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The Ten Things You Simply Must See in Paris

Everyone falls in love with a different part of Paris. Whether you visit for the romantic gardens, the bohemian streets of Monmartre, the couture fashion, or the art history: there is always another gem waiting for you around the corner.

Eiffel Tower

The crown jewel of the Paris skyline is even more spectacular up close. Booking Eiffel Tower tickets in advance will let you bypass the tourist crowds and go straight to the top.

Seine River

Does it get any more romantic than a boat cruise down the Seine, taking in the sights and drinking champagne? Pro tip: You can get incredible Eiffel Tower photos from the river.

Moulin Rouge

Dedicate a Parisian night to the Moulin Rouge. Go put on your best outfit, and make your way to the Pigalle District to pay homage to the birthplace of the can-can.

Musee du Louvre

It would take nine months to glance at every work of inside the Louvre museum. Prioritizing is key! A tour guide can help point out interesting pieces and keep you stress-free.

Palace of Versailles

There is no greater luxury than seeing this ornate splendor up close. Bike through the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, tour the king's apartments, and takes as many photos as they'll let you!

Disneyland Paris

If you're looking for a little family fun, the European Magical Kingdom is located just outside the city. You can book transportation with your Disneyland Paris ticket, which is incredibly helpful.

Paris Catacombs

The underground ossuaries of Paris house the remains of six million people. Nicknamed "The World's Largest Grave," the Paris Catacombs are certainly a curiosity worth exploring.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame de Paris, French for "Our Lady of Paris," was one of the first buildings to use the flying buttress, making it a must-see for architecture-loving tourists.


The Champs-Élysées, the world's most beautiful avenue, leads from the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde and into the Tuileries garden. During Christmas, you'll see all those trees spectacularly alight.

Arc de Triomphe

Standing tall in the Place Charles de Gaulle, this monument honors those who fought in the French Revolution and Naploeonic War. Go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe for incredible views.

Planning Your Paris Visit

What should you know before you arrive in Paris?

In a city this crowded with people and this steeped in tradition, you should decide which attractions you want to see in advance. Know which museums are a must-visit for your group. Make dinner reservations. Decide which neighborhoods you want to explore. Figure out how to beat the crowds at the Musee d'Orsay.

How big is Paris?

If you haven't been to Paris before, you may be surprised by how sprawling the city is compared to other, more walkable tourist destinations like Rome or Barcelona. (You can certainly walk -- but the Métro will help you zip around quicker!) Try to organize your sightseeing by neighborhood, so that you're not racing across the city several times a day.

How many days should you spend in Paris?

It depends! It really will help to prioritize what you want to see before you go, and map out how long it will take you to see everything on your list. You could easily fill five days with tours and major attractions -- but remember to dedicate time to strolling down the Seine, shopping your way through the Marais, and drinking a Kir Royal at a sidewalk cafe.

Good to Know

  • Language
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    As is European tradition, the French go on holiday for most of August -- meaning that it actually might be the best time to go! The city will be a little less crowded, and you'll be able to experience Paris at a slower pace.
  • Events in Paris
    Illuminations et marchés de Noel
    15. Nov 2016 - 3. Jan 2017
    Various venues (Paris)

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What People Are Saying About Paris

Very cool, if you are in Paris you really check this out.

Our guide was great, she spoke excellent English so we had no problems understanding. The catacombs are very cool, definitely a unique experience and it was great learning all about the history behind them. This was by far our favorite tour in Paris.
Paris Catacombs: Small-Group Tour Reviewed by Kate, 10/18/2016

Well worth the money to avoid so many queues!

Very informal but our guide ensured we didn't have to queue for security or lifts. She was friendly and accommodating.
Priority Access to the Eiffel Tower Reviewed by Rachel, 10/18/2016

Fantastic! I would recommend to anyone renewing vows!

What an incredible experience!! We met with Dave (#1), our photographer, and spent over an hour on our personal photography session around the Eiffel Tower. He knew exactly where to go, and how to position us to get some great, fun pictures. Then, our officiant, Dave (#2), offered a simple, yet heartwarming, ceremony for our vow renewal. They knew a terrific spot that was secluded, and away from the tourists, where we had an incredible backdrop of the tower behind us. It was exactly the experience we were hoping for. Dave and Dave were fantastic!! They sent us a link to download our pictures within about 48 hours (probably closer to 24 hours). If you're going to Paris to renew your vows, I would definitely recommend these guys. Or, if you're just looking for something romantic to do on a trip away with your spouse, what better way to surprise them than with a photo session around the Eiffel Tower, followed by restating your commitment to each other!!
Paris: Wedding Vows Renewal Personal Photo Shoot Reviewed by Layne, 10/17/2016

Nice tour of the left bank with a dash of history !

Our group was very lucky, we had a beautiful spring like day and the tour rode through many idealic streets in the Latin quarter. The kind of landscape of films and postcards. We also had the lively atmosphere of an autumn neighborhood flea market in the square where we had our tour lunch break to refuel. This was great as it is a lengthy tour at 4 hours. My only criticism is that the graffiti /street art component is best left to those who really know all about it and those visitors who have a true interest in it. So, in short leave that for the street art tours and work shops, both of which I did and are really cool!
Paris 4-Hour Bike Tour: Off the Beaten Path Reviewed by vanessa, 10/17/2016

Nicola was an excellent guide with a great command of WW1 history

Was a great day trip. Nicola was an excellent guide who provided an ongoing commentary on the deep history of the events that lead up to, and the detailed activities on the day of the Canadians' taking of Vimy Ridge.

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