Things to see in Paris

Tips from real travelers about attractions and what to see in Paris.
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  • The Eiffel Tower is a symbol of Paris. It was built during the 1889 Universal Exposition and at 320 meters tall, was the largest structure in the world at the time. Due to its popularity, the Tower was left standing after the Expo a...
  • The cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece. Make sure to pay special attention to the main facade, the western porticoes, the west rose window which circles the Virgin in a multitude of colors, and the Gallery of Kings representing the 2...
  • This museum is a must, plain and simple. You don’t need to be an art expert by any means but you should decide what you want to see because the museum is huge and you could spend days on end there. I recommend starting at the sculp...
  • This church is located in the artsy Montmartre neighborhood, where any student of "les Beaux Arts" will paint your portrait or caricature in 5 minutes time. Its streets carry the aroma of crêpes and ice cream. You can sit for tea i...
  • Who wouldn't love to explore the Paris of 50 or 60 years ago, or the Paris of the 19th century inhabited by writers and artists from around the world? Two places where artists like Picasso, Modigliani, Pissarro, Van Gogh, Matiss...
  • The Arc de Triomphe is huge. You can reach it from the Champs Élysées at the intersection with the Grand Palais. If you think it's just a short walk, think again. It probably takes a solid hour to get there. The walk up the Champs ...
  • The Galeries Lafayette are a must for any foreign visitor in Paris, both for its architecture as well as its prestigious shops. Two cousins, Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn, built Les Galeries Lafayette in 1893 at the corner of R...
  • The outside of the building is wonderful, but the most impressive part is inside. The grand staircase is impressive, so is the museum library, hallways, the pylon of the witch, the great hall, and the Rotundas of the Sun and Moon. Y...
  • After my previous visits to Paris, I had always gone home with the pain of having missed the Musee d'Orsay for lack of time. I made do with admiring the beautiful building (designed by Victor Laloux for the Universal Exhibition of 1...
  • This is the garden of the Louvre and the aristocrats which once inhabited the palace. It was designed by Le Notre, the same architect who designed the famous gardens at Versailles. It’s also the most central garden in Paris, locate...
  • The Georges Pompidou Centre, known locally as the "Beaubourg," is Paris' main modern art museum. The building was designed by the architect Renzo Piano and is internationally famous for its structure of exposed colored tubing. Be...
  • Les Invalides is a large 17th-century building located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. It’s very close to the Military Academy at the end of the Champs de Mars and currently houses the popular Military Museum. Originally, the...
  • This large park is in the 6th arrondissement in the center of Paris, not far from the University of La Sorbonne and the Pantheon. It’s the largest park in the city (Bois de Vincennes and Bois de Boulogne are just beyond the edge of...
  • There are so many bridges that cross the Seine, as different from each other as they are beautiful. They make me think about the song “La Seine” by Mathieu Chedid and Vanessa Paradisa, a classic for lovers of French music. We decid...
  • The Place de la Concorde was designed in 1753 by Jacques Ange Gabriel in honor of King Louis XV. It houses the very guillotine which ended the life of Marie Antoinette. The Luxor Obelisk donated to Louis-Philippe by Muhammad Ali Pa...
  • The Moulin Rouge is a legendary Paris cabaret immortalized in paintings and countless old movies. It was built in 1889 by Josep Oller, who was also the owner of Paris Olympia. The Moulin Rouge is an iconic symbol of Paris' Red L...
  • When it opened in 1804, the Parisians disapproved of this cemetery. It was in a time when bodies were often dumped in graves in large, mass quantities. The government of Louis XVIII attempted to draw attention to it in 1817 by trans...
  • My stroll along the Champs-Élysées is one of the best memories I have of my time in the French capital. I remember going quietly, at my own pace, and checking out the stores I wanted to see and stopping now and then for a coffee or ...
  • This building, opposite Pont des Arts, is home to an institution that brings together 5 major schools: the French Academy, the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles Lettres, the Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Fine Arts and the Aca...
  • Although not far from usual tourist areas (Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter, Jardin des Plantes), this is a small square boxed in my high buildings which makes it invisible to most outsiders. It’s a square complete with fenced gardens,...
  • The Pont Alexandre III is my favorite sight in all of Paris. Apart from its exuberant decoration of cherubs, nymphs, winged horses, and Art Nouveau lamps, it’s also located near the brilliant golden dome and offers exceptional views...
  • Simply put, Trocadero is where you have to go to get the best views of the Eiffel Tower. When you’re heading out of the Metro, use the “Tour Eiffel” exit. You’ll arrive in an open space full of tourists and souvenir vendors. As you...
  • The sports facilities at Roland Garros are highly recommended and it's where one of 4 Tennis Grand Slams takes place. The cost of the guided tour is € 10.50 and lasts about 1 hour. You visit: - General facilities - Press area - Play...
  • This tower allows us to have a fabulous view of the city of Paris and is an alternative to the typical climb of the Eiffel Tower, though I would recommended going up at least once. But if you've been up, you can go up the towering s...
  • Inspired by the Roman Pantheon, its French sister was built in 1744 on the order of Louis XV in honor of St. Genevieve as a thanksgiving for his recovery from a serious illness. After the Revolution, the Church became a cemetery, wh...
  • The Gothic jewel Sainte Capelle stands out for its stained glass windows and is considered by some to be the greatest example of occidental architecture in the world. For the devotee, it's like a door to heaven. It has 15 windows s...
  • The Pont des Arts is the most visited bridge in Paris along with the Pont Neuf. It’s more than just a way of crossing the Seine, it’s an experience. It’s built of wood and iron and connects the Louvre courtyard with the Institut de ...
  • L'église de la Madeleine is found in the Place de la Madeleine, just behind the Place de la Concorde. The neo-classical church took 85 years to build due to the wartime instability during that era. It’s located in the 8th arrondisse...
  • I would tell people who plan to visit La Défense to realise that the underground ticket when traveling from Paris since the Défense area despite its proximity to the Arc de Triomphe belongs to the Metro zone 3 which means that the t...
  • The banks of the Seine, in French called "Quais" (pronounced "que") which means spring, are a place of life on sunny days and summer nights. They are an ideal place to sunbathe or walk and see the famous "Paris Plage", where sand fi...
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