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How to enter The Louvre for free! 6 tips for those visiting Paris

You can enter The Louvre Museum for free and also drink water without paying for it. But you need to have money incase you have to visit the loo!

travel Updated: Jul 11, 2017 07:59 IST
Kabir Singh Bhandari
The Royal Palace of Versailles.
The Royal Palace of Versailles.(Shutterstock)

“Paris is always a good idea.”

― Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina

Paris is the capital and the most populated city of France. It has two international airports: Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly. The city’s subway system opened in 1900 and over 5 million passengers use it daily.

A view of the Seine river from Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. The Eiffel tower can be seen in the background. (Shutterstock)

It was ranked as the most ‘Culturally Vibrant City’ in the European Union by the European Commission in 2017. It’s not really possible to see all the major spots in Paris in a single trip so always prioritize which places to see and visit are on top of your list.

When you do visit the City of Lights, here are a few tips that might come in handy:

1. The Louvre

A large hall inside the Louvre museum in Paris. (Shutterstock)

1. You don’t need to pay when visiting The Louvre on certain conditions:

1.You’re below the age of 18.

2.You’re between the ages of 18-25 and are an EU citizen.

3.You’re going there on July 14 (you’ll get free entry that day).

4.Between October and April if you’re going on the first Sunday on any of those months.

2. Water

Typical Parisian drinking fountain. (Shutterstock)

No need to spend your money buying water. Fill your bottle with the water at Wallace Fountains which are all over Paris. And when at restaurants, ask for tap water and you’ll end up saving some cash.

3. The long climb

Abbesses Metro Station. (Shutterstock)

There are 200 stairs at the Abbesses Metro Station, so you might want to take the elevator if accompanied by elderly people or if you’re sort of lazy.

4. Try your hand at French

This does not mean that you need to take French classes before you go there, but it helps to know certain important phrases, such as parlez-vous anglais? (Do you speak English?) It helps break the ice and also successfully communicate to the other person that you don’t know how to converse in French. Also, as in any country, the people shall appreciate the fact that at least you are trying to speak in their language.

5. Don’t get impatient for the bill

As Indians we have a habit of getting impatient when the bill doesn’t arrive immediately once we have called for it after finishing our meal. In Paris if it takes 10-15 min for the bill to arrive, it’s not because the waiter is ignoring you, but because it is expected that you should sit for some time after finishing your meal.

6. Toilets

Don’t expect to just walk into a restaurant and use its washroom if you aren’t eating there. A good place to look for toilets, when the need arises, are the various parks around the city. However, remember that you most probably shall have to pay to use them, and it would cost around 50 centimes.

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