Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower / Shelby Steward (Flickr)

A worldwide known symbol of France, this is a must-see attraction if it’s your first time in Paris. The Eiffel Tower, built in 1889, is a wrought iron tower that stands 324 metres tall.

Today, over a century old, the Eiffel Tower has become a global cultural icon and the most visited paid monument in the world.

On the first floor you can discover the tower’s history and take a tour of the Parisian monuments. With its 360° view over Paris, the second floor is perfect to enjoy the exceptional views of the city and the Seine River.

💰 Fares (adults)
Lift entrance ticket with access to the top (all 3 floors) – €17.
Lift entrance ticket with access to 2nd floor – €11.
Stairs entrance ticket (valid to 2nd floor) – €7.

🕑 Open Hours
From mid-June to early September: 9:00 am to midnight.
The rest of the year: 9:30 am – 11:00 pm.

📍 Location
Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris.
Metro: Trocadéro (L9), Bir-Hakeim (L6).
RER: Champs de Mars – Tour Eiffel (Line C).

Places nearby
🚩 Champ de Mars
🚩 Musée d’Art Moderne
🚩 Musée du Quai Branly
🚩 Avenue des Champs-Élysées
🚩 Les Invalides

More information and tickets on linewww.toureiffel.paris/en.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame
Notre Dame / Henry_Marion (Flickr)

Built between 1163 and 1245, Notre-Dame Cathedral is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité and one of the finest examples of the French gothic architecture.

The cathedral has two towers that visitors can climb to the top. Apart from the impressive views of Paris that may be observed from there, you can visit the bell tower (where the Hunchback of Notre Dame lived) and see the cathedral’s famous gargoyles.

💰 Fares
Cathedral: free entry.
Notre-Dame towers: €10 (adults) / Free entry (18–25 years old EU citizens).

🕑 Open Hours (Cathedral)
Every day from 8:00 am to 6:45 pm.
Saturday & Sunday: until 7:15 pm.

🕑 Notre-Dame Towers
From April to September:
Every day from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm.

📍 Location
6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris.
MetroSaint-Michel – Notre-Dame or Cité (L4), Maubert-Mutualité or Cluny – La Sorbonne (L10).
RER: Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame (Line B and C).

Places nearby
🚩 Latin Quarter in Paris
🚩 Île Saint-Louis
🚩 Conciergerie
🚩 Sainte Chapelle
🚩 Institut du Monde Arabe

More informationwww.tours-notre-dame-de-paris.fr/en.

The Panthéon

The Panthéon
The Panthéon / Baptiste Lafontaine (Flickr)

Located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, The Panthéon was originally built as a church and was the first building that offered a panoramic view over France’s capital.

After many changes, now The Panthéon functions as a mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens such as Voltaire, Rousseau, Marie Curie, or Jean Monnet (among many others).

This masterpiece of the architect Soufflot was inspired by the Pantheon commissioned by the Roman architect Agrippa in Rome.

💰 Fares
Adults: €9
18–25 years old EU citizens: free entry.

🕑 Open Hours
From April to September:
Every day from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm.

📍 Location
Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris.
MetroCardinal Lemoine (L10).
RER: Luxembourg (Line B).

Places nearby
🚩 Latin Quarter
🚩 Jardin du Luxembourg
🚩 Notre-Dame Cathedral
🚩 Île Saint-Louis

More information: www.paris-pantheon.fr/en.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe / Daxis (Flickr)

Along with the Eiffel Tower, the two-century-old Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris and a key place of major national events.

Wanted by Napoleon in 1806, the Arc de Triomphe was inaugurated in 1836 by French king, Louis-Philippe. It honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

Although this arch doesn’t stand as high as the Eiffel Tower, its views are stunning too.

💰 Fares
Adults: €12
18–25 years old EU citizens: free entry.

🕑 Open Hours
From April to September:
Every day from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm.

📍 Location
Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris.
MetroCharles-de-Gaulle-Etoile (L1, 2, and 6).
RERCharles-de-Gaulle-Etoile (Line A).

Places nearby
🚩 Musée Guimet
🚩 Musée d’Art Moderne
🚩 Champs-Élysées

More informationwww.paris-arc-de-triomphe.fr/en.

Musée du Louvre

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The Louvre is a historic monument in Paris and the world’s second most visited museum. It is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the 12th century.

The Louvre’s enormous collection is organised by themes in different departments.

Some of the most impressive paintings and sculptures are Venus de Milo, an ancient Greek statue; The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci; Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix; or the Hellenistic sculpture The Winged Victory of Samothrace.

💰 Fares
Adults: €15
18–25 years old EU citizens and visitors under the age of 18: free entry.

🕑 Open Hours
Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Wednesday, Friday: until 9:45 pm.
Closed on Tuesdays.

📍 Location
Musée du Louvre, 75058 Paris.
MetroPalais-Royal Musée du Louvre (L1 and 7).

Places nearby
🚩 Palais-Royal
🚩 Jardin des Tuileries
🚩 Musée d’Orsay

More information: www.louvre.fr/en.

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur

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The Basilique du Sacré-Coeur is a Catholic church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and one of the most important religious buildings in Paris.

Situated on the top of Montmartre, it offers an incredible panoramic view of the city. In the surrounding areas of the Basilique (also known as the painter’s neighborhood) you will also find a lot of restaurants and stores.

💰 Fares
Free entry

🕑 Open Hours
Every day from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm.

📍 Location
35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris.
Metro: Anvers (L2), Abbesses (L12).
Montmartre Funicular.

Places nearby
🚩 Montmartre
🚩 The Vineyard of Montmartre
🚩 Espace Dalí

More information: www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com.

Views from The Arab World Institute

Institute du Monde Arabe
Institute du Monde Arabe / Marcella (Flickr)

One of Paris’ best views of Notre Dame and the Seine, is from the roof of the Institut du Monde Arabe, a beautiful museum that houses a selection of exhibits on art, history, and culture of the Arab world.

You can go up to the terrace on the ninth floor for free to enjoy the great views or, of course, you can have something to eat at the restaurants up there. Yes, you can lunch or dine with Paris at your feet!

💰 Fares (Museum)
Adults: €8
EU citizens under 26 years old: free entry.

🕑 Open Hours (Museum)
Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Saturday & Sunday: until 7:00 pm.

🕑 Restaurants
Le Zyriab (Floor 9): from 12:00 pm to midnight.
Self (Floor 9): from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

🕑 Panoramic Terrace
Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

📍 Location
1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, 75005 Paris.
Metro: Jussieu (L7 and 10) or Cardinal Lemoine (L10)

Places nearby
🚩 Île Saint-Louis
🚩 Île de la Cité
🚩 Notre Dame Cathedral

More informationwww.imarabe.org/en.

Musée d’Orsay

Musée d’Orsay
Musée d’Orsay / Shadowgate (Flickr)

The Musée d’Orsay features the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings in the world, as well as a vast collection of sculptures, decorative arts and architectural elements.

It covers the artistic period between the works of art found in the Louvre and those in the Centre Pompidou.

The Museum is located in an ancient railway station that was opened in Paris in 1900: Gare d’Orsay (Orsay Station).

💰 Fares
Adults: 12€
18–25 years old EU citizens and visitors under the age of 18: free entry.

🕑 Open Hours
Tuesday to Sunday: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm.
Thursdays until 9:45 pm.
Closed on Mondays.

📍 Location
62, Rue de Lille, 75343 Paris.
Metro: Solferino (L12).
RER: Musée d´Orsay (Line C).

Places nearby
🚩 Jardin des Tuileries
🚩 Place de la Concorde
🚩 Musée du Louvre

More information: www.musee-orsay.fr/en.

Les Invalides

Les Invalides
Les Invalides / Justin A. Wilcox (Flickr)

Les Invalides, also known as L’Hôtel National des Invalides, is a complex of buildings that contains museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France. It was designed as a home and hospital for retired French soldiers.

There you can visit the Musée de l’Armée (Military Museum of the Army of France) or the Dôme des Invalides, a church with the burial site for Napoleon Bonaparte.

💰 Fares
Adults: €11
18–25 years old EU citizens: free entry.

🕑 Open Hours
From April to October:
Every day from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

📍 Location
129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
Metro: Invalides (L8 and 13).
RER: Invalides (Line C).

Places nearby
🚩 Musée Rodin
🚩 Champs de Mars

More information: www.musee-armee.fr/lhotel-des-invalides.html

Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou

The Centre Georges Pompidou features some of the best contemporary and modern art collections in the world.

Apart from the National Museum of Modern Art, the Pompidou houses a Public Information Library and a centre for music and acoustic research (IRCAM).

Because of its location in one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Paris, the Centre is known locally as Beaubourg.

💰 Fares
Adults: 14€
18–25 years old EU citizens and visitors under the age of 18: free entry.

🕑 Open Hours
Wednesday – Monday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm.
Thursday: until 11:00 pm (only exhibitions on level 6).
Closed on Tuesdays.

📍 Location
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris.
Metro: Rambuteau (L11), Hôtel de Ville (L1 and 11) or Châtelet (L1, 4, 7, 11 and 14).
RER: Châtelet – Les Halles (Lines A, B and D)

Places nearby
🚩 Musée Picasso
🚩 Île de la Cité
🚩 Sainte Chapelle

More information:
www.centrepompidou.fr/en.