Paris — the City of Light — has been a beacon of culture for centuries. As a world capital of art, fashion, food, literature, and ideas, it stands as a symbol of all the fine things human civilization can offer. Paris offers sweeping boulevards, riverside book stalls, world-class art galleries, and farmers markets. Sip un café crème with deconstructionists at a sidewalk café, then step into an Impressionist painting in a tree-lined park. Cruise the Seine, zip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and saunter down Avenue des Champs-Elysées. Master the Louvre and the Orsay. Save some after-dark energy for one of the world's most romantic cities.
At a Glance
▲▲▲ Notre-Dame Cathedral Paris' most beloved church is closed indefinitely.
▲▲▲ Sainte-Chapelle Gothic cathedral with glorious stained glass.
▲▲▲ Louvre Europe's oldest and greatest museum, starring Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.
▲▲▲ Orsay Museum Nineteenth-century art, including Europe's greatest Impressionist collection.
▲▲▲ Eiffel Tower Paris' soaring iron icon.
▲▲▲ Champs-Elysées Paris' grand boulevard.
▲▲▲ Versailles The ultimate royal palace (Château), with a Hall of Mirrors, vast gardens, a grand canal, plus a queen's playground (Trianon Palaces and Domaine de Marie-Antoinette).
▲▲ Espace Notre-Dame Cathedral restoration exhibit and virtual reality experience.
▲▲ Riverside Promenade and Paris Plages Traffic-free riverside areas for recreation and strolling; in summer, "beaches" add more fun.
▲▲ Orangerie Museum Monet's water lilies and modernist classics in a lovely setting.
▲▲ Rue Cler Ultimate Parisian market street.
▲▲ Army Museum and Napoleon's Tomb The emperor's imposing tomb, flanked by museums of France's wars.
▲▲ Rodin Museum Works by the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo, with many statues in a peaceful garden.
▲▲ Marmottan Museum Art museum focusing on Monet.
▲▲ Cluny Museum Medieval art with unicorn tapestries.
▲▲ Arc de Triomphe Triumphal arch marking start of Champs-Elysées.
▲▲ Opéra Garnier Grand belle époque theater with a modern ceiling by Chagall.
▲▲ Pompidou Center Modern art in colorful building with city views.
▲▲ Père Lachaise Cemetery Final home of Paris' illustrious dead.
▲▲ Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur Bohemian, hill-top neighborhood capped with a stunning white basilica and spectacular views.
▲▲ Carnavalet Museum Paris' history wrapped up in a 16th-century mansion.
▲ Picasso Museum Rotating Picasso exhibits filling a three-floor mansion.
▲ Panthéon Neoclassical monument and burial place of the famous.
▲ Ile St. Louis Residential island behind Notre-Dame known for its restaurants.