Top attractions 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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- 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
Julian our tour guide is quite comical and was light when we went about the tour. He was punctual and arrived at the pick up point on time. We were quite early and reached the garden very early which was ideal to enjoy it without the packed crowd. The well manicured garden was picturesque. We were glad that he showed us that first. The only downside was we had to wait for the other group to join us for the Versailles tour. The tour was very informative as we learned the history of the palace of Versailles.
This was on my bucket list. We got there early after booking 2 days in advance. The person handing out the audio guides was extremely difficult to understand to the point that I didn’t. We were happy to skip the queue outside and chose to see the Mona Lisa first, a 30 min wait. From there we spent 2 hours wandering through the louvre without catching up to the audio guide! All in all, slightly disappointed
The ride was nice, however, the concept of using your phone's WiFi to listen to commentary was not very useful considering that it does not work unless you stay on that page. This meant that I was not able to use it since I take photos with my cellphone. Very annoying. Even when going on the inside to listen to the little speakers coming from the seating, the sound would often cut out.
Met the guides exactly as instructed. Had a bit of a wait to get through security but it wasn't too bad. The climb was good fun a very doable. Our guide Sophie did a great job keeping entertained during the wait, and gave an excellent brief at both the first and second landings. The view from the summit was amazing.
Fred (our guide) was excellent. He shared so much history with us about Montmartre and provided us with context so we could really experience the district. Super casual and friendly with a very personalised experience. Would take a tour with Fred anytime we are back in Paris. Thank you