Paris will definitely be one of the top tourist destinations any traveler would love to visit at least once in their life. In fact, the beauty, elegance, and ambiance of the City of Lights attract all kinds of travelers from all across the globe.
Known for its historical buildings and charismatic vibe, no other city will welcome travel buffs as good as Paris does. Be it day or night, the charm of this city is a must-experience thing, and you will probably remember this place forever in your life even after a single visit. If you are planning a Paris city tour anytime soon, given below are some of the top places you should include in your itinerary.
Built by Gustave Eiffel for commemorating the centennial of the French Revolution, the 324 meter Eiffel Tower is an iconic structure in the city. It is one of the world’s most visited monuments with approximately seven million visitors visiting here annually. The first floor of Eiffel Tower houses a restaurant that extends to two more levels offering quick, fun lunch to the tourists. From the second floor, you can see a stunning view of the city, and on the third floor, you can have a look at Gustave’s office.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame, otherwise called as Notre-Dame de Paris, is a Roman Catholic cathedral situated on the eastern side of Île de la Cité. This building is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture style in Europe. The cathedral has portals having many gargoyles and sculptures surrounding it. For viewing the famous gargoyles closely, you can climb atop the tower via steps; you can get a wonderful view of the city from here too.
Located right at the heart of the city, the Louvre is a historic museum that was formerly the royal palace. Spread across 210,000 square meters area, almost one-third of the palace is dedicated for holding exhibitions. Here, you can find collections housed in eight departments, namely Sculptures of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Modern Times, Egyptian antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman, oriental antiquities, Islamic art, graphic arts, paintings, and objects of art.
Montmartre is a 130-meter tall hill located in Northern Paris. This hill is known for its white-domed Sacré-Cœur Basilica located in the top. It honors the French victims of the 1870 Franco-Prussian War. Apart from this, you can make a visit to the Square of Tertre near the Sacré-Cœur Basilica to see many paintings and exhibits by some artists around. Many artists like Pablo Picasso, Van Gogh, Claude Monet, etc., worked in the Tertre during the early 20th Century.
Palace of Versailles
Built in the 17th Century, the Palace of Versailles is a symbol of France’s military power and demonstrates the supremacy of France in Europe. From 1682-1789, the Palace was the seat of political authority in the Kingdom of France. You can see beautiful gardens, buildings, terraces, decorations, and Renaissance gilded art works in the Palace when exploring the Hall of Mirrors, the State Apartments, the Queen’s chamber, and the French gardens.
The Luxembourg Park is a private park created in 1612 upon Marie de Medicis’ request for accompanying the Luxembourg Palace. Parisians call this park ‘Luco’. This is a great place to walk around on an evening and see an orchard with different varieties of apples, a greenhouse having orchid collection, and an apiary. Furthermore, there are up to 106 statues, three beautiful fountains, and even a bronze reduction of the Statue of Liberty in the park.
The Moulin Rouge is a cabaret that is known to be the birthplace of French Cancan. Built in the year 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, the cabaret is situated at the foot of Montmartre in Pigalle. Formerly it was a courtship dance and later made to cabaret by Cancan. Now, this is a popular tourist spot providing entertainment for the travelers from all around the globe.
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is dedicated to the victory of imperial armies at the western end of Champs-Élysées. In its pillars, you can notice impressive sculptures and the names of 558 generals. The terrace above offers a striking view of Paris, and nearby the arc, you can find many cafes, restaurants, luxury boutiques like Louis Vuitton and Montblanc, and places of entertainment etc.
If you are on your Paris tour with your kids, do not miss going to the Disneyland Paris. In fact, it is an ideal spot for all kinds of travelers, and not just for kids. Disneyland Paris is mainly divided into two theme parks: Disneyland and Walt Disney Studio. The main attractions here include Small World, Sleeping Beauty’s castle, Space Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain.
Musée d’Orsay is known for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art collection. The museum has a collection of Western art from 1848 to 1914, and you can see collections from paintings to sculptures, photography, and decorative arts here. The masterpiece artworks in the museum include paintings by Auguste Renoir, Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Cezanne, Alfred Sisley, Manet, Degas, Pierre Seurat, and Paul Gauguin.