Things to see in Paris

Tips from real travelers about attractions and what to see in Paris.
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  • I arrived at the Eiffel Tower through the Trocadero and the experience of seeing it past the Palais de Chaillot is spectacular. I still hadn't seen the tower from anywhere else in the city and I was delightfully surprised. Before g...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Paris was the most beautiful place I had ever seen. There was no building, bridge, or church that did not have illuminating detail. I was definitely inspired in many ways, yet the architecture and sculptures took my breath away and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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...
  • 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 Hotel de Ville is in the place of the same name, between the Seine and the rue Rivoli, it's a reconstruction of the original that burned down in 1871. It's facade has sculptures of famous French men (Voltaire, Rousseau, Charles ...
  • 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...
  • If you look, you can spot this late Gothic tower on the river, reflecting the love of medieval defensive towers in the sixteenth century. Built around 1523, it is all that remains of a Church, a meeting point for pilgrims on their w...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • La Défense is a modern business district in west Paris and part of the historical area created by the Louvre, Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Neuilly Bridge, and the Grande Arche. The district is mainly composed of skyscrapers whic...
  • 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...
  • Go for a movie (the MK2 is close), eat churros, go out inthe bars nearby, go to the Opera Bastille, or the arts and crafts market on Saturday. You will have to pass through Plaza Bastille as part of your Parisian adventures! An exce...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Grand Palais is just off Pont Alexandre III and against the Petit Palais, the three monuments were built at the same time for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. It is noted for its huge glass ceiling and I recommend visiting at n...
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