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
We went during Aug 2019 so peak time, line was long but was all organised. A representative from the guide company (City Tour 1) was already going along the line and ticking peoples names off so that was reassuring. Once past security we met up with our group and our guide David. He was very warm, welcoming and funny. Our tour was to the summit by elevator, overall the tour was nice although you can easily turn up and get tickets at the gate. The official Eiffel Tower website said tickets weren't available which is why I opted for this tour but people were buying tickets at the gate, so if you don't want the tour and the website says its sold out I would simply turn up and buy tickets.
Our daughter has special needs and finds it difficult to be in enclosed spaces for long periods of time so we are always looking for ways around having to stay in particularly long queues. The skip the line priority access tickets for the Eiffel Tower were perfect for us as the regular queues can take a few hours, even with previously booked tickets. The guide we had was also very knowledgeable but didn’t overload us with information. The amount of info given was just enough. Overall it was a very worthwhile experience which meant that a visit to the Eiffel tower didn’t take up a whole day.
All the ingredients are already measures and made prior to families stirring, pouring or rolling so while you do get involved it wasn't at the level we expected. In addition unlike a gelato and pizza class we took you don't get the recipes afterwards. This is fun and interesting to see how the process is still so manual and by hand with over 2000 baguettes made daily. The yummy takeaway bread is a nice touch.
Great option to buy quickly as the Pantheon site was hard to navigate. another option would be to offer "skip the line" to the top of the Pantheon as I didn't know that was an option. the view from atop was amazing!
Katelyn told great stories about the catacombs, interwoven with historic background, all presented in a humourous way. Would recommend the tour; particularly helps with skipping the dreadfully long queue!