Paris region places to visit and attractions

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

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Arc de Triomphe

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

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 also has exceptional views
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Basilica of Saint-Denis

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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For a different side of Paris, explore the ancient catacombs in tunnels underneath the city
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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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Chateau de Champs-sur-Marne

The Chateau de Champs-sur-Marne is a beautifully restored 18th century chateau with extensive gardens
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Chateau de Rambouillet

Once a Royal castle, the Chateau de Rambouillet is now the summer residence for French presidents
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Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

The Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte is one of the most important classical style castles in France
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Chateau de Vincennes

The Chateau de Vincennes has an interesting history as an important royal residence for several centuries and
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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

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

Built 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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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

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

The Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the most extensive and most popular public parks in Paris
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La Roche-Guyon

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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Meaux is visited because of its episcopal city, with a cathedral, chapter house and bishops palace
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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 is a pleasant town with a historic centre close to Fontainebleau
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Musee de l'Orangerie

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

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

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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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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River Seine

The Seine river is at the heart of the city, near many of the famous monuments, and a boat ride on the Seine is a popular attraction
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Royaumont Abbey

Royaumont Abbey, once one of the most important cistercian abbeys in France, is a 13th century abbey north of 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

The most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre contains countless numbers of extraordinary works of art
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Versailles Palace

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 region guide

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