The most iconic sight in all of Paris. Do not miss this iron lady known all around the world. The views from the top are breath-taking. Built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair, Eiffel Tower became the world's tallest man-made structure until the Chrysler Building in New York was finished in 1930. Although it is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions now, it was not accepted well by the French at the time. Also, it was supposed to be taken down after 20 years since it was meant to be only a temporary exhibit. Fortunately, Gustave Eiffel convinced the government to keep the construction and use it as a radiotelegraph station. There are 1,665 steps leading to the top, but you can take the stairs only to the second floor. A lift takes you to the top floor. Originally, only the second floor was open to the public, but now all three levels are accessible and boast award-winning restaurants. In the evening, Eiffel Tower is illuminated with 20,000 light bulbs. Please note that there are no locker rooms, so do not bring large baggage or pushchairs if you cannot fold them.
The largest art museum in the world located inside the Louvre Palace which was once a residence of the French kings. It began its existence as a 12th century fortress and its parts can still be seen in today’s Louvre. The palace was turned into a public museum during the French Revolution and it was opened for the first time in 1793. Nowadays, its most admired piece of art is Mona Lisa by Da Vinci. The museum is one of the locations featured in the Da Vinci Code – both the book by Dan Brown and the film based on it. It also appears in one episode of the British TV series Doctor Who (episode: City of Death). The museum is very large and seeing all of its parts can be both time consuming and exhausting. The multilingual maps provided in the museum for free might prove handy while picking the best route that would include all of the things that interest you. Also, you might spend some time queuing for the tickets. Louvre is easily reachable by metro (lines 1, 7).
Notre-Dame is probably one of the most well-known churches in the world and is a true masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. Both the outside and the inside is worth exploring and the reliquary holds many first-class relics. Higlights of this historical gem are definitely stained glassed windows and its western facade depicting the Last Judgement.
This arch measuring 50 meters is dedicated to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Located at the end of the Champs-Élysées, it is one of the finest neoclassical monuments in Paris. The top terrace is accessible and it offers magnificent views of the city.
Stretching across two kilometres, this avenue claims to be the world's most beautiful one. Paris' famous landmark - Arc de Triomphe - is located at the western end of the street. This area is the mecca for shopping lovers. Champs-Élysées is packed with stores of luxurios brands, both French and international. Besides posh boutiques, there are also some fancy cafés and nice bistros around here.
Concorde is the largest square in Paris and is close to many important Parisian sights. What once used to be an execution site, now marks the beginning of the city's famous avenue, Champs-Élysées. The main attraction of the square is the historical Luxor Obelisk, which is more than 3,300 years old.
This beautiful Romano-Byzantine basilica is popular not only for its looks, but also for its dome which offers breath-taking views of Paris. Be prepared that to access the dome, you have to walk up 300 steps, as there is no elevator. There are no guided tours of the inside of the basilica, but you can download a free audioguide to your phone.
Paris' second largest public park. Well designed, beautiful, calm and lined with monuments and fountains - great for a sunny day. There are many fun facilities and activities for children, such as playgrounds, pony rides, swings, a puppet theatre, and a model yacht on which they can sail in the pond. Adults can play tennis, chess, bridge, or remote control boats. The garden also hosts concerts and free photography exhibitions.
The most famous cabaret in the world. It still retains its unique spirit of the Belle Époque, so come inside and see for yourself! It is necessary to pre-book your tickets, the shows sell out months in advance. You can buy a ticket only for the show, or the show and champagne, or the show and dinner. You don't have to wear a suit and tie, but sportswear, trainers and shorts are not permitted. Children under 6 are not allowed into the theatre. Under-12s get a 50% discount on the show alone.
This Neoclassical building that was originally built as a church, now serves as a mausoleum. Explore the canvas paintings that depict the life of Saint Geneviève and also the epic story of the origin of Christianity. Many great French public figures rest in the large crypt, including Rousseau, Honoré Mirabeau, Marat, Jean Monnet, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, Jean Moulin and Marie Curie.
District well-known as a home of artists and other free-spirited souls and also as the best place in Paris when it comes to nightlife. The dominant of this district is the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur. There are many other significant sights and museums in the area. In the past, many famous artists had worked in Montmartre, including Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso.
Quartier Latin is a traditional student quarter that still retains its lively atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a place to eat or to see a show, this area has it all. Hip bistros offering both local and international cuisines, many show venues, and also several historical sights as Pantheon and the Luxembourg gardens - Latin Quarter is the place to go.
This inside-out building with its pipes of different colours (specific colour always matches specific type of pipe) is a love/hate monument of modern architecture. It was designed by an international team of architects and its significance in the field of architecture is more than significant. Ever since it was finished in 1977, Pompidou Centre became an iconic sight of Paris. Inside the building, you can find the National Museum of Modern Art (that houses works of Pablo Picasso or Andy Warhol), Bibliothèque Publique d'Information (Public Information Library), temporary exhibitions, shops, restaurants, a cinema or a “View of Paris” observation deck. The queues are usually very long but you can buy your tickets online.
Tuileries Garden is a large and beautiful park with many sculptures and historical buildings to discover. It is a popular strolling and relaxing place both for tourists and locals. A number of events are organized here throughout the year and the main parts can get quite crowded during summer months. There are also some restaurants in the area, so you can give a try to some traditional French dishes.
The heart of Montmartre and a gathering place for the district's artists ever since the beginning of the 20th century. If you are thinking about buiyng some piece of art from locals or getting your portrait, this is the place to go. Dali's museum is only a short walk from this square.
A baroque complex of buildings constructed during the reign of Louis XIV. The construction was finished in 1678. All its features are connected to the military history of France. The complex houses several military-related museums (e.g. Musée de l'Armée) but it is also a hospital and a home to French war veterans. The best-known person buried in one of the tombs located in the National Residence of the Invalids is Napoleon Bonaparte. The tickets can be bought online so you can avoid queues. If you wish to get there by the public transport, the National Residence of the Invalids is best reachable by metro (Lines 13, 8) or by bus (Lines 28, 63, 69, 82, 83, 92, 93).
Trocadero Gardens are imposing gardens located near the iconic Eiffel Tower (on the opposite bank of the river Seine) in Paris. The most dominant feature of the gardens is the Fountain of Warsaw, which was built in 1937 for the International Exposition of Art and Technology in Modern Life. Palais de Chaillot which is situated above the gardens offers a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower together with the gardens. It is one of the most popular spots for taking photographs of the Eiffel Tower. Usually, there are many vendors selling selfie sticks or mini Eiffel Towers to the tourists.
Historically significant park which was once used for military drills, public gatherings and celebrations. It covers as many as 24,5 ha. Here you can enjoy a picnic while admiring the views of the Eiffel Tower. There are also playgrounds for children and the annual Bastille Day celebration takes place here. In front of the École Militaire there is the Monument for Peace, a memorial constructed in 2000, which features 32 columns with the word „peace“ written on them in 32 languages.