Attractions and Places to Visit in France
Paris tourist attractions
Paris offers the largest concentration of tourist attractions in France, and possibly in Europe. Besides some of the world's most famous musuems, its has a vibrant historic city centre, a beautiful riverscape, an extensive range of historic monuments, including cathedrals, chapels and palaces, plus one of the most famous nightlife scenes in the world.
Paris is also famous for its cafés and restaurants, its theatres and cinemas, and its general ambiance.
The Eiffel tower - take the lift to the top, for a spectacular panorama of Paris. The tower is 317 metres high, over 1,000 ft.
Notre Dame cathedral - one of the finest gothic cathedrals in Europe. Entrance to the cathedral is free. Entrance to the towers is not, but is included in passes. Climb the 400 steps to the top of the towers .
La Sainte Chapelle, not far from Notre Dame. thirteenth century royal chapel, with remarkable stained glass windows. (included in passes)
The Arc de Triomphe - the largest triumphal arch in the world, commissioned by Napoleon. Another place with spectacular views over Paris. (included in passes)
Montmartre, and the Sacré Coeur. Narrow streets, filled with artists, round the 19th century basilica on top of a hill on the north edge of Paris.
Les Champs Elysées; one of the most famous streets in the world, a broad tree-lined boulevard. Enjoy a drink on a pavement café, but watch the prices !
Seine river boats (les bateaux mouche). Take a trip on one of the famous Seine river boats, and see Paris from the river. Departures from the Pont Neuf. Or use the Batobus, daily and weekly passes from 12 to 17 Euros.
Les Invalides A fine military museum, containing the tomb of Napoleon, and a remarkable collection of historic models of French cities (included in France Museum pass).
The Latin quarter; narrow streets, with lots of cafés and restaurants, antique shops and boutiques, near the Sorbonne university. Free!
La Cité des Sciences Paris 19 . Metro line 7 - Porte de la Villette. The Paris science museum, well worth a visit.
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, France 1°. Metro Louvre. Museum of decorative arts, close to the Louvre