The Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Paris

May 5, 2016 by

Paris tourist attractions you simply can't miss out on. The most populous city in France, Paris is a major hub for tourism in the country.

Paris has endured as an important city for more than 2,000 years. Often called by nicknames like the “city of love” and “city of lights,” Paris is today one of the world’s leading centers for business, fashion, entertainment, art and culture. Just the mere mention of Paris conjures up images of the city’s world famous landmarks, museums and cathedrals. An overview of the top tourist attractions in Paris.

List of tourist attractions in paris

Eiffel Tower

The most iconic and recognised tourist attraction in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is certainly the most visited monument in the city. The view from the top is absolutely spectacular, and if you go up at sundown, you can look out on to the surrounding parks which are lit up to exude a romantic and peaceful atmosphere. Although you’ll have to pay a fee to get to the highest of viewing points, the sights from the top are more than worth the price. As cliche as it might be, this is undoubtedly an experience you don’t want to skip.

Tourist Attractions in Paris

Tourist Attractions in Paris

Luxembourg Gardens

A magical oasis of greenery in the heart of the Latin Quarter.The Luxembourg gardens are popular with students and families who bring the children here to sail boats, ride ponies, watch puppet shows, or play in the special fenced playground area.It’s a wonderful place to sit and absorb the atsmophere of Paris.

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris and even though it’s not one of my favorite places in the city it should still be on your “must see” list.Twelve avenues radiate from the arch which explains why it is also called “place de l’Etoile” (etoile meaning star). Watching the traffic navigate this roundabout is half the fun of a trip here.

Alsace Villages

Some of the prettiest villages in France are tucked away in the green rolling hills of Alsace, where the Vosges Mountains border the Rhine River of Germany. These picturesque Alsatian villages feature pastel-painted, half-timbered houses clustered around small parish churches. Cheerful flowering balconies and pedestrian cobblestone streets add to the charm.

Musee d’Orsay

This renowned collection of Impressionist art is one of Paris’ top tourist attractions. The museum is housed in an expansive space (formerly the Belle Epoque-era Gare d’Orsay railway station) and the collection represents the work of all the masters of Impressionism. The artists range from classic Impressionist masters Degas, Manet, Monet, and Renoir to Post-Impressionist artists such as Bonnard, Cézanne, and Van Gogh the Pointillists (Seurat, Signac) and Bohemian artists like Toulouse Lautrec.

Luxembourg Gardens

Luxembourg Gardens

Sainte-Chapelle

Palais de Justice on the Ile de la Cité, Sainte-Chapelle is considered a rare jewel of the Middle Ages. This masterpiece of High Gothic architecture was built from 1242 to 1248 for King Louis IX (Saint Louis) to house the precious Christian relics, which he had acquired from the Byzantine Emperor. The altar displays a relic of the Crown of Thorns. The chapel is renowned for its exquisite stained-glass windows, which give the sanctuary an iridescent glow and serene aura.

Sacre-Coeur

One of the most noticeable landmarks in Paris is the striking white-domed basilica of the Sacre-Coeur. Situated at the city’s highest point on Montmartre hill, this stunning basilica draws many tourists attraction every year to see its marble architecture and gorgeous interior. A tour awards visitors with views of gold mosaics, stained-glass windows and one of the world’s largest clocks.

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