist attractions.

The Cathedral of Notre Dame in Strasbourg is one of the most important monuments from the Middle Ages that still exists. It was completed in 1439 and reminded me of the Cologne Cathedral – this Gothic masterpiece is mystical and impressive.  Strasbourg Cathedral in one dayThe Notre Dame of Strasbourg is a tourist magnet. Luckily, it is located in the center. Its size makes it unmissable, and it is easy to reach and easy to admire.

You can visit the cathedral and admire the beautiful interior. You can also – you might know I have a thing for views – climb the tower and enjoy a view of Strasbourg from the top.

Climb the spiral staircase (332 steps) for the panoramic view from the top of the platform, overlooking the rooftops of Strasbourg. On clear days, you can even see the Black Forest in Germany.

Unfortunately, I did not get to do this because it was closed when I visited. As someone who is always on the hunt for great views, this was quite disappointing to discover at the tourism office. Strasbourgs best tourist attrctions to see, one is the Cathedral

You can also see the Astronomical Clock and buy tickets from Monday through Saturday (closed on Sunday).

  • Tickets for the tower are around 4€ (there are reduced prices for groups, students, and people under 18 – kids under 6 are free), but do not forget that getting up there is a trek! 
  • You cannot book in advance and need to buy and pick up the cashier’s tickets at the south doorway (11:30 am to 12:15 pm). Tickets are around 3€ for the cathedral itself (with reduced prices for groups and people between 6-18, younger kids are free).

Boat Tour – Batorama

Yes, I know I have a thing for boats and being on the water, so it’s not surprising that a boat tour in Strasbourg is also on my perfect 24 hours in Strasbourg itinerary.  Strasbourg, France things to do - Batorama boat tourAll year-round, you can enjoy a 70-minute boat ride and see, among other things, Petite France, the Covered Bridges, the Vauban Dam, the Neustadt imperial quarter, and the European institutions from the boat.

Guess what? Even though I am such a boat tour fan, I had to pass because dogs are not allowed on the boats. 

A boat tour is free with the Strasbourg Pass. Otherwise, tickets are between 10.30€ (for shorter tours) and 13.50€ (reductions for people 4-12, free for kids under 4 years).

  • You can buy tickets at the ticket shop near the cathedral (next to the Tourism Office). The tour starts near Cathedral Square.
  • From Grand Ile, it is time to visit another gorgeous and fantastic sight – The Neustadt District. But before heading there, you will pass a few more lovely, fun, and lively places in Strasbourg.

Place Gutenberg 

This Strasbourg itinerary will now lead to a beautiful square. From the cathedral, head to Place Gutenberg first. It is just a few minute’s walk and the main square in Strasbourg. Gutenberg invented the printing press, and there is a statue in the middle of the square that honors him. Gutenberg Place in Strasburg is a must seeThe statue was built in the middle of the 19th century, and the French words on the paper in his hands say, “and there was light.“

  • From Place Gutenberg, it is just a stone‘s throw to the very lively and busy square – Place Kleber.

Place Kleber

Place Kleber square seems gigantic given Strasbourg´s quite small size, with less than 300,000 inhabitants. Strasbourg Place Kleber, best places to visit in Strasbourg in one dayLike in all of Grand Ile, many cafes and restaurants are lined up here, but there are also enough seating options for those who don’t want to sit in a restaurant. This is definitely a place for people-watching.

  • From there, you will slowly walk toward “Neustadt“ via Place Broglie or the Hotel de Ville. 

Place Broglie

This town hall located at the Place Broglie looks lovely in the springtime. It was built in the 1730s, and it is the seat of the mayor of Strasbourg. 
Hotel de Ville Strasbourg, FranceThe town hall itself is lovely – but so is the area, so this will be your route when heading to your next main stop.

Neustadt District 

This area was built after the German annexation (between 1917 and 1918) and is completely different from the other areas you visited before.  Though the old areas have their charm in spring, there are a few absolutely gorgeous places.

Place de la Republique 

Formerly named “Kaiserplatz,“ the Place de la Republique looks absolutely stunning in spring (and I am sure at any time of the year), with all the magnolia adding so much color to the area. Strasbourg, best places to go, Place de Republique_Strasbourg, Place de la RebupliqueYou will find a memorial building (erected in 1936) in the middle, and there are governmental and imperial buildings, like the University Library, the Palais du Thin, and the National Theater, too. 

This was the perfect place to relax and end the first day in Strasbourg before Puppygak, and I headed back to the hotel (you can just lay down on the lawn and don’t have to sit on the numerous benches, so bring a little blanket, a book, and/or a drink to top off your day here).

More Strasbourg Activity

I think that day 1 in Strasbourg is already pretty great, but of course, if you are into museums or want to skip one of the activities/places mentioned above, here is a tip for you.

Oeuvre Notre-Dame Museum

Strasbourg also houses several museums. Traveling with a dog normally means skipping the museums in many countries (not that I am all that sad about it), but next to the cathedral is a museum I would have loved visiting: 

It contains one of the finest collections of medieval art in France, spanning seven centuries.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR ONE DAY IN STRASBOURG ITINERARY

Here are some more essential travel tips.

How to Get to Strasbourg

Strasbourg has an international airport – Strasbourg-Entzheim International Airport. It is about 10km from the city center (you could then rent a car, take a taxi, or take a train shuttle to the city center).

  • By Train – There is the main train station (Gare) close to the city center. From Paris, it takes less than 2 hours via the high-speed train (TGV).
  • By Car – I arrived by car. I drove most of the time on German highways and only crossed borders close to Karlsruhe to avoid possible tolls in France. Parking is a bit tricky, though there is paid parking. Getting here by car is not the best idea (unless you do an Alsace Wine Route tour) because you will not need it often, so you will probably be better off arriving by train.

How to Get Around Strasbourg

  • Strasbourg is very walkable, and most sights are located at Grand Ile (old part) and Petite France. Tip: For around 5€, you can rent audio guides and get information on each main attraction.
  • If you’re visiting other parts of Strasbourg (if you want to see the European Union institutions or prefer less walking), you can buy a ticket with unlimited tram and bus trips, valid for 24 hours (€4.30). I did not use public transportation, but to my knowledge, it is good, on time, and definitely not expensive by European standards.
  • You can also rent bikes for only $5 per day (you will see many rental bikes in Strasbourg, so it is definitely a good way to get around).
  • There are also segways to rent, and boat tours (batorama) are a popular means of seeing Strasbourg from the water. There is a mini sightseeing train that shows you some parts of the old town (it costs around 7€, with reduced prices for groups and people under 15 years of age; free for kids under 6). It takes about 40 minutes.

Best Time to Visit Strasbourg for One Day

Since I have visited Strasbourg only once, I cannot give tips for each month of the year, but I know for sure that visiting at the end of March is a good time.

  • Strasbourg in spring is charming and absolutely gorgeous, with magnolias and blossoms everywhere you look. I think that April would have been even better, though, because it is probably even greener. My tip is to visit Strasbourg in the spring – we can be sure about the weather, but spring is magical in Europe. It gets busy but not crowded. You do not have to fight your way through all the other visitors (and believe me, Europe in the summer can be crazy). Also, prices for accommodations are lower, and it does not get as hot and sticky in spring.
  • Strasbourg is also known for its Christmas Markets – so the first few weeks in December would also be a good time to visit.

Where to Stay in Strasbourg

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Hopefully, this guide with tips about the best things to do in Strasbourg in one day helps you plan your perfect itinerary! This city is surely worth a trip! 

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PACKING LIST FOR EUROPE IN SUMMER

Summer packing list for Europe

WHAT TO PACK FOR A EUROPE SUMMER TRIP

Are you wondering about a perfect packing list for Europe in summer? Then read on, as I share my tips which hopefully will be helpful for you, too.

If you have decided to spend your summer (or at least some time of it) in Europe, you will have plenty to look forward to. Europe in summer is definitely a good choice – whether you head to the beautiful beach in Greece, busy cities like London, or hike in places like Switzerland.

You definitely cannot go wrong with Europe – find out what to pack for your summer trip to Europe.

Click on this link to find a checklist with all the important things to do before your trip.Hastings Beach Points of Interest

WHAT TO PACK FOR EUROPE TRAVEL

Here is what to pack – of course, it depends whether you are a light-packer or tend to pack a bit more and on many other things, but hopefully, this Europe packing list will help you remember the important things for YOUR Europe packing list.

Luggage in Europe

  • Suitcase: Though it depends, where exactly and for how long you travel, I recommend taking a good, light, and quality suitcase with you where all your clothes and most of your toiletries fit in. If you are a backpacker, you´ll find plenty of your equals in Europe.
  • Carry-On: I normally always have extra carry-on luggage with me. I normally research if a destination in Europe is considered as safe (meaning, I do a quick research about the crime rate, and while it is probably totally safe to take out your fancy luggage in some parts of Europe, other areas are less safe, and robbing is more common. So, if you plan to bring your brand luggage double-check.
  • Laundry bags are great if you travel for longer and don’t want your dirty and clean clothes to mix up. I prefer them over plastic bags.
  • Packing Cubes: Packing Cubes are the new must-items when it comes to traveling, they are convenient, and they also come in cool colors. I recommend using packing cubes that make packing and organizing easier. And let´s do not forget a laundry bag.
  • I choose a cross-body handbag with a zipper (to be safe) and several extra pockets for my handbag.
  • Passport Holder, I need a passport when I travel (when an ID is not enough), so I need a bigger wallet (aka a passport holder), and I love the fun colors here.
  • If you go on a beach vacation, you should also take a light and (ideally foldable) beach bag or a cotton bag instead.

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Clothing in Europe in Summer

Summer in Europe can be a dream destination. Beautiful beaches, lovely cities and towns, charming villages, and amazing landscapes.

Summer means sun – most of the time. It can also be cold and rainy, and to be well prepared for your Europe trip, scroll down and learn more about the perfect Europe Packing List.

As you probably know, I never list any single item or say how many items to take (7 panties, etc.) because it clearly depends on the length of your stay and on you. It depends, whether you like to pack light and wash your clothes, or wear everything just once and do the washing part back home.

It also depends, where exactly you are heading to because there is no “European” style.

People in Italy are the best and fanciest dressed (in my eyes) people, while clothes are not important in other parts of Europe.

However, I recommend packing clothes that are comfortable and versatile so you can easily mix and match not to have to overpack.Dubrovnik should be on every Croatia road trip

Clothes to Pack for Europe

  • Hats: A hat is more than just an accessory in summer, so my must-have item is a stylish hat.
  • Sunglasses: Another must-have item on a sunny day: Sunglasses. Ray-Ban seems to be always a great choice, but the most important thing is the quality (sunglasses are an investment in healthy eyes)
  • Maxi Dresses: Summer means wearing cute dresses, and Europe is made to wear maxi dresses.
  • Skirts: You can wear short skirts in most places. Some shopping malls actually have dress codes and do not allow too short skirts or shorts (though many do not follow the rules)
  • Tops: The more, the merrier – my rule for hot destinations. I love skirts/trousers which I can wear with tops that are easy to change and are made from cotton are other light materials.
  • Blouses: Some cute blouses should be on your list (for the evening, some places that do not allow naked arms, or for the winter).
  • Cardigans and jackets: It can actually get chilly in the afternoon – not only but also after the sunsets. So definitely take at least 1 or 2 cardigans or jackets.
  • Linen Trousers: Though I love maxi dresses, the best thing to wear when it is hot is probably linen trousers – combined with a cool tank top and nice flat sandals, it can be super chic.
  • Denim is big in Europe and depending on where you visit in Europe. You might need some warmer clothes.
  • Sweatpants – for hiking, walking and feeling comfy and cozy (and yes, you can look great in sweatpants).
  • Shorts: Shorts are okay for most places – I love them, especially for the beaches.
  • Footwear:  flat sandals, flip flops, and ballerinas. But a pair of sneakers are almost always a good choice, too.

what to pack for Europe

Toiletries to Pack for Europe

If I travel for 10 days or shorter, I take travel-sized toiletries that I refill with my natural and organic beauty products from home (shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, cleaning water, and cleansing milk). Of course, you could buy toiletries here as well, but if you do not want to waste your time in drug stores or supermarkets, use this checklist for Europe.

Forget all the different small bags for shampoo etc. – get them all packed in a Toiletry Kit and have them super organized with you.

  • TSA Approved Clear Travel Toiletry Bag
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel bottles to refill – I refill them with my own organic products that I normally use. I do not use shampoo & conditioner provided by hotels for several reasons.
  • Electric Hair Removal Epilator (only if you stay longer than a week or if you remove your body hair with it) – otherwise, a razor or whatever you prefer.
  • Face cream. I also use it as a hand cream, so I do not have to take another cream.
  • Refillable Travel Size Perfume Bottle
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste and mouthwash plus Dental floss
  • Only use it when traveling: dry shampoo- (check size, and choose the small travel si ze)
  • Tissues
  • Deodorant
  • Refreshing towelettes
  • Magnifying make-up mirror
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover
  • My favorite hairbrush (especially for longer hair) – or if you have less space take a comb
  • Hair ties
  • A small cosmetic bag with the following items:
  • Mascara
  • Rouge
  • Eyebrow powder (Taming & Shaping Kit For Brows)
  • Tweezer
  • Eyelash curler
  • Eyeliner – I sometimes use black eye shadow as an eyeliner
  • Make-up brushes
  • Glass nail file
  • Cotton swabs

Here are a few more items that I personally do hardly use but which might be important to you, so I added them here:

  • Hair spray
  • Hand cream
  • Foundation
  • Powder
  • Lipstick
  • Sanitizer

What to pack for Europe

What to Pack for a Day at the Beach in Europe

  • Swimming Suits: bikinis (though you might find some nudist beaches as well in some places).
  • I love kaftans and think, it is best to wear from the beach back to the hotel room etc. Luckily, they look super cool these days.
  • Beach Bag:  I recommend one of the cool beach bags, which are light, affordable, and stylish.
  • Flip Flops are my must-have for beach days.
  • If you have a great hotel with a private beach section, you probably do not need a towel. If this is not the case not it should also be on your list. If you do not have any beach towel yet, click here to get your beach essentials.
  • Do you prefer lying at the beach all day, or do you like to be more active? Bring your beach ball (click here to get yours), or a floating unicorn.
  • A reading book / Kindle is also a great idea for a day at the beach.

Click here to find my complete list: What to pack for a day at the beachEurope packing list

Tech Stuff to Pack for Europe

  • I have my laptop with me whenever I fly. Find the best laptop for travelers
  • A while ago, I thought my tablet  is the most useless item I bought in a while – since I can download from Netflix (and thus watch my shows offline), I have found one good argument bringing my tablet with me whenever I travel
  • My phone- without doubt one of my most useful and important (travel) item
  • Camera – Europe has so many great spots that need to be photographed.
  • I have to admit that I still don’t have a kindle, so a “real” book is often an essential
  • A day at the beach or pool would not be perfect without my iPod
  • Power Charger- how long does your phone battery last? Not long? neither does mine, so this  is an essential
  • Check if you need an International Travel Power Adapter

Random Things to Pack for Europe

  • Umbrella (in many countries, like Germany, Switzerland, or England is can still rain quite a lot in the summer)
  • Guides
  • Medicine (headache pills etc.)

Read my: Packing guide for carry-on essentials.

Depending on where you travel in Europe, you could buy all or most of the items here in Europe – maybe even for a better price than in your country. Still, to avoid spending time shopping, I suggest coming to Europe and having your Europe packing list complete, so you can fully focus on discovering the beautiful places here in Europe.

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Safe Travels, Arzo

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