Things To See in Paris, France

Whether you walk, get an open bus or a sail down the River Seine on a boat, you will marvel at the sights in Paris. The French are a nation known for their class and this is reflected in the city’s architecture and other attractions.

Many of Paris’ main attractions are within walking distance of each other. From the Eiffel Tower, you can walk to Arc de Triomphes, and from here you can also stroll to the Louvre, the city’s most visited museum, largely due to the world’s most famous painting which is kept there.

Other museums that shouldn’t be missed in Paris include the Rodin Museum which holds a wonderful collection of Auguste Rodin’s sculptures, the Picasso Museum and also the ‘Pompidou’ which is the city’s museum of modern art.

Attractions in Paris

  • Centre Pompidou

    Place Georges Pompidou, 4th Arr., Paris, France

    Unique from all of Paris' other museums thanks to its futuristic-like pipes which are exposed at the front of the building, the French capital's museum of modern art houses works by Picasso, Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp and other ground-breaking masters of modern art.

    Open daily from 11am-9pm; admission €10, free first Sunday of every month.

  • Musée d’Orsay

    62, rue de Lille, 7th Arr, Paris, France

    Paris' second most famous art gallery after the Louvre, this gallery on the banks of the Seine houses a large collection of collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art from 1848-1914.

    Open Tues-Sun 9.30am-6pm (until 9.45pm on Thurs); admission €7.50.

  • Arc de Triomphe

    Champs Elysses, Paris, France

    Looming over the Champs Elysses since 1836 when it was completed after being commissioned by Napoleon thirty years previous, Paris' Arc de Triomphe is the city's most emblematic building in the city after the Eiffel Tower. Beneath the tower is the 'Tomb of the Unknown Soldier' along with an eternal flame commemorating the dead of both World Wars.

    Visitors can climb to the top of the top of the arch for breathtaking views of the city.

    Open April 1st-Sept 30th 10am-11pm, Oct 1st-March 31st 10am-10.30pm; admission €8.

  • Eiffel Tower

    Champ de Mars, 7, Paris, France

    The Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris and was the tallest building in the world at 300m when built in 1889 for the Exposition Universelle on the centenary of the Revolution. Now, with its aerial, it reaches 321m.

    The tower has three platforms. A restaurant called the Jules Verne (extremely expensive; reservations absolutely necessary) is on the second platform. The top platform has a bar, souvenir shop, and the (recently restored) office of Gustave Eiffel.

    Lift open Jan 1st-June 15th 9.30-23.45 (steps until 18.30), June 16th-Sept 2nd 9.00-0.45 (steps until 0.30), Sept 3rd-Dec 31st 9.30-23.45 (steps until 18.30).

    Elevator admission €4.20 (1st floor), €7.70 (2nd floor), €11 (top).

    Stairs €3.80 for 1st and 2nd floor.

  • Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris

    Place du parvis de Notre Dame, Paris, France

    Considered a gothic masterpiece, the Notre Dame Cathedral was built between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries (1163-1345). At the end of the 18th century, during the Revolution, many of the treasures of the cathedral were either destroyed or plundered. After the Revolution, the building fell into disrepair and was even used to shelter livestock.

    Open daily from 7.45-18.45, admission to cathedral free; Towers open daily from 8.00-18.45; admission €5.50.

  • Basilique du Sacre-Coeur

    35 rue du Chevalier-de-la-Barre, 18th, Paris, France

    After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it was proposed to construct a church to the Sacred Heart on the butte Montmartre. The architect Abadie was chosen to design the basilique. The interior of the church contains one of the world’s largest mosaics, and depicts Christ with outstretched arms. Its onion dome is visible from almost anywhere in the city, and its 112m bell tower is the highest in Paris. From the top of the Dome, there is a panoramic view in all directions extending over 30 kilometers.

    Open daily from 6.45-23.00; admission free (church) / crypt/dome admission €3 for one and €5 for both.

  • Musee du Louvre

    Palais royal ,1st, Paris, France

    The origins of the Musee du Louvre date back to 1200 when Philippe August began construction of a fortress along the banks of the Seine.

    The museum is organised into wings which stem off from the Sully (round the Cour Carrée), Richelieu (along rue de Rivoli) and Denon (along the Seine). In the Louvre you will see lot of the world’s most famous paintings and sculptures most notably the Mona Lisa.

    Open daily from 9am-6pm (until 9.45pm Wed & Fri); admission for permanent collection €8.50/€6 from 6pm-9.45pm, free the first Sunday of every month.

  • The Sainte Chapelle and Conciergerie

    1 Quai de l’Horloge, Paris, France

    The Sainte Chapelle was built by Saint Louis to house the Crown of Thorns which was bought in 1239 for 135,000 livres . Some of the most beautiful stained-glass in the world are contained there. Near the chapel, there is the Conciergerie, one of Paris’ most famous prisons; the queen Marie-Antoinette and Robespierre were imprisoned here during the revolution.

    Open Apr-Sept 9.30am-6.30pm daily; Oct-Mar 10am-5pm daily; admission €6.

  • Place Vendome

    Paris,1st, Paris, France

    This square was designed by Jules-Hardouin Mansart in 1687 and the last house was built in 1720. Standing tall in the centre of the square is a large column with the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte standing on top dressed like Caesar. Today The Ritz, one of Paris’ most luxurious hotels, is located here.

  • Opera Garnier

    Paris , 2nd, Paris, France

    Opened in 1875, the interior of the building is decorated with Gobelin's tapestries and a six-ton chandelier. The ceiling was painted by Chagall in 1964. Since 1989, the Garnier has been used mainly for ballets. There are also a library and a museum here on the history of opera and dance.

  • Place de la Concorde

    Paris,8th, Paris, France

    Constructed between 1757 and 1777 as a monument for Louis XV, this place soon became the Place de la Revolution where the guillotine severed more than 1,343 necks. After the terror the place was renamed Place de la Concorde (Place of Harmony) and is now the biggest place in Paris. Situated along the Seine, it separates Tuilerie Gardens and Champs Elysées. In the centre of the place there is the statue Obelisque de Luxor, offered to Charles X by the Viceroy of Egypt in 1829. At night the Obelisk and the fountains are illuminated and well worth a visit.

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