Paris for Teenagers

It is so nice receiving mails from readers with questions about Paris, as it gets me to discover new things about my city. It is soo easy to fall in a rut! I was recently contacted by a reader who is a German school teacher travelling to Paris with teenagers. Not at all my area of expertise! But it was fun trying to figure out what might interest teenagers in Paris, so here is the list I came up with. (I might be totally off the mark by the way, so do feel free to tell me if I am!):

The Batobus is run by the city of Paris and goes down the Seine and stops at all the important places. I like it as it is not as expensive as the rest of the tourist boats and you can get off at the major sites, walk a bit and jump on again at the next stop.

The Science Museum and the Music Museum are both in the Parc de la Villette. The Music Museum has a great exhibition on at the moment about black music and it’s history. The Parc de la Villette also has this great old 50’s submarine in it, which is fun to explore.

I love Monet’s water lily’s in the Orangerie; it is not too overwhelming and busy, like some of the Museums in Paris are. Alternatively there are also the Army Museum and the Catacombes. A walk around Montmartre is beautiful and shows a different side of Paris than the centre. The Pompidou is an amazing building and museum for any age group.

The left bank of the Seine is now closed down from the Eiffel Tower to the Musée d’Orsay, which is a great way to walk around Paris.

Just on the outskirts of Paris there is the chateau de Vincennes, a medieval fortress.

Or perhaps a fun day trip to see Versailles and Giverny, Monet’s home where he painted the famous waterlilies.

– Emilie

The above picture I found on a blog called Style Is Born. It made me laugh as this is exactly how I imagined a Parisian teenager would look like.

3 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Claire | April 21, 2014 | Reply

I remember discovering the Picasso Museum in Le Marais, which is full of great streets to hang around…as well as le Musée Rodin, which is very romantic with its little garden café.
I would also add the area in Rue Montorgueil, very parisian to me, with its street markets and pedestrian areas. I would continue up to the Pont des Arts and walk on this famous pedestrian bridge…
I love Paris !

2. Benita | April 24, 2014 | Reply

I have to say that Pere Lachaise was a magical experience when I was about 15. Perhaps I was just that kind of kid, but Jim Morrison, Chopin, Abelard and Heloise and Modigliani all in the same place was pretty darn cool. Montparnasse came in as a pretty close second with Jean Seberg, Beckett and de Beauvour. Not that I think actually knew much about any of these people apart from what I’d seen in movies, but I thought it was all very fancy!

3. Julia | April 24, 2014 | Reply

Dear Emilie,

that was me! Oh, thank you sooooo much again for your time, tips and friendliness! Honestly, I was so surprised and excited when you answered me! Thank you thank you thank you! Now our trip to Paris has passed and we did indeed use some of your tips! We went to the science museum (great fun!) and the Catacombes (excellent!). For everybody else going: mind that there are strict guidelines about reservation for tours!
I think I told you that the travel agency messed up our reservations for the Eiffel tower: that was the best thing ever! We walked up, nobody complained and everybody had a great time. We also walked a lot, took a boat ride and the students just adored Montmartre. Thank you again for your time and ideas! You helped us a lot!It’ so wonderful to meet people like you through the internet. I hope your spring is as sunny and beautiful as ours and I can’t wait to get back to Paris (this time, with my daughter who is 4, so I’ll check out the ideas for Paris with kids ;-). Love Julia

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