Best Attraction Places to Visit in Paris
In Paris, as the largest city in France, there are so many attractions that a week is not enough to see them all. If the time is short, then you can use the sightseeing route around the city. And if you spend several days in Paris, you can see Paris’s sights locally, in blocks, following one of the routes around the city. But if you do not need ready-made routes (by the way, it is very convenient with maps!), Then the sights of Paris below are the must-see program that you should try to follow so that it would not be offensive to leave the city.
By the way, keep in mind that it is very difficult to visit the Paris museums listed below on a free day (the first Sunday of the month): the queue at each of them can reach over a hundred meters !!!
The main attractions of Paris:
The famous tower is the most popular attraction in Paris and throughout Europe in general. Its trapezoidal silhouette has become a symbol of the city. After overcoming endless lines and finally climbing to the observation platform on the top floor of the Eiffel Tower, you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of Paris, as well as learn about the history of the tower’s construction.
Notre Dame de Paris
Glorified in the book of the same name and the musical, Notre Dame Cathedral was one of the first cathedrals in France, built in the Gothic style, replacing the modest Romanesque architecture. The development of Notre Dame de Paris began in the middle of the 12th century. Don’t forget to go up to the overlook deck of the cathedral: It’s from here, among the mysterious chimeras, that the best views of Paris open up.
The luxuriously finished triumphal arch of Paris became a monument in honor of the victories of Napoleon Bonaparte. True, the construction of this grandiose monument took too long and was completed many years after the decline of his empire, in 1836. One of the best views of the Eiffel Tower opens from the top of the Arc de Triomphe .
Palace of the Invalides
This magnificent complex of buildings is easily recognizable by the vast temple topped with a golden dome that gleams in the sun. It was a shelter for veterans of the Napoleonic wars, in honor of which a slightly strange name has been preserved. Now, there are several military-themed museums here and the tombs of the most famous personalities of France, including Napoleon Bonaparte himself.
This beautiful snow-white church of the Sacred Heart, built in the Roman-Byzantine style, rises at the top of Montmartre. At its foot is one of the most touristic places in the city, and from the steps of the stairs, a panoramic view of the whole of Paris opens up. One of the stairs to the church is so picturesque that it is often featured on the city’s tourist postcards.
This magnificent building was initially conceived for church needs. Still, as a result it turned out to be a civil temple, where prominent figures of France are buried, among whom are the writer Victor Hugo and Voltaire. The Pantheon was built on anic patterns in the 19th century.
Alexander III bridge
Russian Emperor is the most charming Parisian bridge named after the Russian emperor. The bridge is constructed by exquisite gilded pieces, wreaths, and some of the various beautiful lanterns in Paris.
The most famous museum in the whole world and the former residence of the royal family, the Louvre boasts a vast collection of paintings and art objects that won’t even take a day to see. It is here that the most mysterious and most famous painting in the world is located – the very La Gioconda by Leonardo da Vinci.
Once the royal family lived in the Conciergerie , there was a prison here for almost half a millennium. During the French Revolution, many famous figures were beheaded within its walls.
The Montparnasse Tower became one of the first skyscrapers in Paris. It was built in 1973. However, the public was dissatisfied with both the idea of building skyscrapers in the city’s historical center and the appearance of the tower. The building does not shine with architectural delights, but you can admire the wide panorama of the city from the roof of the tower, including those with night illumination.
Champs Elysees is considered the most prestigious and most famous street in the world. It stretches from Concordia Square to the Arc de Triomphe. The Champs Elysees is wonderful in winter when many Christmas lights adorn the trees along the perimeter of the road.
Church Saint Germain
The Church of Saint Germain is located in one of the most picturesque places in Paris, in the eponymous quarter of the city and built on the foundations of a former basilica that dates back to 512, making it the oldest church Paris.
The Paris Opera, built by Garnier, is considered the most luxurious Baroque building of the Second Empire. The Paris Opera, constructed between 1862 and 75, is one of the most fantastic opera houses in the whole world.
Versailles is considered to be the most famous palace in France. It turned out to be so beautiful that it served as a prototype for many other European palaces. Located 20 km from Paris, Versailles invites tourists to visit the luxurious royal chambers and stroll through one of the most beautiful parks in the world.
The Luxembourg Gardens laid out near the palace of the same name, is one of the most popular parks in the city. It was defeated in the 17th century by Marie de Medici, wife of King Henry IV, and was not opened to the general public until the 19th century. Here you can relax from the hustle and bustle of the city, enjoying a fresh crispy baguette and a bottle of French dry wine sitting on the green grass.
The Tuileries Garden is a beautiful traditional French park located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. The park is decorated with numerous graceful buildings and small ponds, around which the French like to sit on chairs, enjoying the excellent weather.
Place de-la Concorde
This is the biggest plaza in Paris, bordering the Tuileries Gardens and the Champs Elysees. The main decoration of the square is the popular Luxor obelisk, taken by Napoleon from Egypt. The obelisk is over 3200 years old.
In order not to disrupt the city’s historical buildings, all modern skyscrapers were bunched together in one Place in the form of the De Défense business quarter. It is clearly visible from the Eiffel Tower in the form of a bluish needle crystal on the outskirts of the city. The area is decorated with a modern version of the Arc de Triomphe – Grande Arche de la Défense.
Musee d Orsay is located in a former train station, built-in 1900 along the River Seine, and the second most famous museum in Paris. Here visitors will find an extensive collection of sculptures and the best works of the Impressionists.
Notwithstanding the name, which alters from French as “New Bridge”, Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris. The construction of this stone bridge, commissioned by King Henry IV, was completed in 1607. At that time, residential buildings were built on the bridge, which has not survived.
Place des Vosges
Place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris. It was built up according to a specific plan, resulting from which all the facades of the houses overlooking the square are finished with the same red brick. One of these houses is the beautiful Victor Hugo Museum.
The most romantic and reckless Place in Paris is Montmartre hill. Being located on the outskirts of Paris, it has always remained an inexpensive place for the poor, which is why about a century ago, poor artists began to settle here en masse, who made this Place famous. And now, on the square, you can find artisans selling simple landscapes and drawing cartoons for tourists. But the main decoration of the hill can be considered a snow-white beauty, the Sacre Coeur Basilica .
The famous “red mill” has become the most famous cabaret in the world. Opened in 1889, this “temple of music and dance” still delights tourists with colorful shows that have turned from rather vulgar and liberated dances among the general public into a rather sophisticated and expensive place.
The Madeleine Church was designed in the image and likeness of Greek temples: it is adorned with 52 Corinthian columns along the perimeter. Thanks to its unusual appearance and central spot, the Madeleine Church has become one of the various well-known landmarks in Paris.
The Royal Palace – Palais Royal – was built by Cardinal Richelieu in the early 17th century. The sun king Louis XIV, who later moved to the Louvre, spent his youth here. The central courtyard and garden are open to the public free of charge.
Hôtel de Ville
The city hall of Paris, built in the 19th century in a Renaissance style, was designed based on an original building from the 16th century. The city council of Paris meets here.
One of the most prestigious places in Paris, Place Vendôme is decorated in the center with a huge bronze column, erected here in honor of the victory of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Austerlitz. The statue of the great emperor crowns the top of the column.
Place Vendome Paris Landmarks of Paris
The Grand Palais was created at the beginning of the Champs Elysees for the 1900 world exhibition to create an exhibition location. The building is topped with a huge glass dome, and Art Nouveau wrought iron trim.
Pere Lachaise cemetery
The Pere Lachaise cemetery, placed in the east of Paris, is considered in most famous and most visited in the world. Many famous people from all over the world have found peace here. And the most famous grave of the cemetery, where Jim Morrison is buried, to this day gathers crowds of his fans who come to express their love and gratitude to the idol. The grave of the Russian princess can also be found in the cemetery.
Forum des Halles
For several centuries, that Place was the central market of Paris. Now it has turned into a vast Forum des Halles shopping center, hidden clandestine, under a beautiful green park.
Field of Mars
The Champs de Mars, which stretches across an expansive green lawn from the foot of the Eiffel Tower, was named after the Roman god of war. This is a favorite place to relax and, of course, photos of the famous tower.
The Orangerie Museum in Paris , located on the opposite side of the Tuileries Gardens from the Louvre , houses a unique masterpiece of 20th century art – a 100-meter series of paintings “Water Lilies” by Claude Monet. In addition, you can admire works by Picasso, Renoir, Cézanne and Modigliani.
145 canvases totally in the collection, including the years from the Impressionists to the 1930s