At Auto Europe we love free attractions and we love France. There are endless options for things to see and do in France without breaking the budget. Take a look at our top five free French attractions.
The Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris is one of France's most iconic Cathedrals and a must see attraction on any trip to Paris. Entry to the Cathedral is free and visitors are welcome to reflect and view the chapels and statues that form this architectural masterpiece. Light a candle for a dearly departed or partake in a French mass. An international service is held at 11.30am on Sunday with some readings and prayers in English. By paying a small fee you can climb the towers for a spectacular view of the city and to learn more about the Cathedral.
The old fortified city of Carcassonne is perched on a hill in the south of France and is a ringed fortress. It was used as a defensive stronghold for almost 2000 years. The 52 elaborate stone towers and staggering walls can be explored by foot and the cobbled stone streets are lined with cafes, shops and museums.
The Cimitiere du Pere Lachaise is the worlds' most visited cemetery and among its ornate grounds lie Jim Morison, Oscar Wilde and Edith Piaf. Writers Balzac and Proust as well as painters Pissarro, Seurat, Modigliani and Delacroix can also be found here. The amazingly detailed graves and statues which pay homage to those who have passed featured in the beautiful grounds mean this unique but free attraction is becoming an ever popular attraction on any French itinerary.
Normandy or D-Day has a close connection with Australia and ANZAC history. More than 3000 Australian troops served under British Command when the Battle of Normandy was fought. The five Normandy beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword are code names from the war and are still in place today. Here the troops breached the coast in there endeavours to reclaim the area. Pay your respects with a sombre walk at the many military cemeteries dotted throughout the region or pay a small 5 Euro to go the Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.
Although not a location or attraction, people watching is a popular and totally free thing to do in France. Forget reading a book in the green chairs in Jardin du Luxemburg or a magazine at a busy Montmartre cafe, the busy streets and bustling crowds provide enough material to keep you occupied for hours. Sit back, relax and enjoy the free spectacle right in front of you!
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