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A boat trip along the Seine is another essential tourist activity. Justifiably so. After all, the most well-known sights, such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre or Notre Dame, look particularly photogenic when viewed from the water. If you want to avoid the crowds, you can take a trip through the city’s canals to get to know its less familiar areas. We set off at Port de l’Arsenal near the Bastille or at Bassin de la Villette in the north-east of the city. The route takes us through locks and underground tunnels to the trendy area of Canal Saint Martin or the futuristic Parc de la Villette. Even Parisians get to know their city from a brand-new perspective.
Of course, there’s also an alternative to the Eiffel tower: Montparnasse Tower. The 210-metre high black colossus is of course not as a pretty as its more delicate, world-famous brother, but it offers both sublime views and short waiting times. The other advantage: there is nowhere else where you can take a more accurate picture of the full length of Paris’ famous trademark.