Paris Attractions

Almost everyone has heard of most of the top 10 things to do in Paris - its iconic monuments have helped make it the world's most visted city. The Eiffel Tower is a must-see and top of every list. You will catch glimpses of it framed by trees or buildings, or even from elevated sections of the métro. Be brave and go to the top for a fabulous view over the Seine and Notre-Dame cathedral on the Ile de la Cité, the island in the centre of the river. On the opposite side of town, the terrace in front of the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur on top of the Butte Montmartre offers a different, no less magical view - and this one includes the Eiffel Tower. At the Centre Georges-Pompidou, a glass-sided gallery of 20th-century art, you may be distracted from the world-class paintings by the view of the rooftops. Try climbing to the top of the Arc de Triomphe at night for a shining vista down the Champs-Elysées - Paris was first called the City of Light in the 19th century and still glitters. It would be a shame to leave without seeing some of the historic treasures of the Louvre, the world's best museum and home of the Mona Lisa, though many prefer the Musée d'Orsay, whose 19th-century collection includes the Impressionists and the best of Art Nouveau. View Napoleon's tomb and explore the history of France through the exhibitions at Les Invalides but make time to stroll along the banks of the Seine. More splendid monuments and buildings line the various quais and you can browse the wares of the traditional bouquinistes (booksellers) whose stalls have lined the embankments of the Seine since the 17th century. Notre-Dame image © Paris Tourist Office / Amélie Dupont

Eiffel Tower

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Champ de Mars

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Arc de Triomphe

Place Charles de Gaulle

The symbol of France's victories - and you can climb it... read more

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Notre-Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre-Dame de Paris)

Place du Parvis de Notre-Dame

Masterpiece of Gothic architecture and Parisian landmark... read more

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Musee du Louvre

99 rue de Rivoli, (main entrance via Pyramid in Cour Napoléon)

One of the greatest museums in the world... read more

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Musee d'Orsay

1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur

The best museum to see Impressionist paintings...
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Centre Georges Pompidou

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Place Georges Pompidou

An inside-out gallery that is itself a work of art... read more

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur

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Les Invalides

129 rue de Grenelle

Napoleon I is buried here under a golden dome...
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Avenue des Champs-Elysées

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Avenue des Champs-Elysées

The most beautiful avenue in the world!... read more

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Les Quais de la Seine

Quai des Gesvres

The banks of the Seine offer fine views of Paris...
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Place Vendome

Place Vendome

The most elegant square in Paris... read more

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Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

A vast Romantic park within the city boundaries...
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Tomb of Abelard and Heloise

No 1, Division 7, Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise, enter at 16 rue du Repos

A memorial to the original star-crossed lovers...
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Cimetiere de Pere-Lachaise

16 rue du Repos

The tombs here are among the most visited monuments in Paris... read more

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Musee Rodin

79 rue de Varenne

See Rodin's The Kiss and The Thinker in his own home... read more

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Ballon Air de Paris

Parc André Citroën, 2 rue de la Montagne de la Fage

A hot-air balloon ride in the city where they began... read more

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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur

Place du Parvis du Sacre-Coeur

Sacre-Coeur's white domes dominate the skyline...
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Hammam Medina Centre

43-45 rue Petit

A contemporary hammam in the 19th arrondissement...
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Les Cents Ciels

45 bis Avenue Edouard Vaillant

Huge hammam with good range of facilities... read more

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Le Comptoir Paris Marrakech

22 rue de Châteaudun

A hammam-spa to enjoy as a couple... read more
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