Paris places to visit and attractions

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

Arc de Triomphe (Paris)

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The Arc de Triomphe is the second largest triumphal arch in the world and at one end of the Champs Elysees, most famous shopping street in Paris

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Basilica de Sacre Coeur (Paris)

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The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is one of the most famous Paris landmarks, and stands in Montmartre on the highest hill in the city so lso has exceptional views

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Basilica of Saint-Denis (Paris)

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In the Basilica of Saint-Denis, where many of the French kings are buried, you can admire one of the very first gothic style cathedrals to be built

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Catacombs (Paris)

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

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Champs-Elysees (Paris)

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

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Conciergerie (Paris)

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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)

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The Eglise de la Madeleine is a most unusual church, being built under orders from Napoleon to resemble a traditional Greek temple

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Eiffel Tower (Paris)

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Buil in the late 19th century as a temporary monument, it is extraordinary that the Eiffel Tower has since become the most famous landmark in Paris

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Fontainebleau (Seine-et-Marne)

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The extraordinary decoration of the numerous rooms and royal apartments at Fontainebleau, and the lovely parkland around the house, make it a key monument in Paris

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Jardin des Tuileries (Paris)

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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)

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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)

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

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Montmartre (Paris)

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The Montmartre region of Paris is almost a separate village within the city, and now a magnet for artists and tourists

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

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

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Musee de l'Orangerie (Paris)

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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)

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

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Palais-Royal (Paris)

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

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Pantheon (Paris)

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The 18th century Pantheon was originally to be a church based on the pantheon in Rome, but is actually used as a temple to honour the great and good from the world of French arts

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Paris (Paris)

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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)

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The extravagant design and decoration of the Palais Garnier, usually known as the Paris Opera, make it one of the most ornate buildings in Paris

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Provins (Seine-et-Marne)

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The small town of Provins has retained a great deal of its medieval heritage, making it one of the most interesting towns to visit in the Paris region

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Sainte-Chapelle (Paris)

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

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The Louvre (Paris)

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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)

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A short distance outside central Paris, the Palais de Versailles is an enormous and luxuriously furnished palace, with landscaped gardens to match

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For more information see the Paris guide


Selected tourist attractions in the Paris department

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

Jardin d'acclimatation (Paris)

Ménagerie du Jardin des plantes

Parc zoologique de Vincennes

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardin du Palais-Royal

Religious Monuments

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

Basilique de Saint Denis (Saint-Denis)

Cathédrale de Notre Dame (Paris)

Eglises de Saint Eustache (Paris)

Maison d'Ourscamp (Paris)

Sainte Chapelle (Paris)

towns classified as Recommended Detours


Other Tourist Attractions

Arc de Triomphe: Tourist guide

Basilica de Sacre Coeur: Tourist guide

Basilica of Saint-Denis: Tourist guide

Catacombs: Tourist guide


Champs-sur-Marne Chateau

Chapelle Expiatoire

Chateau de Maisons


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


Rodin Museum

Saint Cloud Parc



The Louvre: Tourist guide

Versailles Palace: Tourist guide

Villa Savoye

Vincennes Chateau

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

UNESCO world heritage sites

Fontainebleau Palace: Tourist guide

Paris tour St Jacques (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

Provins: Tourist guide

Seine Banks, Paris: Tourist guide

Versailles Palace: Tourist guide


Aquarium du palais de la Porte Dor

Centre de la mer et des eaux