Attractions & Sightseeing

Eiffel Tower

It goes without saying that the Eiffel Tower is the symbol of the city. It is the first stop for visitors coming to Paris. It is the most important attraction in the lists of places to see in Paris. The Eiffel Tower was built between 1887 and 1889. The construction was based on the project of Gustave Eiffel as the gateway to the 1889 Paris world's fair. 3,000 workers assembled 18,038 pieces of iron, using more than 2.5 million rivets, in 26 months. The fact that there was not a serious work accident is a surprising when considering the working conditions of that time. Since its opening, the Eiffel Tower has been visited by more than 200 million people.

Versailles Palace

The Palace of Versailles is one of the biggest and the most beautiful royal palaces with the capacity of 20,000 people; Louis XIV commissioned it in 1668. These buildings’ projects were designed by Louis La Vau ve Jules Hardouin-Mansart. The gardens of the palace are breathtaking and the fountains' show is amazing. There are separate tickets for the Versailles Palace, Versailles Gardens, and the fountains show, but all-inclusive pass can be used to visit the entire complex.
One of the largest castles in the world, the Palace of Versailles is also one of the most insanely decorated, a true vision of opulence for the world to see. Versailles Palace is also one of the most famous and most popular spots to visit in Paris, so be sure to head there early to avoid queues. The Palace of Versailles dates back to the 18th century and is a classic example of the art and architecture of the time. In addition to all of this, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which tells you a lot about its importance and the vision before you when you visit. The Chapel of Versailles and the Open Auditorium are two of the most must-see parts of the palace; however Marie Antoinette’s Apartment is also one not to miss, and one of the most visited sections. You cannot visit Paris and miss out on the Palace of Versailles.

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most towering monuments in the world and it stands solidly right in the middle of Charles de Gaulle Square. It was initially conceived to celebrate Napoleonian victories, but it was eventually dedicated to those who perished fighting for France between 1792 and 1815. There is the grave of one unidentified soldier died in the war, beneath the monument. This magnificent monument with 50 meters height, 45 meters width and 22 meters depth is the second biggest monument in the world. Titus arch in Rome influenced the design.

Notre Dame Cathedral

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame was built in 1345 and witnessed many centuries of history. It is one of the main touristic attractions, drawing 13 million visitors per year. The number of visitors is even higher than that of other Paris' famous attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum. The gothic architecture is impressive. Watching over La Ville Lumiere, gargoyles and chimeras can be spotted on the external walls of the cathedral, on the buttresses and bell towers. The statues were originally painted in colors that faded over time. It is possible to climb to the top of the cathedral and enjoy a breathtaking view of the city.

Seine River

The Seine is a beautiful stop for both travelers and locals. Be seduced by the beauty of the river and bridges such as Pont des Arts and the Bridge of Lovers. On the last bridge, it is a long-established tradition that lovers lock a padlock on the fence of the bridge and throw the keys off as good omen for eternal love. A cruise on the Seine is a good option to see the city from a different point of view, specially during the sunset.

Catacombs of Paris

The Catacombs of Paris are an underground ossuary, whose origin, despite its name, dates back only to the end of the eighteenth century, when in 1786, to cope with the spread of epidemics caused by the saturation of some cemeteries, the Council of State decided to move the bones preserved in the mass graves in these underground quarries. The Catacombs, which store the remains of about six million people represented only a deposit of bones but nowadays have become a very suggestive place.

Opera Garnier

The Opera Garnier dates back to the early 19th century and is one of the most opulent buildings in the capital city. In terms of opera houses, this is certainly one of the most famous in the world, and it was ordered to be built by none other than Napoleon III himself. Built by Charles Garnier, the architectural style is Beaux, with huge chandeliers, marble staircases, and decoration at every corner. Visiting the Opera Garnier is a must do, whether you’re an opera fan or not. The sheer size and beauty of this building are not to be missed.
Opera Garnier is a 1979 seating opera house, which was built in 1861, designed to be one of the most wealthy in the world and to entertain the masses with opera performances. The sheer design and scale of the building is something you cannot miss out on during your time in Paris. With several rooms and sights to view, including the Grand Staircase, the Grand Foyer, the Chandelier, and the Rotundas, there is plenty to see, and the Opera Garnier can easily fill two hours of a sightseeing day. Located centrally within the city, visitors can head to another spot after here, which opens up Paris and allows you to see more in your limited time.