26 most famous Landmarks in Paris

With 44 million tourists in 2022, Paris is the most visited city worldwide, which isn’t surprising for anyone. The number and variety of landmarks in Paris is one of the main reasons the city of light is so popular globally.

This article will explore the most famous landmarks in Paris, both modern and historical, including bridges, religious buildings, and gardens. Yet, Paris is so packed with popular monuments, historical buildings, and lovely areas that one can always find new landmarks to visit and explore.

We have visited Paris several times and know the city well. Still, to elaborate a comprehensive list, we have invited a few fellow bloggers to contribute with some of their favorite landmarks in Paris.

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Eiffel Tower

More than a famous landmark in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is the main symbol of Paris and France. It is easily one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world and something everyone associates in the city of light and France.

The Eiffel Tower was constructed for the 1889 International Fair by bridge engineer Gustaf Eiffel. Built between 1887 and 1889, the tower was the main attraction of the fair despite its initial controversial design.

Considered a technological masterpiece in building-construction history, the Eiffel Tower was like nothing else built at the time, with about twice the size of the Gize Pyramids or the Dome of St. Peter in Rome.

When finished, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world, with 300 meters (plus 30 meters of the antenna). Only in 1929, it was surpassed by the Chrysler Building in New York. The base square is also huge, with 125 meters on each side.

Since its completion in 1889, more than 300 million people have visited the Iron Lady, as it is informally known. It is considered the most-visited paid landmark globally, and about 25,000 people ascend it daily. So expect long queues, particularly in the high season.

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Eiffel Tower | photo by masterlu via Depositphotos

Cathedral of Notre-Dame

By Martha from MayCauseWanderlust.com

One of the most famous landmarks in Paris is Notre Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris), a huge Gothic Cathedral. It has stood on Île de la Cité, an island in the Seine and the oldest part of Paris, since the 13th century.

This cathedral is legendary, immortalized by the 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo, which some say saved the cathedral from being demolished after being damaged during the French Revolution.

And it really is impressive: it is thought to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and its two towers and rose-shaped window are striking. And, of course, it has those charismatic gargoyles that overlook the city.

The cathedral is next to ‘Paris Point Zero,’ a geographic marker from which the distance from Paris to all other places are judged. It’s marked with a round plaque on the ground. The nearby Archaeological Cryptmuseum has been running an exhibition on Notre Dame and its 19th-century renovation.

Notre Dame is intended to re-open to the public after its post-fire renovation in 2024. Until then, you can still admire its exterior from Parvis Notre Dame – Place Jean-Paul II, where there is a temporary ramped seating area.

However, as with many of the popular sites in Paris, it does get busy at Notre Dame. Please bear that in mind and expect crowds. It’s best to have realistic expectations of Paris – after all, Paris Syndrome is a real thing!

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Cathedral of Notre Dame a huge Gothic Cathedral in Paris | photo from MayCauseWanderlust.com

Louvre museum

Even if you don’t love art, the Louvre Museum is a mandatory place to go. It is the most famous and largest museum in the world. And alongside the Eiffel Tower, they are the most iconic landmarks in Paris.

The Louvre Museum has an extensive collection of art and historical artifacts from a thousand years and various cultures. It displays 35 000 artworks, divided into sections according to culture: Egyptian, Greek, Roman, European, and Islamic. It is massive.

The most famous artworks of Louvres are Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and the Greek statue Venus de Milo. They attract millions of tourists per year. So it can get a bit crowded.

Another interesting fact about the museum is that it became a public museum during the French Revolution in 1793. And has been working as a public museum since then, although it has periods in which it was closed.

As it is massive, you will need at least 4 hours to explore it, though if you are into arts and history, we suggest taking the full day for it. It can be a bit overwhelming as there is so much to see and explore, so choose which exhibits you prefer. For more information about prices and opening hours, check out the official Louvre Museum site.

Visiting is definitely an experience you should not miss while visiting Paris.

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Louvre Museum the most famous and largest museum in the world | photo by outline205 via Depositphotos

Luxembourg Gardens

By Lisa Garrett from Waves and Cobblestones

The Luxembourg Gardens are one of the most beautiful gardens in Paris and also one of its most famous landmarks. You’ll definitely want to plan to spend some time soaking in the beauty of these gardens!

The Luxembourg Gardens are located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, and the easiest way to get there is by public transportation. If you take the RER to the Luxembourg station, you’ll pop out near the gates to the park.

The most prominent feature of the gardens is the Luxembourg Palace. It was built as the residence of Marie de’ Medici and today houses the French Senate. 

The Grand Bassin is directly in front of the palace, a large pond famous for its sailing toy boats.  And don’t miss the dramatic Medici Fountain at the park’s northeastern end.

Stroll around the gardens and appreciate the vibrant flowers, manicured lawns, shady tree-lined paths, and gorgeous statuary.  Many of the statues honor influential women of France, and near the western edge of the park, you’ll find a small-scale version of the Statue of Liberty.

The Luxembourg Gardens are a great place to relax and take in the ambiance of Paris. Pull up a chair and enjoy a picnic, or watch the locals play a game of boules.

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 Luxembourg Gardens – one of the most beautiful gardens in Paris | photo Waves and Cobblestones

Sacré-Coeur

By Jessie Moore from Pocket Wanderings

The magnificent Sacré-Coeur is one of the most iconic landmarks in Paris. Located in the Montmartre neighborhood, this beautiful basilica offers breathtaking views of the city and a glimpse into its history.

The Sacré-Coeur is easily accessible by taking the metro, bus, walking, or taxi – depending on where you’re traveling from. The closest metro stations are Abbesses (Line 12; green) and Anvers (Line 2; blue), then it’s a short walk uphill to the basilica.

Alternatively, you can take the funicular railway from the base of the hill to the top. If you prefer to take the bus, you can take the 30, 31, 80, or 85 bus to the bottom of the hill, or the 40 bus stops at the top of the hill.

The Sacré-Coeur – full name The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris – carries both religious and cultural significance. It was built as a symbol of hope and faith after the Franco-Prussian War. The architecture combines elements of Romanesque and Byzantine styles, and the white stone used to build it gives the Sacré-Coeur its distinctive look.

As one of the most popular attractions in Paris, it’s best to avoid peak times. Be sure to explore the Montmartre neighborhood while you’re in the area. Have a coffee at Le Consulat, explore the Montmartre Vineyard, or visit the Musée de Montmartre, one of the best museums in Paris

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Sacré-Coeur is one of the most iconic landmarks in Paris | photo from Pocket Wanderings

Montmartre

By Soline Le Page from On the Road Diary

Montmartre is one of the most iconic neighborhoods of Paris. You must have already seen pictures of it, postcards, or its name written somewhere. What is so special about it?

It is located up on a hill, in the north of Paris, right above Pigalle and its famous Moulin Rouge. It is pretty unique as most other areas of Paris are pretty flat. You can get there with metro lines 2 or 12 and stop at Pigalle, Anvers, Abbesses, or Lamarck-Caulaincourt.

Montmartre streets provide stunning city views, during the day or at night. The cobbled streets are lined with quaint bistros and cafes. It creates a very unique village atmosphere in such a big city.

Tourists come to Montmartre to explore its charming streets and get a taste of the famous French cuisine. The village’s iconic basilica, the Sacré-Cœur, is one of the most popular landmarks in Paris. 

For centuries, Montmartre has also been renowned for its artistic atmosphere. It has many artistic squats and shops.

We recommend visiting in the morning, as it can get quite busy in the afternoon. If you wish to escape the crowds after visiting Montmartre, here are the best non-touristy things to do in Paris.

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View from the top of the sacre coeur | photo from On the Road Diary

Arc de Triomphe

By Lavina D’Souza from Continent Hop

Paris is the dream destination for anybody who loves to travel. Paris is famous for its monuments, and Arc de Triomphe is one of the most astonishing monuments in Paris. It is an excellent example of fine French architecture and ornate designs.

Napoleon I ordered the construction in 1806, although he never lived to see the completed monument. The construction was completed in 1836, and this monument holds tremendous historical and cultural significance. It aims to honour the sacrifices of all those who fought for France in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars.

The monument is 50 meters tall and stands at the western end of Champs-Élysées, at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle. 

The Arc de Triomphe is open from 10 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. daily. It is closed on 1st January, 1st May, 8th May (morning), 14th July (morning), 18th July, 11th November(morning), and 25th December. Make sure you check the official website for the timings before visiting.

The ground level of the arch is free to visit, and you can buy tickets to climb up on the ground level. The general admission fee is 13 euros. Children under 18, French nationals, and European residents between the ages of 18 and 25 can access the monument for free. However, if you want a more in-depth experience, you can opt for a guided tour.

If you want to get to the Arc de Triomphe, Metro is the way to go! You can reach the site easily using the metro. The nearest railway-cum-metro station is Charles de Gallico Etoile, and you can either get down on the 1, 2, or 6 metro lines or you can take the RER line A to Charles de Gallico. Once you get there, you’ll be taken through a tunnel that leads to the Arc from the exit of the Wagram. It’s the most secure way to get there!

The tomb of an unknown soldier is buried beneath the arc, and every evening at 6:30, a flame is kindled in the memory of those who lost their lives for France. This Eternal Flame is a highlight of the monument, and you must witness this.

Once you reach the top of the arc, you will have excellent panoramic views of the city along with the Eiffel Tower. You will also be able to see the engraved names of the generals who fought for France.

Paris is full of treasures, and you will enjoy exploring here. However, Europe has a lot to offer along with Paris. If you have the time, you must visit other European countries along the way. A 2 week itinerary in Europe is a great start to planning your vacation. It is a treat for travellers with fascinating experiences waiting for you in each country.

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Arc de Triomphe in Paris | phoyo by johny007pandp via Depositphotos

Champs Elysees

By Kristin of Global Travel Escapades

Another incredibly famous landmark in Paris that makes the city a delight to travel to is Avenue des Champs-Élysées! This famous street stretches from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde. Along the 1.2-mile-long avenue, you’ll find an eclectic mix of everything from luxury designer stores, such as Dior and Louis Vuitton, to larger chain stores like Nike and Sephora.

And if you find yourself just looking to people-watch or want to grab a bite to eat, there is also an array of charming cafés, bistros, and restaurants to eat at. For example, a crowd-favorite place to stop by is the upscale pastry shop Ladurée. This pastry shop is known for its delicious, gourmet macarons but they also have a decadent tea room that you can reserve a table at.

In terms of getting to Champs-Élysées, it is fairly easy to do as it is located in the heart of the city near some of the most popular tourist attractions. You’ll just want to make your way to the 8th arrondissement, either on foot, by taxi, or by metro. For those taking the metro, the most common line that runs to Champs-Élysées is Metro Line 1.

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Champs Elysee, a landmark in Paris | photo by Estea-Estea via Depositphotos

Pont Alexandre III

By Amber Hunt from Get Lost in Wanderlust

Pont Alexandre III is one of the most beautiful bridges in Paris. The bridge goes over the Seine River, connecting the Champs-Élysées with the Invalides and Eiffel Tower area. The bridge was built in 1900, before the famous World Fair that was held in Paris. It was named after the Tsar of Russia as a diplomatic attempt to symbolize the relationship between France and Russia. 

The bridge was a masterpiece of its time, as it had to be constructed with a single steel arch to avoid blocking the views of the Champs-Élysées or the Invalides. One of the most beautiful aspects of this bridge is its four gold-winged horse statues. The bridge’s design is very much in style with the Belle Epoque era of Paris.

Today, the Pont Alexandre III Bridge is a famous landmark in Paris due to its history and beautiful design. It is a lovely place to visit and is a hidden gem in Paris. From the Pont Alexandre III Bridge, you can even glimpse a view of the stunning Eiffel Tower. The bridge is located at Pont Alexandre III, 75008 Paris, and is easy to visit simply by walking along the Seine River.

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Pont Alexandre Bridge III in Paris | photo from Get Lost in Wanderlust

Pere Lachaise Cemetery

By Sarah Wilson from LifePart2 & Beyond

Pere Lachaise Cemetery is a fascinating spot in Paris. While visiting a cemetery might not be at the top of your Paris to-do list, this one is definitely worth considering. It’s an oasis of calm, has impressive statues, and is the final resting place for many famous people.

Jim Morrison from The Doors is buried here. You can find his grave and other famous ones by downloading a map to your phone or looking for many people hovering by a grave site. 

Edith Piaf, the singer of “La Vie en Rose,” is also buried here. Her song is popular with the street musicians and buskers in Paris.

Oscar Wilde, the famous writer, has a unique tomb here that looks like something from ancient Egypt. It’s inspired by his poem “The Sphinx.”

There’s also a bronze statue of Victor Noir, a journalist. Some believe touching a specific part of it might help with fertility issues.

To get to Pere Lachaise Cemetery, take metro Line 3 and get off at the Gambetta stop, just one stop after Pere Lachaise. The cemetery is on a hill, but if you start at the top, you can gently walk downhill through the grounds, which is far easier than going uphill.

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Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris | photo from LifePart2 & Beyond

Sainte-Chapelle

By Caitlin Dismore from Twin Family Travels

Located in the heart of Paris on the Île de la Cité, Sainte-Chapelle is a must-see for anyone visiting Paris. With its stunning stained-glass windows and intricate Gothic architecture, this Parisien landmark is truly a sight to behold.

Built-in the 13th century as a royal chapel, it is known for its collection of 1,113 stained glass panels that depict scenes from the Bible. It is one of the world’s most spectacular examples of Rayonnant Gothic architecture.

While the upper chapel truly shines as the most remarkable feature, it would be a mistake to overlook the lower chapel and the stunning exterior rose window and spire. Each of these elements adds its own beauty to the overall magnificence of Sainte-Chapelle.

Sainte-Chapelle forms a component of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Banks of the Seine. This distinguished site encompasses a section of the Seine River and the adjacent islands and iconic landmarks that grace its picturesque banks.

To get to the chapel, visitors can take the metro to the nearby Châtelet or Cité stations, hop on a bus that goes directly to the chapel, or walk along the Seine River for a picturesque view.

Whether you have a passion for art or simply admire the exquisite beauty of historic architecture, Sainte-Chapelle is an iconic French landmark that should absolutely be on your must-visit list.

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Inside Sainte-Chapelle in Paris | photo from Twin Family Travels

Tuileries Garden

By Sydney from A World in Reach

Paris is home to many wonderful parks and gardens, with one of the most famous being Jardin des Tuileries or Tuileries Garden.

Tuileries Garden is located on the Right Bank of the Seine, between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre. You can quickly get there by taking the Metro to either Concorde or Tuileries stations or by walking if you’re already nearby.

Tuileries Garden was initially created in the 16th century to serve as the gardens of Tuileries Palace. This royal palace was once home to French monarchs like Henry IV and Napoleon III. Today, the garden is a sprawling public park beloved by Parisian locals and tourists.

Adding a stop at Tuileries Garden is essential for your Paris bucket list. The beautiful park is perfect for taking a stroll, enjoying a picnic, or hanging out on a bench to rest your feet after a long day of exploring the city. Musee de l’Orangerie is located in the western corner of the park.

From late November to early January, a section of the park is transformed into La Magie de Noël, or the Magic of Christmas. This is Paris’s largest and liveliest Christmas market; in fact, it’s one of the best Christmas markets in Europe!

No matter what time of year you’re visiting, visiting Tuileries Garden is worth a spot on your Paris itinerary.

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Tuileries Garden – wonderful park in Paris | photo from A World in Reach

Orangerie Museum

By Chloe from Chloe’s Travelogue

Orangerie Museum (Musée de l’Orangerie) is best known for the Water Lily paintings by Claude Monet. If you have any interest in impressionism, this is the museum you cannot skip. 

Claude Monet is often considered the father of impressionist art. He spent 40 years of his life in Giverny, where he single-handedly created a flower garden and water pond. He took inspiration from nature and painted his masterpiece, the Water Lilies Series.

The artist gifted his paintings to the French government to celebrate the end of World War I. An orangerie  – a greenhouse to protect orange trees from the cold winter – located in the Tuileries Garden was re-designed to house Monet’s masterpieces. 

Just as he carefully landscaped his house and garden, he was very much involved in designing an airy space, allowing natural lights to come in and oval-shaped rooms for the ultimate experience of appreciating the Water Lilies and Weeping Willow paintings.  

Other than Monet, its impressionist and modern art collection includes Renoir, Cézanne, Modigliani, Matisse and Picasso.  

Paris Museum Pass holders get free admission. However, booking a time-stamped ticket is necessary to skip the long line at this famous museum, even if you get free admission. 

Head to the Tuileries Garden across the Place de la Concorde to get there.

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Weeping Willow series by Claude Monet in Orangerie Museum | photo from Chloe’s Travelogue

Place de la Concorde

 By Sam Opp from Find Love and Travel

Paris is famous for its iconic attractions, and the Place de la Concorde is another location well worth the visit. 

Place de la Concorde is a major public square and one of the best free things to do in Paris. This area has an extensive history as it is the site where the guillotine was used to execute Marie-Antoinette and many others during the French Revolution.

The square itself has an Egyptian obelisk that is over 3,000 years old! It was gifted to Paris by Egypt and taken from the Luxor Temple. The Fontaine des Mers and the Fountaine des Fleuves are also major features of the beautiful square.

You can find this location situated at the end of Champs-Elysées. This area perfectly encapsulates the beauty of Paris. You can see the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, and the Seine River from here. Because of this, the location can be quite busy, with many tourists taking photographs. This location is best visited in the early morning to avoid large crowds. 

The Place de la Concorde is easy to access by bus, Metro, and train. The nearest Metro station is Madeleine Station, which is a three-minute walk away. 

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Place de la Concorde is a major public square in Paris | photo Opp from Find Love and Travel

Centre Pompidou

By Claudia Tavani from My Adventures Across The World

The Centre Pompidou is one of Paris’s best museums, yet not nearly as visited as the more famous Louvre Museum or Orsay Museum. It is located right by the Marais District (the nearest metro station is Hôtel de Ville), one of the quaintest and (albeit in the presence of tourists) still quite local areas of Paris. Being a bit lesser known by tourists, the Centre Pompidou is never too crowded, and visiting will give you a nice break from the crowds you will find in other places.

But what’s special about it?

Well, first of all, the construction is very funky. Inside, you will find the Musée National d’Art Moderne, which actually is the largest Museum of Modern Art in Europe. The fantastic exhibit includes pieces by 20th-century artists, including Picasso, Warhol, and Kandinsky.

There’s more. Inside, there is a nice balcony that offers beautiful, unique views of Paris. And just by the museum, there is a lovely square perfect for hanging out and a favorite of locals. It’s the kind of place where you will see children playing ball games, people walking their dogs, or simply sitting for a chat.

Whether you have two days in Paris or more, this is definitely a place worth visiting.

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Centre Pompidou is one of the best museums in Paris | photo from My Adventures Across The World

Hôtel des Invalides

By Esther from Dreams in Paris

While the Eiffel Tower might be the most famous landmark in Paris, another monument in the 7th arrondissement worth visiting is Hôtel des Invalides or Les Invalides, as commonly known.

Originally built in 1671 by King Louis XIV (the Sun King) as a hospital and retirement home for war veterans, today, this complex building houses several museums and monuments, with the most famous being the Dome Chapel (Dôme des Invalides), which houses the tomb of Napoleon I, a man who is considered one of the most famous French people of all time.  

Les Invalides is also home to the Army Museum (Musée de l’Armée), which houses over 500,000 pieces of military equipment of France, from armor and weapons to artillery, and more which trace back over 200 years ago from Antiquity to World War II.

Besides the historical significance, the building is strikingly beautiful, from the golden dome that can be seen from almost everywhere in Paris to the charming courtyard.

To get to Hôtel des Invalides, you can take Metro Line 8 and stop at Invalides station or Line 13 and still stop at Invalides station. There are also several buses like Bus Line 82, 92, 63, and more, although the metro is better.

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Hôtel des Invalides Landmarks in Paris | photo by netfalls from Depositphotos

Napoleon’s tomb

By V Kay from Travel Addicted Unicorn

Napoleon’s tomb in Paris refers to the resting place of Napoleon Bonaparte, the French military and political leader. It is part of the Musée de l’Armée (the Army Museum) located within the Hôtel des Invalides complex in the 7th arrondissement.

The closest metro station is Varenne on line 13 and La Tour Maubourg on line 8. The building is an impressive structure known as the “Dôme des Invalides,” or simply the “Dôme.” The building is 107 meters (350 feet) high and has a gold gilded dome designed in the Baroque style.

Positioned directly beneath the dome, Napoleon’s sarcophagus is situated one level below the main floor. However, you can view it from both levels. It is made of red aventurine quartzite and is on an elevated platform.

The tomb walls are adorned with sculptures and bas-reliefs depicting significant events from Napoleon’s life and military campaigns. The design and grandeur of the tomb reflect Napoleon’s stature as one of the most prominent figures in French history. Also, the building contains the resting places of several members of Napoleon’s family, along with other French military commanders and war figures.

The tomb is a testament to Napoleon’s impact on France and the world as a military leader and figure who left a lasting mark on the nation’s institutions and culture.

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Napoleon’s tomb in Paris | photo by alfredosaz.gmail.com via Depositphotos

Pont Neuf

By Amber from Amber Everywhere

Pont Neuf is a bridge over Paris’ River Seine, and it’s one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. It is also the oldest bridge in the city, finished in 1607 after several decades of construction. The bridge links Paris’ 1st and 6th arrondissements. Sainte-Chapelle is very close by, only about a 6-minute walk from the bridge. 

During the 18th century, the area near Pont Neuf served as the center of Paris. Pont Neuf is part of the Banks of the Seine, the UNESCO Heritage Site that encompasses the area from Ile St Louis to Pont Neuf. The Banks of the Seine is recognized for its Gothic architecture and unique urban riverside architecture. 

The most distinctive aspect of Pont Neuf is its collection of 381 mascarons or stone masks. The masks represent figures from ancient mythology, though only replicas are on display. The original masks are kept in the Château d’Écouen, about 20 kilometers north of Paris. 

Pont Neuf also features a large Henry IV bronze statue erected in the early 17th century. Although the construction of Pont Neuf began under Henry III, Henry IV inaugurated it. 

When deciding where to stay in Paris, be sure that you can easily reach the city’s main landmarks by foot or Metro.

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Pont Neuf over the river Seine in Paris | photo from Amber Everywhere

Jardin des Plantes

By Martina from PlacesofJuma

A wonderful gem in Paris is the Jardin des Plantes, also known as the “Garden of Plants.” Connoisseurs consider this botanical oasis one of Paris’s most enchanting gardens. The 23.5-acre garden is located on the south bank of the Seine in the 5th arrondissement, between the Paris Mosque and the famous Jussieu Faculty of Science. The nearest metro stations are Jussieu and Quai de La Rapée.

The history of the Jardin des Plantes dates back to 1626 when it was founded as the Jardin des Plantes Médicinales – a garden for medicinal plants. Today, it is still used for scientific research. In addition, this landmark site is open to the public free of charge. Visitors can stroll through the extensive grounds and learn about botany without paying an entrance fee.

One of the main attractions is the 315-year-old pistachio tree, a living testimony to the rich history of the Jardin des Plantes. Also of interest are the cactus house, the palm groves, and the many greenhouses that survive the frosty winter months. In addition, the adjacent Natural History Museum attracts visitors with its extensive exhibitions.

Although enchanting all year round, the Jardin des Plantes is at its best during the spring and summer seasons, when an explosion of flowers bathes the landscape in a kaleidoscope of color.

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Jardin des Plantes – beautiful garden in Paris | photo from PlacesofJuma

Grand Mosque

By Alina Schweiger from World of Lina

If you want to see one of the rather unique landmarks in the French capital, visiting the Grand Mosque of Paris is the perfect thing to do!

With its 33-meter-high minaret and sculpted arcades, the impressive building, along with its surrounding patio, ranks as one of the largest mosques in France. It was constructed in the 1920s as a representation of the Islamic heritage within the multicultural city of Paris.

Due to its central location in the 5th arrondissement, it can be reached by various means of transportation. The closest metro station is “Place Monge”. Alternatively, bus lines 67 and 89 have stops nearby.

You can see the main prayer hall at the mosque, a big and beautifully decorated area. Outside, you’ll find the mosque’s courtyard and garden featuring lush greenery, stunning fountains, and ornate tilework. There’s also a tea room where you can try Moroccan tea, sweets, and other delicacies. 

The mosque is open daily (except Fridays and Islamic holidays) from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The entrance fee is just €3, and you can buy tickets at the counter. 

Because it’s a religious place, wear modest clothes covering your shoulders and knees. 

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Grand Mosque – Unique landmarks in Paris | photo from World of Lina

Palais Garnier

 By Imee Magbag from Journey To France

Located in the 9th arrondissement in Paris, the Palais Garnier, also known as the Opéra Garnier, is a famous opera house in Paris, France. It is one of the most renowned opera houses in Paris, France, and the world and is considered a symbol of Parisian cultural heritage.

There are ways to get to Opera Garnier; you can take public transportation by train, bus, and metro. The Paris Metro is one of the most convenient ways to reach the Palais Garnier. The nearest metro station to the opera house is the “Opéra” station, which is served by Metro lines 3, 7, and 8. Once you exit the station, the opera house is just a short walk away.

The Opera Garnier is one of the most visited landmarks in Paris. Stepping through its majestic entrance, you will be amazed by its fascinating architecture. The famous Grand Staircase is stunning, adorned with bronze railings, and illuminated by ornate chandeliers.

The true jewel of the Palais Garnier is its main auditorium—a true architectural gem. Rich red velvet seats adorned with golden accents surround the stage, while the ceiling is a masterpiece, adorned with a mesmerizing painting by Marc Chagall. The opera house’s exquisite interior has hosted grand performances and inspired numerous artists, writers, and filmmakers, who have captured its allure in their creations.

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Inside Palais Garnier in Paris | photo from Journey To France

Catacombs of Paris

By Taylor from Traverse With Taylor

Hidden underneath the city of Paris is easily one of its most famous landmarks: The Catacombs of Paris. This macabre attraction has been a hot spot for visitors to France since it offers the opportunity to explore an odd and unsettling piece of French history.

In the 18th century, crowding within the city began to cause disease and filth that became unmanageable. The solution became to create more space by burying bodies in the tunnels crawling underneath the city streets. These tunnels and quarries, initially used for mining, were quickly dubbed the Paris Municipal Ossuary. Over time, they’ve fondly become known as the Catacombs of Paris. 

These bodies still repose underground in a brilliantly unique and well-preserved French landmark. Visitors can climb down into the labyrinth of passages via 131 stairs. From there, an audioguide with chilling stories will help you wind your way through the tunnels, seeing bones, skulls, and plenty of gravestones memorializing those buried underground. 

Dress warmly and bring your courage with you- the catacombs are damp and eerie. You’ll literally be inches away from the dead as you explore the Catacombs of Paris, one of the most famous landmarks in France!

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The Catacombs hidden underneath the city of Paris | photo by Traverse With Taylor

Tour Montparnasse

By Sophie Nadeau from solosophie.com

At a staggering 210 meters in height, Tour Montparnasse is one of the tallest structures in Paris, only second to the Eiffel Tower. In fact, it was the tallest skyscraper in France from its construction in 1973 until 2011, when it was replaced by Tour First in La Defense business district.

From the outset, Parisians didn’t like the tower and found it ugly! In fact, the tower was found to be so not aesthetically pleasing that The City of Paris passed a law banning the construction of buildings over seven stories tall in several areas in the city!

The tower is located in the 15th arrondissement, one of the lesser visited arrondissements of Paris to the south of the River Seine (a distinction which is known in French as the Rive Gauche- left bank).

Today, the greatest joy of a visit to the tower is to take a lift to the 56th floor, where you can enjoy the breathtaking 360 degrees of the city. If it’s a bust time when you’re visiting the city, then you might want to purchase your tickets in advance.

There’s a bar where you can enjoy a drink and snacks. You can also head to the top terrace (just be sure to bring your camera along as the views are breathtaking).

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View from Tour Montparnasse in Paris | photo from solosophie.com

Musée d’Orsay

By Chelsea from Adventures of Chels

A famous museum and landmark to visit in Paris is the Musée d’Orsay. Musée d’Orsay is a former train station which was turned into a museum. It’s known mainly for its French art, which dates from 1848 – 1914.

As a train station, Musée d’Orsay was known as Gare d’Orsay. It was completed by 1900, and by 1939, the trains had become too long for the station’s short platforms. It served various purposes (including a mailing center during WWII) until 1978 when the building was decided to be turned into a museum.  

Musée d’Orsay has about 3,000 art pieces on display at any given time. Some notable works in the collection include 43 pieces by Degas, 24 paintings by van Gogh, and 86 paintings by Monet.  The museum’s architecture is also stunning and still looks very much like the train station where it was initially built.  

Musée d’Orsay is located on the Left Bank of the Seine. The closest metro stop is also called Musée D’Orsay. Tickets are roughly USD 16 and can be purchased in person or online in advance. Make sure to check the official Musée D’Orsay website for timed tickets to the permanent and temporary collections.

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Moulin Rouge

By Hannah & Adam Lukaszewicz from Getting Stamped

Moulin Rouge has been an iconic form of entertainment in Paris, France, since the 19th century, as it is known for its vibrant atmosphere and world-class performances that tell the story of Parisian history.

This cabaret show was famous during the Belle Époque era in Paris and continues to be a must visit location when in Paris. The distinctive red windmill architecture that is home to Moulin Rouge is a recognizable Paris landmark as many have seen it in the media, including the film “Moulin Rouge.” The cabaret show is located in the artistic neighborhood of Montmartre.

Guests will enjoy a cabaret show with talented singers, dancers, and performers, as the show’s costumes, performances, and theatrics will amaze guests. The show combines music, dance, and thrilling tricks in an artistic way through visual storytelling.

Paris is known for its eccentric nightlife scene. Moulin Rouge is an important part as it is a place where guests can enjoy beverages, world-class entertainment, and sophistication all in one setting, perfect for a memorable night out. If you are trying to visit Paris on a budget, know the tickets are expensive, but they are worth every penny to visit this unique show.

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Disneyland Paris

Going to Disneyland Paris or Eurodisney in Paris is the fantasy of any European child. It is located in the sub of pairs in Chessy, about 32 km east. It was built in 1992, and in 2002, a second park was opened next to Eurodisney, the Walt Disney Studios Park.

Following Tokyo Disney Resort, it is the second Disney park outside the USA and the most visited theme park in Europe. Besides Disneyland Paris Park, the complex has several hotels, restaurants, and shops.

Going to Disneyland Paris is a fun experience, especially if you haven’t been to any. Its top attractions are It’s a Small World, Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Buzz Lightyear’s Laser Blast.

It is easy to reach Disneyland Paris from the center of Paris as several trains pass by the Disney Parks or by bus in the Disneyland Paris Express.

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