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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Paris

Paris - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Paris
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The capital of France attracts more visitors with every passing year, and with good reason! At once romantic, prestigious, lively, vibrant, creative and incredibly rich in culture and architecture, the city of Paris is brimming with countless attractions. Its various districts, all very different from each other, and its plethora of museums, exceptional monuments, magnificent parks, designer boutiques, Art Déco brasseries, typical little bistros and old bookshops are sure to enchant you. Art-lovers can’t help but be seduced by the masterpieces at the Louvre, the Impressionist collections of the Orsay Museum, the canvases and sculptures at the Picasso Museum, or the paintings at the Carnavalet Museum. There is plenty of architectural heritage too, and the greatest eras of history have made their mark all over Paris. From Antiquity, with the Gallo-Roman thermal baths in Cluny, to the 19th century with the unmissable Eiffel Tower and the majestic Arc de Triompe, through the Middle Ages with the famous cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris and the picturesque John the Fearless Tower, visitors in search of sightseeing are spoilt for choice! And after a pleasant walk on the banks of the Seine or along the peaceful paths in the Garden of Plants, Monceau Park or the Tuileries Garden, you surely won’t want ever want to leave this charming and splendid city of a thousand faces!

Geographical information

MunicipalityParis
Postcode75000
Latitude48.8546750 (N 48° 51’ 17”)
Longitude2.3477270 (E 2° 20’ 52”)
Surface area105.40 km²
Population2274880 inhabitants
Density21583 inhabitants/km²
Insee code75056
DepartmentParis
RegionIle-de-France

Nearest cities & towns

Montrouge6 km (16 min)
La Plaine-Saint-Denis6.5 km (15 min)
Le Pré-Saint-Gervais6.8 km (18 min)
Clichy6.9 km (19 min)
Saint-Ouen7 km (18 min)
Pantin7 km (19 min)
Malakoff7 km (17 min)
Neuilly-sur-Seine7.4 km (17 min)
Vanves7.5 km (18 min)
Charenton-le-Pont7.5 km (15 min)

Things to see and do

Montmartre
All the charm of Paris in a picturesque district with a unique atmosphere!
The Garnier Opera House
A sumptuous palace at the heart of the French capital
The Eiffel Tower
The ultimate symbol of Paris
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris
A masterpiece of Gothic Art!
The Cluny Museum
A trip back to the medieval era at the heart of Paris
The Champs-Élysées
The most beautiful avenue in Paris reveals its sumptuous façades and luxury boutiques
The Arc de Triomphe
An impressive monument paying tribute to Napoleon Bonaparte's Great Army
Church of St Eustace
A very beautiful building combining Gothic architecture and Renaissance décor
The banks of the Seine
A destination full of romantic charm…
The Nissim-de-Camondo Musuem
A splendid place devoted to 18th-century French decorative art
The Guimet National Museum of Asian Art
Its collection will lead you on an exciting journey to the heart of Asia…
The Centre Pompidou
A leading centre for modern and contemporary art
Place des Vosges
A charming spot at the heart of the historic Marais district…
The Louvre Museum
Discover the countless collections of the world's biggest museum!
The Ile de la Cité Island
The ancient birthplace of the French capital
Les Invalides hospital
A major national memorial site
The Marais
A district that's both hip and historic
Saint-Germain-des-Prés
This famous district on the left bank has a unique atmosphere
The Orsay Museum
Its collection of Impressionist art is the biggest in the world!
The Sainte-Chapelle Holy Chapel
This radiant Gothic gem contains sumptuous stained glass windows
The Montparnasse Tower
From the top you can enjoy some of Paris' most beautiful views!
Père-Lachaise Cemetery
This famous cemetery contains the tombs of many famous figures
The Latin quarter
A hub of culture and knowledge
Place de la Concorde
The biggest and most majestic square in Paris!
The Panthéon
A monument to the memory of the nation's great people
Bagatelle Park
A charming place nestling at the heart of the Boulogne Wood
The Jardin des Plantes Garden
A haven of greenery right at the heart of Paris
The Church of St Germain the Auxerrois
A superb example of religious architecture!
The National Museum of Natural History
Let its famous Evolution Gallery take you on an amazing journey through time…
The Arab World Institute
A wonderful journey to the heart of Arabic culture
Luxembourg Garden
A haven of peace and greenery at the heart of Paris
The St Louis Island
A haven of peace with a village atmosphere
The Royal Abbey of Val-de-Grâce
An impressive example of the Baroque classical style
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Montmartre
An unmissable sight on Montmartre hill!
The Conciergerie
A step back in time to explore historic Paris!
Boulevard Haussmann and its department stores
A temple of shopping!
Monceau Park
One of the most elegant gardens in Paris
The Church of St Stephen on the Mount
This magnificent Gothic and Renaissance edifice contains a sumptuous sculpted jube
Paris Zoological Park
A journey around the world, exploring the biodiversity of our planet
The National Picasso Museum-Paris
One of the world's greatest collections of works by Pablo Picasso!
André Citroën Park
A large contemporary garden that's a lovely place to relax
La Villette Park
The biggest urban cultural park in the capital!
The Tuileries Garden
A magnificent French formal garden at the heart of Paris
The covered passages of Paris
Galleries full of period charm covered by elegant glass roofs
Odéon
A lively district at the heart of Paris' 6th arrondissement
The Bourdelle Museum
A charming studio-museum devoted to the famous sculptor
The City of Science and Industry
A unique place dedicated to scientific, technical and industrial culture
Champ-de-Mars Garden
A haven of greenery with a direct view of the Eiffel Tower!
Paris Floral Park
A paradise for lovers of gardens and botany
Marmottan Monet Museum
This famous museum is a delight for lovers of Impressionist art
Boulogne Wood
A refreshing green space with many attractions!
The Beaubourg district
A lively district famed for its modern and contemporary art centre
The National Museum of Modern Art in Paris
Art from the 20th and 21st centuries on display at the Tokyo Palace
The Palais-Royal Palace
Its garden is a peaceful haven
Alexander III Bridge
One of the most beautiful bridges in Paris!
The Church of St Sulpice
One of the biggest churches in Paris!
The Rodin Museum
A haven of peace devoted to the famous sculptor…
The Trocadéro
An oasis of greenery and culture opposite the Eiffel Tower!
Buttes-Chaumont Park
A charming, hilly park at the heart of the city…
The Carnavalet Museum
An exciting trip through the history of Paris over the centuries!
The Pont des Arts Bridge
The most romantic footbridge in Paris...
Vincennes Wood
The biggest green space in Paris!
The Petit Palais
This prestigious building houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts
Quai Branly Museum
Here you can admire remarkable collections from all over the world
The Gustave-Moreau Museum
An intimate and welcoming place dedicated to the famous Symbolist painter
Faubourg Saint-Germain
The district of ministries and the National Assembly
The National Library of France - Richelieu Site
Its rich collections enjoy a prestigious setting
The Museum of Arts and Trades
Its industrial and technological collection is among the oldest in the world!
The Orangerie Museum
This art museum houses Monet's exceptional Water Lilies series!
The Museum of Decorative Arts
Its prestigious collection of decorative arts is one of the biggest in the world!
The Grévin Museum
A host of celebrity waxworks to delight children and grownups alike!
Les Halles district
Enjoy its shopping and cultural leisure centre, Gothic church, pedestrian streets and more…
Place Vendôme
The centre of the jewellery business
The Gobelins Manufactory
Discover a major centre for French tapestry
The Passy district
A hip spot in the capital
Pigalle
The Moulin Rouge, a legendary place immortalised by Toulouse-Lautrec
The Shoah Memorial
A memorial site and a leading European institution specialising in the history of the Holocaust
The Saint-Jacques Tower
A superb example of the flamboyant Gothic style
The Asian quarter
One of the liveliest and most exotic corners of the capital!
The Palace of Discovery
A unique place entirely devoted to science!
Georges-Brassens Park
A haven of peace in tribute to the famous singer
Paris City Hall
A remarkable building in the neo-Renaissance style
The Arts Viaduct
A unique place famed for its art studios
La Campagne à Paris
An agreeable and charming little spot at the heart of the capital's 20th arrondissement
The Faubourg Saint-Antoine
This centre of the woodwork trade has some picturesque courtyards and passageways…
Belleville Park
This haven of greenery offers untrammelled views of Paris!
The John the Fearless Tower
The tallest medieval civil tower in Paris!
The Porte-Saint-Denis district
The lively Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis invites you to discover its picturesque passages!
The Paris Sewer Museum
Discover part of the capital's sewer networks!
Roland-Garros Museum
Tennis fans will be enthralled by this legendary site
The Madeleine Church
An imposing neoclassical edifice
Place de la Bastille
A major site of the French Revolution
The Oberkampf district
A party district enjoyed by Parisian night owls
Saint-Martin Canal
Its characterful banks are an inviting place for a stroll
Montsouris Park
A charming English-style garden
The Paris catacombs
One of the most mysterious and unusual sites in the capital!
Rue Mouffetard
A picturesque place with a lively atmosphere!
The Charonne district
This old village charms visitors with its cobbled streets and low-built houses
Place du Châtelet
A lively place, appreciated by lovers of opera and contemporary dance
Bercy Park
Discover its Parterres, Great Prairie and Romantic Garden!
The Mouzaïa district
A charming patch of countryside right at the heart of Paris' 19th arrondissement!
La Butte-aux-Cailles
A peaceful district with a village feel
Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré
One of the most luxurious streets in Paris!
The Grand Mosque of Paris
A magnificent building complex in the Hispano-Moresque style

Places of interest

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Natural sites
Performance halls
Transport

Events and festivities

Detailed information

International Agricultural Show
A real showcase for agriculture in all its diversityFrom 27 february to 6 march 2016
Paris Book Fair
A big cultural event for the book trades and readersFrom 17 to 20 march 2016
Paris Marathon
One of the world’s most high-profile races over the mythical distance of 42.195 km On 3 april 2016
Roland Garros
The international clay court tennis tournamentFrom 16 may to 5 june 2016
Solidays
A music event against AIDSFrom 24 to 26 june 2016
Nuit Blanche
A nocturnal art trail in the capitalOctober 2016
Paris Motor Show
The international show in Paris, where the vehicles of today and tomorrow are on displayOctober 2016

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
The Mysteries of Medieval Paris – Treasure hunt with a theatrical guide
Entertainment16 € Paris
The Mysteries of Medieval Paris: Treasure Hunt with a Theatrical Guide – Open ticket (valid until 31/12/16)
Entertainment16 € Paris
Discover French Culture on the Île de la Cité (in English)
Culture and education39 € Paris
Discover French Culture on the Île de la Cité – Private tour
Culture and education65 € Paris
After Hours Guided Tour of the Notre Dame Towers
Culture and education35 € Paris

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Paris illuminations
Cycling itineraryEasy2h00Paris
The edges of the Marne and Charles Trenet's house
HikeEasy4h00Joinville-le-Pont (9.5 km)
The open-air dance halls ('les guinguettes') of the edge of the Marne
All-terrain bike itineraryEasy50 minChampigny-sur-Marne (12.5 km)
Cave Art Path
HikeEasy1h30Le Vaudoué (57 km)
Historic trail in the town centre
Village visitEasy1h30La Ferté-sous-Jouarre (58 km)

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