Top Paris Attractions And Tourist Sights
Naturally the Eiffel Tower is the most acclaimed and visited of all Paris attractions. It’s actually the most visited monument in the world. But apart from the Eiffel Tower, there is a great number of other world-famous tourist attractions you can find in Paris.
There’s the Louvre, of course, the Arc of Triomphe, the Palace of Versailles, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Pantheon. And I think that each and everyone of them is worth a mention. So here’s my list of all I-think-you-must-definitely-visit Paris attractions.
The Louvre is the most visited art museum in the world. It was built as a fortress to defend Paris from the Anglo-Normans, and later, under the reigns of Louis XIII and Louis XIV, the Louvre saw a major expansion and a linking of palaces and halls, which make up the museum today.
The Louvre houses around 35,000 pieces of art across numerous departments including Near Eastern Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Paintings, Prints and Drawings.
Masterpieces by great artists such as Da Vinci and Delacroix are part of the pernament collection. The most famous artwork in the Louvre is the Mona Liza.
The Louvre Museum is open daily from 09:00 to 18:00 (Wednesday and Friday evenings until 22:00), and is closed on Tuesdays and public holidays. The entrance fee is 9.50 euros, unless you are using the Paris Pass, in which case admission is free.
Arc de Triomphe
It’s probably one of the most iconic of all Paris attractions. The Arc de Triomphe was built between 1809 and 1836 to commemorate the triumph of the Republican armies in the Napoleonic wars.
It stands at the Place de l’Etoile in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. Just beneath the Arc de Triomphe there’s the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I, a tribute to the soldiers who died during the war.
Engraved on the arch are the names of all the generals and wars fought. The arch is also carved with battle scenes and the names of Napoleon’s victories.
The Arc de Triomphe also offers some of the most fantastic views of Paris – from Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde, and the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, Tour Montparnasse, Montmartre, and the Grande Arche de la Défense.
It is open for visits from 10:00 to 23:00 in the months of April to September, and from 10:00 to 22:30 during the months of October to March.
For visitors not holding the Paris Pass, the entrance fee is 9 euros.
Château de Versailles
The Palace of Versailles (château in french) is one of the most beautiful achievements of fine 18th-century french art. The site was initially used by Louis XIII as a hunting lodge.
His son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, before moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Until 1789 it was the seat of power of the french monarchy.
The most interesting to see is the Grand Apartments of the King and Queen, where the Hall of Mirrors is, the Grand Trianon, Marie-Antoinette’s Estate, and of course, the Gardens and Park of the Château.
Admission is free for visitors under 18 years old, European Union residents under 26 years old, disabled persons and the person accompanying them (this does not apply to the shows, the Grandes Eaux, the late openings and certain exhibitions).
The palace is open daily (except Mondays) from 09:00 to 18:30 in high season (April 1 to October 31), and from 09:00 to 17:30 during the months of November to March.
More Paris Attractions
As of now, the Eiffel Tower is the only one of the major Paris attractions which does not accept any pass!
So, have in mind, that in order to enjoy other Paris attractions together with a visit to the Eiffel Tower, you should consider booking one of the Eiffel Tower tours that include a visit to the Eiffel Tower.