What can I say about Notre Dame that dozens of other reviewers haven’t already said? It’s the most famous cathedral in the world and, after having visited, definitely one of the most beautiful. One of the most common things I had heard about Notre Dame were the intolerable crowds, especially during summertime. I went in September and visited the cathedral right at 8:30 in the morning on a Thursday and it was practically empty. If you have the chance to visit in the off-season, do so, and make sure to visit first thing in the morning before all the tour buses get there.
The interior of the cathedral is incredibly beautiful, and you’ll need an hour (at least) to really savor all of the little details which set this cathedral apart from so many others: the intricate carvings, the majestically-decorated chapels, the exquisite rose windows, and the countless Gothic arches dramatically lit by candles and chandeliers. If you can enjoy it without crowds and incessant camera flashes, the atmosphere is truly magical. And, if you’re a photographer, it’s one of the best subjects on Earth.