Paris is not yet another destination; instead, it is an elegant piece of poetry set in motion that can set every heart racing. The warm sense of familiarity and the unmatchable grandeur of the City of Lights make it an instant hit among travelers and tourists from all over the globe.
Tourists who are on their first Paris city tour will be able to feel the love in the air at the Eiffel Tower, enjoy the delicious Parisian cuisine, and introduce their kids to the rich history of the French capital. The city of Paris has its own characteristic style and charisma and it is something worth exploring.
However, many people who never set foot in Paris often ask, “What is so special about Paris?” and “Why is Paris a must-see tourist destination?” If you are wondering why you should go on a Paris city tour, below are a few attractions that will explain why the City of Lights is worth a visit.
The Eiffel Tower
Several tourists on Paris city tour have no idea that the famous Eiffel Tower was actually constructed as a temporary exhibit for the 1889 World Fair by Gustave Eiffel. The design used by the engineer Gustave Eiffel was severely criticized by the intellectual community and several prominent artists of the eighteenth century.
However, to everyone’s surprise, this unique and huge structure went on to become a global icon of the country. Moreover, Eiffel Tower is also one of the most visited monuments across the world. This famous landmark attracted more than 6.91 million visitors in the year 2015. So, make sure to visit the Eiffel Tower even when you are planning a Louvre guided tour.
Musée du Louvre
Musée du Louvre is one of the most prized possessions of the city of Paris and is also the largest museum in the world. This giant structure houses about 35,000 delicate art pieces, which include famous works of internationally renowned artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt. If you are a person who loves art, then the Louvre museum should be on top of your list of places to visit while in Paris.
The Louvre museum, which is built on the bank of the Seine River, is the second most visited museum in the world after the Palace Museum of China. Approximately 9.26 million visitors from all over the world visit the Louvre every year. Make sure that you take part in a Louvre guided tour while exploring the city.
Arc de Triomphe
The only monument in the city that can compete with the famous Eiffel Tower as the iconic symbol of the French capital is Arc de Triomphe. This popular tourist attraction, located on the right bank of Seine River has a magnificent victory arc. This elegant art was designed by the French architect, Jean Chalgrin back in the early 18th century in order to honor the memory of the ones who fought for the country in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.
The victory arc, which was inaugurated in the year 1836, contains the names of all French generals and the great victories of the country. This iconic monument is a sight you should not miss while you are on a Paris city tour.
One of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the city of Paris is the Notre Dame Cathedral. In addition, it is also one of the most popular ticketless attractions in the city. This cathedral is widely popular among tourists and Parisians for its rose windows, and the bell towers. Moreover, it also offers a spectacular view of Paris from the western façade.
Notre Dame Cathedral also holds a spot in the list of world’s most famous and largest church buildings. Witnessing and experiencing the grandeur of this famous structure will certainly make your Paris tour a lot more memorable and delightful.
Place des Vosges
Place des Vosges is one of the oldest and finest city squares in the French capital and was constructed between the years 1605-1612. This city square is also considered as the first royal city plan in Europe. Place des Vosges contains a group of architecturally stunning 17th-century buildings with large windows and slate roofs.
This picturesque city square is situated in the Marais district at the junction of the third and fourth arrondissements. The luxurious mansions of 17th-century French aristocrats, the Jewish area, and the secret gardens in the Marais neighborhood are a few sights that you should try not to miss while you are visiting Place des Vosges.
If you still have time, after covering all these famous attraction in the city, then you should definitely visit the Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg), Versailles Palace (Chateau de Versailles), and Paris Catacombs (Les Catacombes de Paris) before winding up your Paris city tour.