Attractions in Paris
Many attractions & Must See in Paris
Paris attractions are many and varied – tall buildings, classic paintings, opulent surroundings, awesome views and fun-filled days are all available here in the French capital. Check out the top five attractions of this famous European city with our guide.
The Eiffel Tower
Champs de Mars, Paris 75007; +33 01 44 11 23 11; www.tour-eiffel.fr
One of the most recognizable landmarks in the whole world, the Eiffel Tower is the quintessential symbol of Paris. This 324-metre tower, which recently celebrated its 120th birthday, took more than two years to complete. Containing both souvenir stores and a restaurant within its 10,000-ton steel frame, the tower is well equipped for the many visitors it receives from all over the globe. Don’t worry about getting tired when you visit this Paris attraction: you can choose to take the elevator instead of climbing all the way to the top. Open every day of the year, the tower costs €13 with an elevator ticket or €4.50 without.
Pyramide - Cour Napoléon, Paris 75001; +33 01 40 20 53 17; www.louvre.fr
Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa – possibly the world’s most famous painting – is certainly the unmissable attraction of this enormous art museum. But if you go, don’t forget to also see some of the other incredibly rich collections of art housed here in this former royal residence. Spread across eight major collections, the Louvre is home to an extraordinary 35,000 artworks. Open from 9am to 6pm daily, with evening opening until 10pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. Entry to the permanent collections costs €9.50, but you can save by going in the evening. Avoid the very long queues at this Paris attraction by booking your ticket online or through your hotel before you go.
The Basilica of Sacré Coeur
Parvis du Sacré Coeur, Paris 75018; +33 01 53 41 89 09; www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.fr
The citizens of Paris funded the construction of this enormous Romano-Byzantine cathedral atop the hill of Montmartre following the country’s defeat in the Franco-Prussian war in 1970. The square outside is almost as famous as the church itself, attracting hundreds of visitors each day with its unrivalled view of the surrounding city. The carousel in this picturesque area was recently immortalized in the world-famous French movie, Amélie. Look out for the impressive ceiling mosaic inside, as well as the basilica’s 18,000 kilogram bell, the largest church bell in all of France. This Paris attraction is open daily until 10.30pm, with free admission.
The Palace of Versailles
Place d’Armes, Versailles 78000; +33 01 30 83 78 00; www.chateauversailles.fr
This former French royal palace and its exquisite gardens are among the world’s most prestigious heritage monuments. Louis XIII’s hunting lodge was transformed by his successor into a sumptuous palace that was the seat of the French monarchy and the French government. Many of its luxurious rooms and apartments illustrate the gilded architectural styles of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Treaty of Versailles – which ended World War I – was signed in one of them, the opulent Hall of Mirrors. Another highlight of a visit to this Paris attraction is the wonderful palace gardens. Dozens of statues, fountains and other features adorn this famous green area. Open Tuesday to Friday, with admission to the palace costing €15. Entry to the gardens is free except when open-air concerts are held.
Marne-la-Vallée 77777; +33 01 60 45 65 00; www.disneylandparis.com
This very popular Paris attraction is Europe’s premier theme park, with a record 15 million visitors each year. Open since 1992, it’s the only Disney theme park in all of Europe. Set across almost 5,000 acres of land in the suburb of Marne-la-Vallée just 32km from central Paris, it boasts two theme park areas, seven hotels and dozens of restaurants. The main Disneyland Paris park encompasses all the famous Disney characters known the world over, while the Walt Disney Studios Park on the same site adds extra movie magic to the experience. Located just 20 miles from central Paris, it’s easy to get to via train or car. If you visit this Paris attraction in May, June, September or October, you will benefit from much shorter queues as well as off-peak discounts. A daily ticket for both parks costs €62 for adults, or €54 for children under 12. Entry is free for children aged under three.