- By kevin
- On Mar 28, 2018
- Travel Tips
We talk about the Paris bus tours and city guides, some must-see Paris landmarks in this paper. For drinking and dining, we share eye-catching restaurants and buzzy cocktail bars captivating globetrotting foodies.
Must-See Paris Landmarks:
Just take a 20-minute walk in Paris and you’re likely to glimpse a handful of major landmarks. The Eiffel Tower shoots up from one end. The gilded cap of the Les Invalides gleams just a few blocks away. The Louvre stretches across its waterfront plot, just across the Seine. But in between the staple Paris attractions—or in some cases, a short RER ride away—you’re in close quarters with dozens more significant sites, like the recently renovated Picasso Museum, situated in a 17th-century mansion in the Marais, or Oscar Niemeyer’s slick, undulating design for the Communist Party headquarters, out in the 19th arrondissement. If you can’t keep track, AD has compiled 25 things to do in Paris, both on and off the beaten path.
Located on the Île de la Cité, a thin island in the Seine, Notre Dame de Paris is perhaps the most famous cathedral in the world. Characterized by its classic French Gothic architecture, the structure was one of the first to use a flying buttress.
Arc de Triomphe
It is one of the most famous monuments of Paris, erected on the Place de l’Etoile, at one end of the Champs-Elysées: the Arc de Triomphe is one the biggest triumphal arches in the world.
It was built in 1806 to celebrate Napoleon Bonaparte’s victory in Austerlitz and was inspired by the Roman triumphal arch. However, it was designed on a much bigger scale than its model: it is 50 meters high, 45 meters long, and 22 meters wide. It stands as one of the most famous monuments of Paris.
Beneath the vault is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Under a continual watch, the eternal flame is revived each night at 6:30 p.m. If you decide to visit this glorious monument, you can climb to the summit, from which you have a panoramic view over Paris day and night. Inside, a museum explaining the Arc de Triomphe’s history completes the visit.
Full rate: 12€
Reduced rate*: 9€
The Eiffel Tower
Of course, the Eiffel Tower is THE monument you have to see when you visit Paris. It has become the symbol of Paris. Originally built for the World’s Fair of 1889 in Paris, it became the icon of the city.
Looming over the city from its 312-meter height, the Eiffel Tower is visible from afar. Beneath it, the Champ de Mars and its garden allow a time of relaxation after the visit.
Obviously, the Eiffel Tower attracts many visitors each day, and hordes of swarming tourists rush in to admire it and they have to queue up before being able to get in. Fortunately, you can buy your tickets on the website of the Eiffel Tower and skip this long wait to fully enjoy the building instead of queuing up for hours.
When you come to the Eiffel Tower, you can climb up two ways: the bravest can use the stairs, and the others the elevator (which is also the only way to the third floor). On the first floor you will find shops; the Jules Verne is beautiful gastronomic restaurant on the second floor; finally, the third floor offers one of the best view of Paris, and anywhere you look you will see the beauty of the French capital.
Lift entrance ticket (valid to 2nd floor): full rate 11€, 12-24 years 8,50€, reduced rate* 4€
Lift entrance ticket to top: full rate 17€, 12-24 years 14,50€, reduced rate* 8€
Stairs entrance ticket (valid to 2nd floor): full rate 7€, 12-24 years 5€, reduced rate* 3€
Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur
Atop the hill of Montmartre, the Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur is one of the emblematic monuments of Paris. This building has one of the most astonishing views over Paris.
Nested upon its 130-meter-high hill, the basilica, built in a Romano-Byzantine style, is an architectural masterwork. It is composed of four minor domes and a central dome culminating at 83 meters. The secret of this monument is its giant bell, one the biggest in the world.
The Sacré-Coeur was built in 1873 after a decision of the French National Assembly to build a place to commemorate the victims of the war of 1871 between France and Prussia.
Besides the view, the building holds many secrets too, and when you enter you will be struck by the beauty of the 480m² mosaic on the floor. You can also visit the crypt. Finally, if climbing the stairs of Montmartre was not enough, you can choose to go even higher to the dome of the Basilica and admire the best face of Paris from the summit.
The entrance to the Basilica is free
Dome and Crypt: 8€; from 4 to 16 y-o: 5€