Ice Hockey World Championship 2017

The IIHF World Championship 2017 will be arranged in Paris (France) and Cologne (Germany) from May 5th till May 21st. Information about the venue in Paris, tickets and more.

Paris is an amazing city, and this summer we have loads of fantastic programs coming up. But, before the summer arrive fully, there will be thousands of hockey fans coming to Paris to watch the best hockey players in the world participate in the Ice Hockey World Championship 2017.

The tournament will be hosted by Paris and Cologne, and in Paris the venue for the event will be the AccorHotels Arena. This is a very popular concert venue, but in the period between May 5th and May 21st, it will be used for ice hockey. AccorHotels Arena have space for about 15,000 spectators, while the venue in Cologne named Lanxess Arena has space for about 18,000 spectators.

There will be two groups (A and B), and the teams playing in group A will play their group stage matches in Cologne, while the teams in group B will play their matches in Paris.

IIHF World Championship 2017 in Paris and Cologne
IIHF World Championship 2017 in Paris and Cologne

The IIHF World Championship groups

Group A (world ranking in parenthesis)

Russia (2)
United States (4)
Sweden (5)
Slovakia (8)
Germany (10)
Latvia (12)
Denmark (13)
Italy (16)

Group B (world ranking in parenthesis)

Canada (1)
Finland (3)
Czech Republic (6)
Switzerland (7)
Belarus (9)
Norway (11)
France (14)
Slovenia (15)

Tickets for the Ice Hockey World Championship

If you would like to buy tickets for any of the matches during the Ice Hockey World Championship 2017, then you can do so at the following site: Viagogo.

As you visit VIagogo do a search for “IIHF” and you will see tickets for all the different matches available, included group stage matches and the knockout stage matches and the finals.

Stream the event online

If you cannot come to Paris or Cologne to see the matches live, then there will still be chances for you to stream the events online. We do not know yet where you can do so, but we recommend that you visit the IP Address Guide where they will write about how you can stream the event online as the Ice Hockey World Championship approaches.

More about Paris

If you want to find out more about Paris, get ideas for interesting programs or maybe get some hard facts about the most famous attractions, read around in our Paris Guide for more information.

10 things to do in Paris on a winter day

Paris is definitely one of the best European cities which has many things to see and it offers a lot of interesting programs for its tourists no matter which season it might be. But, what can you do if it is freezing cold in Paris? Here are our recommendations.

In this article we have collected the best and funniest things you can do in Paris on a winter day during your holiday. Let’s start with our favorite tips of all.

Christmas market

What else would be our first point if not the Christmas markets. The Christmas markets slowly became an important part of the festive season and it is nowadays definitely one of the most known and awaited events of the winter. Luckily in Paris there are several of these markets in the city. Usually the markets open their gates between the end of November and beginning of December. At the markets you can get your Christmas decorations and other festive objects and if you don’t know what to buy for your loved ones for Christmas try the markets where you can definitely pick the most unique Christmas presents. Apart from all the goodies the market also offer a wide range of drinks and food. Probably the most visited ones in the city are:

  • Christmas market at Notre Dame
  • Christmas market at Montparnasse
  • Christmas village on La Defense esplanade (open from 17th November until 27th December 2016)
  • Christmas market on the Champs-Elysèes (open from 11th November 2016 to 2nd January 2017)
Paris is beautiful on a cold winter day – Felix Catana / Shutterstock

Paris on ice

Our second tip is similar to our first one because it is actually has something to do with the Christmas markets. So our second advice would be the ice rinks because the Christmas markets and the ice rinks simultaneously appear of the streets of Paris in the beginning of the Christmas period. There are several rinks to choose from but probably the biggest and the most popular ones are the one front of the Paris City Hall (Hôtel de Ville), the one front of the Gare Montparnasse and the one at the Eiffel Tower. Winter would definitely not be completely complete without the ice rinks in Paris. The rinks, same as the Christmas markets, became a big part of the festive season. They are great fun and activity for families, for singles, for couples, for friends for everyone so it is highly recommended on a winter day in Paris.


Our third tip might sound a little bit boring or maybe stressful at first but actually winter and festive season is one of the best time of the year to check some of the most popular museums of Paris out. Winter can be a little bit cold in Paris during the winter so spending time in a museum might not sound so bad anymore. As winter is also not the most beloved season by the tourists you will not have to fight and compete with the big groups of tourists in the museums and you can just simply enjoy your chosen exhibitions. Luckily there are several good exhibitions are going on always in the city so all you need to do is picking the right museum for your taste.

L ‘ Aquarium de Paris

L’ Aquarium de Paris is one of the best programs on a chilly winter day in Paris and it is also one of the most enjoyable programs for children as well as for adults. In the aquarium of Paris you can see sharks, string rays, turtles and more than 1000 fish from the oceans. In the aquarium you can learn about the marine life of the world and about all the different species living in the open sea and waters. Visitors can also feed and touch the fish and there are various fish themed workshops, cartoons and documentations. The aquarium is open everyday from 10 in the morning until 7 in the evening, the entrance fee for a whole day for an adult costs 20.50 euro.

Disneyland Paris

If you are in Paris and you just want to have pure fun and enjoyment you must visit Disneyland. Paris Disneyland is located in a small town Marne-la-Vallèe only 32 kms away from Paris. This entertainment resort is one of the most visited theme parks in Europe which has two theme parks, resort hotels, a golf course and you can also check the Walt Disney Studios out. Of course there are many roller coasters, laser shooting, Disney and Pixar short films, musical boats and so on, the most popular attractions of the park according to the official site is the Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s a Small World and the list goes on. Apart from this you can shop and eat in the big shopping and eating area of the park called Disney Village. Disneyland is open every day from 10.00 to 19.00 and the Walt Disney Studios from 10.00 to 18.00.

Spa in Paris

What can be more relaxing than spending a cold and chilly winter day in one of the best spas of Paris?! There are several spas to choose from in Paris but the best ones are probably these: Institut Dior, Hotel Plaza Athene, Spa Anne Sèmonin, Le Bristol, George V Spa, Four Seasons Gerorge V and Ritz Spa & Healthclub, Ritz Paris. Lot of the spas in Paris have pools, treatment rooms, fitness area, beauty rooms, saunas, steam baths, wide range of massages, various body treatments and relaxation rooms.


This time of the year is not only perfect if you want to visit the most popular museums but also if you would like to eat out in one of the best restaurants in Paris. During winter the number of the visitors of Paris is nothing compared to the other seasons of the year. They say everything has a good and a bad side, the bright side of the cold winter days in Paris is that you won’t have to compete with a group of tourist in every restaurant to have a table. So take your time and choose the best restaurant out, luckily in Paris there are thousands of good restaurants to eat out.

Aqua world in Paris

The Aquaboulevard de Paris is one of the best choice for families in a winter day in Paris. The Aquaboulevard is the largest urban water park in Europe which contains two wave pools, 11 huge water slides, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, various water games, lazy rivers and a huge sandy beach. The aqua world has also a huge dining area with different catering points and a parking lot as well. Unfortunately children under the age of 3 are not allowed to enter the facility. The Aquaboulevard is open from Monday to Thursday from 9.00 to 23.00, on Friday from 9.00 to midnight, on Saturday from 8 to midnight and on Sunday from 8.00 to 23.00. The entrance fee for adults is 33 euros, for children above the age of 3 until 11 is 19 euros.

Laser Paris

Laser Paris is laser tag in Paris. It is similar to paintball, but it is just friendlier and less painful. Laser Paris is the biggest laser game in Paris which is located near to the Eiffel Tower and the new shopping centre called Beaugrenelle. The total space of the place is 520 square meters and it is the only place inside Paris where you can play laser tag. Laser tag is perfect with friends, family or colleges. On the official site of Laser Paris you can easily book online the time you and your friends would love to go and play. Laser Paris is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 14.00 until 23.00, on Wednesday and on Saturday from 14.00 to 23.00, on Friday from 16.00 to 23.00, on Sunday from 14.00 to 19.00.


In this last point we would like to give you some nice tips where you can go and shop in Paris. There are several shopping malls in Paris but most Parisians prefer window shopping so most of the most famous shopping areas in Paris are located outdoors, but shopping indoors on a winter day is, in our opinion so much better. We will introduce you to two of the best shopping malls you can find in Paris. The first one is the Forum des Halles which is one of the most popular shopping malls located in central Paris and the second one is Les Quatre-Temps, which has also a huge cinema complex showing movies in English with subtitles, is located in the business district of the city. Both of the malls have several restaurants and clothing stores of the well known brands such as Zara and H&M.

From Galeries Lafayette in Paris – Pavel L Photo and Video / Shutterstock

These are some of our suggestions on what to do in Paris on a cold winter day. Do you have other suggestions or recommendations? Write a comment to share your thoughts and your insight on the subject.

The best activities and things to do in Paris with kids

In this short article we will introduce you to some of the best activities and programs you can do with your family and your kids during a holiday in Paris.

Citè des Enfants (30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris)

So the first place from our list is the Citè des Enfants. The Citè des Enfants is a really popular children museum in Paris which is incredibly children friendly designed. The museum shows exhibitions and various videos for children and plenty other activities as well. Citè des Enfants will definitely give new experiences for children in all age.

Cite des Enfants
Cite des Enfants

Jardin d’Acclimatation (Bois de Boulogne, 75016 Paris)

Our second favourite one is the Jardin d’Acclimatation. Jardin d’ Acclimatation is an exciting fun park in Paris with pony rides, puppet shows and roller coasters. Apart from these there are several other workshops and physical activities as well. The Jardin d’Acclimatation is the perfect activity as well as the perfect place to go in the summer with children.

Jardin d'Acclimatation
Jardin d’Acclimatation

Mènagerie at the Jardin de plantes (57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris)

Mènagerie at the Jardin des plantes is among the best places to go with children in Paris. Mènagerie at the Jardin des plantes is the zoo in Paris which is located in the Latin quarter of the city. The zoo has big cats, pandas, bears and apes as well. This is the largest zoo in Paris, the easiest to get to which is also extremely children friendly.

With children in Paris
Mènagerie at the Jardin de plantes

Jardin des Tuileries (113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris)

The fourth place to go with kids is the Jardin des Tuileries. Jardin des Tuileries is a huge playground in Paris. The playground is most enjoyable above the age of 5 because of the metal structures and the rope tunnels but apart from these several other challenges are waiting for the kids as well. The playground is situated in a beautiful park and during summers a carnival takes over the place makes the place even more enjoyable.

Jardin des Tuileries
Jardin des Tuileries

Aquarium de Paris (5 Avenue Albert de Mun, 75016 Paris)

Aquarium de Paris is definitely a must go place in Paris especially with children. Aquarium de Paris gives home to several animals including sharks, sturgeons and other fishes and sea creatures as well. Visitors who love sharks will especially love the shark tunnel and the ones who like interacting more with animals will enjoy petting the friendly sturgeons in a pool. On Wednesdays and weekends special children shows are waiting for the kids.

Aquarium Paris
Aquarium Paris

These were some family-friendly activities that we can warmly recommend in Paris. If you are coming with kids we hope you have enjoyed this list, and please share further insight and experiences as you write a comment, and please share the article on social media and with friends and family if you know other families with kids who are planning their trip to Paris in the near future!

Musée d’Orsay Small-Group Walking

Orsay tour

Have a special guided tour at the Musèe d’Orsay, which is one of the most popular and visited museums in Paris. With this special tour you will have the chance to discover the world’s biggest collection of Impressionism.

As the Musèe d’Orsay is among the most visited museums, the queues often take hours to get your ticket, so with your special small-group tour you can skip all the crowd and you can easily discover the most breathtaking and colourful paintings and sculptures of the museum. Visitors will also have the chance to learn more on the influence Impressionism had and how this movement changed the world of art. The two-hour-long tour is lead by a professional guide with a personalized atmosphere. During the tour visitors can have a closer look on the most beautiful master pieces of Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Degas and more.

With the small-group walking, all fees and the friendly, informative and professional guide are included. The maximum of people in the group is limited to 25.

To book such a small group tour visit Viator.

Movies that were shot in Paris

There are literally countless movies that were shot in the capital of France in Paris so in this short article we will just list and introduce you to some of the most popular ones.

Da VInci CodeDa Vinci Code

Probably one of the most famous ones is the American mystery thriller movie the Da Vinci Code which was directed by Ron Howard. The film starts in Paris and its most famous spots such as the Louvre. The movie is an adaption of the novel Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. The film stars Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jürgen Prochnow, Jean Reno and Paul Bettany.

Midnight in Paris

Our second movie from the list is the Midnight in Paris. The Midnight in Paris is an American romantic comedy fantasy movie which was released in 2011 and it was written and directed by Woody Allen. The whole movie is set in Paris and follows the story of the young screenwriter Gil Pender how he travels back in time every midnight. The movie stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates and Carla Bruni.


RatatouilleOur third favorite is the Ratatouille. Although the Ratatouille is only an animated movie it still takes place in the beautiful Paris. The Ratatouille is an American computer-animated comedy movie which was released in 2007. The movie is produced by Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures. Ratatouille the name of the movie refers to the French dish ratatouille. The film tells the story of a young chef and an ambitious rat who is passionate about cooking.

Mission Impossible: Fallout

In the brand new Mission Impossible movie, you can see lots of scenes from the beautiful city of Paris. A quite large part of the story takes place in Paris, and you get some really nice panorama shots as Tom Cruise jumps out of a plane above Paris to get hold of a bad guy.

Parfume: The Story of a Murderer

Parfume: The Story of a Murderer is a German thriller movie which was released in 2006 directed by Tom Tykwer and written by Andrew Birkin and Bernd Eichinger. The movie takes place in the 18th century France and it tells the story of the young man Jean-Baptise Grenouille who is an olfactory genius. The movie is an adaption of the novel Parfume by Patrick Süskind.


One of the most known and most popular Christopher Nolan movie, Inception has also some scenes that were shot in Paris for example when Leonardo DiCaprio travels to Paris to find the perfect architecture for his plan. Inception is an American science fiction thriller film which was released in 2010. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger and Michael Cain.


Taken in ParisAnother famous movie that was set in Paris is Taken at least some of the scenes in the movie takes place in the capital city of France. Taken is a French action thriller which was premiered in the cinemas in 2008. The movie was written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen and it was directed by Pierre Morel. The movie stars Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser, Jon Gries, Katie Cassidy and so on. The story follows Liam Neeson who is a former CIA agent who tries taking down the human traffickers who kidnapped his daughter.

2 Days in Paris

The last movie on our list is “2 Days in Paris”. 2 Days in Paris is French-German romantic comedy-drama movie which was released in 2007. The movie was written and directed by Julie Delpy who also played the female main character in the movie. The movie tells the story of a couple staying for two days in Paris.

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