Paris, one of the cleanliest cities of the world, has so much to offer. Visitors to Paris must venture out of their hotels and explore some of the best known attractions in the world. Paris has so many tourist attractions that you’ll have hard time deciding which all attractions to cover and which one to keep for the next visit. Here are some top places you can’t afford to miss out in your very first visit.
1. Eiffel Tower
First, no trip would be complete without a tour of the iconic Eiffel Tower. This internationally recognized symbol of Paris is a must-see for first time visitors. Built for the 1889 World’s Fair, this one thousand foot tall monument is one of the most popular attractions in Paris. The view of the city from the top, especially at night, is breathtaking. The Palais de Chaillot and the Monet Museum are nearby.
Paris is also home to the Louvre, one of the world’s most well-known and important museums. Established in 1793, this former medieval fortress and palace is visited by over six million patrons each year. The museum’s priceless collection of historical artifacts, statuary and art includes the incomparable Mona Lisa. Located nearby are the beautiful Tuilleries Gardens and the Orangerie that houses the famous Water Lily paintings by Monet.
3. Latin Quarter
Visitors should spend time in the historic Latin Quarter. This home to the Sorbonne, the Pantheon, and several fabulous museums is considered to be the “intellectual capital” of the city. In the Saint Germain-des-Pres area, visitors will find a trendy mix of boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants. Fans of the Da Vinci Code should be on the lookout for the Saint-Sulpice church. The Luxembourg Gardens, a wonderful inner city park is also nearby.
4. Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral is located on the île de la Cite, one of two islands in the River Seine that are considered to be the historic heart of Paris. Visitors to this architectural wonder made famous by Victor Hugo’s Hunchback will view the Rose Windows, the Gallery of Kings and an inspiring view of the city and river from its parapet. Nearby attractions include the Palais de Justice which was made famous by the French Revolution, the Conciergerie where Queen Marie Antoinette was confined and the well-known Pont Neuf Bridge.
5. Champs Elysees
Tourists should stroll the Champs Elysees, the romantic heart of the City of Light. One of the most visited streets in the city, this world famous avenue is the location of the Arc de Triomphe, and a wonderful mix of shops, cafes and unparalleled ambiance.
Visitors will find a wide ranging mix of hotels located throughout the city that fit every taste and budget. From these vantage points, guests can experience all that Paris has to offer.