offers the largest concentration of tourist attractions in
France, and possibly in Europe. Besides some of the world's most famous
musuems, its offers a vibrant historic city centre, a beautiful
riverscape, an extensive range of historic monuments, including
cathedrals, chapels and palaces, plus one of the most famous nightlife
scenes int he world.
Paris is also
famous for its cafés and restaurants, its theatres and
just its general ambiance. While there are a thousand other things to
do in Paris apart from those mentioned on this page, for the traveller
spending no more than a week in Paris, this list offers more than
enough choice to fill the time. Note
that national museums (i.e. the main museums) are generally closed on Tuesdays -
a few, including the Musée d'Orsay, are closed on Mondays.
one of the world's great art galleries, with masterpieces such as the
Mona Lisa, and works by almost every great master there has ever been.
The Louvre is also a major museum, with an exceptionally rich
collection of antiquities and artefacts, including Egyptian mummies,
Classical bronzes, and artefacts from round the world. Note: the Louvre
(Paris 7- Metro Solférino) , the museum of the nineteenth
containg the works of the Impressionists - Monet, Manet, Sisley, Van
Gogh, Renoir and others. Note: closed on Mondays
at the Trocadero. The City of Paris's collection of modern art. And
in the 16th Arondissement, with a fine collection of Monets and other
Centre Georges Pompidou
(Beaubourg, 4° arrondissement), Large collection of avant garde
housed in a very avant garde building. Open 11 a.m. to 9
closed on Tuesdays.
7° arrondissement - museum devoted to the works of the
sculptor Auguste Rodin. Closed Mondays
3° arrond. Metro St.Paul .
Musée des Arts
Paris 1°. Metro Louvre. Museum of decorative arts, close to the
- City of Paris Museum of Modern Art, at the Trocadéro
- Maison de Balzac, devoted to France's great 19th century novelist.
- Musée Carnavalet - the museum of the history of Paris
- Petit Palais, City of Paris museum of fine arts; a large
collection of great master paintings and artefacts. Located just off
the Champs Elysées
Free only on the first
Sunday of each month:
The Louvre, Musée Rodin, Musée Picasso,
Musée d'Orsay and
The Paris Museum Pass
this allows unlimited visits to 60 museums and sites in and around
however, to make it worthwhile you would really need to take in at
least three museums a day over 2, 4 or 6 consecutive days. Given that
it is easy to spend a full day (9 a.m - 6 p.m.) in the Louvre alone -
cost 9 Euros a day - the cheapest Paris Museum Pass, at 30
€uros for 2 days - is hard to justify unless you are planning
just an hour
and a half on average per museum.
The pass is on sale at most participating museums - which means most
main Paris museums.
if visiting Paris in a busy tourist period, start by visiting a less
busy museum, such as the Musée Rodin, the Army Museum, or
the Musée des
Arts Décoratifs. Buy your pass here, then avoid the (often
queues for the other busier museums.
for more information
Main Paris sites and sights:
- take the lift to the top, for a spectacular
panorama of Paris. The tower is 317 metres high, over 1,000 ft.
Notre Dame cathedral
one of the finest gothic cathedrals in Europe. Climb the 400 steps to
the top of the towers (included in Paris Museum pass).
La Sainte Chapelle,
not far from Notre Dame. thirteenth century royal chapel, with
remarkable stained glass windows. (included in Paris Museum pass)
The Arc de Triomphe
- the largest triumphal arch in the world, commissioned by Napoleon.
Another place with spectacular views over Paris. (included in Paris
Montmartre, and the
Narrow streets, filled with artists,
round the 19th century basilica on top of a hill on the north edge of
The banks of the Seine
- just wander along the footpaths through the centre of the city. Free !
The Latin quarter;
narrow streets, with lots of cafés and restaurants, antique
boutiques, near the Sorbonne university. Free!
one of the most famous streets in the world, a broad tree-lined
boulevard. Enjoy a drink on a pavement café, but watch the
Seine river boats
(les bateaux mouche). Take a trip on one of the famous Seine river
boats, and see Paris from the river. Departures from the Pont Neuf. Or
use the Batobus
daily and weekly passes from 12 to 17 Euros.
fine military museum, containing the tomb of Napoleon, and a remarkable
collection of historic models of French cities (included in
The Moulin Rouge:
the most famous cabaret in Paris, situated in Pigalle at the foot of
Montmartre. Running since 1889.
some other things to see and do for independent-minded visitors....
: see Paris from the top of the Tour
the tallest office block in the city. Panoramic viewing area, and it's
the only place from which the Paris skyline isn't spoiled by the tour
The Gardens of the
the classic Paris city park. Off Boulevard St.
Michel in the Latin quarter.
Paris by night:
Many tour-bus operators run Paris by night tours; but there's no need
to take a tour. The lights and sights can be seen in may ways. The most
carefree option is to just stroll down the Champs Elysées
and along the
banks of the Seine, looking at the lights and the illuminated monuments
that can often be seen from afar. Then there plenty of restaurants with
chairs and tables outside, where you can have dinner and watch the
world go by. Then of course there is Pigalle, Paris's raunchy nightlife
district, with its arrray of bars, cabarets, clubs and shows.
The Paris sewer museum.
(Musée des égouts) Quai d'Orsay - (Metro
Alma-Marceau) There is a whole
underground city beneath the Paris streets, and the Metro is
one part of it. The ancient sewerage system is a historic monument, and
it has its own museum and tour visit.
(Metro Père Lachaise) in northeast Paris - where many famous
of the past, and others, have been buried . Graves include those of
Proust, Victor Hugo, Molière, Oscar Wilde, and Jim
1, avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy 75014 Paris
Tél. : 01 43 22 47 63
Eery underground ossuary, filled with the bones and skeletons of some 6
million Parisians, removed from city graveyards between 1786 and the
mid 19th century. 2 km walk underground. 130 steps down, 83 up.