Paris Attractions Guide
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In 2014 Paris welcomed 15.6 million visitors into the capital – and it’s no surprise it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world as its famous for its art, culture and history. Paris is full of top attractions, museums, art galleries, things to do and places to go no matter what time of year you’re planning on going.
Paris is synonymous with art and the city has numerous art galleries showcasing some of the best masterpieces from around the world, from pre-history to the Renaissance, contemporary and classic. One of the most famous art galleries is the Louvre Museum, home to the iconic Mona Lisa. This historic building dates back to the 12th century when it was originally a fortress, before it was a palace in the 16th century, later becoming a museum in 1793. You can’t miss the iconic glass pyramid in the courtyard in front.
Across the River Seine, the Musée d’Orsay is another must-see art Paris art gallery. The Beaux Arts architecture makes it one of the most impressive buildings in Paris, not to mention the world-class art and sculpture featured within. If you like something a bit more modern, the Centre Pompidou is another brilliant art gallery featuring a wide range of modern art movements from Cubism to Fauvism, and everything in between.
If you’re looking for the iconic ‘photo opportunity’ there are so many Paris monuments and landmarks around the city. The Arc de Triomphe is arguably one of the most photographed landmarks in Paris. Climb up to the viewing platform for spectacular panoramas over Paris and see the Tomb of the Unknown Solider underneath, with the intricate designs and engravings that make up the pillars of the arch. The Pantheon is another great historic monument not to be missed, housing the tombs of some of France’s most renowned intellects and politicians through history. Montparnasse Tower, Paris’ only skyscraper, is considered the modern monument to see if you want unparalleled views over the city and the Eiffel Tower.
Paris is one of the most historic capitals in the world and has a wealth of culture to discover from monuments and museums, to other historic buildings. Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most popular landmarks in Paris, celebrated in the iconic story the Hunchback of Notre Dame. See the towers, gargoyles, huge nave and ringing bells and marvel at this French Gothic cathedral. On the Île de la Cité you’ll also find the Sainte-Chapelle which is famed for its breath-taking stained glass windows. If you’re in Paris for longer and fancy a day trip out of town, the Palace of Versailles is not to be missed to see the stunning 18th century architecture, Hall of Mirrors and Grand Apartments.
A popular way of seeing the sights in Paris is on a hop on, hop off bus tour which stops at multiple points around the city to allow you to design your own sightseeing timetable. Alternatively the Seine River Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens is a great way to see the top attractions from a unique perspective on the water. Starting at the Eiffel Tower, you’ll pass under the love lock bridge, past Notre Dame and the Musee d’Orsay on this relaxing river cruise.
Make the most of your time in Paris and let us make it easier for you with over 60 top Paris attractions, tours and experiences for you and your family to enjoy. The Paris Pass package comes inclusive of a Paris Metro Ticket, a multilingual guidebook and a Museums Pass which means every aspect of your sightseeing holiday is taken care of.