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The Ten Things You Simply Must See in Paris

Everyone falls in love with a different part of Paris. Whether you visit for the romantic gardens, the bohemian streets of Monmartre, the couture fashion, or the art history: there is always another gem waiting for you around the corner.

Eiffel Tower

The crown jewel of the Paris skyline is even more spectacular up close. Booking Eiffel Tower tickets in advance will let you bypass the tourist crowds and go straight to the top.

Seine River

Does it get any more romantic than a boat cruise down the Seine, taking in the sights and drinking champagne? Pro tip: You can get incredible Eiffel Tower photos from the river.

Moulin Rouge

Dedicate a Parisian night to the Moulin Rouge. Go put on your best outfit, and make your way to the Pigalle District to pay homage to the birthplace of the can-can.

Musee du Louvre

It would take nine months to glance at every work of inside the Louvre museum. Prioritizing is key! A tour guide can help point out interesting pieces and keep you stress-free.

Palace of Versailles

There is no greater luxury than seeing this ornate splendor up close. Bike through the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, tour the king's apartments, and takes as many photos as they'll let you!

Disneyland Paris

If you're looking for a little family fun, the European Magical Kingdom is located just outside the city. You can book transportation with your Disneyland Paris ticket, which is incredibly helpful.

Paris Catacombs

The underground ossuaries of Paris house the remains of six million people. Nicknamed "The World's Largest Grave," the Paris Catacombs are certainly a curiosity worth exploring.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame de Paris, French for "Our Lady of Paris," was one of the first buildings to use the flying buttress, making it a must-see for architecture-loving tourists.


The Champs-Élysées, the world's most beautiful avenue, leads from the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde and into the Tuileries garden. During Christmas, you'll see all those trees spectacularly alight.

Arc de Triomphe

Standing tall in the Place Charles de Gaulle, this monument honors those who fought in the French Revolution and Naploeonic War. Go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe for incredible views.

Planning Your Paris Visit

What should you know before you arrive in Paris?

In a city this crowded with people and this steeped in tradition, you should decide which attractions you want to see in advance. Know which museums are a must-visit for your group. Make dinner reservations. Decide which neighborhoods you want to explore. Figure out how to beat the crowds at the Musee d'Orsay.

How big is Paris?

If you haven't been to Paris before, you may be surprised by how sprawling the city is compared to other, more walkable tourist destinations like Rome or Barcelona. (You can certainly walk -- but the Métro will help you zip around quicker!) Try to organize your sightseeing by neighborhood, so that you're not racing across the city several times a day.

How many days should you spend in Paris?

It depends! It really will help to prioritize what you want to see before you go, and map out how long it will take you to see everything on your list. You could easily fill five days with tours and major attractions -- but remember to dedicate time to strolling down the Seine, shopping your way through the Marais, and drinking a Kir Royal at a sidewalk cafe.

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  • Best time to visit
    As is European tradition, the French go on holiday for most of August -- meaning that it actually might be the best time to go! The city will be a little less crowded, and you'll be able to experience Paris at a slower pace.

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What people are saying about Paris

Montmartre 2 hour walking tour was awesome!

Our guide, Thom, was awesome! He’s got a lively vibe and it’s a good pace of sharing all kind of stories behind Montmartre! We visit here over and over and it’s really fun to learn both little and famous stories behind! Thom has a good sense of humor and knowledgeable on life in Paris. It’s impressive that he’s got all the knowledge only after living in Paris for 2 years! Thanks very much for your wonderful guided tour! We’ll keep coming back to you in the future!

Paris: Montmartre 2-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/15/2018

Amazing tour of Versailles Palace and Trianon

Very happy to have chosen this skip the line ticket with the convenience of not taking the long queue to the security checkpoint and main entrance. Had a great time with my self-guided tour using the audio pen provided in the package.

Skip the Line: Versailles and Trianon Audio Pen Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/15/2018

Great guide (Rene) and exceptionnal site.

Our guide (Rene) was very passionate about history and culture and made this ascension very pleasant and instructive. Very nice visit! Although we had booked for summit, we were denied access, but that obviously was not our guide's fault. We were quickly reimbursed for that part.

Katie was a rock star and provided us with entertaining information!

Really glad we decided to go for the tour, instead of by ourselves. Katie, our guide, was hilarious as she entertained and informant us about French history, the buildings, some basic French lessons, geography of Paris, as well as a ton of information about the Eiffel Tour. Her enthusiasm and love of knowledge were a fantastic asset to this tour. We stayed after the tour and watched the lights go on after dark. A must do.

Eiffel Tower: Summit Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/13/2018

Exceptional guide who knew the sights, entertaining and cheerful

It was a very hot day. Our guide was informative and cheerful despite this. She was lovely and I would recommend her to anyone.