Paris places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in Paris and surrounding region. See also our Paris guide.

Paris sightseeing and tourist information

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Arc de Triomphe (Paris)

The Arc de Triomphe is the second largest triumphal arch in the world and at one end of the Champs Elysees, most fa [...]

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Basilica de Sacre Coeur (Paris)

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is one of the most famous Paris landmarks, and stands in Montmartre on the highest [...]

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Basilica of Saint-Denis (Paris)

In the Basilica of Saint-Denis, where many of the French kings are buried, you can admire one of the very first got [...]

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Catacombs (Paris)

For a different side of Paris, explore the ancient catacombs in tunnels underneath the city [...]

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Champs-Elysees (Paris)

The Champs-Elsées, often called the most beautiful avenue in the world, is in the heart of Paris [...]

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Conciergerie (Paris)

La Conciergerie at Paris is one of the oldest and most important gothic palaces in France [...]

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Eglise de la Madeleine (Paris)

The Eglise de la Madeleine is a most unusual church, being built under orders from Napoleon to resemble a tradition [...]

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Eiffel Tower (Paris)

Buil in the late 19th century as a temporary monument, it is extraordinary that the Eiffel Tower has since become t [...]

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Fontainebleau (Seine-et-Marne)

The extraordinary decoration of the numerous rooms and royal apartments at Fontainebleau, and the lovely parkland a [...]

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Jardin des Tuileries (Paris)

The Jardin des Tuileries is a large park and garden near the Louvre in the centre of Paris [...]

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Jardin du Luxembourg (Paris)

The Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the most extensive and most popular public parks in Paris [...]

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La Roche-Guyon (Val-d'Oise)

At La Roche-Guyon, a 'plus beau village de France', you can exlore a pretty village with an ancient castle and donj [...]

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Montmartre (Paris)

The Montmartre region of Paris is almost a separate village within the city, and now a magnet for artists and touri [...]

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Moret-sur-Loing (Seine-et-Marne)

Moret-sur-Loing is a pleasant town with a historic centre close to Fontainebleau [...]

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Musee de l'Orangerie (Paris)

The Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris is best known for its eight paintings of Water Lilies by Monet [...]

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Notre Dame cathedral (Paris)

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, on an island in the Seine River, is one of the most remarkable gothic cathedrals in th [...]

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Palais-Royal (Paris)

The Palais-Royal is a 17th century palace with attractive gardens in the heart of Paris [...]

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Pantheon (Paris)

The 18th century Pantheon was originally to be a church based on the pantheon in Rome, but is actually used as a te [...]

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Paris (Paris)

The city of Paris continues to be the most popular destination with visitors to France - and for good reason! [...]

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Paris Opera (Paris)

The extravagant design and decoration of the Palais Garnier, usually known as the Paris Opera, make it one of the m [...]

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Provins (Seine-et-Marne)

The small town of Provins has retained a great deal of its medieval heritage, making it one of the most interesting [...]

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Sainte-Chapelle (Paris)

Sainte-Chapelle, on the Ile de la Cité in Paris, is an important gothic chapel with remarkable stained glass windo [...]

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The Louvre (Paris)

The most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre contains countless numbers of extraordinary works of art [...]

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Versailles Palace (Paris)

A short distance outside central Paris, the Palais de Versailles is an enormous and luxuriously furnished palace, w [...]

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For more information about the region see the detailed Paris travel guide

 
 

Classified tourist sites to visit in Paris

Listed below are some of the main places and destinations in Paris that have received 'official' tourist classifications.

Aquarium

Aquarium du palais de la Porte Dor

Centre de la mer et des eaux

Cinéaqua

Heritage Sites

Fontainebleau Palace

Paris tour St Jacques (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

Provins: Tourist guide

Seine Banks, Paris: Tourist guide

Versailles Palace: Tourist guide

Classified 'most beautiful villages'

La Roche-Guyon: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Arc de Triomphe: Tourist guide

Basilica of Saint-Denis: Tourist guide

Champs-sur-Marne Chateau

Chapelle Expiatoire

Chateau de Maisons

Conciergerie: Tourist guide

Maison des Jardies

Notre Dame cathedral: Tourist guide

Pantheon: Tourist guide

Rambouillet Chateau

Saint Cloud Parc

Sainte-Chapelle: Tourist guide

Villa Savoye

Vincennes Chateau

Other Tourist Attractions

Arc de Triomphe: Tourist guide

Basilica de Sacre Coeur: Tourist guide

Basilica of Saint-Denis: Tourist guide

Catacombs: Tourist guide

Champs-Elysees

Champs-sur-Marne Chateau

Chapelle Expiatoire

Chateau de Maisons

Conciergerie

Eglise de la Madeleine: Tourist guide

Eiffel Tower: Tourist guide

Grand Palais

Hotel de Ville (town hall)

Hotel des Invalides

Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Tuileries

Maison des Jardies

Montmartre: Tourist guide

Montmartre district: Tourist guide

Notre Dame cathedral: Tourist guide

Orsay Museum

Palais Bourbon

Palais Royal

Pantheon: Tourist guide

Parc de la Villette

Parc Monceau

Paris Opera: Tourist guide

Petit Palais

Place de la Bastille

Place de la Concorde

Place des Vosges

Place Vendome

Pont-Neuf

Rodin Museum

Saint Cloud Parc

Saint-Eustache

Sainte-Chapelle

The Louvre: Tourist guide

Versailles Palace: Tourist guide

Villa Savoye

Vincennes Chateau

towns classified as Recommended Detours

L'Isle-Adam

Moret-sur-Loing

Provins: Tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs

Gatinais Francais

Haute Vallee de Chevreuse

Vexin Francais

Religious Monuments

Abbaye Cistercienne de Royaumont (Asnieres-sur-Oise)

Abbaye de Maubuisson (Saint-Ouen-l'Aumone)

Abbaye du Lys (Dammarie-les-Lys)

Abbaye Notre Dame de Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Paris)

Abbaye Notre Dame des Vaulx de Cernay (Cernay-la-Ville)

Abbaye Notre-Dame du Val (Meriel)

Basilique de Saint Denis (Saint-Denis)

Cathédrale de Notre Dame (Paris)

Cathédrale Notre Dame (Etampes)

Collegiale de Saint Martin (Etampes)

Collégiale Notre-Dame (Poissy)

Collegiale Saint Quiriace (Provins)

Eglise de Notre Dame (Bougival)

Eglise de Notre Dame (Chatou)

Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Auvers-sur-Oise)

Eglise de Saint Basile (Etampes)

Eglise de Saint Denis (Mery-sur-Oise)

Eglise de Saint Etienne (Mareil-Marly)

Eglise de Saint Maclou (Conflans-Sainte-Honorine)

Eglise de Saint Martin et Saint Blaise (Louveciennes)

Eglise de Saint Pierre et Saint Paul (Orgeval)

Eglise de Sainte Geneviève (Feucherolles)

Eglises de Saint Eustache (Paris)

Eglises de Saint Loup (Saint-Loup-de-Naud)

Maison d'Ourscamp (Paris)

Notre Dame de Port Royal des Champs (Magny-les-Hameaux)

Sainte Chapelle (Paris)

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Domaine de la Malmaison

Domaine de Villarceaux

Domaine du château d'Ambleville

Domaine national de Champs-sur-Marne

Domaine national de Fontainebleau

Domaine national de Rambouillet

Domaine national de Saint-Cloud

Domaine national de Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Jardin du Palais-Royal

Maison de Chateaubriand

Parc de Chamarande

Parc de Courson

Parc de l'abbaye de Royaumont

Parc de Versailles

Parc du château de Beauregard

Parc du château de Breteuil

Parc du château de Courances

Parc du château de Groussay

Parc du château de Thoiry

Parc du château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Parc du domaine de Sceaux

Potager du roi, Versailles

Protected historical town centre

Saint-Germain-en-Laye: Tourist guide

Versailles: Tourist guide

Theme Park

Disneyland Paris: Tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Etampes

Meaux

Noisiel

Pontoise

Rambouillet

4* Towns in Bloom

Aulnay-sous-Bois

Courbevoie

Creteil

Gagny

Le Mee-sur-Seine

Le Plessis-Robinson

Le Vesinet

Levallois-Perret

Livry-Gargan

Maisons-Alfort

Meaux

Melun

Meudon

Rueil-Malmaison

Soisy-sous-Montmorency

Velizy-Villacoublay

Zoo or wildlife park

Jardin d'acclimatation (Paris)

Ménagerie du Jardin des plantes

Parc des félins (big cats)

Parc zoologique de Thoiry

Parc zoologique de Vincennes