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The 6 Most Romantic Places in Paris

Paris’s seductive charm and elegance are legendary, and so is its reputation as the city of love. The city has inspired for years lovers from all over the world to travel here and declare their love, fall on one knee and propose, or spend their honeymoons. In the city of love, any spot is a romantic one. But some are more special than others. Here are our 6 most favorite romantic and places in Paris.

1. Eiffel Tower

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Paris’s Tour Eiffel has long been its most esteemed attraction – especially for lovers. The 324-metre-tall tower has witnessed a myriad of marriage proposals and first kisses, making it one of the most romantic locations in the world. When you go to Paris you MUST SEE the evening light show, when the iron structure bursts into effervescent sparkles for five minutes at a time. Last show is at 1 am, (2 am in the summertime), and is the best one, so make sure you catch it.

FYI: Taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower at night is technically illegal! Copyright laws in France protect the rights of an artist during their entire lifetime and even afterward for a number of years. Even though the Tower became part of the public domain in 1993, (which means you can take pictures during daytime), the lighting system was first installed in 1985 and it is protected by the copyright French law, making any night pictures illegal. What a bummer, right?

2. Palace de Versailles & The Marie-Antoinette Estate

Located in the city of Versailles, about an hour outside of Paris, Palace de Versailles was the main residence of the Kings of France for more than 100 years until the French Revolution. Once home of the infamous Marie Antoinette, the palace continues to be a symbol of royal power, influence and exquisite taste. If you are looking for some romance, The Marie-Antoinette Estate is the place.

The estate consists of: The Petit Trianon, The Grand Trianon, The French Pavillion, The Queen’s theater – The Queen’s Hamlet, and The Chapel, surrounded by lavish gardens, hillocks and streams… an artificial landscape that recreates nature. Famous for her beauty, extravagant fashion and eccentric entertainments, Marie-Antoinette created this place as a leisure and intimacy heaven away from the court’ etiquette.

3. Luxembourg Palace and Gardens

palaceThe Luxembourg Gardens has been a lover’s hotspot for centuries. Many historical couples have strolled beside its scenic statues and enjoyed its picturesque views, both in daylight and moonlight – including Napoleon and Josephine, and Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. The garden was also the meeting place of Marius and Cosette in Hugo’s Les Misérables. So take a walk around the park and enjoy the colorful arrangement of its pear and apple orchards, or else set up a charming picnic beside its rose flower beds and magnificent fountains.

4. Pont des Arts

Pont des Arts or Passerelle des Arts is a “pedestrian only” bridge across the Seine, connecting the Institut de France and the central square of the Palais du Louvre. Also known as the Love Lock Bridge, Pont des Arts is most famous for being one of the world’s original love lock locations. Lovers would write their initials onto a lock and secure it on the bridge, dropping the key into the Seine. Unfortunately, this practice is now banned and the locks have been removed in 2015, as they seemed to damage the structural integrity of the bridge. However, with or without the love locks, the bridge continues to embody the city at its most romantic and elegant.

A landmark for Paris and a sweet spot for lovers, Pont des Arts has appeared in numerous movies, including the 2004 Drama/ Musical “Le Pont des Arts.”

5. Parc des Buttes Chaumont 

If you’re chasing a fairytale fantasy, Parc des Buttes Chaumont is one of Paris’ best kept secrets. With its waterfalls, grottoes, a stunning lake, and even a Roman-style monumen, this place is like something out of the legendary tales of King Arthur. You can hike up to the replica of Tivoli’s Temple of the Sybille, and enjoy a fantastic overhead view of the city and its striking sights. Or you can go for a Parisian-style picnic.

6. Montmartre

streetKnown as “The Butte Montmartre” this charming village-like district was home of Parisian artists in the end of the 19th century, with Sacré-Coeur standing majestic at the peak of the hill, like watching the entire city below.With its cobbled streets and squares, its charming cafes and bistros, Montmartre is the Parisian village of the past, the city of the Belle Epoque, a uniquely romantic district of Paris.

Neighbored to the South by the boulevards Rochechouart and Clichy, with sex shops and legendary nightspots of Pigalle, Montmartre extends up and over the hill, via the rue des Abbesses, to the tranquil, affluent, mainly residential Lamarck-Caulincourt area. Eastwards, Montmartre comes to a halt on the boulevard Barbès, where a radically different part of the 18th begins: the essentially African Barbès-Rochecouart and Goutte d’Or.