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What to see in Paris

Paris Attractions


With the quick train from London, Paris is now more popular than ever and is an easy weekend destination. Paris is fairly compact and easy to navigate and many tourists opt to walk or bicycle around to soak up the flavour of the city and take in the numerous iconic landmarks and parks or stop at one of the many pavement cafés. A cruise down the Seine is also a popular option as many of the city's greatest sights are on the river, including Notre-Dame, the Louvre, the Place de la Concorde and the Eiffel Tower.

Other things to see in Paris include the Basilique du Sacre-Cœur, which offers great views over Paris, and the Pompidou Centre, housing the Musée National d'Art Modern, while the square to the west of the building attracts a varied assortment of street performers. Stroll around the cobblestone streets of the Marais district with its mansions and museums, or visit the courtyards and antique shops of Ile St-Louis, which also boasts the former home of Marie Curie, Baudelaire, and Voltaire.

South of the river you can visit the Musée d'Orsay, the Rodin Museum and the Hotel des Invalides, the burial place of many great French soldiers, including Napoleon Bonaparte, or idle away an afternoon in the Jardin du Luxembourg. Further along you can stroll through the Jardin des Plantes, Paris' first public garden, created by Louis XIII's doctor for the cultivation of medicinal plants, or visit the National History Museum. The St-Germain-des-Pres neighbourhood, the former residence of existentialists Sartre and Camus, has retained much of its bohemian atmosphere with bookshops, art galleries and coffeehouses.

For free or discounted admission to many attractions in Paris, and the chance to bypass the queues, you can buy the Paris Museum Pass at many tourist offices, museums, or metro stations.


Arc de Triomphe

The world's largest triumphal arch, the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile is set at the centre of a star-shaped configuration…

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Eiffel Tower

Gustave Eiffel, the architect of the Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) could never have guessed that it would become Paris'…

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Fontainebleau

In the 16th century, Henry II and Catherine de Medici commissioned architects Philibert Delorme and Jean Bullant to build…

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Jardin des Plantes

The Jardin des Plantes is France's main botanical garden. Covering 28 hectares (280,000sq m), the garden was originally…

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Les Invalides

Les Invalides was built by Louis XIV in 1670 as a military hospital to take care of wounded soldiers and now comprises…

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Louvre

One of the world's great art museums, this vast edifice houses an extraordinary collection of paintings, sculptures and…

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Musée d'Orsay

This great museum is fairly new by Paris standards. It is situated in a railway station by the Seine and houses a vast…

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Musée Rodin

The Rodin Museum is situated near the Musée d'Orsay and is housed in what was formerly the Hôtel Biron,…

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Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame looms large over the Place de Paris, on the Isle de la Cité, and as the most enduring symbol of Paris…

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Pompidou Centre

Built in the 1970s and named after former French president Georges Pompidou, the futuristic Pompidou Centre is now considered…

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Versailles

The Château de Versailles stands 15 miles (24km) southwest of Paris and is one of France's most noted attractions.…

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