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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+33
- Best time to visitAs 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
I was quite please with the flexibility of the schedule and appreciated the forth rightness of the agent forecasting a potential closure of Blue route due to protesters on Saturday. Though it didn’t happen an offer to add a day was very thoughtful and appreciated. I recommend taking 3 days for Hop on Hop off and adding the River Cruise prior to evening near the Eiffel Tower. You will be thankful as we were!
The Louvre; fortress, palace and now a massive museum which maintains great history. Our tour guide, Alex, was wonderful. She demonstrated her exceptional knowledge on the sculptures, paintings and history of the Louvre throughout the tour while we exercised her patience which she readily handled. I would highly recommend skip the line with Alex leading the tour.
We got to the catacombs 15 min before our due time and our wonderful guide said go grab a coffee and come back. It made my day not having to line up for hours. Brad, our guide was very knowledgeable and courteous. We learnt a lot and he took the time to explain all that we needed to know.
The whole museum is wonderful but the fifth floor impressionists wing is my favorite. A must see.
My family and I just finished a week long trip to Paris. We took advantage of Skip-the-line tours four times. Each were worth the price in time saved and knowledge gained. That said, the Eiffel Tower tour was the truly exceptional one. Led by Marion, her words still resonant as she pointed out the history of Paris as we viewed the city from well up on the Eiffel Tower. A beautiful panaramic sight!