Paris, the city of love, is one of the most visited cities in the entire world. If you’ve never traveled to this sought-after destination, it’s time to start packing your bags now. If you are planning a trip to this iconic city, you are in for the trip of a lifetime. There are plenty of things to do and see in Paris, from museums, local cuisine, operas and historical landmarks. But there are a few sites you have to see if you wish to get the quintessential Paris experience. To see the top list of things that should be on your travel itinerary, check out these 8 best places to visit in Paris.
This is a must-see for anyone who is visiting Paris for the first time. Standing at 1066 feet and made of solid iron, the Eiffel tower makes for a breathtaking view. Until the New York City’s Chrysler Building was built in 1930, the Eiffel Tower was the world’s tallest building.
Visiting the Notre-Dame is another rite of passage for any new Paris traveler. Dating back to the 10th century, this historical landmark is considered a Gothic masterpiece and one of the best cathedrals in the world.
Considered one of the most important museums in the world, the Louvre has been open since 1793, and currently showcases 35,000 art pieces. This museum contains a plethora of works of art from various eras and cultures.
Arc de Triomphe
Built to commemorate the victorious Battle of Austerlitz in 1906, the Arc de Triomphe is regarded as a symbol of French power. Today, it is commemorative of the First World War and holds the flame of the Unknown Soldier.
Known as the most beautiful avenue in the world, the Champs-Elysées is overlooked by the Arc de Triomphe, and is a great place to shop the best, authentic French brands, as well as international brands too.
Jardin des Tuileries
This free public 55-acre garden it was initially designed for use only by the royal family and court, it was been open for public use since the 17 century. It is politically significant for France as a former meeting place of dignitaries. It is also the garden that Napoleon and Marie-Louise marched through with their wedding procession.
Sacre-Coeur (Sacred Heart) Basilica of Montmartre
Located in the eclectic, Bohemian neighborhood of Montmartre, the Sacred Heart is a white three-domed cathedral with a ceiling that contains France’s largest mosaic. The dome of Sacred Heart is open to the public, if you are willing to climb the 300 stairs to the top.
As eerie as it might be, the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery is a beautifully haunting site you must see while in Paris. It expands 110 acres and is considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries across the globe. Its line with cobblestone paths and, shady trees, 19th century burial chambers and ancient mausoleums. It is home to over 70,000 burial plots, so be sure to plan your visit to this iconic cemetery.