Attractions

Top Choice Landmark in Champs-Élysées & Grands Boulevards

Arc de Triomphe

If anything rivals the Eiffel Tower as the symbol of Paris, it’s this magnificent 1836 monument to Napoléon’s victory at Austerlitz (1805), which he commissioned the following year. The intricately sculpted triumpha…
Top Choice Museum in Eiffel Tower & Western Paris

Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine

This mammoth 23,000-sq-metre space is an ode on three floors to French architecture. The highlight is the light-filled ground floor with a beautiful collection of plaster and wood moulages (casts) of cathedral porta…
Top Choice Museum in Eiffel Tower & Western Paris

Musée du Quai Branly

No other museum in Paris so inspires travellers, armchair anthropologists and those who simply appreciate the beauty of traditional craftsmanship. A tribute to the diversity of human culture, Musée du Quai Branly pr…
Top Choice Museum in Louvre & Les Halles

Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou has amazed and delighted visitors ever since it opened in 1977, not just for its outstanding collection of modern art – the largest in Europe – but also for its radical architectural statement. T…
Top Choice Church in Louvre & Les Halles

Église St-Eustache

Just north of the gardens snuggling up to the city’s old marketplace, now the bustling Forum des Halles, is one of the most beautiful churches in Paris. Majestic, architecturally magnificent and musically outstandin…
Top Choice Cemetery in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Les Catacombes

Paris’ most macabre sight is its underground tunnels lined with skulls and bones. In 1785 it was decided to rectify the hygiene problems of Paris’ overflowing cemeteries by exhuming the bones and storing them in dis…
Top Choice Basilica in Montmartre & Northern Paris

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

Although some may poke fun at Sacré-Cœur’s unsubtle design, the view from its parvis is one of those perfect Paris postcards. More than just a basilica, Sacré-Cœur is a veritable experience, from the musicians perfo…
Top Choice Museum in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Musée Rodin

Sculptor, painter, sketcher, engraver and collector Auguste Rodin donated his entire collection to the French state in 1908 on the proviso that they dedicate his former workshop and showroom, the beautiful 1730 Hôte…
Top Choice Monument in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Hôtel des Invalides

Flanked by the 500m-long Esplanade des Invalides lawns, the Hôtel des Invalides was built in the 1670s by Louis XIV to house 4000 invalides (disabled war veterans). On 14 July 1789, a mob broke into the building and…
Top Choice Church in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Église St-Germain des Prés

Paris’ oldest standing church, the Romanesque St Germanus of the Fields, was built in the 11th century on the site of a 6th-century abbey and was the main place of worship in Paris until the arrival of Notre Dame. I…