Paris is crowded with tourists at all times, so you will find very long queues at popular attractions. Get up early if you don’t like to waste time. Eiffel Tower and Chateau de Versailles seem to be most crowded.
If you want to visit many attractions in Paris, you should consider buying Paris Museum Pass. This offers great value, allowing you to enter more than 70 museums and monuments. The pass helps you to even skip queues at some attractions. It is best to buy Paris Museum Pass from a small museum, in order to avoid queues. You can find more information on the official website.
Arc de Triomphe (Triumph Arch) is located in Charles de Gaulle – Etoille square. This is a major traffic roundabout, with twelve boulevards emerging from this point. Along with Eiffel Tower, it is a symbol of the French capital. Don’t miss the opportunity to climb on top, you have a beautiful view of the city. You can see in much detail the buildings and boulevards nearby. Official website: arc-de-triomphe.monuments-nationaux.fr.
Assemblée Nationale is the building that houses the French parliament. It is not possible to visit it, but you can have a look on the outside. Official website: www.assemblee-nationale.fr.
Avenue de Champs-Elysées is the largest boulevard in Paris. It is a good location for walking, shopping, having a coffee or a drink or even eating in a nice restaurant. You can find here mainly luxury shops.
Chateau de Versailles is definitely a must-see. The palace was the home of the French kings. Not only the palace itself is impressive, but also the beautiful gardens with a lake. Don’t miss the Trianons, smaller palaces where the queen lived. Versailles palace and its surroundings are very big, so you should book a full day for the visit. It is located 20 km away from the city center, but is easily accessible by car or public transport. The most convenient way to get there is by train, it takes about 40 minutes. Official website: www.chateauversailles.fr.
Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower) is maybe the most important symbol of Paris. With its 324 m height, the tower offers an excellent view of Paris. You can stop at each of the three floors to admire the city. The elevators will take you up and down. This is one of the most crowded attraction in Paris, queues are sometimes a few hours long. Almost 7 million visitors come here every year. Getting up early is the best way to avoid them. Official website: www.tour-eiffel.fr.
Notre Dame Cathedral is another very popular attraction. You should visit it on the inside and you can also climb the two towers. Long queues form here, so come early. Don’t miss the crypt, it is located right in front of the cathedral. Many tourists miss it, as the entrance is not clearly advertised. Official website: www.notredamedeparis.fr.
La Défense is the business quarter of Paris. Buildings here have a very modern steel-and-glass architecture, in deep contrast with old buildings in the city. Here is a big shopping mall, with lots of well known brands, a nice food court and a supermarket. Grand Arche de la Défense is a modern replica of Arc de Triomphe. You can get on top of it for a beautiful view of the surroundings.
Le Louvre is a huge museum, with sculptures, paintings and a lot of other art exhibits. Queues can be pretty long, so come early. Depending on how much you want to get into detail, you might need a full day or even more to visit this museum. Official website: www.louvre.fr.
Pantheon is located in the Latin Quarter. It was once a church, but was transformed to a burial place for French Heroes. Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Marie Curie and others rest here. The well known Foucault Pendulum is exhibited here. Official website: www.pantheonparis.com.
Sacré Coeur is a beautiful church located on a hill. Besides the church itself, you can climb on the dome for a nice view of the city. You can also visit the crypt. Official website: www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com.
Montmartre is an old quarter where artists have lived. Many good restaurants are located here.
Le Moulin Rouge is the well known for its cancan shows and balls. Official website: www.moulinrouge.fr.
Sainte Chapelle is another church with an impressive interior. It is famous for its wonderful colored glass windows. When visiting Sainte Chapelle, you will pass a security check, so no dangerous metal objects are allowed. Official website: sainte-chapelle.monuments-nationaux.fr.
Centre George Pompidou is a center of modern art. The building itself is very interesting. You will find a lot of exhibitions inside, some of them so weird that you may hardly understand them. Official website: www.centrepompidou.fr.
Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie – La Villette is a very interesting science museum. You can see here how automobiles are built. You can also experiment 3D movies. There is also an IMAX cinema inside. Official website: www.cite-sciences.fr.
Picasso Museum is a must-see for fans of this artist.Official website: www.musee-picasso.fr.
Les Invalides is a arms and armor museum. You should visit this in order to see Napoleon’s tomb. Official website: www.invalides.org.
Musée de l’Orangerie is located in Jardins de Tuileries. It exhibits paintings of big French artists like Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Chaim Soutine. Official website: www.musee-orangerie.fr.
Musée d’Orsay is an art museum, located in an old railway station. Official website: www.musee-orsay.fr.
Le Palais Royal was home of French kings before moving to Versailles. Official website: www.palais-royal.org.
La Conciergerie is an ancient fortress and prison. You can see here the scene of Marie Antoinette’s imprisonment and execution. Official website: conciergerie.monuments-nationaux.fr.
La Bastille is located near Bastille subway station. Almost nothing has left from the fortress. You can see only some foundation stones.
Jardin des Plantes is the botanical garden of Paris. It is a very nice park where you can have a walk. A small zoo is located inside. You can also see here Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Natural History Museum). Official website: www.mnhn.fr.
Trocadéro is a place close to Tour Eiffel. There is a nice view from here, as it is located higher that the surroundings.
Bois de Boulogne is a huger park located in the outskirts. Parisians come here during weekends for walking and outdoor activities. It’s not a good place to be at night, as it becomes a red light district.
Disneyland is a great entertainment place, and it is not only for children! It is located out of the city, but is easily accesible by train. You need two days to fully visit Disneyland. Official website: www.disneylandparis.com.