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Travel Tip: Why you should get in shape for your next trip to Paris


Taking the stairs to prep for Paris


Welcome to the second installment of the “for Paris” series – “Prepping for Paris.” A collection of tips and ideas for you to use when preparing for your trip to Paris.

Wandering the local neighborhoods and beautiful Haussmann boulevards can be one of the highlights of your trip to Paris. The city itself is like visiting a museum from beautiful Belle Époque architecture to lovely sculptures in gardens to the many iconic sites of the city.

One tip you may not have seen before is the recommendation to get in shape for the physical nature of seeing the city. Paris is definitely a walking and stair climbing city!

While you will find Paris is fairly easy to walk around, there will be times when you need to take the metro. Certain metro stations like Chatelet-Les Halles can be labyrinth of corridors to navigate. Even the smaller metro stations can have long hallways to walk to get to your platform. Some metro stations do not have an elevator or escalator to use to get to or from your platform to street level.

There are also certain sites of Paris you can only see by climbing stairs. To visit the gargoyles of Notre Dame, you have to climb 400 steps since there is no elevator and while the Arc de Triomphe does have an elevator, you’ll likely have to climb the 280 steps to the observation deck on top. You, of course, can take the glass elevators up the Eiffel Tower but if you want to save time waiting in line as well as a few euros, your other option is to climb the 704 steps up the “Iron Lady.”

You may even encounter the same issue at your hotel or apartment. Most of the buildings in Paris are too old and small to have both stairs and an elevator.

So after you book your flight, be sure to start prepping for the city of light with a little extra leg work because you’ll want to experience all the city has to offer.

I am not a doctor, you should always check with your physician before starting or changing your exercise routine.

Bises (kisses),

Part 2 “Prepping for Paris”:  5 books to read to enhance your trip to Paris.

Part 3 “Prepping for Paris”: Let everyone know YOU’RE GOING TO PARIS! A check list of to-do’s before you leave.

Want more of the “for Paris” series? Check out the first installment: Packing for Paris

7 Responses to Travel Tip: Why you should get in shape for your next trip to Paris

  1. Walking certainly seems the best way to see Paris and it makes sense to improve physical condition (if necessary) before arriving. Break in those walking shoes before your visit, too!

    1. theparisitinerary says:

      You’re right Charles. Break in those shoes!