Your first visit to Paris can be staggering (and very tiring!). All Paris seems to be a “must” for sightseeing and exploring. However, there are some Paris tourist attractions that you really shouldn’t miss. Here are five of Paris’ most visited.
You might spend a lifetime to “do” the Louvre! The Louvre is definitely one of “the” attractions. The Mona Lisaand theVenus de Milo, of course. But don’t forget fabulous the works of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio and so many others. The palace itself lays testament to a rich history encompassing the medieval period until the present day. Its certainly the repository of the world’s greatest collection of pre-20th century painting, decorative objects and sculpture. The nearby Tuileries gardens are also perfect for a pre-or post-visit Stroll.
The Eiffel Tower
This renowned landmark represents Paris to the world. The tower, built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World Exposition, was highly unpopular with Parisians when it was first unveiled. It has now attracted over 220 million visitors. The tower dominates the Paris skyline – especially at night with its decorative lights. Another obvious “must”.
The Cathedral of Notre Dame
Your first visit to Paris is incomplete without a trip to see the marvellous gothic architecture. Perhaps the most beautiful cathedral in Europe, Notre Dame’s inspiring towers, stained glass windows and statues can blow your mind. See for yourself the spot that was the centre of medieval Paris. Remember, it took over one hundred years to complete. Go up the North tower to see the city from the hunchback’s viewpoint is essential.
You can’t help but feel the history as you walk down the extraordinarily impressive Avenue des Champs-Elysées.
Monmartre and the Sacre Coeur
The Sacre Coeur sits at the highest point of Paris on the top of the small hill known as Montmartre. Take the funicular railway up and stop off at Sacre Coeur before exploring the winding streets of Montmartre – almost a village in itself. Tired of sightseeing? Try relaxing at the famous Moulin Rouge.
The Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is recognized worldwide as a symbol of French military achievements. It was commissioned by the Emperor Napoleon in 1806. The “Arc” stands 164 foot tall and dominates the west end of the Champs-Elysees, the city’s most famous avenue. From here radiate twelve avenues in the form of a star.
We said five attractions!
However, for a change of pace, we’ve thrown in an extra one that shouldn’t be missed!
Sailing down the river Seine is an unforgettable experience. Various companies offer 1-hour tours of the Seine year-round for around 10 Euros. You can get on near Notre Dame or the Eiffel Tower. Go at night to enjoy the lights reflected on the water. The breeze from off the Seine can be chilly so dress accordingly. You can also take tours of some of Paris’ waterways canals – which will you a sight of this side of the “City of Light”.