If you’ve only got one short day in Paris, or if you just want make sure you see ALL the very best things to do in Paris on your first day, here is an easy-to-follow self-guided walking tour of Paris that will take you to all the most popular places you must see in Paris.
With this free map of Paris you’ll see Notre Dame, the Louvre, Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and more! Keep reading for the full one-day itinerary in Paris.
Start your day at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. The cathedral gets very busy and crowded as the day goes on, so it’s best to start here early.
The cathedral is free to enter. There is usually a line to go inside. The line is shorter in the morning. It usually gets longer later in the day. But don’t be discouraged if you see a long line — the line usually moves very quickly.
Notre Dame Fun Fact!
Did you know The Hunchback of Notre-Dame was written by Victor Hugo in 1831 as an attempt to preserve Gothic architecture around Paris? Prior to the novel, the cathedral was run-down and at risk of demolition. As a result of the new interest and tourism generated from the book, Paris started restoration work on the cathedral instead.