Attractions

Top Choice Landmark in Eiffel Tower & Western Paris

Eiffel Tower

No one could imagine Paris today without it. But Gustave Eiffel only constructed this elegant, 320m-tall signature spire as a temporary exhibit for the 1889 World's Fair. Luckily, the art nouveau tower’s popularity …
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 Historic Building in Champs-Élysées & Grands Boulevards

Palais Garnier

The fabled ‘phantom of the opera’ lurked in this opulent opera house designed in 1860 by Charles Garnier (then an unknown 35-year-old architect). Reserve a spot on a 90-minute English-language guided tour, or visit …
Notable Building in Montmartre & Northern Paris

Philharmonie de Paris

Silver birds flutter across the dazzling metal facade of Paris' futuristic Philharmonic, a striking piece of contemporary architecture designed by Jean Nouvel, unveiled in 2015 within the Cité de la Musique – Philha…
Architecture in Le Marais, Ménilmontant & Belleville

Hôtel de Ville

Paris’ beautiful town hall was gutted during the Paris Commune of 1871 and rebuilt in luxurious neo-Renaissance style between 1874 and 1882. The ornate façade is decorated with 108 statues of illustrious Parisians, …
Monument in The Islands

Conciergerie

A royal palace in the 14th century, the Conciergerie later became a prison. During the Reign of Terror (1793–94) alleged enemies of the Revolution were incarcerated here before being brought before the Revolutionary…
Historic Building in Le Marais, Ménilmontant & Belleville

Hôtel de Sully

In the southwestern corner of place des Vosges, duck beneath the arch to find two beautifully decorated, late-Renaissance courtyards festooned with allegorical reliefs of the seasons and the elements. It's the back …
Notable Building in Bastille & Eastern Paris

Opéra Bastille

Designed by architect Carlos Ott, this concrete, glass and steel opera house is Paris' largest, with a 2745-seat main auditorium. During his presidency, François Mitterrand instigated its creation as one of his gran…
Historic Building in Eiffel Tower & Western Paris

Palais de Chaillot

The two curved, colonnaded wings of this building (built for the 1937 International Expo) and central terrace afford an exceptional panorama of the Jardins du Trocadéro, Seine and Eiffel Tower. The eastern wing hous…
Monument in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Le Bateau Ivre

Arthur Rimbaud's 1871 poem Le Bateau Ivre (The Drunken Boat), depicting a fantastical and frightening sea voyage of a sinking boat from the first-person narration of the boat itself using rich imagery and symbolism,…