Are you looking for attractions in Paris to visit? The city of Paris, France hosts some of the most popular tourist sites around the world and we’ll feature some of these in this article, as well as list some books that can help you plan your Paris trip.
Attractions in Paris 1 – The Eiffel Tower
Your visit of Paris will not be complete w/o seeing to the Eiffel Tower. But , as it is the tallest structure in Paris, at 320 plus meters, you are sure to see it even as you go around the city.
Constructed by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, it is now more than 120 years old. Visited by almost 7 million tourists annually, more than 250 million visitors have seen it already. It certainly makes it one of the most visited structures in the whole world. And it is always a main attraction in many Paris vacation packages being offered to tourists visiting the city.
Situated on the Champ de Mars in Paris, it is bordered by the trees and grass at the Champ de Mars park on the one side, and the Trocadero Fountains, and the River Seine at the other side. It’s probably one of the most photographed structures too, and here’s one snapshot to add to the millions taken already.
Attractions in Paris 2 – The Louvre Museum
With annual visitors of more than 8 million a year, the Louvre Museum is probably the most visited museums in the whole world, and another of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris France. Located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district), it houses Egyptian antiquities, near Eastern antiquities,
Greek, Etruscan, and Roman objects, Islamic art, sculpture, decorative arts and painting. The museum is so huge, one can spend a week exploring its displays, which grew from 537 paintings since its opening on August 10, 1793, to about 35,000 objects today. Also a popular tourist attraction is the Louvre Pyramid, a glass pyramid situated in the Louvre Palace.
Attractions in Paris 3 – The Notre Dame Cathedral
Constructed in 1345, the Notre Dame Cathedral is probably one of the most popular churches in the world.
With its exact address at 6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Place Jean-Paul II, is actually a Marian church, which is built to venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Cathedral is an example of French Gothic architecture, and houses a reliquary containing the purported crown of thorns, a fragment of the True Cross and one of the Holy Nails.
It also houses 5 bells, an organ with 7,800 pipes, a museum and a gift shop. Best time to visit is during the low season, October-March, to avoid huge crowds and long lines.
Attractions in Paris 4 – The Arc de Triomphe
A famous monument in Paris, the historical Arc de Triomphe sits at Place Charles de Gaulle.
Construction started on the arc on 15 August 1806, and commissioned by Napoleon to commemorate his victories, but it was completed after his ouster, and in fact, 36 years later, in 1836 during the reign of Louis-Philippe.
Tourists who have visited the arc recommend climbing it to get a good view of Paris from the top of the arc.
We would like to end our list of popular tourist attractions in Paris at this point.
Before we end this article, however, we would like to mention several books that can help you plan your trip to Paris.
Rick Steves’ Paris 2013
This book is a bestseller in Amazon. It includes interesting information about a number of popular attractions like the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysse, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame, among others. It is filled with useful as well as humorous advice such as where to eat, or where to stay. It also discusses some tips for navigating the Paris Metro.
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Paris
This travel book is filled with photographs, illustrations and comes with a pull-out city map. Attractions featured in this book include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Montmartre and the Cimetière du Montparnasse. It has a listing of where to stay, eat and shop. The map has detailed information about key areas and has tips on how to get around the city.
Fodor’s Paris 2013
This book includes a listing of the best restaurants and hotels around the city. Attractions featured in the book include the Notre Dame, Cathedral, Versailles, River Seine, and the Louvre Museum. It also includes a detailed map of Paris. It also has some tips for those traveling with kids.
Get it here.
There you have it, three of the best travel guides featuring popular Paris sites.
For a related article, please check some Paris pictures here.
And read about shopping in Paris here.
And check here for more attractions in Paris.
Reference used: Wikipedia