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Places to visit in Paris
Places to visit in Paris

Places to visit in Paris are plenty. You rarely find this endless combination of things to see: landscape, romantic river banks, beautiful monuments. Select a district with places to visit. Enjoy sightseeing pleasure. Sightseeing in Paris.

Le Marais walking tour
Le Marais
Montmartre walking tour
Ile de la Cite
Ile de la Cite
Left bank walking tour
Left Bank Paris
Seine River banks
River banks

Top places to visit in Paris

The top districts with places to visit are the Tour Eiffel district with its museums, Le Marais with Picasso Museum and Centre Pompidou, Montmartre with Sacre Coeur, the Champs-Elysées with Arc de Triomphe, the Ile de la Cite with Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle, the left bank district with Luxembourg Gardens and Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The Paris markets are typical places to visit. Walk through these lively districts. See and live the City of Lights as a true Parisian. Don't miss the flea market and its many shops.

Places to visit n°1: Tour Eiffel district

Visiting the Tour Eiffel is a must do of every visitor to the City of Lights. The Tour Eiffel district is also very rich with top sights at walking distance. In 4 hours, visit the Tour Eiffel, have lunch there and visit one first class museum nearby.

Start from Trocadero metro station on metro line 6 and 9. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower from Palais de Chaillot. Walk down to the Eiffel Tower (15 minutes) across lovely Palais de Chaillot Gardens and Iena bridge. Visit the Tour Eiffel and lunch at 58 Tour Eiffel on the first floor.

Walk to Quai Branly Museum, devoted to primitive arts (15 minutes). Walk across scenic Passerelle Debilly to Musee art moderne (15 minutes). Finish at Iena metro station and Musee Guimet (10 minutes walk).

Tour Eiffel walking tour

Walking down the Eiffel Tower stairs
Walking down the Tour Eiffel stairs

Places to visit n°2: Le Marais

Le Marais, the trendiest district of Paris, has it all: Old and narrow streets. 17th century mansions. Beautiful churches. Centre Pompidou. Picasso museum. Fashion shops open on Sunday. Gay and Jewish communities. Bars and nightlife. Le Marais is also the heart of trendy French fashion. Find there a myriad of stores from innovative brands. Many fashion and decoration stores in Le Marais are independent. Les Halles Shopping Mall near-by is the largest in town.

Detailed information on Le Marais

Places to visit n°3: Montmartre

Topped by the famous Sacre Coeur Basilica, Montmartre is the highest Paris hill at 128 meters. Rural until 1900, Montmartre became famous in the late 1800ies with the arrival of artists such as Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso. In spite of the affluence of tourists, most Montmartre streets, almost free of car traffic, keep their village-like atmosphere, which set them apart in busy Paris.

Detailed information on Montmartre

Places to visit n°4: Champs-Elysées

70 meters wide, the Champs-Elysées run for 1910 meters in a straight line up hill from Place de la Concorde, the largest square in Paris, to Arc de Triomphe, Napoleon's monument. This famous avenue is the heart of the top Paris shopping district. Famous french and international brands have established there a large showroom or flagship store. Louis Vuitton and Guerlain stores are among the most beautiful.

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Places to visit n°5: Ile de la Cite

An island on the Seine river, Ile de la Cite has been inhabited since the Romans. It features three top sights: Notre Dame Cathedral, La Conciergerie and Sainte Chapelle. The river banks, the many bridges and the flower market are additional attractions. Ile de la Cite provides spectacular views on the Seine River, Seine river banks and Ile Saint Louis, the other famous island on the Seine river.

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Places to visit n°6: Paris Left bank

Extending from the Seine river down to Montparnasse, the left bank district is one of the the most pleasant districts in town. The large and romantic Luxembourg Gardens, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, its church and cafes, the Musee d'Orsay, Hermes store and Le Bon Marche are its highlights. The heart of the district is SSaint-Germain-des-Prés Church, the remain of the prestigious Saint Germain des Pres Abbey.

The left bank is famous as the intellectual district. Visitors have a drink at Cafe de Flore or Deux Magots, the two most famous literary cafes in the city. Rue de Sèvres has many French fashion stores, including the beautiful Hermes store (17, rue de Sèvres), one of the top fashion stores in town.

Left Bank walking tour | Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Saint Germain des Pres tower in Paris
Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the heart of the Left Bank

Places to visit along Paris river

Many famous places to visit are on the river banks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Conciergerie, Palais de Chaillot and the Musee d'Orsay.

With so much to see leisurely from the river, go on a Seine river cruise during your visit. You will forever remember a Seine dinner cruise, as you then combine a great French dinner with the spectacular illuminations of the city at night.

2.3 kilometers of Seine River left bank quays in between Musee d'Orsay and Pont Alexandre III have been turned into one of the most pleasant pedestrian districts of the city. Splendid views, open air restaurants and playgrounds are relaxing, entertaining and so beautiful. Rosa Bonheur, Flow, two open-air restaurants on these quays are affordable places to relax, eat or have a drink. Faust, right under Pont Alexandre III has a terrace, a restaurant and a club. These quays are now the place to go to day and night.

Information on Seine river in Paris. Seine river cruise.

Notre Dame is on the banks of the Seine river
Notre Dame is on the banks of the Seine river

Places to visit on a Paris tour

Choose a Paris bus tour to see many places to visit in a relaxed way. We recommend the full day tour and the one day tour including Versailles. It is possible to visit the Eiffel Tower up to the second floor with skip the line ticket, discover things to see on a Seine river cruise and board bus city tour in one 4 hour combination tour. Information.

Ride on your own through the City of Lights open top double deckers on the Open Tour.

Visit top places in 4 hours

It is possible to discover in 4 hours the top things to see walking from and to metro stations with connection to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Check 4 hour in Paris walk..

You can do the 2 hour triumphal way walk from the Louvre Museum to Champs-Elysées, up to Arc de Triomphe.

There are other options for quick sightseeing: a 1h 45 minute sightseeing tour (departure: 2, rue des Pyramides. Paris map), climb to a high point with a top Paris view.

Paris places to visit walking

The city can best be discovered walking. We have designed easy self guided walks in Paris that cover most sightseeing districts: walk in Le Marais, left bank walking tour, the Eiffel Tower walking tour and Montmartre walk.

Walk and shop in the shopping arcades when it rains. If you speak French, we highly recommend the interesting thematic sightseeing tours and conferences.

Les Tuileries Gardens are a beautiful park
Les Tuileries Gardens are a beautiful park

Out of the beaten track places to visit

Sightseeing in the City of Lights is endless. Discover districts and places to visit outside the core touristic areas. We recommend six out of the beaten track places to visit. Each of these places will take half a day to visit.

=> the romantic 17th century Ile Saint Louis
=> the Canal Saint Martin, a canal from Place de La Republique to La Villette. Paris map
=> the Paris Catacombs in Denfert-Rochereau
=> La Defense business district and its skyscrapers
=> the Pere Lachaise Cemetery with its graves of Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. Detailed map.
=> the Bercy district with its arena and park.

Bercy Village is pleasant at night
Bercy Village is pleasant at night

Top places to visit near Paris

There are many places to visit two hours or less from Paris. The top places are:
=> Versailles Palace and gardens
=> Fontainebleau Castle and forest
=> Chartres Cathedral
=> Giverny Gardens in Normandy with Monet house
=> the Champagne wine country
=> D Day Beaches in Normandy
=> the Loire Castles in the Loire valley

The Loire Castles are the most famous castles near Paris
The Loire Castles are famous castles near Paris

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