Guide to Must-See
Paris Tourist Attractions

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Travelers often ask us about the must-see Paris tourist attractions, but with hundreds to choose from it can seem a bit daunting to distill them down into a handful (or cupful!).

But, we've done just that for you.

Here you'll find reviews of the top of the top Paris tourist attractions, the most iconic, the must-see Paris sights that you will not want to miss.

There's not a single name you won't recognize, so there won't be any surprises. But, it's nice having them together here in one handy guide.

You'll also find links to more information, how to buy tickets and passes, and other Paris Insiders secrets.

The museums, monuments, parks and gardens of Paris are used by locals as much as by travelers. It's a living city, Paris isn't Disneyland (although there's one nearby).

Paris is the most visited city in the world, for good reason. Paris has 2000 years of history that has endowed it with museums, monuments, grand parks, magical streets and sheer beauty. Let's visit some of its best.

Eiffel Tower Paris France

Must-See Paris Tourist Attractions

Eiffel Tower Paris France

Covering 2½ acres at its base, the tower is made of 18,000 metal parts and is covered with 40 tons of paint.

It's three times as tall as the Statue of Liberty yet its weight is so elegantly distributed that the pressure on the ground beneath its legs is less than the pressure on a four-legged chair when you're sitting on it.

Learn the complete details about the most-visited monument in the world.

Musée du Louvre

Must-See Paris Tourist Attractions

Musée du Louvre

The Louvre is the single largest building in Paris, the largest palace in Europe and the most dominating symbol of art and culture the world has ever known.

Because it's so huge, and there's so much art to see – and the ticket lines are so long! – we always recommend either booking a tour of the Louvre or getting a Paris Museum Pass to bypass the ticket lines.

Rue de Rivoli, 1st Arrondissement
Free Entrance with the Paris Museum Pass »
Or 10.00€ at the door

Musée D'Orsay

Must-See Paris Tourist Attractions

Musée D'Orsay

It started life as a turn-of-the-20th-century train station, Gare d'Orsay, it is now a dazzling showcase for 19th century art and culture.

The Musée d'Orsay begins where the the Louvre leaves off. Its classic art covers the period from the end of Romanticism to the beginning of modern art.

As with most Paris museums, the Paris Museum Pass allows you to skip the loooong line-ups.

Quai d'Orsay, 7th Arrondisesement
Free Entrance with the Paris Museum Pass »
Or 12.00€ at the door

Notre Dame Cathedral

Must-See Paris Tourist Attractions

Notre Dame Cathedral

For six centuries, this masterpiece of the Middle Ages has endured wars, bombings, revolutions and revolts.

Today it's one of the most visited cathedrals in the world. In fact, although the Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument in world history, last year Notre Dame surpassed it for visitors. There's a new number one!

Île de la Cité, 4th Arrondissement
Entrance is free to the Cathedral
Free Entrance to the Bell Towers with the Paris Museum Pass »
Or 8.50€ at the door

Arc de Triomphe

Must-See Paris Tourist Attractions

Arc de Triomphe

Commemorating Napoleon's victory at the Battle of Austerlitz, construction on l'Arc began in 1806.

The Arch wasn't completed until 1836, fifteen years after Napoleon's death. In December 1840, a chariot with his body passed under the arch to his final resting home in Les Invalides.

Today, some of the best views of Paris are to be seen from atop the Arch.

Place Charles de Gaulle,
the intersection of the 8th, 16th & 17th Arrondissements
Free Entrance with the Paris Museum Pass »
Or 9.50€ at the door

Chateau de Versailles

Must-See Paris Tourist Attractions

Chateau de Versailles

On a whim, Louis XIV transformed a rustic hunting lodge on a marsh into the most lavish palace that has ever existed.

The French monarchy has long since fallen, but not Versailles. The splendor can be overwhelming!

You can make your way to Versailles on RER line C from Invalides or St-Michel station and then get off at the Versailles Station. Or (and this is our favorite) you can arrange a tour to pick you up directly from your hotel.

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