Paris has more landmarks than any other city in the world. Paris has been a popular destination by rail network, with Paris at its centre.
Paris receives around 28 million tourists per year (42 in the whole Paris Region), of which 17 million are foreign visitors. Its museums and monuments are among its highest-esteemed attractions; tourism has motivated both the city and national governments to create new ones.
A quayside vista that takes in the Seine, a passing boat, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and mansard roofs all in one gorgeous sweep is enough to convince you that Paris is indeed the most beautiful city on earth. The French capital’s embarrassment of riches is unsurpassed. Whether you opt for the touristy, historic, fashion-conscious, bourgeois, or bohemian arty Paris, one thing is certain, the City of Light will always enthrall.
First visits to Paris can be daunting, nearly every square inch of the city seems to be seeping with history and beauty. All of it is worth seeing and exploring, but there are some Paris tourist attractions that simply shouldn’t be missed. Here are ten of the best Paris sights and attractions, chosen for their mass popularity, historical importance, or sheer aesthetic appeal. If you want to experience Paris’ most essential attractions, this guide will help you pinpoint what to see and do first.
Top 5 Attractions in Paris
Once the tallest structure in the world, the Eiffel Tower is probably Europe’s best known landmark and Paris’s most famous symbol. The Eiffel Tower offers several guided tour options for a behind-the scenes look at the tower. Always reserve ahead. The tour company Paris Trip is now offering a Seine River Cruise/Eiffel Tower Dinner package that includes pickup from your hotel, an evening boat sightseeing tour, and dinner at the top of the tower, for around $150.
Low season in Paris is October to March. If you can visit during these times, you’ll be more likely to avoid long lines and overcrowded observation areas. However, visiting the tower during the cold and wet months of November-February is less likely to be a pleasant experience, especially when overcast skies obstruct magnificent views of the city.Visiting during weekdays rather than weekends and in the early morning or late evening is also a good idea.
The Eiffel Tower has two restaurants: one on the first level and one on the second. The second-level restaurant, Le Jules Vernes, is remarkable for its breathtaking views of the city and for its kitchen, which is lead by celebrated French chef Alain Ducasse. In addition, snack bars can be found on the ground floor, first, and second levels.
Souvenirs and gifts are available on the ground floor, first and second levels. The second level also includes a specialty food shop where you can purchase traditional French food items.
The Louvre, originally a palace but now one of the largest and most visited museums in the world, is a must-visit for anyone with a slight interest in art. Some of the museum’s most famous works of art are the Mona Lisa and the Venus of Milo.
There are about 35.000 objects on display, spread out over three wings of the former palace. The museum has a diverse collection ranging from the antiquity up to the mid 19th century. A large part of the collection consists of European paintings and sculptures. Other rooms contain Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Oriental art. There is also a section with ‘Objects d’Art’, where objects such as clocks, furniture, china and tapestries are displayed.
Disneyland Resort Paris is a theme park straight out of Walt Disney’s imagination. The park is on a human scale, however, and is almost the size of a whole town, divided into different “neightbourhoods”, such as the hotels and the rides: stroll between the Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Park and the Disney Village.
Kids will be thrilled to see all their favourite Disney characters: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Peter Pan, and also the latest characters from recent films. Big kids will enjoy the adrenaline rush as they ride the Space Mountain Mission or Indiana Jones’s train. Visitors can enjoy the park with the whole family and stay on site, watch special performances during dinner and spend all day having fun on the rides.
The Orsay Museum, opened in 1986, is housed in the former Orsay railway station, which was inaugurated at the 1900 Universal Exhibition. As well as works in traditional fields (painting, sculpture, graphic arts, objets d’art), its collections include works from other disciplines, such as architecture, furnishings and photography. They provide a broad panorama of French and European art from 1848 to 1914. The museum is worldwide known for its collections of impressionistes painting among which leaders of so emblematic paintings as Le Bal du Moulin de la Galette of Renoir or La chambre de Van Gogh à Arles.
Boat Tour of the Seine River
Seeing some of Paris’ most beautiful sites glide past as you drift down the Seine river is an unforgettable and essential experience. Companies such as Bateaux Parisiens offer 1-hour tours of the Seine year-round for about 10 Euros. You can hop on near Notre Dame or the Eiffel Tower. Go at night to enjoy the shimmering play of light on the water, and dress warmly– the wind from off the Seine can be chilly. You can also take tours of some of Paris’ canals and waterways, which will allow you to see a semi-hidden side of the city of light.