The flights are booked, the arrangements are made – you’re finally on your way to visit Paris, the ultimate dream destination.
You can already picture yourself skipping down quaint Parisian streets, devouring delicate croissants with coffee and marveling at the exquisite architecture on every corner.
But Paris is one of the top travel destinations in the world for a reason. Because there is so much to do and see!
If you’ve got limited time to visit the City of Lights, you’ll want to focus on exploring the most iconic and beautiful spots.
Don’t worry – we’re here to help. Here are the best places to visit in Paris.
Go ahead and fall in love!
1. Eiffel Tower
What would a visit to Paris be with taking a glimpse at the symbolic Eiffel Tower up close?
Built by Gustave Eiffel to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution, it was presented at the Exposition Universelle in 1889. At 324 meters high, it draws in a whopping seven million visitors a year!
It’s worth taking the lift (or the stairs if you’re brave!) up to the tower for panoramic views of the city.
However, arguably the best views include the tower itself. Rise up early and head to Trocadéro to watch a stunning sunrise over the Eiffel Tower – we promise it’s worth the early start!
2. Louvre Museum
Located in the heart of Paris, the historic Louvre is the most visited art museum in the world! Explore the lavish museum that is home to an expansive selection of exotic paintings and art such as Egyptian antiquities, Greek and Roman art and medieval sculptures to name a few.
Even if you’re not a ‘museum person’, the Louvre is not to be missed and you’re sure to discover some art that suits your tastes.
Don’t forget to take the typical tourist snap outside the museum, pretending to touch the tip of the Louvre’s triangular form! It may be cliché, but it’s got to be done, right?
3. Notre Dame Cathedral
The capital of France recently suffered a major tragedy when a blazing fire engulfed the symbolic Notre Dame Cathedral.
Begun in 1163 and finished in 1345, the beloved Roman Catholic cathedral is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.
Following the fire, huge efforts are being made to rebuild and reconstruct the building. We urge all visitors to support these efforts and to continue to visit this historic piece of architecture – from the outside, for now!
4. Arc De Triumph
Built in the 19th century, the Arc De Triumph is the greatest monument of its kind in the world and it truly is a treat for the eyes.
Take to the top to enjoy some of the best panoramic views of Paris. You’ll see the stunning frame of the Eiffel Tower peeking across the landscape.
Don’t forget to bring your camera for those Insta-worthy snaps!
5. The Seine
Winding through the heart of Paris is The Seine River – one of the most important Paris points of interest. The river is 777km long and is the major source of water in the city.
First time in Paris? Take a leisurely cruise along the Seine to navigate past iconic spots and soak up the atmosphere of this dazzling city.
We recommend taking a sunset cruise when the main monuments of the city are lit up. Or, go all out and enjoy a French feast on a dinner cruise. Scrumptious!
6. Luxembourg Park
Located in the Latin Quarter of Paris, Luxembourg Park may well be one of the most beautiful city parks in the world.
The pretty private gardens surround the senate-house, known as Palais du Luxembourg and the park features lush green lawns and elegant water fountains.
Take a stroll through the warm summer months to visit at its best.
7. Moulin Rouge
The birthplace of the French Cancan, the world-famous Moulin Rouge cabaret venue sure puts on an exciting show.
The dazzling iconic building, sensual music and romantic moody décor make it a must-visit Paris destination at night.
Be sure to book tickets well in advance, as they sell like hotcakes!
8. Palace of Versailles
Want to visit the most famous castle in France? Then head to the ridiculously beautiful Palace de Versailles.
Built in the 17th century as a symbol of the military power of France, the world heritage site is a huge complex of stunning buildings, primed gardens and pretty terraces.
Take a stroll through the famous landscaped gardens before navigating through the many rooms of the castle. You’ll come across fabulous artwork, exotic décor and charming architecture.
To skip those pesky ques and have a special tour of the Palace of Versailles, head over to The Tour Guy’s website.
Montmartre is a famous hill found in the North of Paris, its name belonging to the surrounding neighborhood. Perched upon it sits the striking white-domed Basilica of the Sacre Coeur, right at the top.
Completed in 1919, the pretty church is a tribute to honor the French victims of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870.
Take a gander around the bustling neighborhood and admire the picturesque scenes of local artists painting at their easels.
10. Disneyland Paris
Make those childhood dreams come true and head to enchanting Disneyland Paris! It’s one of the most popular places to go in Paris, and with good reason.
This magical, exciting land is galore of thrilling theme park rides, Disney parades, and colorful fireworks. It couldn’t fail to paste a grin on even the grumpiest of tourists.
Don’t forget to take those hilarious selfies with your favorite Disney characters!
11. Catacombs of Paris
A more unusual spot to visit in Paris is the spooky Catacombs. These are an expansive collection of frail bones located under the city, gathered in the 18th century when the overpopulation of cemeteries was a significant problem.
For the adventurers out there, a visit observing these underground tunnels and caves filled with bones and skulls is a truly unique experience.
Discover the Best Places to Visit in Paris
Whilst there’s so much more to discover in Paris, these are the best places to visit in Paris if you’re limited on time.
However, be sure to take the time to wander along the pretty streets without a real plan and take a break from a strict schedule. Because remember, some of the best memories of a trip are the unplanned, spur of the moment situations.
Spotted a quaint café? Pop in and enjoy a coffee or a ‘Chocolat chaud’. Come across a bakery full of delicious sweet treats in the window? Grab a pastry and devour it.
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