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Sightseeing in Paris. Top sights.

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Sightseeing in Paris is famous worldwide. The city offers a combination of a perfect urban landscape, romantic river banks, beautiful streets, historical monuments, art museums, lovely parks. Enjoy Paris sightseeing endless pleasure.

Places to visit

Things to see are in a few districts: Champs-Elysées, Ile de la Cite, left bank, Le Marais, Montmartre.
Places to visit

Paris Monuments

Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle are the top monuments.
Paris monuments

Paris museums

The Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, Picasso Museum, Centre Pompidou are specially well known museums of art. The twelve best Museums in the city.
Museums

Paris with kids

With Disneyland and Parc Asterix world class theme parks and the renovated zoo as prime attractions, the city is fun with children.
With kids

Paris Gardens

Parisians love the romantic Luxembourg Gardens. The Tuileries Gardens are the royal gardens of the Louvre.
Gardens

Paris bus tours

A Paris sightseeing tour is a fast and easy way to visit the city. The best bus tours.
Bus tours

Locate the top 24 sights on Paris sightseeing map


Sightseeing in Saint Germain

The city has a number of delicious districts where pedestrians are kings: old streets, beautiful houses, many shops, cafes and restaurants. In between the Seine river banks and the Luxembourg Gardens, the Saint Germain des Pres district on the left bank is one of the best known in town. Dominated by the tower of Saint Germain des Pres Church, the remain of the prestigious Saint Germain des Pres Abbey, Saint Germain des Pres is famous as the intellectual district of the City of Lights. Many visitors have a drink at Cafe de Flore or Deux Magots, the two most famous literary Cafes in Paris. The Saint Germain des Pres district around rue de Sevres has many French fashion stores, including Hermes (17, rue de Sevres).

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Saint Germain des Pres tower in Paris
Saint Germain des Pres tower in Paris

Sightseeing in Tuileries Gardens

The many gardens contribute to the beauty of the city. A few of them including Luxembourg Gardens and Les Tuileries are very old. They are also welcome oasis in the heart of a busy city. The Tuileries Gardens are very central. They stretch their French style alleys lawns along the river, on the right bank in between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. In 1559, Queen Catherine de Medicis moved her residence to the Louvre Palace. She decided to build the Tuileries close-by, a new palace with a garden modeled after the gardens of her native Florence. Catherine commissioned a landscape architect from Florence, Bernard de Carnesse, to build an Italian Renaissance garden, with fountains, a labyrinth and a grotto. The Tuileries were the largest and most beautiful gardens in the city at the time.

The Ferris whel at the edge of Les Tuileries Gardens
The Ferris wheel at the edge of Les Tuileries Gardens

Sightseeing in Montmartre

Topped by the Sacre Coeur Basilica, Montmartre is the highest hill in the City of Lights at 128 meters. Rural until 1900, Montmartre became famous in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with the arrival of pennyless artists such as Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. In spite of the affluence of tourists from all over the world, most Montmartre streets, almost free of car traffic, keep their village-like atmosphere, which set them apart in town. The Sacre Coeur is the most famous Montmartre sight and a flagship monument. It is also a vibrant 24/24 catholic church. The oldest church in the city, Saint-Pierre de Montmartre near Sacre Coeur was built in 1147. She was the church of the prestigious Montmartre Abbey until the revolution in 1790. The Place du Tertre is the most crowded tourist spot. The lovely village square, Place du Tertre is shared by artists who paint tourist portraits and restaurant terraces. Painted by Renoir, Van Gogh and other famous artists, the Moulin de La Galette is Montmartre last windmill. The animated staircases in front of Sacre Coeur provide one of the best views of the city. Try the lovely Montmartre walk.

Sacre Coeur from Place du Tertre in Montmartre
Sacre Coeur from rue Utrillo

Sightseeing tours

A Paris sightseeing tour is a great way to see the top sights: the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysées, the Invalides, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera, Notre-Dame. Combine a sightseeing bus tour and a visit of the Eiffel Tower with priority access. Some sightseeing tours include lunch on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower. A cruise on the Seine river is an original way to admire the monuments along the Seine. A romantic outing for two or a fun trip for families, visiting Paris by boat is a fantastic way to admire the capital. There are night sightseeing tours in a panoramic bus and night cruises on the Seine. An atypical and magical evening in the city.

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Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower is best visited on a tour