main Paris tourist attractions and other things to see and do
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The Eiffel Tower
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sculptures on the entrance to Notre Dame Cathedral
Louvre museum, and its glass pyramid
Paris's river boats - for a cruise on the Seine
The Louis Vuitton Foundation contemporary arts gallery in the Bois de
Boulogne - opened 2014
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SKIP THE LINE - SKIP THE QUEUES....
big problem with Paris attractions and museums is their popularity....
Which means long lines and queues at the main attractions at virtually
any time of year.... and guaranteed in the popular tourist months.
Visitors who take the trouble to order in advance one of the
"skip the line" passes are likely to save themselves a lot of time
► Tourist Passes
for Paris 2017 :
buses, a Seine river trip, public transport in Paris, plus entrance to
some sixty Paris museums and attractions, including the Louvre, the Arc
de Triomphe and the Orsay museum. Passes are available for 2, 4 or 6
Special 10% discount on all passes with code
Paris Pass is more complete than the confusingly similar-sounding Paris
City Passport, which is also wrongly referred to the Paris City Pass.
The Paris Museum Pass
allows unlimited visits to 60 museums and sites in and around Paris:
however, to make it worthwhile you would really need to take in at
least three museums a day. But you could easily spend a whole day in
the Louvre - cost 10 €. The cheapest Paris Museum
Pass, at 48
for 2 days - is hard to
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
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.
either pass is that you do not need to queue up or stand in a line to
purchase tickets. For example, even on a normal day in the
tourist season, queues can be up to an hour or more for the Orsay
TOURS & visits:
Paris guided visits...
Vision offers a range
of all inclusive guided tours in and round Paris
trips from Paris
Day trip excursions from Paris, by coach or minibus, including
tours from your hotel
Combined tickets and other attractionsSelect only the attractions you really want to visit. See discounted offers, combo tickets and individual attraction tickets on Ticketbar.
Cafés on the boulevard St. Michel in the Latin Quarter - the
Paris and of France
offers the largest concentration of tourist attractions in
France, and possibly in Europe. Besides some of the world's most famous
musuems, its has 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 in the world.
Paris is also
famous for its cafés and restaurants, its theatres and
and its general ambiance. While there are a thousand other
to do in Paris apart from those mentioned on this page, for the
traveller spending just a few days in Paris , this list
more than enough choice to fill the time. Note
that national museums (i.e. the main museums) are generally closed on Tuesdays - though
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 (which is
known in French as La
and works by almost all the greatest painters. 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. Expect long queues at busy moments,
unless you have a pass.
(Paris 7- Metro Solférino) , the museum of the nineteenth
containg the works of the Impressionists
Manet, Sisley, Van
Gogh, Renoir and others.
Musée de l'Orangerie
Located on Place de la Concorde. fine collection of Impressionist art,
notably the most famous of Monet's Water lilies series..
Musée d'Art Moderne,
Located at the Trocadero. The City of
collection of modern art. And it's free.
Musée Marmottan, in the 16th Arondissement,
with a fine
collection of Monets and other French art.
(Beaubourg, 4° arrondissement),
collection of avant garde art,
housed in a very avant garde building. Open 11 a.m. to 9
7° arrondissement - museum
works of the great sculptor Auguste Rodin.
National Picasso, 3° arrond. Metro St.Paul
reopened after major renovation.
out in Paris
There are thousands of restaurants to choose from in Paris; as well as
plenty of French restaurants, there are hundreds of Italian
restaurants, pizzerias, Vietnamese restaurants, and restuarants serving
food from just about every country in the world. There are
interesting French regional restaurants, serving traditional regional
There are restaurants all
because Paris is very much a lived-in city. The best concentrations of
top-class restaurants in Paris are near the Champs Elysees, in the 8th,
16th and 17th arrondissements, where there are a good number of
Michelin starred restaurants. For more affordable eating, and plenty of
choice and atmosphere, try the small streets in the Latin
(5th and 6th districts), or on the Ile St. Louis.
For the best oriental cuisine, go to the Paris
Chinatown, south from the Place d'Italie in the 13th.
Main sites and sights:
tower - take the lift to the top, for a
spectacular panorama of Paris. The tower is 317 metres high, over 1,000
Dame cathedral - one
of the finest gothic cathedrals in
Europe. Entrance to the cathedral is free. Entrance to the towers
is not, but is included in passes. Climb the 400 steps to the top of
the towers .
not far from Notre Dame. thirteenth century royal chapel, with
remarkable stained glass windows. (included in passes)
Arc de Triomphe
- the largest triumphal arch in the world, commissioned by Napoleon.
Another place with spectacular views over Paris. (included in passes)
and the Sacré Coeur. Narrow streets,
artists, round the 19th century basilica on top of a hill on the north
edge of Paris.
one of the most famous streets in the world, a broad tree-lined
boulevard. Enjoy a drink on a pavement café, but watch the
(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
Latin quarter; narrow streets, with lots of
restaurants, antique shops and boutiques, near the Sorbonne university.
Free! (See more things to do for
free in Paris)
- La Cité
des Sciences Paris 19 . Metro line 7 -
Porte de la Villette. The Paris science museum, well worth a
des Arts Décoratifs, Paris 1°. Metro
Louvre. Museum of
decorative arts, close to the Louvre.
Other tourist attractions in
panoramaSee 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 skyline isn't spoiled by the
Gardens of the Luxembourg; The classic Paris city park.
Off Boulevard St. Michel.
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 most famous cabaret in Paris,
situated in Pigalle at the foot of Montmartre. Running since 1889. More info
a trip outside of Paris:
most visited locations on the outskirts of Paris are:
1. the château de Versailles
(train from Gare Montparnasse, or RER C line from St Michel Notre Dame,
Musée d’Orsay, Invalides, Pont de
l’Alma, or Champ de
2: Château de Fontainebleau
- train from Gare de Lyon.
the trains or
hire a car at a location on the outskirts
of Paris, to avoid having to drive in the streets of Paris.
See tips on car hire on the
outskirts of Paris.
Two offbeat visits to see the Paris other people haven't seen.....
Paris sewer museum. (Musée
des égouts) Quai d'Orsay - (Metro Alma-Marceau) There is a
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.
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.
The Stade de FranceFrance's iconic sports stadium.
More information on things to do
the insider's guide
Links to main
The Eiffel Tower
, Notre Dame cathedral
, La Sainte Chapelle
, the Champs Elysées
, The Arc de Triomphe
, The Louvre
, The Orsay Museum
, The Latin Quarter
, The Moulin Rouge
, Seine river boats
, The Pompidou Center