One of the highly visited cities in the world, Paris is a tourist paradise. There are many places of cultural, historical and modern significance in the city. Here are some of the major tourist attractions in Paris.
1. Eiffel Tower: One of the world’s most popular tourist places, the Eiffel Tower is located in the heart of Paris. Since its inception, the tower has been visited by over 250 million tourists from all around the world. The Tower is an architectural marvel which is over 324 meters. Popularly also known as “The Iron Lady”, the Eiffel Tower has become one of the modern wonders of the world.
Location: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Timings: 9 AM to 12.45 AM
- Without the Elevator: Adults (25+) 7 Euros
Kids & Teenagers (12-24) 5 Euros
Kids (4-11) 3 Euros
- With the Elevator: Adults (25+) 11 Euros
Kids & Teenagers (12-24) 8.50 Euros
Kids (4-11) 4 Euros
2. The Arc de Triomphe: Built over a period of 30 years in the mid-19th century, the Arc de Triomphe is a symbol of victory located in Place Charles de Gaulle in Paris. The monument which was built to honour Napoleon Bonaparte’s Army and their victory at Austerlitz attracts more than a million people from all around the world. With its historical and cultural importance, Arc de Triomphe is a prominent tourist attraction in Paris.
Location: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
Timings: 10 AM to 11 PM
Price: For citizens of the countries of the EU (European Union): No entry fee
For citizens of other countries: Adults: 12 Euros
Under 18: No entry fees
3. Notre Dame Cathedral: Notre Dame Cathedral is a historic Catholic cathedral in the heart of Paris city. It is over 800 years old and is considered one of the most beautiful churches in the world. The church is an example of the Gothic architecture of the medieval period.
Over the years, the Notre Dame Cathedral was reconstructed many times as it was partially damaged during the French Revolution. The church is considered holy among the Parisians as it was the funeral site of many French presidents and popular French citizens.
Location: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
Timings: Monday to Friday: 8 AM to 6.45 PM
Saturday to Sunday: 8 AM to 7.45 PM
Price: No entry fees.
Tower Entry Fees: 8.50 Euros
Crypt Entry Fees: 6 Euros
4. Sacré-Cœur Church: Sacré-Cœur Church or commonly called The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris is a Roman Catholic church. The church went through some serious reconstruction after World War I and many changes were made to the outer part of the church.
The church which looks like a castle is the second most popular tourist destination after the Eiffel Tower. Located on the hill of Montmartre, Sacré-Cœur Church is the highest church in Paris. From the foot of the church, one can get a 360-degree view of the city and various monuments.
Location: 35, Rue Du Chevalier, Sacré-Cœur, 75018 Paris, France
Timings: 8.30 AM to 8 PM (May to September)
9 AM to 5 PM (October to April)
Price: Free visit to the basilica
Dome visit charges: Adults: 6 Euros
Child: 4 Euros
5. Montmartre Paris: Montmartre is a hilly suburb in the city which is home to beautiful churches like Sacré-Cœur Church and Saint Pierre de Montmartre. Montmartre is over 430 ft. in height and is one of the beautiful locations in the city.
The hill is often considered as the best place in Paris because of its beauty offering a 360-degree view of the city. The hill has many night clubs and is a very popular destination for nightlife in the city. Interestingly, many popular artists and painters in Paris had their house and studious in Montmartre.
Location: Montmartre, Paris 75018
Timings: Any time of the day
Price: No fee for Montmartre as it is an open area.
6. Musee d'Orsay
Musee d'Orsay is a museum and art-centre located near the river Seine. The museum is one of the most visited museums in Europe. It has paintings and art collections of artists like Manet, Monet, Cézanne, Degas, Seurat, Renoir, Sisley, Gauguin, and Vincent Van Gogh. Musee d'Orsay has more than 2000 paintings and 600+ sculptors open to public viewing.
Location: 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
Timings: 9.30 AM to 6 PM (Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday)
Price: 14 Euros per person
11 people who are accompanied by an under 18 person.
Free entry for kids.
7. Champs Elysées: Avenue Champs Elysees is a grand avenue located between the popular tourist places of Arc de Triomphe, Place Charles de Gaulle and Place de la Concorde. Champs Elysées is a very popular street among tourists and the Parisians and is a shoppers paradise and a hub of many luxuries shopping centres. It hosts the annual Bastille Day Military Parade and is also the ending spot of the Tour de France cycle race.
Location: Champs Elysées, Paris, France
Timings: The place is open 24 hours but most of the shops in Champs Elysées are open from 10 AM to 8 PM.
Price: No entry fees to visit Champs Elysées.
8. Jardin d'Acclimatation: Originally a zoo, Jardin d'Acclimatation is an amusement park located in Bois de Boulogne. It is more than 150 years old and is home to many fun activities like archery, shooting, etc. Many places and activities in Jardin d'Acclimatation are specially made and designed for children like a narrow-gauge train, mini-golf course, pony ride, puppet theatre, etc. Other than these things, the park also has a science and art museum.
Location: Bois de Boulogne, Route de la Porte Dauphine à la Porte des Sablons, 75116 Paris, France
Timings: 10 AM to 5.30 PM
Price: 60 Euros per person.
30 Euros per person (limited rides)
26 Euros per person (If in a group of more than 10 persons)
9. Panthéon: Panthéon is a grand building which is located at the top of Sainte-Geneviève hill in Paris. The building is similar to that of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. More than 200 years old, the Panthéon is a neo-classical monument and is a popular place among International tourists.
Location: Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris, France
Timings: 10 AM to 6.30 PM
Price: Adults: 7-9 Euros
Kids: Free entry
3 Euros extra to access the upper part of the building.
10. Luxembourg Gardens: Luxembourg Gardens or Jardin du Luxembourg is a 23-hectare garden which is over 400 years old. The gardens are heavily decorated with many statues and fountains. Tourists from around the world visit the place.
Location: Luxembourg Gardens, Paris 75006
Timings: 7.30 AM to 8.15 AM and 4.30 PM to 9,30 PM
Price: No entry fee for the garden but the entry fee for the children playing area is 2.50 Euros per child and 1.50 Euros per adult.