21 Places to Visit in Paris
Paris, the city of love and especially the capital of France, is the ideal city trip for many. You have a lot of museums, romantic spots and excellent restaurants here. To give you a good idea of this beautiful city, we list the attractions of Paris. In our opinion, all these sights in Paris can be done in 3 to 5 days. Depends on the time you spend in each museum.
1 Eifel tower
The landmark and symbol of Paris is undoubtedly the Eiffel Tower. A visit to this monument should therefore absolutely not be missed during a city trip to Paris. Like most people, the best way to view the Eiffel Tower is from the gardens of the Jardins du Trocadéro (completely free to visit) or you can also go to the top of the Eiffel Tower . The price for this starts at 17 euros per person . Every evening (winter at 9:00 pm and summer at 10:00 pm) there is also a light show every 3 minutes where the Eiffel Tower is put in color.
The best-known and largest museum in Paris (72,735 m²) is the Louvre Museum . You can see both Western paintings and Egyptian antiquities here, as well as sculptures, graphic art, Greek art and the art of Islam. The Louvre is best known for the world famous painting the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. The Louvre is relatively inexpensive compared to other museums in the world. For example, you only pay 17 euros per person and everyone under the age of 25 and living in Europe can even enter for free . Which is very cheap for 35,000 works on display. You need at least a full day to see everything.
3 Champs Elysees
Many songs have been made about the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in history and that is not very surprising. Because in this prestigious street you can find a lot of luxury shops and brands. With Louis Vuitton as the absolute highlight. And although you have a very nice view of the Arc de Triomphe in this street, this is in our opinion one of the lesser sights in Paris. The main reason for this is the crowds of cars and the many tourists. For those who have a lot of money and can shop in the more expensive stores, this may be different.
4 Arc de Triomphe
At one of the busiest intersections in Paris and at the end of the Champs-Élysées you can find the Arc de Triomphe. With a height of 50 meters, this building from 1806 is the second largest triumphal arch in the world. You can also visit this building and get one of the most beautiful panoramas over the city. The entrance fee for the Arc de Triomphe is 13 euros per person . Every day at 6:30 pm, the eternal flame is lit under this triumphal arch in honor of all unknown soldiers who died in the first and second world war.
5 Center Pompidou
Center Pompidou is arguably our favorite museum in Paris. This modern art museum has a permanent exhibition where you can find works by Andy Warhol, Yves Klein and Frida Kahlo, among others. In addition, you also have 4 galleries where temporary exhibitions are held. Those who want to visit Center Pompidou can recognize the museum by its special architecture, which partly consists of pipes. An entrance ticket that gives you access to all exhibitions (including cinema) has a cost of 14 euros . Under 18s you can enter for free.
6 Sacre Coeur
The highest point of Paris can be found on the mountain of Monmartre. Here you will find the striking white basilica Sacre Coeur. For the basilica, which is completely free to visit, you have to climb no less than 222 steps. Although this basilica looks very nice, you make this climb mainly for the panorama over a large part of Paris. There are therefore many tourists who enjoy the view on the grass after this climb. Others immortalize their love with a padlock on the fence of the basilica. Those who have difficulty walking can also use the lift here. The cost is 7 euros per person.
7 Cruise on the Seine
An excellent way to discover all the sights of Paris is by taking a boat trip on the Seine. The boat trip not only takes you past highlights such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, it is also romantic, especially if you take this boat trip at sunset. For a regular ticket for an hour on the Seine you pay 15 euros . Do you want something more exclusive and romantic? Then you can also book a glass of champagne with it. You then pay 10 euros extra per person.
8 Galeries Lafayette Haussmann
For the shopaholics among us there is one address: Galeries Lafayette Haussmann . This shopping center with an Art Nouveau dome in steel and glass is not only beautiful but also has no fewer than 280 shops spread over 6 floors. You can find various clothing brands as well as beauty products and jewelry here. Also on the roof of this shopping center you have a very nice view over the city. You can also eat well in the restaurant. The fact that the entrance to this building is right next to a metro is only an advantage.
9 Musée d'Orsay
This old converted train station may not be the largest museum in Paris, but a visit to this museum is highly recommended. Here you can find works by great artists such as Monet and Van Gogh. If you want to visit the Musée d’Orsay with a collection of impressionist works, you pay 16 euros per person . On Thursday after 6 pm you only pay 12 euros per person.
10 Notre Dame
Before the fire in 2019, Notre-Dame was definitely one of the must-see sights in Paris. Unfortunately, you can no longer visit this unique cathedral today due to the reconstruction. Although you can still pass by the two beautiful towers that are still standing. It is recommended to do this in the morning and to combine it with breakfast in one of the most beautiful breakfast spots in Paris ( La Crème de Paris Notre-Dame ). From this brasserie you also have an excellent view of Notre-Dame.
11 Le Marais
The Le Marais district is seen by many insiders as one of the hotspots in Paris. You can find a lot of beautiful shops and bars here. An extremely suitable place for those looking for some romance. Moreover, you can also find Jewish influences here as this used to be the Jewish quarter. A nice place to relax in this district is Place des Vosges.
12 Moulin Rouge
The Moulin Rouge is the most famous cabaret theater in the world, characterized by its extravagant performances in which burlesque takes center stage. Although a performance in the Moulin Rouge is more than just dance. It is a complete show in which drama, dance and music play an important role. You can find a ticket from 110 euros (drinks and dinner included). You can also effectively recognize the Moulin Rouge by its red mill that stands on the roof of the building.
13 Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
One of the cheapest activities in Paris is undoubtedly the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris . The permanent exhibition is completely free to visit. And this exhibition is, in our opinion, well worth the effort. There are even some works by Picasso to admire. The temporary exhibitions are paid and can be more expensive depending on the exhibition. This museum is located right on the Seine and within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower.
14 Opera Garnier
The Opéra Garnier, which dates back to 1861, is one of the most impressive buildings in Paris. And not just from the outside, because the inside is also beautiful with gold leaf and marble finishes. In addition to the beautiful performances that are given here, you can also get a tour without there being a show. The price for such a tour starts at 14 euros for a self-guided tour .
15 Tuileries Garden
Another inexpensive activity in Paris is a visit to Jardin des Tuileries. This is a beautifully landscaped park in the center of the city, between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. With its geometric flowerbeds and beautiful fountains, this park is the ideal place to relax in the busy city. You can take a seat on one of the chairs around the large fountain in the middle of the park.
16 Cimetière du Pere-Lachaise
When you think of the sights of Paris, you probably don’t immediately come to a cemetery. Nevertheless, Cimetière du Père-Lachaise is one of the things worth visiting. The beautiful architecture in combination with the plants make this resting place a very beautiful place. In addition, some celebrities such as Édith Piaf, Henri Salvador and Jim Morrison are also buried here. This cemetery attracts 3 million tourists every year.
17 Petit Palais
Although the name Petit Palais suggests that this palace is not that big, the opposite is true. This beautiful palace, which houses a museum, was built for the 1900 World’s Fair. Today you can visit this museum for free and enjoy the beautiful architecture. Especially the beautifully painted ceilings and colorful garden alone are worth a visit. Those who want a guide pay 7 euros per person for this. Which in our opinion is not really necessary in this museum. The big brother (Grand Palais) across the street from this museum is currently closed.
18 Place de la Concorde
During a city trip to Paris you will almost always automatically come to Place de la Concorde. This historic square is therefore centrally located in the city. You can recognize this square by an obelisk in the middle of the square. This obelisk, donated by Egypt , is one of the three so-called Cleopatra’s Needles. In addition, on every corner of this square (8 corners) there is a statue that refers to the major cities in France.
19 The Great Mosque of Paris
The Great Mosque of Paris (Grand Mosque de Paris) is perhaps one of the most unique day trips to do in Paris. You don’t expect to see this in Paris. Both the colorful tiling and the courtyard garden of the mosque are beautiful. Especially in spring when the wisteria is in bloom, you end up in a little paradise. The mosque may be a bit remote from all the other tourist attractions, but that shouldn’t stop you. The entrance fee is therefore only 3 euros per person.
20 Gardens of Versailles
The gardens of Versailes may not be located in Paris itself, but a trip is highly recommended. Because this garden, which dates back to the 18th century, is not only the largest garden in the world, but also a true work of art. In addition to the many plantings, you can also see many fountains, sculptures and countless boxwoods. In addition, the winter garden and the castle of Versailles are also worth a visit. If you want to visit everything, pay 20 euros per person. Anyone who also wants to watch the special fountain shows pays 27 euros. Attention! These shows are not available every day. Visit the website for more information.
21 Disneyland Paris
A trip to Disneyland is also possible in Paris. Ideal for families with (young) children who are looking for a good balance between an educational trip in Paris and relaxation for the children. The only drawback of a trip to this amusement park is the cost. This starts at 58 euros per person for 1 day. You then have this choice between Disneyland Park and Universal Studios. In our opinion, Disneyland is ideal for children up to the age of 12 and Universal Studios is ideal for slightly older children. It is one of those sights in Paris that every child will remember.
Transportation in Paris
Metro and Bus
The easiest way to discover the different places of interest in Paris is via the metro and bus network. You can therefore buy a day ticket in every metro station with which you can take every bus, metro and even tram. This card comes at 17 euros per day. When selecting the zones, zone 1 to 3 is enough to get everywhere. If you are only going to use the metro once or twice, it is better to buy a ticket for one ride for 2 euros.
Another fun means of transport is the electric scooter or bicycle. You can rent these from various companies for a maximum price of 30 cents per minute. All you have to do is download the application from the scooter you see, enter payment details, scan and leave. A slightly more expensive way of getting around, but very nice.
If you want to visit many sights and museums in Paris, it is best to purchase a Paris Pass . You not only get access to almost all museums and top attractions, but you can also use public transport. A pass for 2 days will cost you 124 euros. Although the pass becomes especially interesting if you stay for several days. For example, the cost of a 6-day pass is only 199 euros per person. Interesting if you know that you have access to more than 80 attractions.