If you want to visit a gorgeous European city then look no further than Paris, France’s capital and an inviting city which everyone loves. This is a city which is really geared up for every type of traveler and families or couples can have just as much fun as groups of friends or solo travelers. Flights to Paris are extremely abundant throughout Europe and also incredibly cheap because of the number of budget and commercial airlines who offer flights to Paris from all over the continent.
As with any tourist destination there are some attractions which you simply mustn’t miss out on and regardless of whether you have a long weekend or a fortnight in Paris, these are the attractions where you cannot miss out during your time here.
The Eiffel Tower
Let’s kick off with the most iconic and popular tourist attraction in the city, the Eiffel Tower. This symbol of Paris has stood since 1889 and attracted millions of visitors since its construction. The tower stands at 300 meters tall and is situated in the Champ de Mars park – don’t worry, you won’t need a map to find this place as it can be seen from all over the city. Tourists can bask in the shadow of this incredible structure or buy a ticket to the top and get some great photo opportunities such are the awesome views of the city from up here.
The Louvre art museum is most famous because of the fact that it houses the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa. There is much more to this museum that Da Vinci’s masterpiece however and visitors can peruse over 1 million objects which are housed in the museum. As you can imagine this place gets pretty busy and in order to have the most relaxed experience it is best to go as soon as it opens at 9am, or late at night before closing at 10pm.
Arc de Triomphe
This structure was completed in 1806 as a symbol to represent the success which Napoleon Bonaparte had on the battle field. Standing at 50 meters high and 45 meters wide this is more than just an arch and visitors love to look into the intricate reliefs which have been carved into the stone, each representing a different battle. This is a free tourist attraction and one which is just asking to be photographed.
The Notre Dame cathedral was once one of Paris’ most visited attractions but after the fire in the beginning of 2019 the church was severely damaged. The relief effort has been incredible and in just a couple of days millions of dollars was raised to return the church to its former glory. If you visit before that happens then you can still visit the site and see the remnants of this beautiful church.
This white-domed basilica is one of Paris’ most striking buildings and it too attracts millions of tourists each year. The Sacre-Coeur can be found on Montmartre Hill just outside the center of the city. This building is particularly famous because of its intricate architecture and its marble interior, not to mention the beautiful mosaics and stained glass windows, and one of the largest clocks in the world.
Place de la Concorde
The Champs-Elysees is the most famous street in Paris and you should definitely spend some time there doing some shopping and watching the city come alive. At the east end of this street you’ll find Place de la Concorde, the city’s largest square which offers incredible views of the city from all sides. This square is often where people gather after a great sporting event or political victory and there is always something going on here. In the center of the square you’ll find a 3200 year old Egyptian monument which came from the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.
Pont Alexandre III
The River Seine is the main artery which cuts through the city and it is renowned for its vast number of bridges which connect the city. The most famous of those bridges is Pont Alexandre III, an ornate and beautifully designed bridge which visitors love. This bridge connects the district of Champs-Elysees with Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower, making it a key bridge in the city. Each time you visit this bridge you’ll see something different thanks to its intricate and detailed artistic design.
If you do nothing else in the French capital then these are the main attractions which you should check out during your time here, you won’t regret it.