Is it worth buying a ticket for a river cruise in Paris?

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities on earth. Traveling to other cities, you often hear them compare themselves with Paris. Why? Because Paris is one of the most important cities on earth. Have you ever been to Prague or Budapest? Both cities often refer to themselves as the Paris of Eastern Europe. It is a fact that Prague and Budapest are beautiful cities, even though they cannot be compared to Paris. But one of the things these cities have in common is beautiful rivers and popular river cruises. Is it worth buying a ticket for a river cruise if you visit Paris? And what about Prague and Budapest?

Many of the river cruises in Paris start close to the Eiffel Tower (near Pont de bir Hakeim/Pont D”Le’léna) and then ends near Pont d’Austerlitz. During such a trip, you can see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Musée Orsay, Musée de Louvre, Place de la Concorde, the Petit Palais, lots of bridges, Jardins du Trocadero, Invalides, and many other famous areas and landmarks.

Knowing why you want to go on a river cruise in Paris is important. Some companies offer tours in which you have to sit quietly on a chair while listening to a guide (sometimes in the middle of a boat quite far away from the windows), while other cruises are meant for you to walk around, take photos, buy drinks, and relax. Before you decide what river cruise in Paris to buy a ticket for, make sure to find out what your goal is with the trip. Would you like to know as much as possible about what you see? Is it more important to enjoy a nice drink or a meal? Read thoroughly about the different trips available to find the one suitable for you!

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It is worth watching the city from a different perspective!

During a river cruise on the Seine, you will see the city from a different perspective and many beautiful buildings and areas within a short time. You will see more during daytime, but if you decide to go on a river cruise in the evening, you can see beautifully illuminated buildings and bridges, something by many considered an even more fantastic experience than during the daytime.

You can see many details and areas while on a river cruise in Paris that you cannot see during a normal guided tour in Paris or if you walk the city by yourself. Many details along the Seine and surrounding the bridges can only be seen on a river cruise, so pay close attention and listen to the guide (if there is one).

Different river cruises available in Paris.

There are plenty of river cruise options available in Paris. A very popular tour combines a 1-hour river cruise during daytime or nighttime with a drink/waffle/ice cream before or after the trip’s start. The dessert can be picked at a stand 25 meters from the boat peer, and the waffle/pancake/ice cream quality is very good. The trip itself is all about sightseeing, and on a busy day you will be on a fully packed boat with no space to move around (except for when you go to the toilet). The trip has an actual guide standing in the front and sharing information, meaning that it is about listening and learning, not chatting with your mates and walking around.

Would you rather enjoy a relaxed tour of the Seine River in the evening with a three-course menu and live music? Does it sound nice to have a large upper deck where you can walk around, dance, take photos, and enjoy the fresh air? Many cruises are offering such packages, and they are ideal for those who want to combine a river cruise with a dinner, but without an annoying guide trying to make you pay attention all the time.

These are just some options, but if you click the links, you can read information about many other tours besides what we have just described.

Are river cruises in Paris better than similar cruises in Prague and Budapest?

We already mentioned that many compare Prague and Budapest to Paris, and the cities clearly have nice rivers in common. While the Seine River flows throw Paris, Vltava flows through Prague, and the Danube through Budapest. A river cruise in any of these cities can be recommended, but if we would have to pick one of them as the very best, it would probably be a river cruise in Budapest. Why is that?

Even though Paris is a more impressive city, Budapest has a panorama that neither Paris nor Prague can compare with. You don’t see a lot in Prague during a river cruise beside the Vitus Cathedral, the Castle area, and the Charles Bridge. Paris has several beautiful buildings and bridges, but the Danube in Budapest and the city surrounding the river on both sides make it even more suitable for a beautiful river cruise experience.

This is our subjective opinion. We are not saying you shouldn’t do a river cruise in Paris. We are truly saying that you should visit all three cities, go on a river cruise, and then return here and share your thoughts about which experience you enjoyed the most.

Good luck, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Which metro line should you use?

Are you coming to Paris but not sure which metro line to use to get around? We have created a new page in our Paris Guide with a new and updated metro map for Paris.

The metro system in Paris is never sleeping. The first metro line was opened in 1900, and the system has been developing ever since. Even now, they are constructing new lines that will open in the coming years, meaning that it will get even easier to travel the city of Paris using the metro system. Did you know that the metro system in Paris is the second most used in Europe? The most used isn’t the metro system in London, but the one in Moscow. The metro system in Paris is among the ten most used metro systems in the world.

You can find several metro maps for Paris right here.

France in Euro 2020

It is time for the European Championship in football. The matches will be played all across Europe, but no matches will be played in Paris, nor in France. But, you do not have to travel a long distance to watch France, at least not if you would like to watch their opening match in the tournament against Germany on the fifteenth of June.

France has ended up in the toughest and most interesting of all the different groups in the European Championship. Not only will they play against Germany, they will also play against the champions from the European Championship in 2016, Portugal. They will also play against Hungary, but most people consider the latter to be a weak opponent that France should be able to beat easily. But, no matter what will happen, Group F is set to be very interesting.

France has the strongest team in the tournament!

Even though France cannot play at home, they will still be favorites to win the entire tournament. If you look at the names in the squad, it is easy to see that they have some of the strongest players, and a team that is capable of beating all the other teams in the tournament. If you look at the list of strikers, I believe most other countries would be happy to have one such striker in the squad… not 6-7-8. It is one thing that Karim Benzema has returned to play for France, but he will have to fight hard to earn himself a spot in the starting 11, considering that the other strikers are Griezmann, Mbappe, Coman, Dembele, and Giroud. In fact, they have even more great strikers besides these as well. If I were a defender that had to play against France, I would be terrified.

Euro 2020

When and where will France play in Euro 2020?

  • As I have already mentioned, France will play their opening match in Munich against Germany on June 15th. The match will start at 21.00.
  • The second match will be played in Budapest against Hungary on June 19th. This match will start at 15.00.
  • The third and final group stage match will be played against Portugal on June 23rd. This match will start at 21.00.

France is a lucky nation, considering that they will play two matches in Budapest. Why is that a good thing? As a player, one of the best things you do in life is to play in front of lots of spectators. It is one thing to have millions watching the matches on their TV screens or streaming the matches on the Internet, but it is different to play at a stadium packed with people. Unfortunately, we have almost forgotten what that feeling is like due to COVID.

During Euro 2020, there is only one city and one stadium that will be packed at 100% capacity. Do you know which city and stadium that is? That is the Puskas Stadion in Budapest. In other words, France will get to play in front of more than 60,000 spectators twice during the tournament, and that will for sure give the entire team a boost!

Who will France play against in the knockout stage?

I firmly believe that France will win Group F, but nothing can be said for sure. If they win the group, they will play the first match in the knockout stage against the best third place team from group A, B, or C. A wild guess would tell me that this potentially can be Switzerland, Wales, Denmark, Russia, Austria, or maybe Ukraine.

If France would end up second in the group, the will play against the winner of group D in the first leg of the knockout stage, which might easily end up being England or Croatia. Now, that would be interesting, wouldn’t it?

Are you ready for the European Championship in football? We hope it will be a tournament of joy and great football, and that there will be no reasons at all to worry about COVID during the different matches at the stadiums.

What do you believe? Will France win the tournament? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments!

New pissoirs in Paris – Do you like them?

Paris has gotten some extra attention in international media lately because of their new eco-friendly pissoirs (urinals). Take a look at them yourself and tell us what you think!

Open-air urinals in Paris -
Open-air urinals in Paris – Source: CNN

The open-air urinals are created in order to make men urinate less in the streets of Paris. That is a nice thing, and Paris is not the first city to create such open-air urinals in the middle of a city. If you travel to Amsterdam you can see very similar things.

The urinals in Paris are colored red, and they have plants at the top of them. The urinals have a straw layer to make sure that there will be no smell, and the pee itself will be turned into nutrients that can later be used in parks and for plants all around Paris. So, the intention is noble.

There have been some similar open-air urinals in Paris for a while, but the most recent addition has made people both complain and laugh.

Watch the Seine while you pee in Paris - Source: CNN
Watch the Seine while you pee in Paris – Source: CNN

The newest open-air pissoir in Paris is located next to the River Seine. This gives the needy a beautiful view while peeing, but it gives a special view to the tourists enjoying a peaceful ride on the River Seine. A tourist cannot watch the noble parts of the person peeing, but they can watch the facial expression of the one doing so, and that is too much for some people.

So, what do you think about the new open-air urinals in Paris? Do you like them? Would you mind having such a pissoir located near where you live in your hometown? 

A beautiful night-shot

Paris is a beautiful city, but it is hard to catch the real beauty of the city in a photo. But, there are some photographers able to get the beauty on camera, and this picture is an example of that.

A beautiful night-shot of Paris. Picture from Pixabay.
A beautiful night-shot of Paris! Source: Pixabay

We didn’t make the photo ourselves, because to make such an image, you need very expensive equipment and a lot of training. We don’t have the expensive equipment, nor the training, so we focus on writing about Paris instead. But, we hope you will enjoy this amazing picture, and that it will inspire you to visit Paris sometime soon.

We will post more fantastic pictures from Paris in the near future, so stay tuned!