View over Paris with the Eiffel Tower around sunset.


The Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Paris

Sacré-Coeur Basilica

The Basilica of Paris, the Sacré-Coeur, is located at the tallest point of Paris. It was built between 1875 and 1914, and designed by Paul Abadie. This particular Basilica is a symbol of two national moments: the defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian War, and the socialist Parisian Commune crowning its most rebellious neighborhood.

The Sacré-Coeur Basilica is open to visitors every day and admission is free. Have a look at the official website for more visitor info. Get directions.

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The Centre Pompidou in Paris

Centre Pompidou

The Centre Georges Pompidou is a complex from 1977 by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers in the style of high-tech architecture. The remarkable building with the coloured tubing houses a public library, a center for music research, and the Musée National d'Art Moderne – the largest modern art museum in Europe.

The museum is open every day except on Tuesdays. Get directions.

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Staircase of Palais Garnier in Paris

Opera Theatre / Palais Garnier

Palais Garnier was built between 1861 and 1875. It is the best example of Second-Empire Beaux-Arts style, with many examples of Neo-Baroque and Greek styling. It is also famous for its beautiful marble staircase, and the ceiling decorations made by Chagall. Main opera performances in Paris take place here, or in the more modern Opéra Bastille.

Have a look at the official website for the programme and ticket info. Get directions.

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Shopping in Saint-Germain-des-Pres in Paris


Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a calm and lovely area with many galleries, boutiques and design stores. It is perfect for a stroll. North of Boulevard Saint-Germain there's more art galleries, interior and specialty stores, and south of the big street there's a larger share of clothes stores and fashion boutiques. Get directions.

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Hilly street in Montmartre.
Jardin des Tuileries in Paris

Jardin des Tuileries

The Jardin des Tuileries was created in 1564 by Queen Catherine de’ Medici, but re-landscaped in 1664 by King Louis XIV in the current French formal garden style. In this magnificent garden you can find amazing sculptures, works by Rodin standing in the open air!

The garden is open every day, but closes at night. Take a look at the official website to learn more about this gorgeous garden. Get directions.

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Musee de la Orangerie in Paris

Musée de l'Orangerie

The Musée de l’Orangerie is a museum on impressionist and post-impressionist art, located in the former orangery of Palais des Tuileries. It is well known for exhibiting eight Water Lilies murals by Claude Monet. The collection further contains paintings of world-famous artists such as Modigliani, Matisse, Soutine, Renoir, Picasso and Cezanne.

Please note that the museum is closed on Tuesdays. Get directions.

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Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris

Jardin du Luxembourg

The Jardin du Luxembourg was created in 1612 by Marie de’ Medici, as the garden of her Luxembourg Palace. The garden contains many beautiful features such as over a hundred sculptures and the monumental Medici fountain. But it’s also perfect for taking a rest on one or two of the typical green chairs.

The garden is open every day and closes at night. Get directions.

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The Pont Alexandre III in Paris

Pont Alexandre III

The Pont Alexandre III is a bridge built in celebration of the Franco-Russian Alliance in 1892 – Alexandre III was Emperor of Russia at the time. The extravagant bridge, built in the Beaux-Arts style, was inaugurated in 1900 for the Universal Exposition. Get directions.

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The Louvre Museum in Paris

The Louvre Museum

Musée du Louvre is the world’s largest art museum, displaying around 38,000 objects from the prehistory to the 21st century. Originally built as a fortress in the 12th century, the Louvre later became the palace of many Kings of France. During the French Revolution it was transformed into a public museum, opened since 1793.

The museum is open every day except on Tuesdays. Get directions.

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The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris

The Notre-Dame Cathedral is the best example of French Gothic architecture in Paris, and arguably in the world. In 1160 Bishop Maurice de Sully decided to destroy the then 4th century cathedral, and build the Notre-Dame as a way to celebrate his title as Bishop of Paris. The Cathedral was finally completed in 1345.

Please note that the Notre-Dame Cathedral is currently in a large restoration, following the devastating fire of 15 April 2019. Funds are still being raised in order to return the main splendour of France in its original state. Have a look at the official website (Fr) for the latest news. Get directions.

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Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris

Avenue des Champs-Elysées

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is the most famous street of Paris. With a length of almost 2 kilometers and 70 meters wide, it connects the Place de la Concorde with the Arc de Triomphe. The street is famous for its theatres, cafés and shopping. Thanks to the wide pavements, it is also one of the favorites for strolling. Get directions.

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The Eiffel Tower in Paris

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris, designed by engineer Gustave Eiffel. It was built for the Universal Exposition of 1889, and remained the tallest structure in the world for decades. With 324 meters, it still is the tallest structure of Paris. The tower has three levels, which can all be reached by elevator. There are also staircases, to reach the first and second level.

The Eiffel Tower is open daily. Have a look at the official website for more visitor info. Get directions.

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The Batignolles organic market in Paris

Batignolles organic market

Batignolles is an all-organic market, well known for its seasonal fruits, vegetables and delicacies straight from the local producer. Find here cheese and jams, pâtés and cold meats, but also essential oils and wines. Everything authentic.

The Batignolles organic market can be visited on Saturdays till around 13:30h. Get directions.

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Musee de Orsay in Paris

Musée d'Orsay

Musée d’Orsay houses the largest collection of impressionist paintings in the world. The museum opened in 1986, in the former railway station Gare d’Orsay, built in Beaux-Arts style between 1898 and 1900.

The museum is open every day except Mondays. Get directions.

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Shakespeare and Company in Paris

Shakespeare and Company

Shakespeare and Company is an independent English bookstore, opened in 1919 by Sylvia Beach. It was first located on Rue de l’Odéon 12. During the 1920s, the place welcomed many famous writers, such as: Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, and James Joyce. The bookstore at the present location was opened after the German occupation of Paris. Check out their official website to learn more. Get directions.

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Shopping in Galeries Lafayette in Paris

Galeries Lafayette (Department store)

The Galeries Lafayette flagship store opened its doors in 1912. Ever since it has been a fashion institution in Paris, and a key place for shopping fans. The collection of fashion, jewelry, cosmetics and much more, ranges from affordable to luxury, all exposed in a magic Belle Époque building.

Learn more about Galeries Lafayette and its brands on the official website. Galeries Lafayette is open every day! Get directions.

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Jardins du Trocadero in Paris

Jardins du Trocadéro

The Jardins du Trocadéro are designed by the Parisian architect Roger-Henri Expert for the International Exposition in 1937. You can find many sculptures in the garden, but its best-known feature is the Fountain of Warsaw, capable of producing beautiful water shows, particularly stunning in the evening when the lights are on. Get directions.

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The Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile

The Arc de Triomphe is the neoclassical version of the ancient Roman Arch of Titus. It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806, after his victory in the Battle of Austerlitz. Today the arch is also known as the place of the monument to the Unknown Soldier of World War I, with its eternal flame.

See the official website for how you can reach the top of the Arc! Get directions.

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The Bois de Boulogne in Paris

Bois de Boulogne

Bois de Boulogne is the former hunting ground of the Kings of France, transformed into a public park in 1850 by Emperor Napoleon III. Its size makes the park perfect for cycling or horse-riding. There are many lakes and cascades, and near the Lower Lake (in French: 'Lac Inférieur') there’s a boat rental. Around the park you can find two hippodromes, a golf club and many tennis courts, with Roland-Garros at the south end. Get directions.

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The Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris

Church of Saint-Sulpice

The Saint-Sulpice is the second largest church of Paris, after the Notre-Dame. The construction started in 1646, when it replaced an earlier version from the 13th century. In 1855, Eugène Delacroix added mural paintings that make this site popular. Another important object inside this church is the Great Organ.

The church is open every day and entrance is free. Get directions.

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Musee Bourdelle in Paris

Musée Bourdelle

Musée Bourdelle is a museum dedicated to the French sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, known also as the spiritual teacher of Auguste Rodin. The museum contains many of the beautiful works of Bourdelle and forms a good example of a typical French atelier, the place where he used to work.

The admission to the permanent collection is free. The museum is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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Marche Anvers in Paris

Marché Anvers

Marché Anvers is a small and very charming market, the place where you can buy your loved one a rose before walking up the romantic Montmartre hill. It is also a good place to search for fresh food and delicacies, and even wine.

Marché Anvers can be visited on Fridays from 15h till around 20h. Get directions.

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The Petit Palais in Paris

Petit Palais / Musée des Beaux-Arts

Like the Grand Palais on the opposite side, the Petit Palais was built for the Universal Exposition of 1900. It is also called the 'little Louvre', due to its wide and impressive art collection ranging from ancient Greek and Roman art to world-famous Renaissance and Baroque paintings. The permanent collection can be visited for free!

The museum is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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Shopping around Place Vendome in Paris

Shopping around Place Vendôme

Place Vendôme is the majestic heart of a chic shopping area, filled with luxury fashion and jewelry stores. The first luxury stores appeared here already in the 19th century, with for instance the Parisian flagship store of Cartier opened on Rue de la Paix in 1899. Get directions.

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The Versailles Palace near Paris


The Palace of Versailles is one of the most visited sights of France. The word 'Versailles' has become a symbol of brilliance, luxury and impeccable taste. Currently, more than 1,000 rooms of the palace are open to visit, including the world-famous Hall of Mirrors.

Please note that the palace is closed on Mondays. Check out the official website for more info about tickets. Get directions.

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Winding street in Montmartre, Paris.

Unique neighborhoods in Paris everyone must see

Paris’s districts and neighborhoods have a unique charm, a kaleidoscope of architecture, a mixture of expensive perfumes and freshly baked croissants. Everyone who has felt this unforgettable atmosphere will certainly again feel the desire to walk along the old Parisian pavements.

The districts or how they call it in French ‘arrondissements’ of the city diverge from its centre on Île de la Cité in a spiral, like rings of snail shells, separated by the winding Seine. Somewhere the echoes of the Middle Ages are clearly visible, while in other places all traces have long disappeared under the wide boulevards and new houses. On the city streets, the Parisian chic coexists with migrant ethnic cafés and their small craft shops. Such curious combinations make each area truly unique, like mini-cities within one big Paris... Read more

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The Arab World Institute in Paris

Arab World Institute

The Institute du Monde Arabe is an organisation founded in 1980 by 18 Arab countries and France. In this unique museum you can find Arab objects from all over the world. The stylish building from 1987 was designed by Jean Nouvel, and cost more than 200 million Euro. There is also a panoramic terrace, which can be accessed free of charge.

The museum is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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The Coulee Verte in Paris

Coulée Verte

The Coulée Verte is an elevated green path of 4.7 km long, built in 1993 on top of the old Vincennes railway line. The varying design of the path makes you want to continue the way, to see what's next! It’s one of the local favorites for jogging, with many benches a well, to take your rest.

Open from 8h (9h on weekends) till 17:30h in winter, and till 21:30h in summer. Get directions.

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The Bir-Hakeim Bridge in Paris

Pont de Bir-Hakeim

The unusual two-story Bir-Hakeim Bridge, with trains running atop, and other traffic below, was named in honor of the Battle of Bir Hakeim – a WWII battle where the French had displayed exceptional strength. Although the bridge was already built in 1905, it was further adorned in 1930 with a sculpture of Jeanne d'Arc on a horse – but since Jeanne d'Arc wasn't generally known to be so militant, the authorities decided to rename it to La France renaissante (Fr).

The Bir-Hakeim Bridge has appeared in many movies, like in Last Tango in Paris or Inception. Get directions.

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Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

Fondation Louis Vuitton

The Louis Vuitton Foundation is a contemporary art museum opened in 2014. The building was designed by Frank Gehry. He designed an extraordinary light and airy building, with total costs over 100 million Euro. The rich collections (temporary and permanent) include works by Basquiat, Gilbert & George and Jeff Koons.

Check out the official website to see what's on. Get directions.

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Jardin des Plantes in Paris

Jardin des Plantes

The Jardin des Plantes is the main botanical garden of France. The original project dates from the 17th century, and is connected with the French National Museum of Natural History. The garden is divided into different sections: amongst others you can find an Alpine garden, an Art Deco winter garden, and a Rose Garden with hundreds of species of roses and rose trees.

Take a look at the official website of the botanical garden to learn more. The garden is open every day! Get directions.

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Inside Les Invalides in Paris

Les Invalides

Les Invalides is a complex of buildings all relating to the military history of France. The project was initiated in 1670 by King Louis XIV, who wanted to build a place for people who had fought for France. The site includes the Dôme des Invalides, the church with the tomb of Napoleon.

Tickets to the area are issued by the Army Museum, which is open every day – see the official website for further visitor info. Get directions.

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The Natural History Museum in Paris

Natural History Museum

The Grande Galerie de l'Évolution is part of the Natural History Museum, founded during the French Revolution. On four floors you’ll find exhibitions dedicated to marine life, life on land, and also to the effects humans have had on life. The Natural History Museum of Paris contains one of the largest collections in the world.

Please note that the museum is closed on Tuesdays. Get directions.

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The Marche aux fleurs in Paris

Marché aux fleurs

Ever since the 19th century, this flower market has been providing the romantic Paris with flowers. What's more, on Sundays it's not only pretty roses and tulips here, but also the most beautiful birds, on sale. The birds and flowers are being offered from inside elegant pavilions, as well as from outside stalls.

The Marché aux fleurs is open every day! Get directions.

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The Parc Rives de Seine near Musee de Orsay

Parc Rives de Seine (Gauche)

This is the first green space along the Seine river in central Paris, with only 'soft traffic' allowed (pedestrians and bikes). The riverbank is often full of activity, particularly on the warmer days. The Parc Rives de Seine is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and forms a perfect way to move yourself between the sights of Paris. Get directions.

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The Place de la Concorde in Paris

Place de la Concorde

The Place de la Concorde is the biggest square in Paris, made in 1755 in honor of King Louis XV. During the French Revolution the statue of Louis XV was torn down, and the square became the site of royal executions – King Louis XVI was executed here in 1793.

Since 1836 there's a giant Egyptian obelisk in the centre of the square, which once marked the entrance to the Luxor Temple. Get directions.

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Shopping around Palais-Royal in Paris

Palais-Royal area

An elegant shopping area consisting of the arcades of Palais-Royal with boutiques, art galleries, jewelry shops, and for instance also a stylish store of luxury perfumer Serge Lutens. In the north of this area you can find Galerie Vivienne, one of the 'passages couverts' in Paris. Around the beautiful Place des Victoires, there's a number of luxury fashion boutiques, and further east the area becomes more mainstream. Get directions.

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The Moulin Rouge in Paris

The Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge (in English: ‘Red Mill’) is the most popular cabaret in Paris, and the birthplace of the can-can dance. The original cabaret from 1889 burned down in 1915. It was one of the symbols of the Belle Époque, which personified the industrial progress with revolutionary architecture and artistic exuberance.

Check out the official website for shows and tickets. Get directions.

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The Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen

Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen

The Saint-Ouen Market is the largest flea market in Paris, with roots back to the 19th century. It is the land of antiques and paintings, vintage clothes, odd objects and other rare treasures.

Learn more about the market on the official webpage. The market can be visited on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Get directions.

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The Square Jean XXIII in Paris

Square Jean-XXIII

The Square Jean-XXIII (Fr) is a peaceful and shaded place, with plenty of benches and some exotic plants. Near the eastern end of the island, you can find the Martyrs de la Déportation, a Holocaust memorial. The monument doesn't reach high, but instead the drama of deportation is symbolized by using a descending stairway as its entrance.

Please note that the park closes at night. Get directions.

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The Sorbonne in Paris

The Sorbonne

The Sorbonne is a historical University in Paris, founded in 1257 by Robert de Sorbon. It is located in the Latin Quarter, the quarter where students used to speak Latin when the University first opened.

The iconic Chapel of the Sorbonne University can be visited on a group tour – learn more on the official website of the tourist office. Get directions.

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Musee Marmottan Monet in Paris

Musée Marmottan Monet

Musée Marmottan Monet exposes over 300 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artworks of Claude Monet and others, like Renoir, Manet, Sisley, Degas, Morisot, Gauguin, and Pissarro. Besides the largest collection of Monet in the world, this former house of the Marmottan family contains some beautiful classic rooms.

The museum is closed on Mondays. Find the entrance at Rue Louis Boilly 2 – get directions.

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The Pont des Arts in Paris

Pont des Arts

The Pont des Arts is a pedestrian bridge that connects the Institut de France with the Palais du Louvre. It was built in 1802 by Napoleon, being the first metal bridge of Paris.

Between 2008 and 2014 the bridge became famous for its love locks, which were removed in 2015 for safety reasons. Get directions.

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Inside the Catacombs of Paris

Catacombs of Paris

The Catacombs of Paris are the underground ossuary of the city. It was founded in 1774, as a solution to overflowing Parisian cemeteries. Millions of bones rest in this 1.7 km labyrinth of tunnels.

If you plan to visit, please note that the height of the passages is 1.8 meters and the temperature is around 14 °C. The exit is located at Rue Rémy Dumoncel 36. The catacombs are closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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Marche Bastille in Paris

Marché Bastille

Marché Bastille is a real Parisian market, great for gourmets. This cook's paradise offers stalls with tasty French cheese and wine, seafood, fruits and vegetables, and even a knife grinder!

Marché Bastille is open on Thursday from 7h-14:30h, and Sunday from 7h-15h. Get directions.

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Musee Picasso in Paris

Musée Picasso

Musée Picasso opened in 1985, with a magnificent collection of over 5,000 works of Pablo Picasso. The museum is located in Hôtel Salé, a 17th century hôtel particulier. Thanks to a recent renovation, the exhibition space of the museum doubled and the works can now be admired in a very pleasant and light environment.

The museum is closed on Mondays. Find the entrance at Rue de Thorigny – get directions.

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Shopping in Printemps in Paris

Printemps (Department store)

The Printemps flagship store is not only a very popular shopping stop in Paris, but also a historical landmark. The 19th century Art Nouveau building with its rich interior and elegant glass cupola added in 1923, is certainly worth a visit.

Learn more about Printemps and its brands on the official website (Fr). Printemps is open every day! Get directions.

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The Field of Mars in Paris

Field of Mars

The Field of Mars (in French: 'Champ-de-Mars') is a green lawn with an amazing view on the Eiffel Tower. It is a popular place for national events, and for picnics in summer! In 1783 the world’s first hydrogen-filled balloon was launched from here. Get directions.

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The Grand Palais in Paris

Grand Palais

The Grand Palais was built for the Universal Exposition of 1900. It is a great example of Beaux-Arts architecture. Iconic for the building is its large glass dome. Inside you will find the Nave (a big event space in the centre of the building), the National Galleries (art exhibitions), and the Palais de la Découverte (a science museum, particularly nice for children).

Please note that the Grand Palais has closed its doors until 2024 for a major renovation. Meanwhile, be sure to check out the official website for the latest news. Get directions.

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The Fondation Cartier pour le Art Contemporain in Paris

Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain

Fondation Cartier is an art gallery hosting several major contemporary art exhibitions every year. Since 1994 the gallery is located in this light and airy building, designed by Jean Nouvel. Don't forget to take a look in the surrounding woodland garden, landscaped by Lothar Baumgarten.

The gallery is closed on Mondays, and whenever new exhibitions are being prepared. Check out the official website to see what's on. Get directions.

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The Hotel de Ville in Paris

Hôtel de Ville

The Hôtel de Ville is the house of the city administration and the Mayor of Paris. King Francois I started the construction in 1533. It was completed only in 1628, with architecture inspired by the Renaissance style. During the Paris Commune of 1871, the interior of the building was destroyed, as the Communards set fire to the building. The reconstruction ended in 1892. Get directions.

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Shopping in Le Marais in Paris

Le Marais

The Marais area is well known for its eclectic and high-fashion boutiques, vintage stores, craftsmen and handcrafted jewelry. In the Rue des Francs-Bourgeois and Rue des Rosiers you can also find fashionable chains like COS, MAC and Diptyque. Le Marais is a low-traffic zone, comfortable for strolling, and with plenty of cosy French cafés for a nice break. Get directions.

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The Wall of Love in Paris

Le Mur des Je t'aime

The Wall of Love is a 40 m² wall situated in a square garden in Montmartre, the love district of Paris. The wall was designed by Fédéric Baron and Claire Kito in 2000. The phrase “I love you” is written here 311 times in 250 languages.

The wall is open to visitors, and free of charge. The site closes at night. Get directions.

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The Marche de Aligre in Paris

Marché d'Aligre

Marché d’Aligre is a catch-all market in a friendly atmosphere. Outside you'll find fresh fruits and vegetables, and some stalls with simple clothes, furniture and antique. The covered part offers mostly fresh meat and seafood.

The market is closed on Mondays and Sunday afternoon. Please note that the covered part has a daily break between 13h-16h, whilst the outdoor market closes around 13:30h. Get directions.

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The National Library of France

National Library of France

The Bibliothèque Nationale de France was inaugurated in 1996, as an expansion of the older library. The architect, Dominique Perrault, is one of the most famous architects of France. The building won the European Prize for Contemporary Architecture in 1996. In total, the library contains around 14 million books, divided over 4 sites in Paris.

Take a look at the official website (Fr) for guided tours. Get directions.

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The Square du Temple in Paris

Square du Temple

Square du Temple is one of the squares created by Georges-Eugène Haussmann in 1857. It's an excellent call to take a rest on one of the benches of this English-style garden which is usually wrapped in a very pleasant atmosphere. The garden is enriched with exotic trees, containing almost two hundred varieties of plants. Get directions.

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Shopping in Montmartre

Shopping in Montmartre

Very charming and beautiful shopping area, located on the slopes of Montmartre hill. Many parts are pedestrian, or rarely visited by cars. Find here art galleries, and cute small designer's shops offering the most beautiful accessories. In the busier streets like Rue des Abbesses you will find a larger share of clothes boutiques. Get directions.

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The Place du Tertre in Montmartre

Place du Tertre

The Place du Tertre is a square on the hill of Montmartre, near the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. It became famous in the beginning of the 20th century, when painters such as Picasso and Maurice Utrillo lived in this area. Today, many artists come to this romantic but touristy square every day, to sell and make paintings. Get directions.

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The Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris, and one of the most visited in the world. Since its creation in 1804 it has become the place of burial of some of the most famous residents of Paris, including Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Maria Callas, Édith Piaf, Frédéric Chopin and Amedeo Modigliani.

The cemetery is open every day till around 17:30h. Get directions.

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The Parc de Bercy in Paris

Parc de Bercy

The Parc de Bercy was created in the 90s on the site of former wine warehouses. The park is made up of three gardens on different themes, connected via pedestrian bridges. Particularly in the south of the park you can notice a passion for gardening, with a large biodiversity and everything perfectly maintained. All across the park there's plenty of benches.

The park is open every day, but closes at night. Get directions.

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Shopping at Place des Vosges in Paris

Shopping at Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges is a stylish historical square, with galleries and boutiques located under the arches of the red-brick facades. It is particularly interesting here if you're interested in accessories and art. Get directions.

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Conciergerie in Paris.
The Pont Neuf in Paris

Pont Neuf

The Pont Neuf is the oldest standing bridge in Paris. At the time of its construction in 1578, this bridge was planned to become different from the older bridges in Paris, which used to have houses on it. Hence the name 'Pont Neuf', that means 'new bridge'.

The bridge is decorated with over 380 (different) stone masks, known as mascarons. Get directions.

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The Cite de la Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris

Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

This museum lets you dive into 1,000 years of architectural creations and monumental sculpture, focusing on the rich architectural heritage of France. The collection includes casts, copies of murals and stained glass from Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals. It was opened in 1879 by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.

Please note that the museum (Fr) is closed on Tuesdays. Get directions.

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The Saint-Denis Basilica in Paris

Saint-Denis Basilica

The Basilica of Saint-Denis is a medieval abbey church, located in Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris. Built in 1144, the abbey church shows the earlier French Gothic style. The basilica served as the final resting place of the French Kings from the 10th till the 18th century.

The church is open every day. Please note that the entrance is paid – have a look at the official website for all visitor info. Get directions.

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The Parc Monceau in Paris

Parc Monceau

Parc Monceau was created in 1778 by Philippe d’Orléans. It was inspired by English gardens, with architectural follies and eccentric buildings.

The park is open every day, but closes at night. Get directions.

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Musee des Arts et Metiers in Paris

Musée des Arts et Métiers

The Musée des Arts et Métiers is an industrial and design museum. It was founded in 1794, to preserve industrial and scientific inventions and artefacts: the collection includes more than 80,000 objects, amongst which pioneering airplanes, industrial machines and automobiles.

The museum is open every day, except on Mondays. Get directions.

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The Square du Vert-Galant in Paris

Square du Vert-Galant

If you want to be 'on' the Seine river, but don't fancy catching a boat, go here! The Square du Vert-Galant (Fr) has a cute little garden and some benches, and is an excellent place for a romantic stroll or some rest near the Seine. Get directions.

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The Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres in Paris

Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés

The Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés has a tumultuous history. Founded in the 6th century, it had to be rebuilt in 1012 after a fire. Other damage was undone by a large renovation in the 19th century. In spite of the trouble, the church became known as a centre of French intellectual catholic life, and was even considered to be one of the richest churches in France.

The church is open every day and entrance is free. Get directions.

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The Marche des Enfants-Rouges in Paris

Marché des Enfants-Rouges

The Marché des Enfants-Rouges is the oldest covered food market of Paris, opened in the 17th century. The name refers to the red clothes of the children of the orphanage located here before. Besides the traditional French food and delicacies, you can find stalls here offering Italian, Japanese, African and Arabic dishes.

The Marché des Enfants is closed on Mondays and has an early closing on Sundays at 14h. Get directions.

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The Musee de la Armee in Paris

Musée de l'Armée

Musée de l’Armée is the national military museum of France. The museum exhibits artefacts from ancient times up to the 20th century, like the Sword of King François I. The Dôme des Invalides is situated on the back side of the museum, and it contains the tomb of Napoleon.

The museum is open every day! Get directions.

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Place Vendome in Paris

Place Vendôme

Place Vendôme was laid out in 1702 by King Louis XIV, to celebrate his glorious army. The present bronze column was erected in 1810 under the order of Napoleon, to celebrate the victory in the Battle of Austerlitz. The column follows the model of Trajan’s Column in Rome, but this one is propagated to be made of bronze from 1,200 enemy canons. Get directions.

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Shopping at Viaduc des Arts in Paris

Viaduc des Arts

The Viaduc des Arts is a rehabilitation of the viaduct that carried the former Vincennes railway line. The arches of the viaduct nowadays house art galleries, furniture workshops and craftwork shops. Over 50 professional artists and craftspeople work here on new and unique handmade creations. Get directions.

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The charming neighborhood of Montmartre in Paris.

A walk through the charming Montmartre

Who hasn’t seen Montmartre, hasn’t seen Paris. This is one of the few places in the city that has retained the charm of the past. The curved narrow streets running up Montmartre still remind of the times when prominent people like Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Zola and Modigliani used to wander around them.

Montmartre is a place of picturesque green corners and lovely small houses decorated with flowers, cosy cafés and restaurants, rows of souvenir shops and cute boutiques, and of course the famous staircases, some wide and crowded others secluded and narrow. Perhaps it is even the most romantic quarter of the city of love, a place just perfect for walks with your soulmate... Read more

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Local experience at Place du Tertre.
The Bois de Vincennes in Paris

Bois de Vincennes

Created in 1855 by Emperor Napoleon III, Bois de Vincennes is the largest park of Paris. It is designed as an English garden and contains many lakes, a zoo, an arboretum, a botanical garden, a velodrome, and a hippodrome (Fr) to try your luck! Get directions.

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Musee Delacroix in Paris

Musée Delacroix

Musée Delacroix is dedicated to the famous French painter Eugène Delacroix. It is set up in the last apartment where the artist lived before he died in 1863. The museum has a personal approach to his work: here you can see his workshop, paintings and sketches, as well as letters from and photos of people close to him.

Please note that the museum is closed on Tuesdays. Find the entrance on Place de Furstemberg – get directions.

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Palais de Tokyo in Paris

Palais de Tokyo

The monumental Palais de Tokyo, built in 1937, is home to two modern art museums.

The Western wing houses Museum Palais de Tokyo (closed on Tuesdays), the largest museum in France dedicated to temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.

The Eastern wing houses Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (closed on Mondays). The permanent exhibition there is free and includes works by Picasso, Matisse and Modigliani. Get directions.

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Place des Vosges in Paris

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges is one of the oldest squares of Paris, commissioned in 1605 by King Henri IV. The beautiful square is surrounded by elegant houses made of red-brick. The place has been home to many high-placed French persons, and even held a pavilion of the King at number 1, and one for the Queen at number 28. Get directions.

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The lower chapel of the Saint-Chapelle in Paris.

The Holy Chapel, a gothic pearl in Paris

The gorgeous Holy Chapel, or as it is known in French La Saint-Chapelle, was built in the Middle Ages, following the orders of Louis IX. The chapel was built in the middle of the Cité Island, in the courtyard of the royal castle. It was conceived not only as a place of conversion with God, but also as a repository of relics. Its decoration strikes with sophistication and richness, as can be seen in old frescoes and its beautiful stained-glass windows... Read more

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Shopping around Rue de Rivoli in Paris

Shopping around Rue de Rivoli

The Rue de Rivoli is an important shopping artery through the city centre of Paris. The focus is on mainstream with major chain stores like H&M and Zara, but also some trendy boutiques can be found around this busy avenue. Get directions.

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Jardin des Serres de Auteuil in Paris

Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil

The Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil is a botanical garden created in 1761 by King Louis XV. The greenhouses from 1895, were designed by architect Jean-Camille Fromigé. With remarkable trees and rare plants, this is a perfect place for plant lovers.

The garden is open every day, and even free guided tours are provided. Get directions.

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Musee de Montmartre in Paris

Musée de Montmartre

This charming museum is all about the history of the wonderful neighborhood of Montmartre, with its phenomenal artists and cabarets. It is located in a historical building that has been home to many famous French artists such as Auguste Renoir. The gardens of the museum have been renovated according to Renoir’s paintings.

The museum is open every day. Find the entrance at Rue Cortot 12 – get directions.

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The Marche Monge in Paris

Marché Monge

The Marché Monge is a charming little market on a leafy square, mainly offering food and delicacies. The little stalls create a lively village atmosphere, especially early in the morning, with a hot espresso and a delicious croissant!

Marché Monge is open on Wednesday and Friday from 7h-14:30h, and on Sunday from 7h-15h. Get directions.

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The Square Louise-Michel in Paris

Square Louise-Michel

Square Louise-Michel (Fr) is well known for its 222 steps leading to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. The popular square and its paths were created in 1927, as a more gently sloping alternative over the steep staircases. Another option to reach the top is the funicular. From the top, you can enjoy breath-taking views over Paris! Get directions.

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The Conciergerie in Paris

The Conciergerie

The 14th century Conciergerie was built as a palace, but turned into a prison as of the 15th century. It was during the French Revolution, when the Conciergerie became notorious: from 1793 to 1794 it held more than 40,000 prisoners waiting for their execution by the guillotine, including the infamous Marie Antoinette.

For visiting the complex (and dungeons), see the official website. The Conciergerie is open every day. Get directions.

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The Museum of Science and Industry in Paris

Museum of Science and Industry

The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie is the biggest science museum in Europe, opened in 1986. The site also includes an IMAX theatre, a planetarium, and a submarine. It is a place where you can feel the joy of discovery, young and old. For children, there’s a special area, the 'Cité des Enfants'.

The museum is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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Jardin du Palais-Royal in Paris

Jardin du Palais-Royal

Surrounded by the beautiful colonnades of the Royal Palace, the Jardin du Palais-Royal (Fr) is the ideal place to go for a royal walk, or to find some rest in one of the chairs around the central fountain. The ornamental gardens date from the 17th century. Get directions.

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Interior of Le Bon Marche in Paris

Le Bon Marché (Department store)

Le Bon Marché is considered to be the first ever modern department store, as introduced by the French entrepreneur Aristide Boucicaut in 1852. It offers a wide collection of luxury goods and ready-to-wear designer products.

Learn more about Le Bon Marché and its brands on the official website. Le Bon Marché is open every day! Get directions.

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The Saint-Jacques Tower in Paris

Saint-Jacques Tower

The Saint-Jacques Tower is a 52-meters tall tower in Gothic Flamboyant style, dating from the 16th century. It is all that remains from the Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie Church, which was demolished during the French Revolution.

The top can be visited on a guided tour, via a narrow staircase and 300 steps..! Learn more on the official website of the tourist office. Get directions.

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Jardin de Acclimatation in Paris

Jardin d'Acclimatation

The Jardin d'Acclimatation was opened in 1860 by Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie. The garden combines landscaped spaces with attractions that are particularly nice for children, such as boat courses, pony rides and trampoline jumping.

The park is open every day and charges a small admission fee. Have a look at the official website to learn more about the park. Get directions.

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The Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis Church in Paris

Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis Church

Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis is a stunning church built for the Jesuit order between 1627 and 1641, with the financial aid of King Louis XIII. This Baroque-style church was the first one which distinguished entirely from the Gothic tradition.

The church is open every day and entrance is free. Get directions.

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Shopping near Saint-Lazare railway station in Paris

Saint-Lazare and Opéra area

The area around Palais Garnier and La Madeleine is an important commercial centre in Paris. The popular area consists of some busy avenues as well as comfortable pedestrian passageways. The focus is on mainstream shopping, with luxury brands mainly represented in the famous Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores. Next to the Saint-Lazare railway station there's the mainstream St Lazare shopping mall – check out their official website (Fr) for more info about the stores. Get directions.

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The Albert Kahn Museum and Gardens in Paris

Albert Kahn museum and gardens

This area consists of a museum and surrounding gardens, dedicated to the French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn. The museum shows the unique photos Kahn had taken on his missions around the world. The idyllic surrounding green space includes French, English and Japanese gardens. After a large renovation, the gardens are open again as of September 2019.

Please note that the renovation works on the museum continue up to 2021 – take a look at the official website (Fr) for the latest news. Get directions.

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The Museum of Hunting and Nature in Paris

Museum of Hunting and Nature

The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature is where you can discover the history and traditions of hunting. The museum is located in two historical mansions. In the beautiful rooms of the museum, you can find amongst others hunting weapons, stuffed animals and paintings on the themes of hunting and nature.

Please note that the museum is currently closed due to a large renovation – take a look at the official website for the latest news. Get directions.

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The Luxembourg Palace in Paris

The Luxembourg Palace

The Luxembourg Palace is a 17th century palace, that was meant to become the residence of Marie de’ Medici, the mother of King Louis XIII. During the years of the French Revolution, this royal palace was used as a prison. Nowadays it is the seat of the French Senate.

The palace can be visited on a group tour – learn more on the official website of the tourist office. Get directions.

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Inside The Holy Chapel in Paris

The Holy Chapel

The Sainte-Chapelle is a royal chapel from 1248, built in the Gothic style. It was originally built for King Louis IX, to house his collection of Passion relics. The chapel is world-famous for its impressive stained-glass windows.

Please note that a valid ticket is required upon entrance – learn more on the official website. The Holy Chapel is open every day. Get directions.

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Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in Paris

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is a very steep and hilly park, offering beautiful views over Paris. The park with caves, waterfalls and a suspension bridge was opened in 1867 by Emperor Napoleon III. At the top you can find the Temple de la Sybille, inspired by ancient Roman architecture.

The park is open in summer from 7h-22h, and in winter from 7h-20h. Get directions.

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The Archives Nationales in Paris

Archives Nationales

The Archives Nationales preserve the official archives of France, created during the French Revolution in 1790. The archives are considered to be one of the most important in the world. Hôtel de Soubise, a grand mansion built in 1375, is one of the four sites of the Archives, often offering temporary exhibitions as well.

Please note that the museum is closed on Tuesdays. Find the entrance on Rue des Francs-Bourgeois 60 – get directions.

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The Pantheon in Paris

The Panthéon

The Panthéon was built as a church for Sainte-Geneviève, based on the model of the Pantheon in Rome. Today it is a mausoleum, containing graves of the most distinguished French citizens. In 1851 the physicist Léon Faucault placed his pendulum inside the Pantheon as a way to demonstrate the rotation of the earth. This pendulum can still be seen today.

The Panthéon is open every day. Check out the official website for further visitor info. Get directions.

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Shopping in Les Quatre Temps in Paris

Les Quatre Temps (Mall)

La Défense is not only a major business district in Paris, but also known for one of the largest shopping centers in Europe: Les Quatre Temps. Over four levels you can find more than 200 stores (including main chain stores), cafés, a food court and a cinema.

Learn more about Les Quatre Temps and its stores on the official website. Les Quatre Temps is open every day! Get directions.

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Versailles Park and Gardens

Versailles Park and Gardens

The fountains and gardens of Parc de Versailles (Fr) are a magnificent piece of world heritage. On a vast territory of 900 hectares there's an enormous number of beautiful gardens, and for instance the village of Marie Antoinette.

The park is open every day, and free to enter, except in case of events. Please note that a ticket is required to visit the small palaces on the territory. Get directions.

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Shopping near Canal Saint-Martin in Paris

Canal Saint-Martin area

An upcoming shopping area with particularly clothes boutiques and local designers. Located next to Canal Saint-Martin with its small bars and cosy cafés, the atmosphere here is relaxed. Get directions.

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The Archaeological Crypt in Paris

Archaeological Crypt

The Crypte Archéologique de l'île de la Cité is a site beneath the square of the Notre-Dame, where archaeological pieces from the Roman era up to the 18th century are displayed. The exceptional pieces were discovered between 1965 and 1972, during the investigation for a new underground parking. In the centre of the site you can see the remains of a Gallo-Roman bath house.

The museum is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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The Place de la Bastille in Paris

Place de la Bastille

The Bastille was a fortress built in the 14th century, to defend the city during the Hundred Years’ War. It became infamous as of 1417, when it was declared a state prison by the Kings of France. After the building was stormed by a crowd and demolished in 1789, the Bastille became the main symbol of the French Revolution. Get directions.

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Musee de Cluny in Paris

Musée de Cluny

Musée de Cluny is the National Museum of the Middle Ages, housed in the typical medieval Hôtel de Cluny, built by the end of the 15th century. Astronomer Charles Messier used the tower in the 18th century as his observatory. The principal artwork conserved in the museum, are the six tapestries called The Lady and the Unicorn.

Please note that Hôtel de Cluny (the main building) is closed for renovation works until fall 2021. Have a look at the official website for details about what remains visible meanwhile. Get directions.

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The Rue de Rivoli in Paris

Rue de Rivoli

Rue de Rivoli is a famous street in Paris, mostly known as a commercial street for shopping. It is named after the victory of Napoleon’s army in the Battle of Rivoli – an early victory against Austria in 1797. Iconic are the arcades, on the west side of this street of 3,070 meters long. Get directions.

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Shopping on Rue de Rennes in Paris

Rue de Rennes area

The Rue de Rennes connects the fancy boutiques of Saint-Germain-des-Prés with the more modern area of Montparnasse. It is a mainstream shopping street with chain stores like Zara, H&M, and FNAC. In the side street of the Rue Saint-Placide there's more space for local stores. Get directions.

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The Square des Batignolles in Paris

Square des Batignolles

The Square des Batignolles was established in the days of the Second Empire, following the will of Napoleon III to open several English-style gardens in Paris. The elegant park is covered in a peaceful atmosphere and includes a grotto, a waterfall, and a pond. Get directions.

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Shopping in Palais des Congres in Paris

Palais des Congrès (Mall)

The Palais des Congrès is a concert hall, convention center and upscale shopping mall. The center was designed by the French architect Guillaume Gillet, and opened in 1974. You can find plenty of luxury stores here, as well as some restaurants, and supermarkets.

Learn more about Palais des Congrès and its stores on the official website. Palais des Congrès is open every day! Get directions.

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People sitting on the terrace of café Les Deux Magots in Paris.

Geniuses loved these cafés in Paris

Early 20th century Paris had developed into a European hub for intellectuals, with its cosy cafés being the usual place to meet and share ideas. Life raged in those cafés. For days on end, it was where some of the greatest artists and writers kept coming back to discuss their future works – at times they nearly seemed to be living there!

We will cover seven of such places here, tell their stories, mention famous visitors and – of course – reveal what delicious food awaits you behind their doors... Read more

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Musee Grevin in Paris

Musée Grévin

Musée Grévin is a wax museum founded in 1882, and named after the French caricaturist Alfred Grévin. The museum contains over 200 characters, including historical figures from the French Revolution, movie actors and international icons like Einstein and Gandhi. The museum also includes The Hall of Mirrors, a sound and light show created for the 1900 Universal Exhibition.

The museum is open every day. Get directions.

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Parc Rives de Seine near Ile de la Cite in Paris

Parc Rives de Seine (Droite)

The Parc Rives de Seine (Fr) opened in 2017, as a promenade alongside the Seine river. The pretty riverbank is enriched with some greenery, restaurants, and also five pétanque courts underneath the Louis-Philippe bridge (during school holidays equipment can be borrowed on site). The green space is one of the favorites to relax at the riverside. Get directions.

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The Montparnasse Tower in Paris

The Montparnasse Tower

Tour Montparnasse is a 210 meters tall office skyscraper. It was completed in 1973, as the second tallest tower of Paris. The building is controversial, loved and hated by Parisians. It is possible to visit the top of the tower, making it one of the most beautiful ways to view the city. See the official website for visitor info. Get directions.

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Musee Rodin in Paris

Musée Rodin

Musée Rodin opened its doors in 1919 in Hôtel Biron – the former house of the artist. The collection consists of sculptures and drawings, including Rodin’s most famous pieces: The Thinker, The Kiss or The Gates of Hell.

The museum is open daily except Monday. Get directions.

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The Luxembourg Museum in Paris

Luxembourg Museum

Musée du Luxembourg became in 1750 the first French museum that was open to the public. It moved in 1884 from the Luxembourg Palace to this building, the former orangery of the palace. Nowadays the museum hosts two exhibitions per year – the second exhibition of 2017 was for instance about Rubens.

Please be referred to the official website to see what’s on. The Luxembourg Museum is open daily. Get directions.

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The Traversee des Jardins in Paris

Traversée des Jardins

The National Archives treasure a couple of precious gardens, protected by tall walls. The calm and romantic place may appear as a luxurious private courtyard of Hôtel de Soubise and Hôtel de Rohan, but in fact these are public gardens.

Please note that the gardens close at night. Get directions.

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The National Museum of Immigration History in Paris

National Museum of Immigration History

Musée de l’Histoire de l’Immigration is located in the colossal art-deco building Palais de la Porte Dorée. The museum sheds a light on the role that immigrants have played in the history of France. Since the opening of the Palais in 1931, it also houses a tropical aquarium in the basement, with around 5,000 animals.

The museum (Fr) is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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The Madeleine Church in Paris

The Madeleine Church

The French Revolution hampered the construction of La Madeleine. It was eventually Napoleon who ordered to finish it, and not as a church, but as the 'Temple to the Glory of the Great Army' – this also explains why it doesn’t look like a church. A few years later, La Madeleine was still officially transformed into a church, as initiated by King Louis XVIII.

La Madeleine is open every day and entrance is free. Get directions.

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Musee Nissim de Camondo in Paris

Musée Nissim de Camondo

This museum of 18th century decorative arts is located in Hôtel Camondo, a mansion built in 1911 by Count Moïse de Camondo, a Jewish banker. When the Count lost his son Nissim in WWI, he withdrew from society and devoted his life to his 18th century arts collection. The mansion and the spectacular collection were donated to Paris’s Decorative Arts Society after the Count’s death in 1935.

Please note that the museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Get directions.

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Au Marche de la Butte in Paris.

Visiting magnificent movie locations in Paris

Paris, such an attractive and wonderful city, with its small streets and the smell of fresh pastry in the morning. The city of the Eiffel Tower and, albeit victim of a fire, the majestic Notre-Dame. Ever since ancient times, the city has been an inspiration for many great minds, like writers, artists, poets and architects. Hemingway called Paris a “moveable feast”, something that stays with you wherever you go, in the form of a magnificent memory. With the advances in technology of nowadays, Paris can be really taken with you – on your phone or tablet – or you can plunge into the atmosphere of this magical city again and again, thanks to some great films created by the masters of cinema...Read more

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The Raspail organic market in Paris

Marché biologique Raspail

As one of the more expensive markets in Paris, the Raspail Organic Market fits well into this chic neighborhood. The market is well known in Paris, and the quality of food is excellent. It’s not just food here, but also beauty and cleaning products, all 100% organic, without GMOs and pesticides and not tested on animals.

The Raspail Organic Market can be found on Sundays till 14h. Get directions.

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The Parc Montsouris in Paris

Parc Montsouris

Parc Montsouris was created by Emperor Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann in 1869. It is designed as an English landscape garden, containing a lake, a cascade and some remarkable trees. There's also a monument of the Meridian of Paris and a meteorology station.

The park is open every day, but closes at night. Get directions.

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Musee Guimet in Paris

Musée Guimet

The Guimet Museum specializes in Asian art. The collection includes Greco-Buddhist art, Serindian art, Chinese art, Indian art, and Southeast Asian art. It was founded in Lyon in 1879 by an industrialist, Émile Étienne Guimet, passionate about travelling and religious artworks. In 1889 the museum moved to its current location.

Please note that the museum (Fr) is closed on Tuesdays. Get directions.

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The courtyard of the Royal Palace in Paris

The Royal Palace

The Palais-Royal was designed by Jacques Lemercier in 1629. Originally built as a residence for Cardinal Richelieu, the palace eventually became home to many royals, like the daughters of King Charles I of England and the d’Orléans family.

Today it houses the Ministry of Culture. In 1985, the artist Daniel Buren enriched the inner courtyard with his installation Les Deux Plateaux. Get directions.

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The Vincennes Castle in Paris

The Vincennes Castle

Started as a hunting lodge for King Louis VII, the site was developed into a royal fortress in the 14th century; the 52-meters tower formed the tallest medieval fortified structure in Europe. The building was untouched until the 17th century, when the architect Louis Le Vau built the current Vincennes Castle for King Louis XIV.

The Vincennes Castle is open every day. See the official website for more visitor info. Get directions.

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The Vanves Flea Market in Paris

Vanves Flea Market

Vanves is a true flea market, offering eccentric curiosities and collectables which might or might not qualify as antique. The atmosphere is very local and Parisian, and the prices are often reasonable.

The Vanves Flea Market can be visited during weekends from 7h till 14h. Get directions.

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The National Assembly in Paris

Palais Bourbon / National Assembly

The Palais Bourbon is the seat of the French National Assembly, the lower legislative chamber of the French Government. The palace was built in 1722, for the daughter of Louis XIV, Louise-Françoise de Bourbon. Napoleon added the classical colonnade to the palace in 1806, to mirror the Madeleine Church on the other side of the Seine river. Get directions.

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The lawn of Place des Vosges in Paris

The lawn of Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges is one of the oldest squares of Paris. The mansions were built between the 17th and 18th century. The central garden is surrounded by red-brick arches and facades, where you can find shops and cafés. This unique square in the middle of Le Marais, is perfect for a break. Get directions.

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The Arenes de Lutece in Paris

Arènes de Lutèce

The Arènes de Lutèce are the remains of a Roman amphitheatre, constructed in the 1st century AD. It was used for gladiator fights with seating for up to 15,000 people. During the barbarian invasions of 280 AD, the Arènes were pillaged. Preservation of this area started only in the 19th century, thanks to Victor Hugo’s engagement. Get directions.

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Shopping on the Champs-Elysees

Shopping on the Champs-Elysées

The Avenue des Champs-Élysèes is a 1.9 km long avenue with wide pavements. It is one of the most famous avenues in the world for upscale shopping. You can find Lacoste, Guerlain, Lancel, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, but also stores of mainstream brands like Nike, Disney, Zara and Benetton.

Learn more about the stores on this local page, entirely devoted to the Champs-Elysées. Get directions.

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Montmartre Cemetery in Paris

Montmartre Cemetery

Montmartre Cemetery is the third largest necropolis in Paris. It opened in 1825, located in an abandoned gypsum quarry (which was used as a mass grave during the French Revolution). It is the final resting place of many famous people who lived in the Montmartre area, like Dalida (singer), La Goulue (can-can dancer), Francis Picabia, and Stendhal.

The cemetery is open every day till around 17:30h. Get directions.

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Palais Galliera in Paris

Palais Galliera

Musée de la Mode is located in Palais Galliera, a 19th century building in the Italian Renaissance style. The rich collection contains almost 100,000 pieces of clothing and accessories from the 18th century till the present day. Clothes worn by Marie-Antoinette, Audrey Hepburn, or famous creations by Yves Saint Laurent, this is the place.

Palais Galliera is open again since October 2020, after a major refurbishment. The museum welcomes visitors on all days except Mondays. Get directions.

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The Parc Andre Citroen in Paris

Parc André Citroën

The Parc André Citroën is a futuristic park located on the site of a former Citroën automobile factory. It was developed by the landscape designers Gilles Clément and Alain Provost in 1992. The park contains various themed gardens and two greenhouse pavilions. In the big central area you can find a tethered helium balloon, in which you can rise up to 300 meters!

The park is open every day, but closes at night. Get directions.

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Shopping around Avenue Montaigne in Paris

Avenue Montaigne area

Avenue Montaigne is a luxury shopping area, much calmer than the nearby Champs-Elysées shopping area. High fashion stores are located here, such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Fendi, Valentino, Ralph Lauren and jewellers like Bulgari.

Learn more about the stores on this local page, entirely devoted to the Avenue Montaigne. Get directions.

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The Church of Saint-Eustache in Paris

Church of Saint-Eustache

The Saint-Eustache was built between 1532 and 1632, in late Gothic style. The pipe organ is reputed to be the largest in France. Mozart had chosen the Saint-Eustache for the funeral of his mother. The church also contains several paintings by Rubens.

The Saint-Eustache is open every day and entrance is free. Get directions.

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Pyramid of Louvre Museum in Paris.
The Cinema Museum in Paris

Cinema Museum

The Cinémathèque Française is a cinema museum with more than 5,000 objects related to movies, such as scripts, photography, legendary costumes, or for instance the head of Mrs Bates in Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock..!

Please note that the museum (Fr) is closed on Tuesdays. Find the entrance at Rue de Bercy 51 – get directions.

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The Grand Mosque of Paris

Grand Mosque of Paris

The Grand Mosque of Paris, one of the largest in France, was built in 1926 in the Neo-Mudéjar style. The minaret is 33 meters high. During World War II the place became a secret refuge for Algerian and European Jews, who were provided with fake certificates of Muslim identity.

Learn more about the mosque on the official website (Fr). Get directions.

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Musee Jacquemart-Andre in Paris

Musée Jacquemart-André

Musée Jacquemart-André is a magnificent Second Empire mansion, displaying the 19th century art collection of Édouard André and Nélie Jacquemart. It is not just the rare 19th century art that is worth visiting this place, but the entire setting of the mansion, with its classical rooms and monumental stairways.

The museum is open every day! Get directions.

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The Parc de Boulogne - Edmond de Rothschild in Paris

Parc de Boulogne-Edmond de Rothschild

This park contains Château Rothschild, built in the 19th century in the style of Louis XIV. It was owned by the wealthy family De Rothschild, but it is deserted for decades already. Now the decayed château fills the entire park with an atmosphere of drama and mystery.

The entrance to the park can be found in the south-east corner – get directions. Picture by Traumrune.

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Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Musée des Arts Décoratifs is a leading museum in decorative arts from the Middle Ages till the present day, located in a wing of the Louvre Palace. The collection includes furniture, religious art, tapestries, ceramics, glassware, jewellery and toys. Interesting are also the ‘period rooms’, which are entire rooms decorated in the style of a particular period.

The museum is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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La Grande Arche in La Defense

La Grande Arche

La Grande Arche is a monumental structure in the business district of La Défense. The project was launched in 1982 by an initiative of the French president Mitterrand. The Danish architect Von Spreckelsen and engineer Reitzel have designed this contemporary version of the Arc de Triomphe.

Have a look at the official website to learn more about visiting the arch. The site is open every day. Get directions.

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Shopping in Forum des Halles in Paris

Forum des Halles (Mall)

Les Halles used to be the central market of Paris, but was replaced in 1971 by this big underground shopping mall. The mall is one of the best visited in the country, offering a big range of mainstream brands, a cinema, restaurants and an indoor swimming pool. It is also the location of the biggest underground station in the world.

Learn more about Forum des Halles and its stores on the official website. Forum des Halles is open every day! Get directions.

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La Maison des Artistes in Paris

La Maison des Artistes

La Maison des Artistes (in English: ‘The Artists’ House’) is an ‘art collective’ house, with 30 artist studios and galleries. Concerts and events are also organized in this building, which is owned by the City of Paris.

The house is open every day from 13-20h (closed on Mondays). Entrance is free and can be found at Rue de Rivoli 59 – get directions.

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The Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet in Paris

Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet

Hidden and not touristy, the Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet is a nice place to have a rest or a picnic while admiring the Sacré-Cœur and the Montmartre district. This park is also known as Park Turlure, named after the old mill located here, which was destroyed already in 1827. Get directions.

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The Marche Saint-Martin in Paris

Marché Saint-Martin

Marché Saint-Martin is an architectural collage of various periods. The first market hall was built in 1859, but nowadays it mixes genres and styles. One can find traditional French food, fresh vegetables, wine, cheese, but also a selection of German beers, all at affordable prices. Some stalls offer entire fresh dishes.

The market is closed on Mondays and has an early closing on Sundays at 14h. Get directions.

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Musee de l'Homme in Paris

Musée de l'Homme

Musée de l’Homme is an anthropology museum opened in 1937, housed in a wing of Palais de Chaillot (Trocadéro). The collection goes back to the 16th century, and invites visitors to think about elementary aspects of human life: Who are we? Where do we come from?

The museum is open every day, except on Tuesdays. Get directions.

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The Parc de la Villette in Paris

Parc de la Villette

Parc de la Villette combines modern architecture with nature. This urban park, on the site of former slaughterhouses, was designed by the architect Bernard Tschumi in 1984. The park is surrounded by cultural places, like the Conservatoire de Paris, the Musée de la Musique, and the Philharmonie de Paris (a symphony hall). Every year from mid-July till mid-August, there’s an open-air film festival in the park. Get directions.

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The Musee du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac in Paris

Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

Musée du Quai Branly exposes masterpieces and artefacts from indigenous cultures from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. The museum opened in 2006 as a project of Jacques Chirac, according to the tradition that French Presidents enrich Paris with a great museum. Jean Nouvel designed the remarkable building, in a setting which resembles a cultivated wilderness.

Please note that the museum is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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Local experience at Opera Garnier.

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