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 TOP 10 PLACES TO SEE IN PARIS

1. THE EIFFEL TOWER

Paris is a place you would love when you visit. I was there last summer and I enjoyed every bit of it. Everyone puts the Eiffel Tower top of the list of things to see in Paris. But with good reason, because the Eiffel Tower is a place you just can’t miss. From its looming construction to its stunning views of the city and just the general energy and buzz of the place, it really does live up to the billing.

What would Paris be without its symbolic Eiffel Tower? Built by Gustave Eiffel to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution, it is presented at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889. 324 meters high, it is one of the most visited monuments in the world with nearly 7 million visitors a year.

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The ascent of the Eiffel Tower is a must to enjoy the magnificent view of Paris. Tickets booths are located at the foot of the tower, you can go up via one of the two elevators, but after standing in line several hours, especially in summer. For the more adventurous one, it is possible to use the stairs and climb the steps (1,665 to the summit).

The first floor houses the Eiffel Tower 58 which extends over two levels, 58 meters above the ground as its name suggests. On the second floor, the view is the best at 115 meters because you have a diving view on the ground below. Finally on the 3rd floor at 275 meters, you can see what the office of Gustave Eiffel was. For an adult, it is about 8.50 € to access the second floor, 14 € for the summit.

2. MUSEE DU LOUVRE

Firmly seated among the most famous places to visit in Paris, you could spend your entire trip exploring the Louvre. It is vast and packed full of masterpieces at every turn. So do you zip through to see the highlights – the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo et al – or do you take your time and risk joining the collection…

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The Louvre is the most visited art museum in the world. Located in the heart of Paris, this historic building is a former royal palace, with an area of 210,000 square meters including 60,600 for the exhibitions.

The museum is housed in the Louvre, originally a fortress built in the late 12th century under Philip II. The remains of the fortress are visible in the basement of the museum.

Since 2008, the collection is divided into eight departments:

  • Egyptian antiquities
  • Oriental antiquities
  • Greek, Etruscan and Roman
  • Islamic Art
  • Sculptures of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Modern Times
  • Objects of art
  • paintings
  • Graphic arts.

The Louvre museum is open daily from 9am to 18pm, except on Tuesdays. Open until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.

3. DISNEYLAND PARIS

 Originally Euro Disney Resort, is an entertainment resort in Marne-la-Vallée. It is the most visited theme park in all of France and Europe. Fans of Mickey can visit Disneyland Paris which is located 32 km from central Paris. Disneyland Paris has two theme parks: Disneyland (with castle) and Walt Disney Studios.

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4. CRUISE ON THE SEINE TOUR

An essential part of your stay in Paris, a cruise along the Seine is not to be missed! As you glide along the water, find yourself face to face with Paris’s splendid museums and monuments. One-hour cruises are usually held in French and English;and head-sets translating the commentary into many different languages are at your disposal, ensuring that you don’t miss a word about the history of the city that is unfolding before you.

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All kinds of boats – barges, sightseeing river boats, the smaller “pataches”, paddle boats or small yachts – go back and forth along the Seine and the canals of north-eastern Paris. And what could be more romantic than to have lunch or dinner while cruising along the river? Details of prices, packages, children’s reductions and menus are available in our information pages.

5. Champs-Élysées (Shopping mall)

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a boulevard in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. 1.9 kilometres long and 70 metres wide, running between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located.  At its western end the street is bordered by cinemas, theaters, cafés and luxury shops. On the opposite end, near the Place de la Concorde, the street is bordered by the Jardins des Champs-Elysées, beautifully arranged gardens with fountains and some grand buildings including the Grand and Petit Palais at the southern side and the Elysée at its northern side. The latter has been the residence of the French Presidents since 1873.

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6. PALACE OF VERSAILLES

A monument to the decadence of royalty and a constant draw for vast numbers of visitors, Versailles is simply astonishing. And if the massive opulent palace isn’t enough, the gardens will simply blow your mind. It is clearly one of the very best places to visit in Paris.

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The Palace of Versailles, Château de Versailles, or simply Versailles, is a royal château in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France.

7. Musée d’Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, on the left bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. Constructed by Victor Laloux for the 1900 World Fair, the Orsay is a national museum devoted to all the arts between 1848-1914.

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8. NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL OF PARIS

Standing at the very heart of the city, Notre Dame is an iconic cathedral and a staple entry on any list of what to see in Paris. With its looming ceilings and magnificent stained-glass windows, it’s a wonderful place to visit. Its fame and location leave it slightly over-glorified, but it’s genuinely impressive all the same.

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One of the most enduring symbols of Paris: Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as Notre Dame, a Roman Catholic cathedral is located on the eastern half of the Ile de la Cité. It is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France and Europe. Begun in 1163 and completed in 1345, this cathedral is a sight with its portals surrounded by his many sculptures and gargoyles that adorn the roof.

We advise you to walk around the cathedral, then go inside and climb the 387 steps to the top of the towers. The climb to the top of the towers can be exhausting, but you will get a panoramic view of the region and see the famous gargoyles up close.

9. SAINTE CHAPELLE

If there was ever an example of good things in small packages then Sainte Chapelle is it. A 13th century church, its beautiful upper chapel is formed of intricate stained-glass windows and a richly decorated ceiling. It’s easily one of the top ten Paris places to visit and really has to be seen to be appreciated.

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10. THE CATACOMBS OF PARIS

While most people come to this city for romance, there’s a darker side to be found… This underground burial complex houses six million skeletons dating to the 18th century. Stacked in endless corridors, it’s a fascinating and haunting place. If you have the courage, it’s one of the most interesting places in Paris to see.

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