The 20 most interesting places to see in Paris

Paris is beautiful in every way. To experience it, you don't have to rush off to see all the sights. We are in favor of getting to know the city with a reasonable balance of interesting places and leisurely walks around the city. To save your time and make it easier to make an itinerary, we have prepared for you a list of the most important places in the French capital, which are definitely worth seeing. It is unlikely that you will be able to do it in one trip, but you will have time to do at least part of the program!
09 february 2022
7 min

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1. Eiffel Tower

Let's start with the classics! As it is the most visited landmark not only in Paris, but also in the world - the Eiffel Tower. At last count, it gets about 7 million visitors a year. You can climb to the top and, if the weather permits, have a picnic on the Champ de Mars overlooking it.

  • Ticket price: entry to the tower costs between €16 and €25.
The Eiffel Tower - Paris
Photo author - DC.photographie

If you do want to max out the program and climb, we strongly recommend buying your ticket in advance on the site, otherwise you'll spend half a day in line.

But if you want to enjoy the panorama of the city, you can do it from other Parisian observation decks, which are more accessible and certainly cheaper.

2. Louvre

This huge and impressive museum is one of the most interesting and ambiguous places in Paris. Why ambiguous? Because, on the one hand, such a grandiose museum is simply not to be missed, but on the other hand, everyone who has been to Paris more than once says that it is better not to plan a visit to the Louvre on your first visit. 5 floors and 35,000 exhibits - ego better to visit in Paris, only if you have a free day, which you are ready to devote to the contemplation of the beautiful.

  • Ticket price - €17
Louvre - Paris
  • If you just want to look at the Mona Lisa, it is possible only from afar and it will not be worthy.

To enjoy a visit to the Louvre, you need to study the museum's layout in advance and walk the halls where the crowds of tourists don't usually reach.

And if you want to get the most out of your visit to this museum, we recommend taking the Grand Tour of the Louvre or learning more about the Louvre's major masterpieces.

3. Arc de Triomphe

It stands proudly above the Champs-Élysées and is rightly considered a symbol of Paris along with the Eiffel Tower.

Arc de Triomphe - Paris

Not surprisingly, the view of the city from the Arch is perhaps even more impressive. The entrance fee is cheaper and there are fewer tourists.

  • Ticket price is €9.50

4. Basilica Sacré-Coeur

The Basilica Sacré-Coeur rises 130 meters above Paris. While strolling through Montmartre, don't be lazy to walk to it.

Basilica Sacré-Coeur - Paris
Photo author - puriticat

Go up the famous staircase to the Sacré-Coeur and take in the panorama of one of the city's authentic neighborhoods - trust me, it's worth it.

  • Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre
  • Opening hours: 06:00 to 22:30

5. Luxembourg Gardens

If your Paris sightseeing trip takes place during the warmer months, be sure to visit the Luxembourg Gardens, located in the sixth arrondissement.

Luxembourg Gardens - Paris

This palace and park ensemble has a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. Just grab a baguette and a coffee from the nearest café, sit on one of the elegant chairs dotted around the grounds and enjoy the beauty.

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6. Musée d'Orsay

While this Paris museum, located on the left bank of the Seine, used to be described by guidebooks as "lesser-known," it has become very, very popular in recent years. But the collection of Impressionist artwork on display here is worth putting up with the influx of tourists also eager to see masterpieces by Manet, Degas, Renoir, Gauguin, Van Gogh and other great artists.

Musée d'Orsay - Paris
Photo author - Elwin van Eede
  • Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur
  • Opening hours:
    • from 9:30 to 18:00,
    • Thursday - until 21:45,
    • Monday - closed.
  • Cost of admission ticket:
    • €14 standard ticket
    • and €11 for all visitors after 4:30pm (except Thursday).

7. Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame de Paris is a very monumental landmark that is a must-see in Paris. Unfortunately, after a fire occurred at the cathedral in April 2019, it is still under restoration. The work is scheduled to be completed by 2024.

Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame de Paris

But it's still worth seeing this architectural masterpiece even in its current form. Looking forward to the year 2024!

  • Address: Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II
  • Price - admission is free.
    The only extra charge is for climbing the bell tower - €15, free of charge for persons under 26 years old.
  • Opening hours:
    • Friday 08:00-18:45;
    • Saturday, Sunday - 8:00-19:15

8. Versailles

Since the Palace of Versailles is outside of Paris, it's worth setting aside a full day to see it. The residence of King Louis XIV is living history. You can immerse yourself in it by visiting the palace itself and strolling through the surrounding gardens. And if you get hungry, there's a wonderful Angelina Bakery inside, but the prices aren't cheap.

The Palace of Versailles is rightly considered the most outstanding architectural legacy of the Louis XIV era, a symbol of the greatness of France and the French monarchy. The stunning interiors, halls and royal chambers are stunningly theatrical and luxurious - as well as the many intrigues that lurked within the walls of Versailles. Take a tour of the Palace of Versailles to discover the history of French kings and courtiers.

Versailles to Paris
  • The entrance fee is €18
  • The opening hours of the palace complex depend on the season.
    • High season from April 1 to October 31
      • the palace is open from 9:00 to 18:30,
      • park - 7:00 to 20:30,
      • Trianon palaces - from 12:00 to 18:30.
    • low season from November 1 to March 31:
      • the palace - from 9:00 to 17:30
      • park - from 8:00 to 18:00.
      • Trianon palaces - from 12:00 to 17:30.

9. St. Chapel

The Sainte-Chapelle, a royal medieval Gothic reliquary chapel located on the island of Cité, is impressive in its interior decoration.

Sainte-Chapelle to Paris
Photo author - Ben Abel
  • Address:8 Boulevard du Palais
  • Opening hours: 9:30 to 18:00.
  • Ticket price - entrance ticket to the chapel costs €6.50 for adults and €4.50 for children.

10. Opera Garnier

In the world's most romantic city, you can't miss the Grand Opera House, the Paris Opera.

Opera Garnier - Paris
Photo author - Redstone Hill

And even if you don't make it to the concert, it's worth seeing the majestic building from the outside or taking a guided tour, which costs €14 for adults and €6.50 for children. You can book in advance at this site.

  • Address: 8 Rue Scribe
  • Cost of admission - 9€, 5€ from 10 to 25 years old, under 10 years old free
  • Opening time - daily from 10:00 to 17:00
    (until 13:00 when there are morning performances).

11. House of the Disabled

Don't be intimidated by the name of this Paris landmark: once upon a time it was indeed an asylum for wounded military personnel, but today the area is home to many museums and monuments dedicated to the military history of France. It is also home to the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Maison des Invalides - Paris
Photo author - Lord Carnage
  • Open hours: from 10:00 to 18:00.
  • Address: Rond-Point du Bleuet de France
  • Ticket price - €9

12. Jardin des Tuileries

A popular and very beautiful place to stay in Paris, as the garden is on the way from the Louvre to the Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe.

  • Address: Rond-Point du Bleuet de France
Jardin des Tuileries - Paris
Photo author - Roy Kenyon

13. Alexander III Bridge

Definitely the most beautiful bridge in the city. It can be viewed in passing on your way to other interesting places in Paris, such as the Maison des Invalides. But take your time and stop in the middle of the bridge and have a look around - there's an extraordinary view of the Eiffel Tower from here.

Alexander III Bridge - Paris
Photo author - Gaël EVAN

14. Place Hôtel de Ville

We're not talking about hotels in Paris, but rather the Place Hôtel de Ville, or Place de Greve, a short walk from Notre Dame Cathedral in the Fourth arrondissement.

Place Hôtel-de-Ville - Paris
Photo author - Sandro Laudadio

There are several stately municipal buildings here. The square hosts many city events, such as a huge ice-skating rink during the colder months.

15. Disneyland Paris

If you're in Paris for a vacation with kids, the first place on your must-see list is Disneyland, which is 32 kilometers from the city and is considered the best theme park in the world.

Disneyland Paris - Paris
  • Address: Boulevard de Parc, 77700 Coupvray
  • Opening hours:
    • Daily from 10:00 to 20:00,
    • Saturdays - until 22:00,
    • Sundays - until 21:00.
  • The price of admission ticket is €60.

16. Place de la Concorde

One of the central squares of Paris, it is an example of classical architectural style.

Place de la Concorde - Paris
Photo author - scchoong123
  • Location: between the Champs-Élysées and the Tuileries Garden, so you can see it in passing as well.

17. Catacombs of Paris

An unusual attraction that may not appeal to everyone. After all, the catacombs of Paris hide not only secret underground passages, but also... an underground cemetery with thousands of skeletons dating back to the 18th century.

The Catacombs of Paris - Paris
Photo author - adunt

The pleasure may be questionable for some, but history buffs will definitely enjoy it.

  • Address: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy
  • Open hours:
    • Daily from 10:00 to 20:30,
    • Monday - closed
  • Cost of work - €13

18. Latin Quarter

If you're tired of the main sights of Paris and just want to walk the Parisian streets, we suggest heading to the Latin Quarter, which is located in the fifth and sixth arrondissements around the Sorbonne.

Latin Quarter - Paris
Photo author - Claudine Dalcourt

Because of its proximity to campus, you'll find plenty of inexpensive and authentic restaurants.

19. Cours du Commerce-St. Andre

A vintage neighborhood that, in addition to its churches and other landmarks, is also notable for its many boutiques and stores with discounted clothing from luxury brands.

Cours du Commerce-Saint-André - Paris
Photo author - Dominique Bertine

20. Montmartre

Of course, in our ranking we couldn't fail to mention the artists' quarter of Montmartre. This is where you'll find an old Paris that will be hard to forget. And it's also where you'll find cheap apartments for rent and cozy little hotels.

Montmartre - Paris
Photo author - daisyday57

Montmartre is not only about artists, romance, the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and the Moulin Rouge! After walking along the well-trodden tourist routes, we advise you, under the guidance of experienced guides, to turn into quiet streets that preserve the atmosphere and history of the real Montmartre of the early XX century: bohemian, but calm and almost rustic.


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