13 Most Beautiful Places in Paris , France
Updated: Jul 11
What comes to mind first when you think of Paris? Eiffel or Notre Dame? We have listed 13 famous places in Paris for a nice trip from the Eiffel to the most famous bookstore, from museums to cafes! Check out our list to explore Paris, one of the most visited cities in the world. Top 13 Famous Places in Paris.
1. Eiffel Tower
The most important symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous structures not only in France but also in the world. It welcomes more than seven million visitors each year. La Tour Eiffel is located in the Champ de Mars region, which can be considered the center of Paris. It consists of 1665 steps with a height of 300 meters and consists of three floors in total. There are cafes and restaurants on the first and second floors. The Eiffel Tower is the most famous and iconic structure to visit in Paris.
2. Louvre Museum
Even though the Louvre Museum was closed for 150 days because of the Covid-19, it was the most visited art museum in the world in 2020. The museum hosts 35,000 artworks. The best known of these are the Mona Lisa, The Wedding at Cana, and the Venus de Milo from the 1st century. The museum receives 15,000 visitors a day.
The standard entrance fee is €15, but it is recommended to buy online to avoid long queues.
3. Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris is a huge amusement park and the second Disneyland park to open outside the United States, is called Euro Disney.
Disneyland has hotels, restaurants, shops, swimming pools, golf courses, Disney Studios, and toys. Here you can have fun and step into a colorful world. During the day, you may encounter Walt Disney characters signing in the park.
Don't forget to visit Disneyland Paris to make your Paris trip fun.
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4. Musée d'Orsay
If the Louvre museum was not enough for you, you should visit the Musée d'Orsay! The building, which was built as a train station in 1898, was turned into a museum in 1986. Today, there are more than 2,000 paintings and more than 600 sculptures in Orsay. The collection consists of impressionism, post-impressionism, and neo-impressionism.
It is also 15 min walking distance to the Louvre Museum.
5. Notre-Dame de Paris
Notre-Dame de Paris is a medieval Catholic cathedral. It is one of the most famous buildings in Paris, after the Eiffel Tower. It owes some of its fame to Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. It is the most important work of French gothic architecture and is visited by millions of tourists every year.
After the fire of April 15, 2019, the Cathedral was closed.
Another famous place in Paris. Considered among the highest achievements of the Gothic architecture of the Rayonnant period, this chapel is quite impressive with its appearance. So much that you can admire the stained glass windows!
The chapel is divided into two parts. The upper part belongs to the King and his family, the lower part is dedicated to Saint Mary. You must see this extremely flamboyant and impressive gothic architecture.
The chapel can get crowded at noon, so early visits are recommended.
The Sacré-Cœur is a basilica and it was decided to be built by resolution of the national assembly in memory of the French who died in the war between France and Prussia. It is the second most visited religious building after Notre Dame Cathedral. When viewed from the front, it appears as a cross. A mixture of Roman and Byzantine architecture, this basilica was also influenced by Hagia Sophia.
The entrance to the basilica is free, but if you want to go up to its dome, you have to pay 5 €.
8. Palais Garnier
Palais Garnier or Opéra Garnier, one of the symbols of Paris, is an opera house completed in 15 years. Built during the Belle Époque period, the building will teach you a lot about the culture of going to the opera.
It is the meeting point of tourists. The building, which contains many external works of art, is definitely one of the must-see places in Paris. The richness of the interior will impress you more than you can imagine.
You can enter with a guided tour or on your own.
9. Place des Vosges
Place des Vosges is one of the oldest squares in Paris. The real name of the square is Place Royale. While there are many cafes around the square, you can see the house where Victor Hugo lived in this square.
It is one of the must-go places to take a break and enjoy a peaceful time.
The Pantheon is another piece of art that will fascinate you from places to visit in Paris. It is quite similar to the Pantheon in Rome and one of the best examples of neoclassicism. The Pantheon is the tomb of Emile Zola, Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Jean Moulin, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, and the Pantheon's architect, Jacques-Germain Soufflot.
There is also a rooftop where you can watch the magnificent view of Paris.
11. Shakespeare and Company
Shakespeare and Company, Paris' most famous bookstore first opened in 1919. Later, the owner of the bookstore, Sylvia Beach, closed the shop never to open again due to the second world war. In 1951, the American George Whitman opened a bookstore called "Le Mistral" on the site of the current Shakespeare and Company. Having met Sylvia Beach, Whitman changed the name of her shop to Shakespeare and Company after Miss Beach's death in 1962 to keep her name alive.
It is an extremely famous place in Paris. Now you can sit here and watch the rebuilding of Notre Dame.
12. Café de Flore
It is one of the most famous cafes in the Saint Germain district of Paris. Opened in the 1880s, the cafe was frequented by names such as Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, Picasso, and Albert Camus.
It takes its name from Flora, the goddess of flowers in Greek mythology.
It also appears in an episode of Gossip Girl!
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13. Pont des Arts
The Pont des Arts, the first metal bridge over the Seine River, was first built in 1884 during the reign of Napoléon Bonaparte.
This bridge, which has the Louvre Museum on one side and the Institut de France on the other, is a place where you can come with your spouse or lover with a magnificent view of the sunset.
In fact, it is also famous for hanging locks by lovers, but the locks were removed for security reasons.