It is the landmark of Paris. It has attracted more than 220 million visitors and it would be difficult to imagine Paris now without the Eiffel Tower. Besides from seeing the tower itself, it also gives you a fantastic view of Paris from its 3 level. The tower is also a spectacular night-time sight. It sparkles like a giant Christmas tree for 5 minutes every hour from dusk until 1 a.m.
The site of the world's largest and most diverse collection of pre-20th century decorative objects, paintings and sculptures. the Louvre is a global touristic draw card. It is the place where you can see the aruguably most famous painting in the world, Mona Lisa.
No first trip to Paris is complete without visiting the "heart" of the country, both geographically and spiritually, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. Located on the Ile de la Cité, this gothic cathedral dates back to 1163. The year pope Alexander III laid the first stone. It then took nearly 170 years to complete. Considered as one of the most singular and beautiful cathedrals of Europe, Notre Dame is guaranteed to take your breath away!
The site began as Louis XIII's hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. It has lost its standing as the official seat of power in 1789 but acquired a new role in the 19th century as the Museum of the History of France.
This gigantic landmark has to be seen and it won't take up too much of your day. Taking the elevator or climbing the 284 steps to the top gives visitors a sublime view of Paris. To the east is the magnificent Champs Elysees and to the west is the Grande Arche of La Defense, you will have a great view!
Walk over the bridge from the Louvre to the Musee d'Orsay-- and witness a literal and figurative bridge between classical and modern art. It gives visitors a detailed and breathtaking look at the birth of modern painting, sculpture, design, and even photography, the Orsay's permanent collection ranges from neoclassicism, romanticism to impressionism, expressionism.
The basilica was built as a memorial to the 58,000 French soldiers killed during the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71) and took 46 years to finish, finally completed in 1923 at a cost of 40 million francs (around 6 million euros). Many people come to Sacr??-Coeur to admire the view from the top of its 271-foot-high dome. If you want to skip the climb up the spiral staircase, the view from the front steps is still a good compensation for the trip.
Seeing some of Paris' most stunning sites glide past as you take a boat down the Seine river is an exciting and essential experience. You can hop on near Notre Dame or the Eiffel Tower. Go at night to enjoy the shimmering play of light on the water, and remember to dress warmly, it could get chilly!
With flowers all over the Luxembourg Gardens, green grass and statuses spread all over its 23-hectares, Parisians of all ages comes to relax and stroll through the formal gravel paths of Jardin du Luxemburg in nice sunny days. While in the Luxembourg Gardens, Paris may not seem the busy city that it is - drop by here if you want to relax.
The Tuileries Gardens are probably the most French garden you could find all over Paris, with fine rows of trees and well-formed paths. It was designed in 1564 by Catherine de Medicis as a garden for the Tuileries Palace (for Louis XIV). It is the place where locals meet to enjoy a nice afternoon walk.