It’s no secret that we love Paris. Each time we visit, we discover something completely new that leaves us swooning over the city even more than we thought possible. Whether it’s a quiet corner cafe, a chic boutique or an exhilarating show, there’s truly no limit to the once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences on avail in Paris.
We’ve written about our top 50 tips on what to see and do in the city, but if you’re looking for a summed up version, here’s a quick look at a few of the most recommended must-visit attractions.
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1. The Eiffel Tower
Of course, no list of top Paris attractions is complete without The Eiffel Tower! Love it or hate it, no trip to Paris is complete without a visit to this iconic Parisian landmark. It will cost you €15.00 and countless hours of your day to take the elevator to the top. Instead, consider purchasing a ‘skip the line’ ticket, or just enjoy the Eiffel Tower from its base.
2. Notre Dame
This mesmerizing cathedral dates back to 1163. It’s more than just the home of Quasimodo—it’s also considered to be one of the best examples of French gothic architecture. Marvel at the gargoyles and then climb the towers for a great view over the city.
3. The Louvre
Even if you’re not big on museums or art, The Louvre is one museum that’s worth the time. Boasting over 1 million pieces of art, you’ll want to leave plenty of time to fully enjoy the important works on display.
4. The Paris Catacombs
While slightly creep, the Paris Catacombs are definitely a must-visit. A 70-mile network of caves, tunnels and quarries, this labyrinth beneath the city is filled with the skulls and bones of nearly 6 million deceased.
If you’ve yet to experience the magic of Disneyland, then Paris is a great place to step into the world of Disney. No matter your age, there’s something fantastic about the thrilling rides and childhood characters come to life in the park. All you need is a Disneyland Paris 1 day 1 park ticket.
6. Palace of Versailles
Explore the gardens around the royal chateau. Take a tour of the court that was once the center of political power in France. And don’t miss the fascinating Hall of Mirrors, where King Louis XIV not only entertained his guests; here their every move was reflected hundreds of times across the hall. Of course, given its name, this is also where the Treaty of Versailles was signed.
7. Sacré-Cœur Basilica
This Roman Catholic Church is perfectly perched on the summit of Montmartre, the highest point in the city. The sheer size of the Basilica is amazing, as are the views of Paris from the top of the hill.
8. Climb the Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is a monument in honor of Napoleon Bonaparte. If you climb to the top of any monuments, make it the climb to the Arc’s panoramic viewing terrace. From here you can soak in views of the Eiffel Tower while also viewing Paris’ broad boulevards and unique urban plan.