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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

Great tour with lots of interesting information

Worth it because with the tour the Eiffel tower becomes a vivid monument not only a huge metal edifice.

Eiffel Tower Guided Climb with Optional Summit Access Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/07/2018

July was fantastic, interesting tour, suitable for 10 years old...

Although it was a hot summer day we had a nice group and the best guide. No way we could have find this knowledge in tourist books. merci

Paris 4-Hour Bike Tour: Off the Beaten Path Reviewed by Hagit, 08/07/2018

Exceptional - Great way to see the Eiffel Tower

Well worth it to skip the lines. This guided tour allows you to skip the lines, go up to the summit (to the very top) first for 15-20 minutes, then for an unlimited amount of time to the second floor and all other levels/areas of the Eiffel tower. The second level has the best views felt. We did the tour at dusk and stuck around for the sunset and the night view. Best way to view it. Our guide Ferret was awesome! He is an engineer by education but does this tours as his true passion. He has great stories, awesome memory - there were eight of us and he remembered all of them the first time he heard it even though they were not common western names.

Eiffel Tower: Skip-the-Line Summit Tour Reviewed by Champs, 08/06/2018

Anastasia offered a very interesting tour

She made the tour very interesting and efficient and had always a smile on her face and never lost her group. Excellent knowledge of history and art

Fantastic visit facilitated by the advance purchase of the ticket.

I really went over the line and quietly visited this fantastic temple on a slow and very attentive visit.

Self-Guided Tour & Skip-the-Line Ticket to Sainte Chapelle Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/06/2018