Parys - Very interesting place. Close to JHB for a weekend getaway. Loved it
Andrew van Zyl South Africa
Great - Great place, just want to know what happened fo The Heritage Site in Vredefort (its all closed down?)
Vrystaat Juweel langs die Vaal River - Oulike winkels, heerlike kos en baie vriendelike mense. Mag julle munisipaliteit net wakker skrik en die paaie opknap dis nie aangenaam as jy wil ry en kyk watter winkels die dorp het maar die heeltyd moet koes vir die gate in die pad.
Cute shops, delicious food and very friendly people. The municipality should wake up and spruce up the roads - it's not pleasant driving through town and dodging the potholes.
Stefanie Welman South Africa
Parys - Nice town but the roads need a lot of attention. Visited the antique shops and found the people very friendly. Ate at two fabuous restaurants. Overall, our stay was great. Will return in the future.
Maurice Symons South Africa
Quaint little town - Quaint little town with many attractions including a World Heritage Site on the doorstep. The town's infrastructure has been severely neglected, particularly the roads. They are really in a bad state from the continuous passage of 40 ton trucks. The town really needs a bypass road so that the HGV's can circumvent.
kevin record South Africa
Quaint little town - Parys is a quaint little town with lovely wedding venues, stores and cute restaurants. It is a lovely place to visit - about an hour's drive outside Johannesburg. Restaurants are a bit pricey as they are priced for tourists. It's a great town to visit if you need a Sunday out of the city.
izelle labuschagne South Africa
A mix match - A town with huge potential as a tourist destination but which unfortunately is severely neglected. The town has wonderful little shops and restaurants. But the town as whole is going down the drain it seems. If you stray from Main street (where most of the tourist attractions are) you will be face with the general decay so evident in a lot of the small towns of this country. The town roads for instance are atrocious and severely potholed. It is such a shame as the town has a lot going for it in terms of location and proximity to the large cities. Maybe the town fathers should go visit tourists towns like Clarens and Dullstroom to see what is possible.
Peaceful - Charming little town to lay back and watch the world go by.
GAVIN TAYLOR South Africa
Great place - Wat n great dorpie. Parys het al my verwagtinge oortref. Ons sal beslis terug gaan.
riana potgieter South Africa
Rustige wegbreek - Parys is 'n mooi klein dorpie waar mens kan gaan rus en net wegkom van die stad se lawaai en gewoel.
Hier kan mens rustig ronddwaal in die baie winkeltjies en lekker uiteet in die heerlike restaurante.
Fun - We enjoyed all the little shops, each with its own unique personality. Every eating house or restaurant we tried was excellent. I really recommend it for a grand day out.
Great little town - Great little town
Sjaan Le Hanie South Africa
Beautiful Parys - Love it! The best little town.
vanessa matthee South Africa
Furniture Paradys - We were amazed at all the antique and second hand furniture shops. One in particular you would pass by but if you happen to go inside, you will be amazed. Everyone is very friendly and helpful.
Watch out for the Vervet Monkeys if you are staying near the river.
Karen Cooney South Africa
Hank Bezuidenhout on Parys - Parys is a friendly and relaxing town with interesting shops. Good quality restuarants and coffee shops. Plenty of good accommodation to choose from in town as well as out of town.
Negative point is the closure of Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site and no signs or notice that it is closed. Also the suspension bridge is in a shocking state and is not worth the visit. Should update all tourist info regarding this.
Besides these two points, still Well worth a trip to Parys.
HANK BEZUIDENHOUT South Africa
Parys: Jewel of the Free State - Parys is a truly wonderful little town and it has sorely tempted me to re-locate from the chaos of city life ! The shopping is lovely and the people are so friendly ! Highly recommend it for a relaxing break.
Pauline Neumann South Africa
Parys - Parys is a quaint little village with lots of interesting shops. Enjoyed browsing in the shops but wished there was a nice sweet shop as there is in Dullstroom.
Linda Taylor South Africa
Parys town - Parys is a very small town and what a lovely town
Great tourist attraction and a lot of art and antique shops.
Parys needs to attend to the roads it is very bad.
Heinrich Venter South Africa
Pity about the potholes! - We always enjoy shopping in Parys. We attended a wedding at Kiepersol, which is a great wedding venue. Some of the wedding quests were from the UK and unfortunately it was embarrassing to drive on roads with so many potholes in it.
Ivonne Vorster South Africa
Parys - Parys is an excelent weekend destination.
Pieter Avenant South Africa
Parys as a destination - Close enough from JHB and far enough to make you feel that you are going away for the weekend. The town is small and well looked after. the roads need a little work but they are not as bad as the roads in Sandton. The town has everything you need and the people are friendly and always willing to help and offer advice.
Thabela Thabeng - Parys - Close to the city and excellent for a quick weekend get-away.
Marthina Kok South Africa
Poor Parys - Parys used to be a quiet and well kept town but everything has changed. The roads are poor and the shops are so much the same. The town has become somewhat deserted with very basic infrastructure and poor service at the restaurants..
Leon Oosthuizen South Africa
Parys - Parys is a nice small and quiet town. But did not like the roads and the garbage that was lying in and around the river.
Shirley Kotze South Africa
Nice - Nice little town. Very artistic.
Yolande Kruse South Africa
Parys - Their roads are terrible.
Parys - This was my first visit to Parys. It is a quaint town and, although small, had all I could possibly need. Their local coffee shop was superb and we even found some exceptional christmas gifts for loved ones there.
We had a flat tyre while there and had no problems at all finding a replacement. The service was excellent and the staff well-versed and friendly.
At only two hours from Johannesburg it is also convenient and with the Vaal River on it's doorstep, there are lots of activities to keep the family and adrenalin junkie alike occupied.
Luisa de Kock South Africa
Golf Parys - There are two beautiful golf courses. Great experience.
Eleanora Theron South Africa
holiday - great
Parys as 'n toerisme dorp - Hierdie rivieroewer dorpie het baie potensiaal vir toerisme, maar daar sal daadwerklik aan die volgende aandag gegee MOET word, anders gaan dié potensiaal ten gronde:-
1) Padtoestande uiters SWAK
2) Straatligte brand nie in die aand nie. VEILIGHEID!!!
3) Meeste toeriste beweeg te voet tussen al die winkels, maar toiletgeriewe ONTBREEK!
Parys - Beutiful Town lost in time. Lots of sites to see and adventure to keep you occupied. People are freindly. Will deff go back for a longer stay.
About Parys - Parys het baie uitgebrei en fokus meesal op toerisme. Antieke winkels en eetplekke is volop. Baie interessante geskenkwinkeltjies met snuisterye. Defnitief vir die shopaholics.
Annemarie Coetzer South Africa
A surprise - I was last in Parys as a child and was surprised at the change. Beautiful little coffee shops and antique/art/gift stores the streets. We loved it and will return.
Moira Diesel South Africa
Parys - Cute little town, friendly people and nice views on the Vaal. Loved the art and Antiques shoppes! Will return!
Marius Spies South Africa
Beautiful and relaxing - The best food ever, nice and friendly atmosphere
Johann Malherbe South Africa
parys - stunning relaxing
Friendly waiters - I was absolutely delighted to see so many friendly waiters and waitresses at various venues. They were all very well groomed and there service was warm and proffessional. We felt SPECIAL in there presence. I think Parys as a whole is very under rated and I intend to get to know the place better, especially the wildlife and game ranches side of it, of whom I had good reports. Ruby's restaurant is a must. It transfers one right into Paris, France.
Hermann Loubser South Africa
Naweek in parys - Was 2 jaar terug daar, al wat bietjie pla is dat geen nuwe eet/kuier plekkies is nie. Baie om te doen en te sien. Mense baie vriendelik en diens baie goed( behalwe by Spur!). O's se kos uitstekkend( net jammer spyskaart nog die selfde)! 'die plek' lekkerste coaktails en Pickled Pig se vriendelik personeel en groot verskeideheid ingevoerde bier is n moet!!
Parys - undiscovered jewel of the Free State - Parys is a pensioner's paradise... What? We thought so... BUT - Parys is a town full of surprises. The main street (Bree Street) is packed with beautiful shops competing who looks the most stunning.. The restaurants are full of atmosphere, the people relaxed and friendly and the food is good (and much cheaper than anywhere else). You will find gift shops, art galleries and lovely gardens everywhere. It's only 15 mins drive from Vredefort where you can book a guide around the Dome. The river is beautiful and offers a wide range of pretty spots for photographers. In short: Parys is THE place to be!
Janine du Plessis South Africa
Parys - 1. Small quiet town
2. The resturants appear to be closing early on Saturday afternoon
3. Appears to be a ok place to get away from the Joburg rush
4. There can be language barries with Afrikaans appears to be dominating
Bathandwa Fikeni South Africa
Little place called heaven - If you want to rest, relax and just spend time in nature, away from all the city hassle, you must go to Parys.
If you ask the people about the history, they can talk for hours on. This is a little place with alot of kindness, laughter and fun. People are friendly.
The senery is beautiful and there so much to do, sometimes in so little time. Outdoor events and sites to die for.
For us as family we like to get away from the "city life " feeling, and along the river we found peace and quiet. We could spent time with our childern and have well deserved family time.
We would recommend this to our friends.
Ilze and Frans van Niekerk from Potchefstroom
Ilze van NIekerk South Africa
Eiffel Tower of Parys - As you see the miniature “Eiffel Tower” of Parys, you know that you have come to a very special place. The locals know and care about each other and can tell you a tale or two about their town or the people there. If you stay in the town, you can leave your car parked for the weekend and walk from one side of town to the other having lots of snack and drink breaks. We love to go into all the quaint shops and we have found many bargains from furniture, paintings and sculptures to some good retail therapy for the lady. If you choose to stay on the outside of town there is some good and friendly accommodation to be found next to the Vaal River.
We have tried all the eating joints and find the atmosphere so relaxing with such a variety to choose from, even to having sundowners next to the river.
It is a bargain, a treat, a pleasure to go to Parys for our long weekends and we have sent friends and family there too.
pamela kollnick South Africa
Naweek in Parys - Parys was n wonderlike belewenis! Ons akkommodasie in "Kondensmelk" was aangenaam en dit maak nie saak in watter winkel of eetplek ons gekom het nie, die mense was vriendelik en hulpvaardig. Die fietsies voor die winkels was baie oulik. Ons sal definitief weer in Parys gaan kuier en dan neem ons vriende saam sodat hulle ook die gasvryheid van die dorp kan ervaar.
Suzette Gräbe South Africa
Add a vist to Parys on your To Do List. - Your review...We were in Parys in December 2011 for 4 days.
I found it very restful and pleasant. The people were very friendly and prepaired to just stop and have a chat, this is very refreshing when you come from a big City where people just don't have the time.
The last time I spent time in Parys was many years ago, and on my return I knew why I enjoyed it then Just sitting on the bank of the Vaal River and daydreaming is medicine for the soul.
We will definitely be back to soak up the atmosphere Parys has to offer. Not forgetting the strreet restaurants which offer superb cuisine..
Wendy Baxter, my views on Parys which you need to visit.
Wendy Baxter South Africa
Parys - My man is 'n fotograaf en ons het fotos vir 'n troue gedoen naby Parys. Ons het in een van die hotelle oornag en die hele Sondag in Parys deurgebring. Die diens was puik en almal baie behulpsaam. Dit was wonderlik om Sondag deur al die winkeltjies te snuffel, ietsie lekkers te eet en die mooi besienswaardighede te besoek. Verseker 'n dorpie wat ons weer gaan besoek.
Retha Bezuidenhout - Henry B Photography
Henry Bezuidenhout South Africa
Thoroughly enjoyed Parys - We stayed on the beautiful banks of the Vaal river. With our self catering accommodation at Misty Waters facing the river we had an amazing tranquil experience! The cutest antique shops and restaurants makes Parys a true gem.
Visit River spa for amazing treatments.
Rhone Roos, Irene
Ear deafening silence - that's Parys - On entering the quaint Free State town of Parys, one could immediately see that here you will find peace and tranquility for your artistic soul.
We wondered through countless antique shops and arty exhibitions and on returning to our accomodation for the night, the rat-race-feeling of living in the city has disappeared like dust in the wind.
In Parys you can rekindle lost energy waisted on traffic congestions and the daily hustle and bustle of Johannesburg and find your true self - nestled between lushes bushy hills and calm mountain streams.
What a pleasure going there...
Karin Strydom South Africa
On the doorstep... - Parys is almost within spitting distance of Gauteng (120 km), making it a GREAT place to visit even for a day trip. Several wonderful restaurants, some of which overlook the beautiful Vaal River, give a wide choice of food, and if you do stay overnight, the variety of B & B establishments in the town and environs makes personal preferences easy to appease.
Rediscover window-shopping, not always possible in big cities these days, with the many art, craft and antique shops where admirers and browsers are welcome.
Visit the air strip and watch the local air-borne activities, and even enjoy a short ride in a 60 year old small plane which will take you over the mighty Vaal river and the Vredefort dome - a World Heritage Site. It is more than 2 000 million years of age, the oldest astrobleme on earth.
And if you don't know what an astrobleme is, this is your opportunity to find out!
Wendy Watson, Wakkerstroom
Wendy Watson South Africa
Gateway - Parys is ideally situated close to JHB. Went to Vrdevortkoepel last week for hunting expedition. I Parys we could stock up on all supplies etc. People so friendly and helpfull. Lots of nice antique shops to visit and good places to eat. Worth a visit!!
theo van der Walt South Africa
Quaint rural town - We only stayed over for one night, but enjoyed Parys very much. It is a quaint rural town with great shopping if you want to browse and are interested in antiques, art and crafts. The quality of the restaurants are also far above what you would except of such a small town.
Hester Blackburn South Africa