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.
- 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
They offered wonderful supper and great wine selection with the staff being quite pleasant and very knowledgeable about the varied wines being served from all over France.
My daughters and I visited the Palace on a recent trip to Paris. I'm so glad I booked the tour. Our guide was exceptional. She clearly knew her history and she had a darling personality with a great sense of humor.
The meeting location is easy to find. When we arrived they provided a small (delicious) pastry and coffee/tea. Our tour guide (and driver) Matthieu was fun, kind, and incredibly knowledgeable. We took a small van, (maximum: 8 people including the driver). The drive was easy. We started at Tattinger whose cellars blew my mind. Then we went to a small champagne house: Vincent Brochet. The namesake and owner gave us the tour followed by lunch & dessert which was wonderful. After we went to another small champagne house and had another very laid back tasting. They promised 7-8 glasses over the course of the day, I think we had more like 10-12. Thank you so much!
This must surely be the best way to experience the Eiffel Tower! After a busy day of site-seeing in Paris we were a bit worried about climbing all those steps, but the climb is shorter than you think (especially with the 1st floor pitstop). Our guide, Sam, had so many fascinating stories that you never really noticed you were exercising. You won’t get a better way of experiencing and appreciating this magnificent monument. I’d also recommend taking the optional summit access (which is only accessible by lift). The view is well worth it!
I think this was really crowded as Notre Dame is closed. We were so glad not to have to wait in the curling line that looked like it would take at least an hour to get through. Jumped right in and enjoyed the Conciergerie too!