Our Guide to
Sightseeing in Paris

From the Eiffel Tower to the Pantheon, from secret gardens to historic landmarks, sightseeing in Paris is endless — you'll never run out of choices. Paris has so much to offer, but where to start? How about right there, with the suggestions in this article.

Naturally, you'll want to see some of the major Paris landmarks, including Hôtel de Ville, Palais Garnier, the Arc de Triomphe, and the bell tower of Notre Dame Cathedral.

By the way, admission to all these monuments is included in the Paris Pass — an Insiders secret way to save money and time.

But, sightseeing in Paris also means walking the narrow streets of the Left Bank, discovering stores and shops, parks and churches, markets and monuments.

Let's get started. We've categorized the things to see in Paris into the following sections, and each section's link take you to a more detailed article.

Paris Insiders Tip

Even though it may seem "touristy", a great sightseeing in Paris tip is to to take a relaxing boat ride along the Seine. It's a nice way to get an overview of Paris from the magnificent river, while you sit back and relax.

Money Saving Tip — A Seine River cruise is also included with the Paris Pass and the Paris ComboPass Premium.

What To See In Paris

What To See In Paris

We know that, with so many choices, it's sometimes hard to decide where to start on what to see in Paris.

But don't worry, we have easy advice for you. From a walk in the park to the best bridges of Paris. From famous landmarks to bypassed historical monuments. From a historic walking tour to sightseeing in a vintage Citroen.

We'll tell you the best Paris Insiders Tips and our personal recommendations for sightseeing in Paris, including some hidden secrets.

Guide to Walking Tours

Paris Museum & Metro Pass

Paris is a city best seen on foot. Even better, on foot with an expert guide.

A guided tour gives you a leisurely yet insightful sense of the the City of History. There are so many to choose from – historical tours, tours at night, specific tours of monuments and museums, and tours that cover all of the best of Paris.

So, don't forget to check out our guide to walking tours for great ideas and good advice.

Tours on Wheels

Paris on Wheels

How was that? Perhaps you've enough walking? Then it's time to take it easy and get yourself some wheels. You can see a lot of Paris in a very short time.

There are bicycle tours, day and night. There are tours by minivan, stopping at the greatest of Paris sights. Then there are the very popular Segway tours – kind of like walking, but rolling. You know what we mean?

Guide to Paris Landmarks

Historical Paris Landmarks

In every corner of Paris, in every arrondissement, there are buildings, monuments, arches and statues that remind us of the city's long and interesting history.

In our Guide to Landmarks you'll learn about the biggies – The Eiffel Tower, the Paris opera house, the Arc de Triomphe – but you'll also learn about the hidden and less-well-known landmarks, as well as cathedrals and other historic treasures.

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The Paris Skyline

The Paris Skyline

Unlike almost any other major city, there is almost nothing in Paris over fives storeys high to block the view of the city skyline.

Discover our favorite places to view the Paris skyline, and learn what you see when you're looking at it!

Sightseeing by Quartier

Paris Sights Map

If you're not yet familiar with Paris geography, have a look at our list of Paris sights arranged by quartier, or neighborhood.

Discover what there is to see in six central Paris neighborhoods — Louvre, the Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Paris Islands, the Marais, and the Eiffel Tower.

Guide to Must-See Tourist Attractions

Must-See Paris Tourist Attractions

There's a lot to see in Paris, but these are the top attractions that you don't want to miss.

Sure, they're the old familiars, but they remain fantastic and never-aging. Discover the monuments and museums that make Paris famous, and learn how to save money and avoid long line-ups when you visit.

Gardens and Parks

Jardin de Luxembourg

There's a reason Paris seems so airy, so open, so green.

Almost one quarter of the land in Paris is dedicated to parks, making it the greenest city in Europe.

Visit any other major city and you'll have to agree that it's the sheer number of parks and gardens that sets Paris apart.

Jardins et parcs are found in every arrondissement, all are free to the public, and many should most definitely be on your What To See In Paris list.

Sightseeing in Paris Fun Facts

  • The Statue of Liberty in Paris? There's a smaller version of this famous lady (who was made in France) on a narrow island beneath the bridge Pont de Grenelle just south of the Eiffel Tower.

  • Parc des Buttes Chaumont in the 19th Arrondissement (northeast Paris) is the third largest park in the city. It has a lake, a suspension bridge and a waterfall. It was originally a limestone quarry where the building blocks for many of the buildings of were mined in the 19th century. What made it become so lush? Horse manure. Tons of the stuff was used to fill the holes left by the mining operations.

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