With more than 130 world-class museums to visit, scores of attractions to discover, extraordinary architecture to gape at, and wonderful neighborhoods to wander, Paris is an endless series of delights. The hardest part is figuring out where to begin. Fortunately, you can have a terrific time in Paris even if you don’t see everything. Some of your best moments may be simply roaming around the city without a plan. Lolling on a park bench, dreaming over a drink at a sidewalk cafe, or noodling around an unknown neighborhood can be the stuff of your best travel memories.


Area by area, we've highlighted the best that Paris can offer, from iconic sights known the world over to quirky museums and hidden gardens, from 1,000-year-old castles to galleries celebrating the most challenging contemporary art, and from the must-sees to the only-if-you’ve-seen-everything-else-sees. Here, then, is the best of Paris’s attractions.

Paris's Top 14 Sights and Attractions

  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Basilique du Sacré-Coeur
  • Cathédrale de Notre-Dame
  • Centre Pompidou
  • Cimetière du Père-Lachaise
  • Hôtel des Invalides/Napoleon's Tomb
  • Jardin du Luxembourg
  • Musée d'Orsay
  • Musée du Louvre
  • Musée du Quai Branly
  • Palais de Tokyo
  • Parc de la Villette
  • Sainte Chapelle
  • Tour Eiffel

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