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Paris: The Top 50 Attractions

Paris – one of the most glamorous cities in the World, is also one of the most visited.  Full of history, dating back to the 3rd century BC, and with a current population of over 2 million, it is filled with amazing attractions, that will surely steal one’s breath away.

This article features the top sights of Paris – divided into 5 sections, from the top 10 to the top 50, one will find a vast range of the most amazing and visited places in Paris.  From museums, art galleries, important monuments, public squares, to the best parks, and even cemeteries – there is so much to explore in this glorious city of lights.

 Top 10:

1. Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower)

It’s hard to imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower – it is the number one sight that tourists from all over the World are coming to see in millions, every year, after all.  Officially completed in 1889 for a World’s fair event, this iconic tower was not very welcomed by the Parisians… in the beginning.  In fact, the tower was never even meant to be a permanent sight – it was due for a demolition just before the locals started arguing in favor of keeping it intact.

Since this is one of the most popular sights in Paris, it can be very crowded at any time of the year, even during the off-season months.  Therefore, here are some tips for visiting the Eiffel Tower:

  • Book your tickets online!  The official Tour Eiffel website sells the tickets up to 2-3 months in advance but they do tend to sell out rather quickly (all thanks to those third-party tour companies that re-sell the tickets later at an inflated price).  Therefore it is best to buy your ticket at a minimum 2-3 weeks in advance*.  Please note: all tickets are sold for a specific time slot only, so it is very important to get there on time.  If you are late for 30 minutes or more – you might not be allowed in.

*If you have missed the opportunity to buy your ticket through the official channel, it is still possible to buy it with a third party vendor.  The cons: of course it is more expensive (around 50 Euros); the pros: it includes a brief narrated history of the Eiffel Tower, and an explanation of the key landmarks visible from its 2nd floor observation deck, plus a guided entry!

  • Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France.
  • Time required: 2-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: mid-June to early September: 9:00am-12:00am (midnight); mid-September to early June: 9:30am-11:00pm.
  • Price: 17 Euros (to the top/summit, including the access to the 1st and 2nd floors), or 11 Euros (to the 2nd (and 1st) floors only).
  • Access: elevator, stairs optional (to the 2nd floor only).
  • Official website: http://www.toureiffel.paris

2. Musée du Louvre (Louvre Museum)

Just as we cannot imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower, we cannot imagine it without the Louvre museum.  Considered to be the largest museum in the World (filled with over 38,000 art pieces), one should definitely plan to spend a day here, or at least a half.

The museum itself was originally built as a fortress in the 12th century, which was then rebuilt into a palace, and later transformed into a museum which it remains in its current state.  Some of its most famous art installations include: Mona Lisa, St. John the Baptist and Virgin of the Rocks paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Death of the Virgin painting by Caravaggio, an ancient Greek statue of Venus de Milo, a beautiful Hellenistic statue of Nike of SamothracePsyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss statue (pictured above, in the middle), and many-many others.

No matter what one’s interests might be in – from an ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, or even Islamic arts, from oil paintings to marble statues, one will find an abundance of these and other works of art in the Louvre.

  • Address: Rue de Rivoli.
  • Time required: 4-5 hours (or more).
  • Hours of operation: Monday, Thursday, Saturday-Sunday: 9am-6pm; Wednesday, Friday: 9am-9:45pm; closed on Tuesdays (and some public holidays). 
  • Price: 15 Euros; free on the first Sunday of every month from October to March; free to all visitors under 18, as well as to visitors from 18-25 from European Union countries, as well as to some other groups (check the official website).
  • Official website: http://www.louvre.fr/en

3. Notre-Dame de Paris (“Our Lady of Paris”)

Notre Dame de Paris - Global StorybookAs many of us probably know, this World-renowned, beautiful, Gothic cathedral was the original inspiration behind Victor Hugo‘s famous novel by the name: “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”, published in 1831.  Besides serving as an inspiration for a brilliant book, what else is so special about this cathedral, you might wonder.  Notre-Dame is famous for being not only one of the oldest cathedrals in Paris (originally built in the late 13th century) but also for being one of the most “royal” ones.

This stunning cathedral has seen it all – from the coronations of Henry VI of England and Napoleon I, to the royal weddings, to even the beatification and canonization of Joan of Arc, among many other fascinating, historical events.  You can take a peak inside anytime during the cathedral’s visiting hours, or you can even climb up its narrow staircase to access an amazing view of Paris from above; visit the Treasury, where a number of historic artifacts is stored, or the Crypt underneath its square.

  • Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II.
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: Monday-Friday: 7:45am-6:45pm, Saturday-Sunday: 7:45am-7:15pm; The Towers (observation deck) are open: April to September: 10:00am-6:30pm; October to March: 10:00am-5:30pm.
  • Price: 10 Euros to access the Towers’ observation deck; the entrance to the Cathedral is free.
  • Official website: http://www.notredamedeparis.fr

4. Sacre Coeur Basilica (The Basilica of Sacred Heart)

The Basilica of Sacred Heart is dedicated to the sacred heart of Jesus, completed in the early 20th century, it is still an active church with a daily mass.  It is located on the highest hill of the city, offering some outstanding 360-degree, panoramic views from its base as well as its dome.  Also, because of its prime location, it is clearly visible from almost any point in the city.

The area around the Basilica is a favorite hang-out spot, where you will not only see hundreds of tourists, but also some local students, teenagers, and various street artists spread across its main stairs and the lawn.

  • Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre.
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: May to September: 8:30am-8:00pm; October to April: 9:00am-5:00pm.
  • Price: 6 Euros to access the dome; the entrance to the Basilica is free.
  • Official website: http://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com

5. Avenue des Champs-Élysées (Avenue of the ‘Elysian Fields’)

Champs-Elysees, Paris - Global StorybookThis beautiful, 70 meters (230 feet) wide, 1.9 kilometers (1.2 miles) long boulevard is famous for many things – including its numerous stores, from the luxury brands of Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hugo Boss, to the more affordable H&M, Zara, and Nike.  Besides the shops, cafes, and theaters, it is known as the place where the Tour de France finishes its famous annual cycling race.

One might also recognize its name by the popular song of the 1960s, sang by Joe Dassin, called Les Champs-Élysées.

The avenue is located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, stretching all the way from the Arc de Triomphe (sight #7) on one end, to the Place de la Concorde (sight #18) on the other.

6. Musée d’Orsay (Museum d’Orsay)

Located in an old (no longer functioning) railway station by the name Gare d’Orsay, which was finished in the early 20th century, this is one of the most important museums of Paris.  Hosting a number of key paintings, sculptures, and other artworks, from Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Gauguin, and Cezanne, to many others, this beautiful place should be on everyone’s bucket list.

In addition to the famous artwork filling the walls of this museum, the building itself is a marvelous sight.  One of its most prized possessions is the stunning Musée d’Orsay Clock, hanging right on top of the main entrance.  The top floor has two additional clocks made of glass, offering a beautiful view of the city.

  • Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur.
  • Time required: 2-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: Tuesday-Sunday: 9:30am-6pm, open late on Thursdays: until 9:45pm; closed on Mondays and some public holidays.
  • Price: 12 Euros for a regular ticket; 9 Euros from 4:30pm Tuesday-Wednesday, Friday-Sunday, from 6:30pm on Thursdays, and for anyone aged 18-25, not belonging to one of the European Union countries; free on the first Sunday of every month, to anyone under the age of 18, and to anyone aged 18-25 who is from one of the European Union countries.
  • Official website: http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/home.html

7. Arc De Triomphe (Triumphal Arch)

Unarguably, one the most recognizable sights in Paris, Arc de Triomphe was erected in the honor of all those who died defending the nation during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars.  It measures around 50 meters in height and 40 meters in width, and also offers some incredible panoramic views over Paris.

Arc’s unique position at the intersection of twelve different avenues has proudly established its reputation for being one of the most dangerous, as well as hectic driving spots in Paris.  In fact, there’s even this saying: “if you can drive here, you can drive pretty much anywhere in the World”.

  • Address: Place Charles de Gaulle.
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: April to September: 10:00am-11:00pm; October to March: 10:00am-10:30pm.
  • Price: 12 Euros (to access the observation deck).
  • Official website: http://www.paris-arc-de-triomphe.fr/en

8. Trocadero + Palais de Chaillot (Chaillot Palace)

Considered to be one of the most picturesque spots in Paris – Trocadero and the Palais de Chaillot, is one of the most beloved places for wedding and engagement photos, as well as other popular events.

The modern Palais de Chaillot was built in the late 1930s for an international exposition of 1937, replacing an older one called Palais du Trocadéro.  It’s now a host to several museums, including: Musée de l’Homme (museum of ethnology), Musée National de la Marine (naval museum), and some others, and even has its own theater: Théâtre national de Chaillot, which is one of the largest concert hall in Paris.

P.S. It is also one of the most beautiful and famous sights to take a sunrise photo over the Eiffel Tower, that is, if you can wake up that early in a day.

9. Parc du Champ-de-Mars (Champ-de-Mars Park)

Champ de Mars - Global StorybookThis beautiful park, located right in front of the Eiffel Tower is especially scenic during the Spring time, when all the greenery around it starts to blossom.  Before it was converted into a large park, the area of Champ de Mars was divided and used as small, public gardening lots by various locals.  It is now one of the most beloved spots for a romantic picnic, with an unbeatable view.

P.S. Yes, you can even bring your own bottle of wine, or a beer.

10. Jardin des Tuileries (the Tuileries Garden)

Located right in the heart of Paris, Jardin des Tuileries was once a private, royal garden, which had only been open to public since, well… French Revolution.  Commissioned by the infamous French (Italian by birth) Queen, Catherine Medici, it is now one of the most beloved Parisian parks, frequented not only tourists, but also by numerous locals, regardless the season.

The garden is filled with numerous trees, statues, benches, chairs, and several ponds; it also has a seasonal, rotating, observation wheel (“Concord Carousel”) which is installed at one entrance of the park, from mid-Spring to the early Fall.

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11. Montmartre

Montmartre is hill and a neighborhood in Paris (to which the hill has ‘landed’ its name), where a number of important sights, such as Sacred Coeur (sight #4) and Moulin Rouge (sight #36) are located.  This beautiful neighborhood has always been considered the ‘Bohemian’ part of town, home to numerous artists, singers, composers, and writers, it is also known for its nightlife.  In fact, some of the World’s famous painters had a studio, or lived in Montmarte at one point in time, including: Claude Monet, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, and many others.

This charming neighborhood is one of the most vibrant areas in Paris, and is home to a number of interesting museums, exhibitions, art galleries, parks, churches, and even a… cemetery.  Walking through its numerous winding streets can give one a sense of what Paris used to be like, when it was filled with some of the World’s most talented artists.

12. Ile de Cite (“City Island”)

There are two small, though picturesque, natural islands located right in the heart of Paris, between its two banks.  One of them is called Ile de la Cité, and it is home to two of Paris’s most significant attractions: Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral (sight #3) and the formidable political prison (now a museum and a government office) of Conciergerie (sight #14).

Despite its tiny size, the island has a number of residential buildings, where a small minority of locals (under a thousand) lives today.  This beautiful, narrow island was actually once one of the oldest settlements in Paris.  One can easily walk around it in under an hour, though it is strongly recommended to visit it after dark, as soon as the city lights up – then the island looks especially magical and charming.

Another interesting thing to note about this island is that it is literally “the heart of Paris”, since all the roads start their calculations from the square across Notre-Dame Cathedral.

  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.

13. Les Invalides (The National Residence of the Invalids)

This beautiful, large structure is actually a collection of several exhibitions, cafes and a church, most famous for one thing: the tomb of Napoleon, which is located inside the church, right under its gorgeous, golden dome.  It was built in the second half of the 17th century, to be used as a hospital for sick soldiers, hence the name “les invalides” – “the disabled”.

This complex of buildings is dedicated to the history of French military, under the name Musée de l’Armée (Museum of the Army), it is one of the most frequently visited sites in Paris.  Some of its most distinguished collections include: “Antique Arms and Armors” – which contains a number of antique rifles, cannons, pistols, and other weapons, as well as protective armor and headgear; “The Two World Wars” – a collection of photographs, documents, videos, uniforms, clothes and other memorabilia from the two World Wars; as well as: “From Louis XIV to Napoleon III”“Charles de Gaulle Historial”, and other interesting exhibitions.

  • Address: Place des Invalides.
  • Time required: 2-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: April-October: Monday-Sunday: 10am-6pm; November-March: 10am-5pm; closed on some public holidays, and on the first Monday of a month (except July, August and September).
  • Price: 12 Euros for a regular ticket, 8.50 Euros for a reduced admission; free to anyone under the age of 18.
  • Official website: http://www.musee-armee.fr/en/english-version.html

14. Conciergerie

This grand, Medieval ‘castle’ was once a royal residence, and later a gruesome prison, where the last Queen of France, Marie-Antoinette, spent her final 73 days, before she was decapitated.  Besides its most famous resident, this prison once hosted thousands of prisoners, some of them were convicted for murder, some for robbery, some for political ‘disturbances’ and some were even… completely innocent of any crime.  The judicial system was not functioning very well (before the French Revolution) and anyone could become a potential suspect, get imprisoned, and sometimes even face a death sentence.

Conciergerie was still a functioning prison up until the early 20th century.  It was then converted into a museum, though only a tiny portion of it is open to public.  Its most famous attraction is the cell of Marie-Antoinette, but it also has a very interesting and moving exhibition about the French Revolution in general.

  • Address: 2 Boulevard du Palais.
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: every day 9:30am-6pm; closed on some public holidays.
  • Price: 9 Euros for a regular ticket; 7 Euros for a discounted ticket; combined ticket with Sainte-Chapelle (sight #47): 15 Euros.
  • Official website: http://www.paris-conciergerie.fr/en/
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15. Pont Alexandre III (Bridge of Alexander III)

Undoubtedly, one of the prettiest bridges in Paris, Pont Alexander III, was built at the every end of the 19th century.  It was named after the Russian Tsar, Alexander III, in the honor of a newly established alliance between the two countries.

Because of its stunning beauty, the bridge has been featured in a number of different films, and even music videos, including: Woody Allen’s film “Midnight in Paris” and Adele’s music video “Someone Like You”.

As a matter of convenience – this beautiful bridge has two of Paris’s top sights located on both of its sides, facing each other: Les Invalides (sight #13) and the Grand Palais (sight #21).

  • Address: Pont Alexandre III.
  • Time required: 30 minutes.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.

16. Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Garden)

Jardin du Luxembourg is a true jewel of Paris – it is one of the most picturesque parks in town.  Located opposite the Luxembourg Palace, which now hosts French Senate, it has limited opening hours, like most of the parks in Paris.

It is somewhat similar in design to the Jardin des Tuileries (sight #10), though it is much less touristy, which is a positive note for a large and popular city like Paris.  Like Tuileries, it is also filled with beautiful greenery, statues, benches and a circular pond, and it is one of the most beloved places for locals to read a book, or a newspaper in, or just relax, and hang out.

  • Address: Rue de Médicis – Rue de Vaugirard.
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: 7:30-8am – 4:30-9:30pm depending on the season.
  • Price: free.

17. Panthéon

Located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, Pantheon was originally built as a Cathedral and only later converted into a mausoleum, where a number of famous and accomplished people have found their final resting place.  Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Emile Zola, Alexander Dumas, Marie Curie are just some of those famous names that you can encounter in this grand building.

This beautiful sight was completed at the end of the 18th century; its facade was modeled on the original Pantheon in Rome, and its gorgeous dome offers some incredible panoramic views over Paris from above (just don’t forget to buy a separate ticket, if you are interested in accessing them).

  • Address: Place du Panthéon.
  • Time required: 1,5-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: 10:00am-6:00pm.
  • Price: 8,50 Euros (regular entrance), plus 2 Euros extra (to access the dome – on a guided tour only, offered every hour in English and French).
  • Official website: http://www.pantheonparis.com

18. Place de la Concorde

It was once the place where Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI, as well as thousands of others, less famous people were publicly executed.  In fact, it even used to be called the Place de la Révolution.  It is now one of the largest public squares in Paris, as well as one of its most famous and beautiful.

Three of its most striking features are the two gorgeous fountains, and a tall, striking needle – an Obelisk, which was a gift from Egypt, in the 19th century.  From late Spring until early Fall – there’s also a rotating observation wheel, called ‘Concorde Carousel’, or a ‘Grand Carousel’, offering incredible views over Paris, and especially the Jardin des Tuileries (sight #10).

  • Time required: 30 minutes or less.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.

19. Centre Georges Pompidou (Pompidou Center)

Centre Pompidou is the largest modern art museum in Europe, and it was named after the French president, Georges Pompidou, who commissioned it in 1971.  Some of its most famous installations include famous artists, like: Salvador Dali, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and numerous others.

In addition to the museum, there’s also a large public library, accessible to everyone.  The top floors of this futuristic museum offer a stunning panoramic view, and are accessible for a small fee of 5 Euros to those who decide not to visit the exhibitions.

  • Address: Place Georges-Pompidou.
  • Time required: 1-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: Wednesday-Monday: 10am-11pm; closed on Tuesdays and the 1st of May.
  • Price: 14 Euros (regular ticket), 11 Euros (reduced ticket); free on the first Sunday of every month.
  • Official website: https://www.centrepompidou.fr/en

20. Tour Montparnasse (Montparnasse Tower)

This modern skyscraper, the only one of its kind located right in Paris, is 210 meters tall, and offers fantastic panoramic views of the entire city, from the top of its observation deck.  Montparnasse Tower was built fairly recently, in 1973.  Though it is not liked by Parisians much, who consider it “the sore in an eye” – it was once the pride of the city, since it was the tallest building in France, until 2011.

The open-deck rooftop is located on the 59th floor, and the views that it offers are especially glamorous in the evening, when Paris finally rises up to its famous expectation, transforming into the true “city of lights”.

  • Address: 33 Avenue du Maine.
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: April to September: 9:30am-11:30pm; October to March: 9:00am-10:30pm (last admission 30 minutes before the closing time).
  • Price: 15 Euros.
  • Official website: http://www.tourmontparnasse56.com/en/

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21. Grand Palais (the Great Palace)

Grand Palais is a stunning, large palace located right in the heart of Paris, on only a 5-minute walk from Louvre, and some other main sights.  Inside there are several venues where numerous exhibitions and events take place throughout the year.  The palace was constructed at the end of the 19th century, together with Petit Palais (sight #22), and the Bridge of Alexander III (sight #15), to be presented at Universal Exposition of 1900.

Please note – each venue has a separate entrance, so before you even make it to this sight – make sure to check the official website for all the current exhibitions in order to choose the one you like.

  • Address: 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower.
  • Time required: 1-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: depend on an exhibition (check the official website).
  • Price: depend on an exhibition (check the official website). 
  • Official website: http://www.grandpalais.fr/en

22. Petit Palais (the Small Palace)

This gorgeous building, located right opposite the Grand Palais (sight #21), was named Petit which means “small” to separate these two from each other.  Though they look completely different, Grand and Petit Palais both serve the same function – they are both museums of fine arts.

Unlike the Grand Palais, Petit Palais has a great permanent exhibition, which one can visit at any time during its opening hours for… free!  This is a great bonus, since there’s not that many free museums in Paris, and certainly not as grand as Petit Palais.

Inside its beautiful permanent collection, one will find some fine exhibits of medieval and Renaissance era, including beautiful paintings by some very well-known artists like Rembrandt and Rubens, as well as antique furniture, jewelry, statues and vases, and many other things.  In addition to the exhibits, there’s a charming cafe located right in the middle of the building, inside a green courtyard, under an open sky.

  • Address: Avenue Winston Churchill.
  • Time required: 1-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm; closed on Mondays and some public holidays.
  • Price: free; additional charge for some temporary exhibitions. 
  • Official website: http://www.petitpalais.paris.fr/en

23. Musée de l’Orangerie (The Orangerie Museum)

Musee de l’Orangerie, Paris - Global StorybookIf you are a fan of impressionist movement, or even if you’re not – this lovely art gallery is worth a stop.  Some of its most famous and stunning works include those by Claude Monet (specifically one of his most prized paintings named: Water Lilies or Nymphéas), Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, and many others.

Musée de l’Orangerie was built in 1852, and its original purpose was to conserve a number of… orange trees, from Jardin des Tuileries, and this is how it acquired its beautiful name.  Before becoming an art gallery in its current state, it also served as a venue for different musical, sporting and other events, and even hosted some interesting exhibitions of… animals and plants.

  • Address: Jardin Tuileries.
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: Wednesday-Monday: 9am-6pm; closed on Tuesdays and some public holidays.
  • Price: 9 Euros (regular ticket), 6.50 Euros (discounted ticket); free to anyone under 18, and on the first Sunday of every month.
  • Official website: http://www.musee-orangerie.fr/en

24. Bastille

Bastille, Paris - Global StorybookIt is hard to believe nowadays that in the place of this vast square there was once a giant fortress, that used to be called Bastille Saint-Antoine.  The fortress was mostly used as a state prison, where unlucky prisoners were deported to, because of a royal whim.  It was famously sieged and destroyed on July 14th, 1789, when during the start of the French Revolution, people finally revolted against their aloof monarchy.

Very little remains of that fortress today – though some recovered objects, including a stone model of the Bastille, can be found in the Carnavalet museum.

Right in the middle of the square there’s a tall column, called Colonne de Juillet or the July Column, which is dedicated to the French Revolution.  There’s also the beautiful Opéra Bastille (sight #48) opposite the square.

  • Address: Place de la Bastille.
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.

25. Opéra Palais Garnier

Opera Palais Garnier, Paris - Global StorybookKnown simply as the “Palais Garnier”, or “Opéra Garnier”, this large opera house has 1,979 seats and can accommodate up to 450 artists!  It was originally named Salle des Capucines, but was later renamed in the honor of its talented architect, Charles Garnier.  It is one of the most famous opera houses in the World.

In addition to opera, one can attend a ballet or a classical music concert, or even visit a… library, inside its premises.  This opera house also provides self-guided tours for a small fee during its opening hours.  As a nice bonus, the tour comes with an access to the following sights: Opera Library-Museum (Bibliothèque nationale de France, permanent collection, set models, works of art), Rotonde des Abonnés, Bassin de la Pythie, Grand Staircase, Grand Foyer, Avant-Foyer, Salons de la lune et du soleil, Rotonde du Glacier and tapestries.

26. Ile St Louis (St Louis Island)

Ile Sainte-Louis is one of the two small, natural islands located right between the two banks of Paris.  It can easily be accessed on a short walk from Notre-Dame de Paris (sight #3) located on the Ile de Cite (sight #12).

Having been once used for raising and grazing cattle, the island is now home to a small population of lucky Parisians (less than 5,000).  It is mostly filled with residential buildings, though there’s a number of charming cafes, bakeries, chocolate shops, as well as one very famous… ice cream parlor.  Berthillon ice cream shop (29-31 Rue Saint-Louis) is only open 5 days a week (it’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays) and was even featured in Anthony Bourdain’s (a famous American chef’s) travel show episode.

  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.

27. Musée Picasso (Picasso Museum)

As the name implies, this stunning museum is dedicated to the famous Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso.  The gallery is housed in Hôtel Salé, which was built in the mid-1600s, and is a gorgeous building from inside as well as outside.  This museum has the largest collection of the artist’s work, that includes paintings, sketches and drawings, sculptures and ceramics, and many other items.  It also holds a number of art works collected by Picasso during his lifetime.

  • Address: 5 Rue de Thorigny.
  • Time required: 1-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: Tuesday-Friday: 10:30am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday: 9:30am-6pm; closed on Mondays and some public holidays.
  • Price: 12.50 Euros (regular ticket), 11 Euros (discounted ticket); free to anyone under 18, and on the first Sunday of every month.
  • Official website: http://www.museepicassoparis.fr/en/

28. Musée Marmottan Monet (Museum of Marmottan Monet)

Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris - Global Storybook

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This beautiful museum is known for its incredible collection of Claude Monet’s paintings.  The building itself used to be privately owned by a wealthy Marmottan family, which donated it to the French Académie des Beaux-Arts, which in turn converted it into a museum.  Through the years the museum has grown tremendously with the help of generous private donations such as the one that includes a number of beautiful paintings and drawings by Berthe Morisot, the first female impressionist painter of her era.

In addition to Monet (who occupies the entire lower, “basement” floor), and Morisot, there are various other works by famous impressionists, such as: Pissaro, Renoir, Sisley, and others, located on the ground and the first floors of the museum.

  • Address: 2 rue Louis Boilly.
  • Time required: 2-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-6pm, open late on Thursdays until 9pm; closed on Mondays and some public holidays.
  • Price: 11 Euros for a regular ticket; 6,50 Euros to everyone under the age of 18, and students under the age of 25.
  • Official website: http://www.marmottan.fr/uk/

29. Musée Rodin (Rodin Museum)

Monet Museum, Paris - Global StorybookRodin Museum is dedicated to the World famous French sculptor, Auguste Rodin, and includes the largest collection of the artist’s work.  It is housed in the Hôtel Biron, where Rodin used to work from 1908 until the time of his death, in 1917.  The museum includes some of Rodin’s most famous sculptures, including: The Thinker, The Kiss, The Gates of Hell, Adam and Eve, and many others.  It also displays his drawings and sketches, and even his own personal collection of paintings (from Monet to Van Gogh).

In addition to the beautiful building where the gallery is housed, there’s a charming garden that contains a number of Rodin’s statues on its display.  You can also combine your visit to the Rodin Museum with Les Invalides (sight #13), which is located right next to it.

  • Address: 79 Rue de Varenne.
  • Time required: 1-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-5:45pm; closed on Mondays and on some public holidays.
  • Price: 10 Euros (regular ticket), 7 Euros (discounted ticket); 4 Euros (admission to the garden only); free on the first Sunday of a month, from October to March inclusive.
  • Official website: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/en/home

30. Maison de Victor Hugo (Home of Victor Hugo)

Victor Hugo was a World-famous French writer, known for such novels as: “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”, “Les Misérables”, “The Man Who Laughs”, as well as numerous plays, short stories, poetry, and some other writings.  He used to live in this house for over 16 years, from 1832-1848.

This museum-apartment holds a number of Hugo’s personal belongings, such as his furniture (including his personal writing desk), tableware, paintings, books, letters, and even a bed on which he passed away in 1885.  There are seven rooms in total, in this apartment.

  • Address: 6 place des Vosges
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-6pm; closed on Mondays and some public holidays.
  • Price: free; 5 Euros for an (optional) audio guide.
  • Official website: http://maisonsvictorhugo.paris.fr/en

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31. Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle plus Jardin des Plantes (Museum of Natural History plus the Garden of Plants)

We have combined these two amazing sights together because they are located right next to each other.  Museum of Natural History, as the name suggests, is dedicated to the study of the natural history, including biology, anthropology, geology, botany, mineralogy, and marine life.  It has thousands of species on its vast displays that it collected and acquired for several centuries, as the history of this museum dates back to the French Revolution, and beyond.  It has several venues where its different collections are located, each with its own hours and admission price.  It is an amazing place to bring your kids to.

The museum is located right in the Garden of Plants, which brings us to our second sight – Jardin des Plantes.  This beautiful garden is the official and the main botanical garden of France.  It has thousands of species of flowers and plants that are especially stunning during the mid-Spring time.  Once you are done exploring the Museum of Natural History, you can rest in the shade of this large and amazing garden, which has a free entrance.

  • Address: 36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire.
  • Time required: 1-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: depend on specific exhibitions (check the official website).
  • Price: depend on specific exhibitions (check the official website).
  • Official website: https://www.mnhn.fr/en
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32. Père Lachaise Cemetery

There are four cemeteries within Paris’s borders, and this particular one is the largest of all.  There are a number of famous dead people buried within its grounds, including Edith Piaf, Honore de Balzac, Oscar Wilde, Frederic Chopin, Moliere, Marcel Proust, Jim Morrison, and many others.  It is a very well-kept cemetery, with some beautiful headstones – it receives one of the largest number of visitors, to a cemetery, in the World.

33. Les Catacombs (The Catacombs)

This next sight is definitely not for the faintest of hearts.  Dating back to the late 18th century, when they were originally opened, the Catacombs are located 20 meters underground, accessed by a narrow staircase of 130 steps down (an up).

There are millions of bones, from over six million Parisians, most of whom were originally buried in the “Saints-Innocents” cemetery, in Paris.  Due to health and safety issues, the skeletons were removed from their graves and transferred to the Catacombs, were they found their current resting place.

The catacombs consist of a long (almost 1,5 km) tunnel running right under Avenue René Coty, which will eventually take you to an exit on another side – on Rue Dareau, a few blocks from the original entrance.  Please note this sight is not wheelchair accessible and is not recommended for young children.

34. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont (The Buttes-Chaumont Park)

The Buttes-Chaumont Park is a large and hilly park located in the north-east side of Paris, and it offers some stunning, panoramic views over the city.  It is not as touristy as some other parks, since it is located at some distance from all the main attractions, which makes it an even better spot to go in for a quiet afternoon stroll (or on a quick hunting run for those good panoramic viewpoints).

35. Espace Dalí

Espace Dalí is an amazing, small art gallery located in the heart of Montmartre (sight # 11) dedicated to the work of the genius Spanish surrealist painter, Salvador Dali.  Included in the gallery are some of the artist’s paintings, sculptures, 3-D art installations, and a few of his other personal items.  The gallery also often runs temporary exhibitions dedicated to the artist, therefore make sure to check the official website for the latest happenings.

  • Address: 11 Rue Poulbot.
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: open every-day: 10am-6pm; July-August: 10am-8pm.
  • Price: 11.50 Euros (regular ticket), 7 Euros (discounted ticket).
  • Official website: http://daliparis.com

36. Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge, Paris - Global StorybookConsidered to be one of the oldest cabaret shows in Paris, Moulin Rouge’s main venue actually burned down in 1915, and has since been re-built.  Made even more famous by such Hollywood musicals like “Moulin Rouge!” (2001) starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, the show has also served as the base for numerous books, documentaries, fiction films, and even music videos.

Since little remains of the era in which Moulin Rouge was initially conceived, it is still worth its steep admission charge just for the sake of seeing it once in a lifetime, and gaining a deeper insight into what it’s all about.  It is one of the most visited shows in Paris, and one of its top attractions, after all.

  • Address: 82, Bd De Clichy.
  • Time required: 2-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: 7pm-1am.
  • Price: 70-400 Euros (depending on the day, time, and the seats).
  • Official website: http://www.moulinrouge.fr

37. Jardin du Palais-Royal (the Garden of Royal Palace)

Located right across the Louvre museum, this charming park is neatly tucked in next to the Palais-Royal (“Royal Palace”), from which it got its name.  Palais-Royal was once a place where royals used to live (as the name suggests), and it used to also host one of the most important public theaters of its time.  It is now home to the Constitutional Council and the Ministry of Culture.

One of its most striking features is the black and white art installation named Les Deux Plateaux, which is located in its main courtyard.

38. Opéra Bastille

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This beautiful modern opera house was opened only recently in 1989.  It holds an even bigger amount of opera and ballet performances than the “classic” Opéra Palais Garnier (sight #25), and it has an even bigger amount of seats – 2,745 (compared to Palais Garnier’s 1,979).

You can explore this sight on a guided tour only, during its operational months.  The guided tour includes access to public and some private (professional) areas, like the auditorium, the public foyers, and the performance space.

39. Montparnasse Cemetery

Cemetery Montparnasse is located in a quiet quarter, not far from the Montparnasse Tower (sight #20).  Some of its most famous graves include: Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, Guy de Maupassant, Julio Cortazar, Serge Gainsbourg, Man Ray, and many others.  It is worth a stroll on a warm, sunny day to see the site where some of the most famous Parisian residents found their final resting place.

40. Printemps

Printemps is one of the largest department stores in Paris, offering some outstanding 360-panoramic views from its top observation deck.  It sells everything – from clothes to home decor, and has a nice cafe on the top too.  Built in the late 19th century, the building itself is a stunning piece of architecture, and is just as worth a sight, as the views that it offers of the Eiffel Tower and the Sacred Coeur.

  • Address: 102 Rue de Provence.
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday: 9am-7pm; closed on Sundays.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: https://www.printemps.com

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41.  Musée Carnavalet (Carnavalet Museum)

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Though this wonderful museum is currently closed for renovations until the year of 2020, we still included it in the top sights list because… well, we couldn’t not to.  Museum of Carnavalet is dedicated specifically to the history of Paris, hosted in not one, but two stunning, 16th century buildings, located not far from Ile St Louis (sight #26), Place des Vosges (sight #42) and the Picasso Museum (sight #27).

Museum’s exhibitions show the progress of Paris, from the time it was a small tribal village by the name Lutèce, to the glamorous, cosmopolitan capital that it is today.  It includes thousands of paintings, drawings, photographs, furniture, coins, sculptures, and much more.  Unarguably, it is one of the best museums of Paris.

42. Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges, Paris - Global StorybookOne of the prettiest, as well as the oldest squares in Paris, Place des Vosges is definitely worth a peak.  It was inaugurated in 1612, and it remains the original prototype for all the residential squares in Europe, that were modeled after it.  Some of the most famous French citizens once lived around it, including Victor Hugo, Cardinal Richelieu, Théophile Gautier, and many others.  It is located not far from Bastille (sight #24) and Opera Bastille (sight #38).

  • Address: Place des Vosges.
  • Time required: 30 minutes.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.

43.  Rue Cremieux

Why should you visit this next sight?  Well, it’s only the most colorful street in Paris!  Rue Cremieux is a small residential street located in the 12th arrondissement, between Rue de Lyon and Rue de Bercy, and is full of charming, brightly-painted houses – from yellow to pink, to purple, anything goes here.

  • Address: Rue Crémieux.
  • Time required: 30 minutes.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.

44. Musée National des Moyen Age, or Musée de Cluny – (National Museum of the Middle Ages)

As the name implies, this beautiful museum is dedicated specifically to the Medieval times.  Built in the early 14th century, it was originally designed to be a town house.  It was converted to a museum almost two hundred years ago, in 1834.

Among some of its fascinating exhibitions – one will find a small, authentic Chapel, which survived the testament of time, and a revolution to this day; a fascinating collection of “The Lady and the Unicorn” tapestries, which were a complete mystery in their time; some original sculptures from Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, which were badly damaged and almost destroyed during the Revolution, as well as numerous other sculptures, paintings, religious art, antique furnishings, some pieces of Medieval attire, and many other fascinating things.

  • Address: 6 Place Paul Painlevé.
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: Wednesday-Monday: 9:15am-5:45pm; closed on Tuesdays and some public holidays.
  • Price: 8 Euros; free on the first Sunday of every month, and to anyone under the age of 18.
  • Official website: http://www.musee-moyenage.fr

45. Maison de Balzac (Home of Balzac)

This small and cozy, literary museum used to be an actual residence of one of France’s most famous and prolific writers – Honoré de Balzac.  He rented its top floor under a name of his housekeeper, in order to escape from his numerous creditors.  He used to live here for 7 years, between 1840 and 1847.

This house museum is the only surviving residence of the writer, and contains a number of his original manuscripts, drawings, illustrations, books, and even his own writing desk with a chair.  It is surrounded with a beautiful garden, which has a free entrance and is frequented by locals during lunch time.  In addition to the museum, this building has a small library, with limited hours.

Some of Balzac’s most acclaimed works include: “Lost Illusions”, “Comedy of Human Life”, “The Physiology of Marriage”, “Père Goriot”, and many others.

  • Address: 47, rue Raynouard.
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-6pm; closed on Mondays and some public holidays.
  • Price: free entrance to the permanent exhibition; 6 Euros for the temporary exhibition.
  • Official website: http://maisondebalzac.paris.fr/en

46. Saint Germain des Prés

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This beautiful quarter has some of Paris’s most well known cafes (such as Les Deux Magots, where Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and many others used to hang out), numerous bookstores, jazz clubs, and a beautiful abbey – Abbey of Saint-Germain des Prés, located right in the heart of this neighborhood.

Most recently, it used to be the center of the existentialist movement during the 1940s-50s, hence why this area is most closely associated with Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.  It is also the quarter where the famous Irish writer, Oscar Wilde, spent his last days, before he passed away alone, in a small, cheap hotel, which is now… a refurbished, 5-star luxury accommodation (called “L’Hotel”).

  • Address: 6th arrondissement of Paris.
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.

47. Sainte Chapelle (The Holy Chapel)

This beautiful, awe-striking cathedral was built between 1242 and 1248, and was originally meant to be used only by the royals.  Its purpose was to house a number of holy relics of the Passion of Christ, one of which (Crown of Thorns) even exceeded the sum paid for the construction of Sainte-Chapelle itself.

Purchasing these relics quickly put Paris on a map of holy places, even naming it as the second capital of Christianity.  Unfortunately, some of these relics were melted and almost destroyed during the French Revolution.

The church is occupying two levels, and its main entrance is on the lower floor.  However, its upper floor is the reason why it’s on the Paris’s top sights list, as it’s simply jaw-dropping, filled with gorgeous stained glass windows – it is not be missed!

The only con of this attraction is its steep admission price.  We recommend to purchase a combination ticket to Conciergerie (sight #14) and Sainte-Chapelle together (they are located only minutes from each other) to save some money.

  • Address: 8 Boulevard du Palais.
  • Time required: 30 minutes or less.
  • Hours of operation: open every day October-March: 9am-5pm; April-September: 9am-7pm; closed on some public holidays.
  • Price: 10 Euros for a regular ticket; 8 Euros for a reduced admission; combined ticket with Conciergerie (sight #14): 15 Euros.
  • Official website: http://www.sainte-chapelle.fr/en/

48. Ritz Hotel

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One of the most luxurious, and expensive hotels in the World, Ritz Hotel is also one of the most historically important.  Located in the heart of Paris, in the 1st arrondissement, the hotel has 159 rooms, and has once hosted such famous guests as Coco Chanel, Ernest Hemingway (both actually lived there for many years), Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, as well as numerous modern actors, actresses, musicians, and many others.

For those who have funds to spare – there are few fine bars located in the hotel, including: Bar Hemingway, Ritz Bar, The Pool Bar, and Bar Vendôme.  Of course, one can stay in the hotel too, though the nightly rate in this glamorous accommodation starts at… 1,099 Euros.

  • Address: 15 Place Vendôme.
  • Time required: 30 minutes or less.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free (to look around).
  • Official website: http://www.ritzparis.com/en-GB

49. Galeries Lafayette Haussmann

Opened in 1912, this large department store has an absolutely gorgeous ceiling, and beautiful panoramic views.  It is especially charming during the Christmas season, when it shines with its seasonal spirit and has some amazing window installations.  However, it is also great to visit it on a warm, sunny day – to go up to the rooftop and enjoy the stunning Parisian views from its lookout point.  There’s also a cafe on top, where you can get a cup of coffee, or even lunch, if you get hungry.

  • Address: 40 Boulevard Haussmann.
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday: 9:30am-8:30pm; Sunday: 11am-7pm.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: https://www.galerieslafayette.com

50.  Square du Vert-Galant

Located right in the center of Paris, on Ile de Cite (sight #12) this tiny square is famous for its unique panoramic lookout.  Beloved by locals, this sight can be especially full during the sunset time, when weather’s compliant.  It is also considered to be one of the most romantic spots in the city, so if you are thinking of… a marriage proposal maybe, there’s no better spot in the city (well, besides Eiffel Tower), than this one right here.

  • Address: Place du Pont-Neuf.
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.

Bonus: Statue of Liberty

This “tiny” (35-foot tall) replica of the original Statue of Liberty (located in New York) is standing proudly on a tip of a small, artificial island called Île des Cygnes.  The original version was a gift from France to U.S. in 1886, but this smaller version was a reverse gift – from some Americans (based in Paris) to France, in 1889.

  • Address: Pont de Grenelle.
  • Time required: 30 minutes or less.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.

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