10 Unmissable Landmarks In Paris
by Lara McComish | Updated 05 March 2020 | Posted in Family Holidays, Short Breaks, France, General
Audrey Hepburn knew what she was talking about when she famously said that "Paris is always a good idea". A city break to Paris gushes with history, romance and iconic landmarks, so we've rounded up the must-see sights in the City of Lights.
1. Eiffel Tower
Perhaps the most recognisable on the list, the Eiffel Tower never fails to 'wow' with its iron latticework, dizzying heights and heady Parisian views. Reach the top of the tower in the charmingly old-fashioned elevators, or if you'd like to keep things on ground level, then take in its grandeur with a picnic beneath it.
Champs-Élysées symbolises Paris's elegance in one beautiful boulevard. Shop til you drop in the boutiques or fuel up in one of the picture perfect patisseries. One thing's for sure, you won't leave empty handed...
3. Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is a beacon at the top of the Champs-Élysées. Commissioned by Napolean himself, the iconic arch signifies the military glories of his Grande Armée.
4. The Louvre
Home to Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the Louvre is widely considered the world's greatest art museum. Formerly a royal palace, this national treasure is most recognised by its emblematic glass pyramid, which has become a central landmark of the city.
5. Palais Garnier
Palais Garnier is the pinnacle of opera houses - having inspired none other than Phantom Of The Opera. Seating up to nearly 2,000, the grand building is also home to Mark Chagall's painted ceiling, so a salient masterpiece from inside and out!
6. Moulin Rouge
No trip to Paris would be complete without a trip to the world's most famous cabaret. Enter stage left - Moulin Rouge!
An iconic white Basilica sat in pride of place in Montmartre. Perched at the highest peak in the city, Sacré-Cœur is visible from far and wide.
8. Place de la Bastille
Place de la Bastille marks the remains of the Bastille prison and it plays a key part of memorial proceedings come Bastille Day on 14th July.
9. Canal Saint-Martin
The Canal Saint-Martin is a waterway flowing through northeastern Paris. And whether choose to stroll or cruise along its tranquil banks, you can guarantee a romantic backdrop.
10. Notre Dame de Paris
The Notre Dame is a real sight to behold - especially in the twilight. With Gothic architecture and gargoyles galore, this is a sight to behold - and all free to ogle. However, we implore you to spend a little extra to climb the twin towers.