One of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris is also a popular business destination. Once you’ve checked in to your corporate accommodation, you might find yourself with a little time to spare before your first work-related meeting. Here are some of the top tourist activities in Paris that we think you should check out during your stay.
Even those with no real interest in art will find this museum fascinating. With instantly recognisable paintings by Monet, Van Gogh and Cezanne, as well as some more obscure impressionist paintings for the more discerning art critics, even the setting is like a work of art. It is set in an old railway building and may be just the motivation and inspiration you need for your next business meeting.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Don’t waste your lunch break sitting in some boring canteen. Instead, pack yourself a croque monsieur or croissant and wander over to the second biggest public park in Paris. Find a secluded bench among the fruit orchards, perfectly manicured lawns and colourful gardens, and relax.
A well-needed retreat after a morning of stressful business talk is definitely a lovely thing. And if you have a little more time, you can explore; take a jog; or make use of the fitness equipment.
Notre Dame de Paris
You cannot visit Paris without making a trip to the Notre Dame, one of the most famous cathedrals in the world. The ultimate presentation of French gothic architecture, this building will delight historians and builders alike. Take a tour if you have time, so that you can find out more about the carvings, sculptures and other historical items inside.
However of you only have a few minutes between meetings, appreciate the decorated windows and imposing beauty of this old church.
The Eiffel Tower
There are not many landmarks as iconic as the Eiffel Tower. You really need to set aside some time to visit this popular tourist destination, but since it is open until late, you could go after work and enjoy the view of Paris at night. Book well in advance and you can even eat in one of the restaurants at the top of the tower. Not for those with a fear of heights, but this is truly a experience you will never forget.
The Champs Elysees
If you don’t have time for sight-seeing, ask your taxi driver to take a detour along the Champs Elysees when on your way to the next meeting. Known by locals as “the world’s most beautiful avenue,” it is also a great place to visit if you have a little more time. The vibrant, busy street is full of shops, restaurants and theatres which will while away a good few hours if you let them. Despite being a huge commercial hotspot, the tree-lined boulevard has a feeling of being magical.
With so much to see and do in Paris, it would be a shame to stay holed up in your corporate accommodation, no matter how luxurious it may be. Make the most of your business trip and try to visit at least one of these famous sites.