Tourists who are going on Paris walking tours for the first time in their life might not have heard about the Gare de Lyon train station. Most visitors will be planning to visit some of the famous attractions in the City of Lights and they prefer not to cover some of the less-popular attractions during their Paris city tour. This is not a good move though, because Gare de Lyon and other lesser-known sights here will help you to know more about the culture, tradition, and history of the French capital. Moreover, this will also help you to make the most of your Paris city tour.
Tourists who have never been to Paris will be surprised to know that the Gare de Lyon is the third busiest train station in the city and it is also one of the busiest stations in Europe. This iconic train station was initially built by authorities exclusively for the 1900 Exposition Universelle. One of the major highlights of the Gare de Lyon train station is its big clock tower, which looks almost similar to London’s Big Ben.
In addition to that, tourists who are visiting this Parisian train station will also be able to see the internationally renowned Train Bleu traditional brasserie within the station. This traditional brasserie has been in the City of Lights for more than a century. The word ‘brasserie’ is used to describe French restaurants with calm and relaxed atmospheres and these restaurants usually serve delicious single dishes and other famous French meals. So, make sure to check out the Train Bleu traditional brasserie when you are visiting the Gare de Lyon train station.
Trains from popular European countries including Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy arrive at the famous Gare de Lyon train station. You will also be able to find trains leaving to all the above-mentioned countries from this Parisian train stations. This means that tourists who do not like to travel in airplanes and the ones who are afraid of airplane trips will be able to come to Paris by train.
The Coulée Verte area of Paris, which links Bastille to Porte de Vincennes and Porte Dorée, is located in the twelfth district of Paris. Tourists who wish to stay away from the busy and crowded attractions in the French capital and the ones who wish to reconnect with nature should head straight to Coulée Verte after arriving in the city.
You will be able to see plenty of tourists walking around this area on evenings and nights with their loved ones. If you take a long stroll through the Coulée Verte area, you will be able to see modern and Haussmannian buildings. In addition to that, you might even be able to see a few tunnels during your evening walk through this famous area.
Art Ludique Museum
The Art Ludique museum is a relatively new museum in Paris city, which is one of the reasons why most tourists have not heard about this museum. This fascinating Parisian museum opened its doors to the public in 2013. You will be able to see an extensive collection of animated films, cartoons, video games, anime, and collection within the Art Ludique museum.
Some of the greatest comic book and animated film collections that have influenced our culture and fascinated us to the core are also put on display at the Art Ludique museum. You might also be able to see some of the best works of famous designers and writers while visiting this museum. This will help you to know more about their works.
Jardin des Plantes
Jardin des Plantes is the ideal destination for tourists who are planning to teach kids about the importance of preserving our environment. Children will learn to respect the environment and realize that they should take good care of nature and the environment. Jardin des Plantes is the one and only botanical garden in the city, which means that kids will be able to see an excellent collection of flowers and plants while visiting this garden.
In addition to that, children will be able to learn more about how plants evolve and to which family of plans they really belong to. When here, make sure not to not miss the Galerie des Enfants in the garden; it will help you to discover what types of animal species dwell in here.
If you still have time after covering all these attractions, then you should try to visit the Grand Mosque of Paris, Josephine Baker swimming pool, and Petit Bain before ending your Paris city tour.