There's so much to do in Paris. Attractions are a dime a dozen in the City of Light, from museums to parks to palaces - you'll never be stuck for something to do. The problem is finding the time. For those on a short trip, the following are our favorite, must-see Paris attractions.
If you were to only visit one museum in your life, the Louvre would be the one to see. With over 8 million visitors a year, not only is it the King of Paris attractions but the most visited art museum in the world. Although the Louvre may be best known as the home of the Mona Lisa, the museum has so many amazing pieces of art from such diverse eras that it is easy to walk lose hours. If you're tight on time, our Louvre Museum Tour covers all the highlights in just three hours.
The Eiffel Tower
The Grand Old Dame of Paris
Incredibly, this structure that signifies Paris to much of the world opened to a less than enthusiastic response from the locals. The Eiffel Tower was erected in 1889 in connection with the Exposition Universelle, a World’s Fair that featured many Paris attractions. A plan to later tear it down was reversed as it became more popular. Taking a trip to the top floor of this structure is an incredible experience covered in our Eiffel Tower Tour. The view is amazing.
Notre Dame Cathedral, known by many as the setting of Victor Hugo’s book, “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame,” is centrally located on the Île de la Cité, one of two islands in the Seine within the city limits. The cathedral’s interior is beautifully extravagant, and the incredible view of Paris at the top of a 400-step climb easily makes this one of the prime Paris attractions. In fact, we'd go so far as to say the view from here is even better than the Eiffel Tower - largely because the view has the Eiffel Tower in it. Our Notre Dame Tour with Skip the Line Tower Access will save you some precious time queuing if you decide to see for yourself.
Père Lachaise Cemetery
Oscar Wilde's grave
Paris’ largest cemetery is also believed to be the most visited in the world. Many of France’s luminaries are buried at the Père Lachaise Cemetery. A sense of peace envelopes those who walk amongst the 5,000 trees here. Visitors should make sure to also visit some of the less famous graves as many of these contain their own beauty. The cemetery dates to 1804, and Molière, Chopin, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison have been laid to rest here. We visit them all on our Famous Graves Tour
One of the best ways to experience Paris as many of the locals do is to head to a café. After a busy day enjoying Paris attractions, there is nothing like engaging in the joie de vivre of relaxing in a café with a book and a cup of coffee. Many also take delight in people watching while enjoying a famous French pastry at a sidewalk café. The oldest Paris café still in operation is Café Procope. It opened in 1686.
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