What to see in Paris

47 must see places

Paris Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower

Lookout Tower

When you say Paris, everyone immediately thinks of its main landmark, the Eiffel Tower. Built in 1889 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great French Revolution and the World's Fair held in the year of its completion, it is named after its designer, Gustave Eiffel. It was originally to be demolished after 20 years, but its importance as a weather station, radio and television transmitter remained, which at first displeased even the…

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Versailles
Versailles

Castle, Garden

The Château de Versailles is probably the most famous château not only in France, but also in the world. The magnificent and magnificent building with its adjacent extensive geometric gardens and fountains is one of the masterpieces of the Classical Baroque. [btn "Find out prices for flights to Paris" /go-skyscanner] It was built in the mid-17th century by the French Sun King, hence known as Louis XIV, as a symbol of the absolutist monarchy. …

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Grand Trianon
Trianon Manor

Castle, Garden

The two Trianon Chateaux have beautiful French and English style gardens and are part of the Palace of Versailles complex. Still, they deserve a separate site detail as they are over 2 km away from the main Palace of Versaillesand you can purchase a separate entrance to the Trianon estate only, skipping the often very crowded main palace. [btn "The 10 best hotels in Paris" https://booking.com/city/fr/paris.en-gb.html?aid=2380460;label=p-pariz…

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Louvre
Muzeum Louvre

Museum

The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Paris is the most visited museum in the world and ranks 2nd in size after the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. It is famous for its famous art collections, especially Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, but has also been featured in films and books. [btn "The 10 best hotels in Paris" https://booking.com/city/fr/paris.en-gb.html?aid=2380460;label=p-pariz-louvre] Located in the Palais du Louvre, the former palace of the French…

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Notre Dame
Notre-Dame Cathedral

Cathedral

One of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals, which is one of the symbols of Paris and the French nation, is sure to amaze everyone and is a must-see. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, its construction began in the 12th century but was not completed until the 14th century. What everyone immediately notices are its 3 large rose rosette windows (circular), where the western one is even the largest in the world. [btn "The 10 best hotels in Paris"…

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Sacré Coeur
Basilica of Sacré Coeur

Basilica, Lookout

Translated, the name means "Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus". It is a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site on the hill of Montmartre and is the 2nd most visited tourist site in Paris after Notre Dame Cathedral. Its construction began in 1875, but was not completed until 1919. Its somewhat unusual appearance may not appeal to everyone, but it certainly captures everyone's attention. It also houses 5 bells and 1 of them is the largest in France.…

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Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe

Gateway

The beautiful and large Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile is one of the most famous triumphal arches in the world and one of the icons of Paris. Every year, the Tour de France cycling race ends here. It was built for 30 years in the early 19th century by Napoleon Bonaparte to celebrate his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz. It was completed in 1836 and is shown to the world in the purest style of classical architecture. Its size makes it one of…

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Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge

Theatre

The Moulin Rouge is the most famous cabaret in the world and has become the centre of nightly entertainment. The original cabaret dates back to 1889, but unfortunately burned down in 1915. It was the birthplace of the famous cancan, originally a seductive dance of courtesans, which today serves more to entertain the audience. It is located in the Montmartre district, which was alive with music, theatre and nightlife, which is still the case…

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Palais Royal
Palais Royal

Theatre, Palace, Square, Garden

The Palais Royal is a large complex of historic buildings in central Paris, close to the Louvre Gallery and the Tuileries Gardens. The complex of palace buildings is in the style of classical architecture and dates back to 1825. [btn "Book a hotel in central Paris" https://booking.com/city/fr/paris.en-gb.html?aid=2380460;label=p-pariz-royal] Theatre and government offices Most of the palace is off-limits to the general public as it houses…

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Champs Elysees
Champs-Élysées

Shopping class

This long and wide boulevard is one of the most famous and busiest streets in Paris. It is one of the most expensive in the world in terms of rent. The street is less than 2 km long, 70 m wide and connects the modern and historic parts of the city. It is terminated on one side by the Arc de Triomphe and on the other by Place de la Concorde near the Louvre. [btn "Book a hotel in central Paris" https://booking.com/city/fr/paris.en-gb.html?aid…

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Montmartre
Montmartre

City Quarter

Montmartre is a historic district and one of the few hills in Paris. The area used to be full of vineyards and gardens where windmills stood, which can still be found today and are still an icon of the district. Then, housing developments began to spring up and the place became famous mainly for the artists who lived in their studios and lived a bohemian life. Among them, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. [imageFill 94195,94196…

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Latin Quarter
Latin Quarter

City Quarter

The Latin Quarter, Quartier Latin, is one of the most popular places in Paris to spend time in one of the many local cafes or restaurants. The fact that it is a student quarter contributes greatly to the relaxed atmosphere, after all, the Latin Quarter is home to one of the world's most important universities , the Sorbonne. It has been a quarter of intellectuals, students and their professors since time immemorial, which is why it got its name…

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Disneyland Paris
Disneyland

Amusement park

Whether you are a small child, a fairy tale fan or a rough adult, everyone can have fun here and you don't even have to go to America. Disneyland Paris was inaugurated in 1992 and receives around 10 million visitors each year. It consists of 2 parks - the oldest Disneyland Park and the newer Walt Disney Studios Park. You will find themed environments from Disney fairy tales and the centerpiece is the castle, which has become a symbol of the…

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Invalides in Paris
Invalides

Museum

The vast complex of buildings with the main Cathedral and its typical golden dome will surely amaze you. The complex was originally founded by King Louis XIV in 1671 as a home for war veterans and as a military hospital. Hôpital des invalides, or hospital for invalids. The Army Museum and the tomb of Napoleon The dominant domed church is considered the pinnacle of French Baroque architecture and was modelled on St Peter's Basilica in Rome. …

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Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde

Museum, Square

Place de la Concorde, is the largest historic square in Paris. It was built between 1754 and 1772. In the past, the square was one of the most famous and busiest spaces in Paris. It was here, for example, that King Louis XVI was executed by guillotine. Today, it is a popular place, as it is surrounded by the most famous and touristic places such as the Louvre and the adjacent Tuileries garden and the famous Champs-Élysées. [btn "Top 10 hotels…

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Church of la Madeleine
La Madeleine Church

Church

When you drive up to this Catholic church, you'll almost feel like you've been transported here from Greece. It's modeled after an ancient Greek church, but it dates from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. [btn "Top 10 hotels in Paris" https://booking.com/city/fr/paris.en-gb.html?aid=2380460;label=p-pariz-madeleine] The old Church of the Madeleine, where King Louis XVI himself was buried, used to stand here, but was subsequently moved to…

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Opera Palais Garnier
Opéra Garnier

Opera

The Opéra Garnier or Palais Garnier is the main building used by the Opéra national de Paris. The Palais Garnier is mainly used for classical opera and ballet performances. It was here that the famous Phantom of the Opera, which is known throughout the world, was born. If you are a fan, this is definitely a place not to be missed. [btn "The 10 best hotels in Paris" https://booking.com/city/fr/paris.en-gb.html?aid=2380460;label=p-pariz-opera] …

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Centre Pompidou
Centre Pompidou

Gallery, Modern Building, Lookout, Modern fountain

The very unusual and unique avant-garde building of the cultural centre and modern art gallery "Centre Georges Pompidou" is one of the main attractions of Paris. It is unconventional because of the external location of the steel structure, ducts and communications, which has created a completely free space inside the building. It's easy to tell, as each section has a colour to distinguish its function - blue for the air conditioning ducts,…

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Catacombs
Katakomby

Museum

Not exactly cheerful, more of a creepy and scary place, but interesting. It's the catacombs of Paris. It may look like a Czech ossuary near Kutna Hora. Les catacombes de Paris are originally stone mines created by the ancient Romans. It wasn't until 1786 that the premises were consecrated and the catacombs became the new repository for human remains from disused cemeteries. Today, the catacombs of Paris comprise over 190 km of passageways…

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Place des Vosges
Place des Vosges

Square

Place des Vosges is one of the oldest planned and certainly the most beautiful squares in Paris. Located in the Le Marais district, it is an extremely quiet place, yet it is in the middle of a dense urban development. The Place de la Vosges was built by King Henry IV between 1605 and 1612 and has an exact square plan measuring 140 x 140 metres. The park is surrounded by 36 palaces At first glance, the almost identical appearance of all 36…

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Petit Palais
Petit Palais

Gallery, Museum, Palace

Like the opposite and much larger Grand Palais, the Petit Palais was built as one of the main exhibition halls for the 1900 World Expo. The building is arranged around a semi-circular garden and boasts a magnificent portal around the main entrance with Ionic columns also arranged around the façade. [imageFill 163578,163587,163586] The garden with benches and outdoor and indoor cafes is beautiful. [btn "Book a hotel in Paris at a discount"…

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Grand Palais
Grand Palais

Museum, Palace

The Grand Palais is a magnificent building near the Champs-Élysées and Place de la Concorde. Like the smaller Petit Palais opposite, the Grand Palais was built for the 1900 World Expo. Architecture The most interesting feature of the Grand Palais is the Art Nouveau steel-and-glass structure that covers the pavilion and gives it a special atmosphere. The dominant feature of the palace is the 45-metre-high dome, visible from every vantage point…

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Sainte Chapelle
Sainte Chapelle

Church

The Holy Chapel is an important two-storey Gothic chapel, which is one of the jewels of the High Gothic style. It is impressive for its architecture and large stained glass high windows, which give the whole chapel its lightness. Sainte-Chapelle is considered one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings in the world. It was built in 1248 to house important relics, notably the crown of thorns of Jesus (now housed inNotre-Dame). [btn "Book a hotel…

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Pantheon
Panthéon

Historic building, Lookout

The Panthéon is a stunning neo-classical building with an imposing dome that hides a triple structure. Due to its location on top of the hill of St. Jove above the Latin Quarter, it is one of the landmarks of Paris. The main purpose of the Panthéon is as a mausoleum for famous personalities. [imageFill 163666,163613] The construction was completed in 1790, but the building was originally intended as a church, today it is a magnificent…

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Montparnasse
Montparnasse skyscraper

Skyscraper, Lookout

Until 2011, it was the tallest skyscraper in Paris (today it is the Tour First). The Tour Montparnasse (sometimes also referred to as the Montparnasse Tower) was completed in 1973 with a height of 210 m. However, it is often the target of criticism because of its appearance. It is supposed to have the best view of the whole of Paris, as it is the only place from where the skyscraper cannot be seen. Parisians are not very fond of the building…

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Luxembourg Palace
Luxembourg Garden

Garden

A beautiful palace with a garden in the middle of the city makes your walk in Paris a pleasant one. It was built in the 17th century as a royal residence for Louis XIII's mother. Marie de Medici. In 1958, the building became the seat of the French Senate. As part of the palace, the garden was not to be missed and today it has become a very popular resting place not only for locals. Here you will find grassy areas with a water reservoir, flower…

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Musee d'Orsay
Orsay Museum

Museum

Another important museum with an art collection focused mainly on the French Impressionists of the period 1848-1914 is the famous Musée d'Orsay. [btn "Book a hotel in Paris at a discount" https://booking.com/city/fr/paris.en-gb.html?aid=2380460;label=p-pariz-orsay] Its collections form an intermediate level between the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou. If you're not an avid connoisseur of this art, you'll be intrigued by the building it's…

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Trocadero
Jardins du Trocadéro

Museum, Fountain, Square, Garden, Aquarium

The Trocadéro Gardens are one of the best views of the entire Eiffel Tower. The park has several levels and sections. At the highest point is the Trocadéro square, where there is a roundabout and you will walk between the buildings of the Palais de Chaillot. From here you have a direct view of the Eiffel Tower and the park with the water area below, which is reached by one of the staircases. The biggest landmark of the park is the so-called…

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Park Tuileries
Jardin des Tuileries

Garden

A very beautiful and popular park that is impossible to avoid when travelling around Paris is the Tuileries Garden. It's a place where many tourists and locals flock to have a chat or just enjoy a bit of nature. The original park was built by Catherine de' Medici in 1564 for her palace, which unfortunately no longer stands. There are several interesting things to see throughout the park. [btn "The 10 best hotels in Paris" https://booking.com…

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Place Vendome
Place Vendôme

Square, Shopping class

A square that looks different than it looks. Its ground plan is rectangular, but thanks to clever architecture with curved corners, it looks like an octagon. The square was originally named Louis the Great Square and was intended to be a celebration of him. [btn "Find out the prices of hotels near Vendome" https://booking.com/city/fr/paris.en-gb.html?aid=2380460;label=p-pariz-montmartre] In the centre of the square stands the bronze Vendôme…

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Louis Vuitton Foundation
Louis Vuitton Foundation

Museum, Modern Building

The building will definitely impress you with its glassy modern architecture, which is thanks to the famous American architect Frank Gehry. The building was completed and subsequently opened in 2014. But what is the purpose of this special building? It is an art museum and cultural centre sponsored by the famous Louis Vuitton company. So you will find temporary exhibitions of modern art from all over the world that are as unique as the…

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Le Marais
Le Marais

City Quarter

A remarkable historic district where everyone will find something to enjoy. What makes it special is its beautiful architecture, as it consists mainly of Renaissance palaces of the rich nobility, formerly known as hôtels particuliers. [btn "The 10 best hotels in Paris" https://booking.com/city/fr/paris.en-gb.html?aid=2380460;label=p-pariz-marais] Among the palaces, it is worth mentioning the hôtel de Sens (1 rue du Figuier) with its beautiful…

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Basilica of St. Denis
Basilica of Saint Denis

Basilica

The Basilica (often referred to as the "cathedral") of Saint Denis is a world-famous Gothic work that dates back to 1140. It is one of the first purely Gothic churches in the world. The basilica can be found on the northern edge of the Paris agglomeration in the town of Saint-Denis and is dedicated to the patron saint of France, Saint Divis. According to the original design, the basilica was classically intended to have two towers in the…

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La Defense
La Défense

La Défense is the only truly modern neighbourhood in the immediate vicinity of Paris and the largest administrative district in the entire Île-de-France region and one of the largest in Europe. The first skyscrapers were built here in the 1960s and 1970s, inspired by New York's Manhattan and Chicago's Downtown. La Défense is home to many multinational companies, one of the largest department stores in France and the tallest building in Paris,…

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Chateau Vincennes
Chateau Vincennes

Castle

Château de Vincennes is a medieval château located on the southeastern outskirts of Paris. The chateau's present-day appearance dates from around 1360 to 1450, including the landmark of Chateau Vincennes, the residential and guard tower (called the donjon), which rises to a height of 50 metres. It is thus one of the highest of all French castles. In the adjacent Vincennes Forest (Bois de Vincennes), you can take a break from the hustle and…

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Saint-Jacques Tower
Saint-Jacques Tower

Historic building, Tower

This solitary tower with its late Gothic appearance will catch your eye right in the centre of Paris, close to the Seine River, the important Chatelet station and the Cité island. The tower of Saint-Jacques is the bell tower of the former church of Saint-Jacques-la-Boucherie, which stood here from the mid-13th century until the end of the 18th century, when it was completely dismantled for building materials. However, the bell tower, built in…

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Pont Alexandre III.
Pont Alexandre III

Historic Bridge

The Alexander III Bridge is one of the most beautiful and famous in Paris. In particular, it boasts four massive supports, which had to be built because the bridge, despite its small height, forms only a single arch, creating an extreme horizontal thrust. On each side, two decorative columns with golden sculpture capitals rise to a height of 17 metres and attract attention from a distance. [btn "The 10 best hotels in Paris" https://booking.com…

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Conciergerie
Conciergerie

Museum, Palace

Located on the northern waterfront of the Cité, the magnificent former palace of the Royal Palace (Conciergerie in French) is the most prominent palace in the area. During the Great French Revolution, the palace also served as a prison for up to 1,200 prisoners. [btn "Book a hotel in Paris at a discount" https://booking.com/city/fr/paris.en-gb.html?aid=2380460;label=p-pariz-conciergerie] The history of the palace dates back to the 9th century,…

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Bassin de la Villette
Bassin de La Villette

Water Canal, Promenade

In the western part of Paris, there is the beautiful artificial canal Bassin de La Villette, which continues for almost 5 km along the Canal Saint-Martin to the Seine. It creates a natural line of promenades, cafés, outdoor seating and parks away from the tourist action of the historic centre. [imageFill 163833,163834] La Baignale swimming pool Certainly one of the most popular spots is the trio of pools, or rather the extended promenade into…

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Paris Plages
Paris Plages

Sandy beach

Every summer since 2002, the Paris Plages, or Paris Beaches, have opened right in the historic centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine River. The popular spot, with its sun loungers, parasols and artificially imported unadulterated fine sand, creates an ideal space to relax on warm summer days. The beaches are only suitable for relaxing and sunbathing, swimming in the Seine is not possible due to the high banks and boat traffic. For a free…

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The view from Beleville Park
Belleville

Park, Lookout

The Belleville district lies completely out of the tourist spotlight in the east of Paris, but it's still worth a visit if you have an extra hour. Belleville is one of the few hilly areas in Paris and the neighbourhood itself has a very pleasant and local feel. [btn "Book a hotel in Paris at a discount" https://booking.com/city/fr/paris.en-gb.html?aid=2380460;label=p-pariz-conciergerie] The main attraction is the small park of Belleville,…

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Champ-de-Mars
Champ-de-Mars

Park

The Champ-de-Mars Park, or Martova pole in Czech, is one of the most visited places in Paris. The reason is simple: it is located directly below the Eiffel Tower and offers the most beautiful views of it. In addition, its grassy areas and the always neatly trimmed trees providing shade make it a very popular place for picnicking or just lying on the grass. In addition, Martha's Field serves as one of the centers of the annual celebration of the…

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bastille
Place de la Bastille

Monument, Square

Bastille Square is one of the most important public spaces in France. It is the symbolic site of the French Revolution, where the Bastille fortress stood, destroyed in 1789-1790. The storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789 is still celebrated as one of the most important national holidays in France. [btn "Book a hotel in Paris at a discount" https://booking.com/city/fr/paris.en-gb.html?aid=2380460;label=p-pariz-bastille] Attractions on the…

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Pere Lachaise Cemetery
Père-Lachaise Cemetery

Cemetery

The most visited cemetery in the world and the largest in Paris is located in the western part of the city. While you might think that it might not be the best trip, the opposite is true, as evidenced by its attendance. It was opened in 1804 in place of the original large garden. Today, however, it still resembles more of a beautiful and peaceful garden with many trees and filled with sculptures and ornate tombstones. [btn "TOP 10 hotels in…

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Grevin Museum
Grévin Museum

Museum

One of the largest and oldest wax museums in Europe, Musée Grévin is very popular not only among tourists. It was founded in 1882, but gradually grew in size and popularity. Today you will find around 450 figures important to the history and present of France and the world - historical figures such as politicians, kings, inventors and, from more modern history and the present, film stars, sportsmen and presidents. You certainly won't get bored…

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Grande mosquee
The Great Mosque

Mosque

It's definitely not the place you think of when you say Paris. If you're interested in an unconventional experience where you experience something different, a visit to the Grand Mosque might be just the thing for you. The Grande Mosquée de Paris is the oldest and largest mosque in France, the 3rd largest mosque in Europe overall, and was completed in 1926 in the Moorish style. It includes not only prayer rooms, but also a library, a school, a…

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Hotel Ville
Hôtel de ville

Town Hall

While the name might suggest that this opulent neo-Renaissance building from 1357 in the heart of Paris is a hotel, the reality is different. The Hôtel de ville is the Paris Town Hall, which has served its purpose continuously since its completion to this day. [btn "The 10 best hotels in Paris" https://booking.com/city/fr/paris.en-gb.html?aid=2380460;label=p-pariz-grevin] The building is mainly used for offices, but sometimes events and…

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