Sightseeing in Paris: You should not miss these top sights
The City of love, fashion and of 1000 interesting places. The whole world knows the most famous sights of Paris. Whether the Eiffel Tower, Musée du Louvre, Notre Dame or the colourful world of Disneyland. Lovers, best friends and families with children will find numerous attractions and activities to make their holiday in Paris a unique city trip. Whether it's a sightseeing tour on the great boulevards like the Champs Elysee, a short break in one of the many cosy cafés or a picnic in one of the most beautiful parks - we will show you the most beautiful places, attractions and sights in Paris!
1. Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower, the 324-metre high landmark of the city, is a must-see on any sightseeing tour. La Tour Eiffel was built between 1887 and 1889 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world with around seven million paying visitors. Especially the view from the highest building in Paris attracts hundreds of visitors daily. In addition to the viewing platforms, you can also enjoy the unique view from the restaurants in the Eiffel Tower. Maybe just the right thing for the birthday of your loved one or the proposal of marriage? Eiffel Tower Tickets must be bought in advance! Opening hours: The Eiffel Tower is open 365 days a year. In summer (June-September) from 9:00 to 24:00, the rest of the year from 9:30 to 23:00. Prices: Admission prices vary depending on the type of ticket. The standard ticket costs about 16,00€. Avoid queues and book tickets online already!
2. Louvre Museum
The Musée du Louvre is probably the most famous art museum in the world and is located within the former royal residence, the Palais du Louvre, in the immediate vicinity of the Seine. Particularly popular are the masterpieces exhibited in the Louvre, such as the Mona Lisa and the Madonna of the Rocky Grotto by Leonardo Da Vinci. Visitors wait up to two hours to stand in front of the Mona Lisa for a short moment. Tickets without queuing are therefore more than recommended to be enchanted by the smile of the Mona Lisa. Opening hours: Mon+ Thu + Sat+ Sun until 6 pm, on fridays until 10 pm. The Musée du Louvre is closed on Tuesdays.
3. Boat trip on the Seine
On one of the numerous sightseeing tours you will discover the city from its most beautiful side. Whether hop on hop off bus tour with the great open double-decker buses or directly by boat along the Seine. The boat trip is probably the most beautiful way to explore Paris without walking for hours through the streets of the Parisian capital. Most of the sights are located in the immediate vicinity of the shore of the Seine. You can thus explore Paris in just one day and marvel at the most beautiful attractions in a relaxed manner on board. A special highlight for those in love is the light ride with romantic dinner at night.
4. Moulin Rouge
A visit to the Moulin Rouge is one of the most popular activities in Paris. The visit is an absolute must both in the rain and on hot days. Until some time ago the Moulin Rouge had a disreputable reputation, but the Variety show in the Parisian district of Montmartre today still offers varied and exciting shows. The dances are very sexy and therefore less suitable for children. A neat evening dress is a prerequisite to enjoy a unique evening here with a glass of Champanger.
5. The Montmartre district
Where to live in Paris? Which is the nicest quarter? Picasso and Van Gogh already knew that Montmarte is one of the most beautiful places in Paris. The small alleys and cosy cafés still enchant many tourists today. Highlights include the artists' square Place du Tetre and the Basilica Sacré-Cœur. On a tour of Paris a visit to this sacred site is an absolute must. From the 55-metre high dome of the church a breathtaking view of the city of Paris is revealed. Let us show you how to drift through a city and its beauty on your Tour of Montmartre. On your sightseeing tour you will certainly pass other Parisian sights like the red light district Pigalle, the museum Espace Dalí and the mills of Montmarte.
6. Disneyland Paris
Only about 30km away the probably most beautiful Parisian activity is waiting for its guests: Disneyland Paris, which makes all (children's) hearts beat faster. On the area with the numerous theme park attractions there are two leisure parks. Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studio Park both offer fun, entertainment and plenty of variety for the whole family. Whether it's a meeting with Disney characters Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck or a fast-paced ride on the numerous attractions: There is no time for boredom at Disneyland Paris. For those who like it a little quieter, there are numerous parades and shows. Some of the best attractions at Disney Parks include Space Mountain: Mission 2, the Rock 'n' Roll roller coaster and the Star Wars simulator Star Tours. Disneyland tickets are available with and without transfer, the nearest airport is Charles de Gaulle. If you take the train for the journey, get off at Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy station. Attention, a day at Disneyland is not exactly cheap. The entrance fees start at about 85,00€. Please plan at least 50,00€ pocket money per person in addition.
7. Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris
The cathedral Notre-Dame is located on the small Seine island Île de la Cité in the middle of Paris directly on the shore. Notre-Dame is a popular excursion destination and numerous tourists gather here already in the early morning hours. A little tip from us: many people do not know that the towers of Notre Dame can also be visited. If you don't want to queue, you will need for the Visit of Notre Dame Tickets without queuing. Especially worth seeing are the famous gargoyles, the crypt and the tower Notre-Dames. Entrance to the cathedral is free, but the tower and crypt cost entrance. Opening hours: Mo- Fr 7:45 to 18:45, Sat + Sun 7:45 to 19:15
Due to the devastating fire in 2019, the cathedral is closed to visitors indefinitely.
8. Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triopmphe de l'Ètoile, above the Champs-Élysées, is the largest archway in the world. Napoleon had it built to celebrate his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz. It is one of the most important sights, because under the almost 50m high landmark is the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier". It commemorates the fallen soldiers of the First World War who could never be identified. Tickets for the Arc the Triomphe are for the viewing terrace on the roof. Opening hours: Mon - Sun 10:00 to 23:00
9. Catacombs of Paris
The catacombs of Paris are an eerily beautiful attraction of the French capital. The former underground quarry was used as an ossuary since 1785 after the closure of many Parisian cemeteries. Today a part of the catacombs has been converted into a museum. Visitors can descend over 130 steps into the abyss to Myths of the Paris Catacombs to get to the bottom of the myths.
10. Versailles Castle
The Palace of Versailles is one of the most interesting sights of Paris. It is located just under 22 kilometres outside the city centre. The excursion to the former royal residence is part of every visit to Paris. Up to the outbreak of the French Revolution in the 17th century all the queens and kings of France lived on the imposing site. The sight of this masterpiece will take every Paris tourist's breath away. Tickets for Versaille are available with or without transfer, as a guided tour or including audio guide. We recommend the somewhat different city tour by bike through the picturesque gardens of Versailles.
Experience Paris: Tips for the perfect city trip
The best time for a trip to Paris
When should you visit the city of Paris? The summer is pleasantly warm, the winters mostly wet and cold. The most beautiful season is summer, whereas Paris is less crowded in winter. Holidays during Christmas and New Year's Eve are very popular because of the romantic sights. The best time to travel is August, when the city is not so crowded and you can enjoy your crispy croissant and a freshly brewed coffee in one of the typical Parisian street cafés.
How many days?
Perfect are five days in Paris to see the most important sights and even include a tour to Disneyland Paris. Visit the Louvre Museum, the Basilica Sacré-Coeur, the Musée d'Orsay. Take a photo of the famous Pont Neuf and stroll around the unusual Père Lachaise station. Choose the best activities in Paris from the incredible selection! Culinary tour, Hop on Hop off city tour or boat trip? In five days you have all the time in the world to visit the French metropolis at your own pace. If you can only be in Paris for one day, you need to plan your sightseeing program well. 24 hours in Paris fly by. For the morning we recommend the Eiffel Tower, if there are no long queues. Then take the metro to the Arc de Triomphe at the Charles de Gaulle metro station. Climb the Arc de Triomphe and enjoy the unique view of the Paris skyline. Afterwards, you will stroll along the Champs-Élysées, have a look at the Seine at the Élysée Palace and finally end your tour at the Louvre. Paris in one day? No worries about that.
Which Paris Pass is worthwhile?
There is no lack of City Cards Paris - Museum Pass, The Paris Pass or the Sightseeing Pass Paris? The Museum Pass is the standard version and the City-Card with the least amount of services. The Paris Pass is the all-inclusive offer with free entrance to more than 60 sights, a free hop on hop off city tour, a boat trip and free travel on public transport. The Sightseeing Pass Paris with free admission to the Louvre (no queuing), the towers of Notre Dame, Triomphe Arch and many other sights is the best City Pass for Paris! Inklsuive are also metro tickets as well as a free airport transfer (return trip e.g. Charles de Gaulles Airport).
Take the metro: Which Metro Card to buy?
There is no better way to discover the city than by metro. If you don't buy a Sightseeng Pass, you have to think about which Metro Card and Tickets are the best for the holidays. The Parisian subway seems to be deterrent and complicated at first. 300 stations spread over 16 lines - but in Paris you don't need tired feet, have the guts! Depending on how long you are in Paris, we recommend the Carnet, a ticket for a total of 10 journeys for just over 14.00€. The Mobilis Ticket is the Parisian day ticket, which allows you to use public transport for a whole day without worrying about it. If you are in town for a longer period of time you can buy the Paris Viste ticket for 2, 3 or 5 days. The decisive factor for the price is the number of zones you need! By the way, the metro does not run at night, so the only thing you have to do is take a taxi or hire a bike, which is parked on almost every street.
Find the best restaurant
The Parisian restaurant culture is diverse. You can find a delicious dinner or a small snack for in between on almost every street corner. Whether you want to eat typical French food or look forward to good international cuisine, you can save money by reserving your table on the website La fourchette. In many restaurants you can save up to 50%.