20 places to see in Paris
Coming to Paris and not visiting these attractions is almost a crime. Moreover, the list of popular and well-known sites, like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, should be complemented with new and unusual places. Otherwise, you just won't feel the whole charm of Paris!
We simply had to include the most visited attraction in the world in this list – the Eiffel Tower. It is the number one place in every Paris visitor guide. At last count, about 7 million visitors come here per year! Even though it’s not very original, €15 for a ticket is a fair price for the incredibly gorgeous view that opens up from the observation deck. By the way, we strongly recommend you to buy a ticket in advance on the Eiffel Tower website. Otherwise, you risk to spend half a day in the queue. In any case, do not buy tickets in the local travel agencies, cause they will charge an exorbitant price.
You should visit this huge and impressive museum only if you have a whole day that you are willing to spend on the contemplation of beauty. If you simply need to put a check-mark in the list and look at the Mona Lisa from the distance, it is not worth it. In order to enjoy a visit at the Louvre, it is advised to examine the museum’s scheme in advance and walk through the halls that the crowds of tourists don’t reach with their standard tours. You can read about the tricks that explain how to buy tickets for the Louvre here.
It proudly rises above the Champs-Elysées and is considered a symbol of Paris equally with the Eiffel Tower. It is not surprising, because the Arch overlooks the views over the city, perhaps, even more impressively than the view from the Eiffel tower. A ticket is even less expensive (€9.50) with fewer tourists around.
The Sacré-Coeur is rising to the height of 130 metres above Paris. While walking through the quarter of Montmartre, don’t be too lazy and check it out. Go up the stairs leading to the Sacré-Coeur and look at the panorama of one of the most authentic districts of the city. Believe us, it is worth it.
If your trip to Paris will take place during the warm season, you really should visit the Luxembourg Gardens, which are located in the sixth district. This Palace & Park Ensemble is renowned for its calm and peaceful atmosphere. Just grab a baguette and coffee in the nearest cafe, sit down on one of the elegant chairs set up around the area and chill out!
Previously the tour guides called this museum, located on the left bank of the Seine, „lesser known“. However, in recent years, it has become very, very popular. Nevertheless, the collection of famous impressionists that is exhibited here, is worth it to accept tourist crowds that also want to see the masterpieces of Manet, Degas, Renoir, Gauguin, Van Gogh and other great artists. Ticket price: €11 (for entry into the permanent collections, and for temporary exhibitions, subject to availability), €8.50 (for 18-25 year olds who are not citizens or long-term residents of an EU member state, for everyone from 4.30pm (except Thursdays), for everyone on Thursday evenings, from 6pm).
This monumental attraction became especially popular after the release of the musical of the same name. Keep in mind that it's better to come here early in the morning, if you don't want to be a part of the very long queue in the afternoon. Ticket costs €8.50, you can buy it in the tower to the left of the cathedral, when facing the front of the building. Notre Dame is also a great spot to see the city from above.
Since it is located outside of Paris, it is nice to have the whole day for the visit. The residence of King Louis the 14th is a living history. You can dive into its world by visiting the palace and walking through the surrounding gardens. In addition, if you get hungry, there is the wonderful bakery "Angelina" inside the palace, the prices, however, are not cheap.
This royal medieval Gothic church, which is located on the Ile de la Cité, has the most impressive interiors. Its stained-glass windows are especially fascinating. Tickets cost €6.50 for adults and €4.50 for children. Opening hours: from 9:30 to 18:00.
Of course, in the most romantic city in the world you can't ignore the grand opera. And even if you are not going to the concert, just explore the majestic building from the outside or go inside with a guided tour, which costs €14 for adults and €6.50 for children. You can make a pre-order on its website.
Don't be afraid of such a name. Indeed, once there was a shelter for the injured soldiers. But today you will find many museums and monuments dedicated to the military history of France. In addition, the grave of Napoleon Bonaparte can be found here.
Visitors love this relaxing place, because the garden is on the way from the Louvre to the Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe. It’s always nice to have a walk in this area, to lie on the grass and eat an ice cream that you can buy in the nearest kiosk, but only if you come to Paris during the warm season of course.
Undoubtedly, it is the most beautiful bridge in Paris. You can pass it by on the way to another attractions such as the Les Invalides. Don’t be in a rush and stop on the middle of the bridge, look around and enjoy an outstanding view on the Eiffel Tower.
We are not going to talk about Parisian hotels in general, but about the Hôtel de Ville area or the Place de Greve, located a short walk from the Cathedral of Notre Dame in the fourth district. There are several magnificent municipal buildings. Many city events take place on this square. In the cold season there is a huge ice rink, for example.
If you come to Paris with children, the first place on the must-see list should be Disneyland. It is located 32 kilometres from the city and is considered the best amusement park in the world. Of course you can spend few days in this magic world, but it won’t work with less than one day. A ticket costs €60, but you can also get it for free. Find out how to do it here.
This square in the central area of Paris is a perfect example of classical architectural style. It is located between the Champs Elysees and the Tuileries Gardens, so you can easily check it out as well.
When googling “travel tips Paris”, you should pay attention to this unusual attraction. Probably, this place is not for everyone. The catacombs of Paris hide not only secret underground routes, but... an underground cemetery with thousands of skeletons since the 18th century. Diggers will love it for sure.
If you get tired of the sights and just want to wander the streets of Paris, we suggest you head to the Latin Quarter, which is located in the fifth and sixth districts around the Sorbonne. There you may find many cheap and authentic restaurants because of the proximity to the campus.
This is an old quarter, which, beside its churches and other attractions, is also famous for boutiques and luxury brands shops with discount clothing.
Of course, we could not fail to mention the artists' quarter of Montmartre. This is where you gonna find the "Old Paris", which will be hard to forget. Here you can find cheap apartments for rent and small cosy hotels as well.