Top attractions in Paris
The 10 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 Montmartre, the couture fashion, or the art history: there is always another gem waiting for you around the corner.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Musee du Louvre
It would take nine months to glance at every work inside of the Louvre museum. Prioritizing is key! A tour guide can help point out interesting pieces and keep you stress-free.
5. 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 take as many photos as they'll let you!
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Notre Dame Cathedral
Although still an icon of Paris, Notre Dame de Paris was heavily damaged by fire on April 15, 2019. Visits to "Our Lady of Paris" have been canceled for the foreseeable future.
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.
10. Arc de Triomphe
Standing tall in the Place Charles de Gaulle, this monument honors those who fought in the French Revolution and Napoleonic War. Go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe for incredible views.
Planning Your 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
We've taken bike tours in many European cities and this was, hands down, the best one we've ever been on! Simon was absolutely incredible as an energetic, funny, informative, engaging guide and took us through hidden courtyards, parks and paths along the Seine, past the most picture worthy spots, and was full of fascinating stories and hilarious lesser known facts at stops all across Paris. We had a group of 7 that included adults, teenagers and even a 10 year old, and they had various sized bikes for everyone, all of which said that this was their very favorite day and activity in Paris. We will definitely book one of their other tours on our next visit!
No warm greeting to welcome you on board, surprising given this is hospitality and you'd want a lovely greeting. The boat was big, yet even then no warnings for people not to sit too close to each other I practically had a woman sit on my lap. Scary in a pandemic. Audio guide signal kept dropping out, so gave up trying to listen. Horrific graffiti all over the city - why Paris? Good route and a different way to see Paris.
It was good because it is the first time that we saw Paris from a very high place and I think it is very beautiful, but the weather was unfortunately bad and rainy The other good thing is the guide who accompanied us. Aida was very nice, cheerful, meticulous and time-bound. She was smooth in her explanation.
Superbe visite! J'y suis aller avec une amie (nous avons la vingtaine) et nous avons beaucoup apprécié cette visite. Le guide (Thierry Le Roi) était super et nous racontait des anecdotes. Vraiment à recommander, n'hésitez plus !
Visite passionnante avec un guide cultivé qui connaît très bien les lieux. On aurait jamais vu autant de choses intéressantes seuls ! Il y a de quoi se perdre au Père Lachaise. Je recommande vivement cette visite guidée.