The Top 10 Sights of Paris

Travel to Paris without any tourist traps! Here you will find a list of the top 10 sights of Paris! Which highlights and attractions should you not miss on your holiday in Paris?

Paris, the city of love, has fascinated travellers from all over Europe since the Middle Ages and has always stood for luxury, glamour and cosmopolitanism. Numerous attractions in the city centre and around the metropolis make France's capital one of Europe's most popular holiday destinations.


Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the landmark of Paris and stands worldwide as a symbol for all of France - © M.V.-Fotodesign / Fotolia
© M.V.-Fotodesign / Fotolia

Of course, number 1 among the top 10 sights in Paris is the city's most famous landmark. The 300-metre-high Eiffel Tower was not popular with everyone at the time of its construction, but it is now impossible to imagine the cityscape of France's capital without it.

If you want to enjoy the magnificent view from its three floors, you need time, because standing in a queue here is almost unavoidable.

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The world-famous Louvre in the centre of Paris, the largest museum in the world, by night, France - © William Perugini / Shutterstock
© William Perugini / Shutterstock

You also have to queue at the Louvre, the most famous museum in Paris, whose entrance is formed by a glass pyramid. The former royal palace now houses the largest museum in the world with priceless art treasures such as the world-famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, the Venus de Milo or the Nike of Samothrace.

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Nôtre Dame

Nôtre Dame ("Our Lady") Cathedral by night, Paris, France - © Roman Sigaev / Fotolia
© Roman Sigaev / Fotolia

If you continue walking along the Seine after the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, you will come to the impressive Nôtre Dame on its island in the river. With its finely crafted façade, the mighty cathedral is one of the most important Gothic buildings in France and was, among other things, the coronation site of Napoleon.

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Sacre Coeur

The gleaming white "Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre" offers a wonderful view over Paris, France, due to its location at the very top of the hill in the Montmartre district - © Gregg Chastain / Fotolia
© Gregg Chastain / Fotolia

Next to Nôtre Dame, the snow-white basilica of Sacre Coeur is probably the best-known church in Paris. Its prominent location on the hill of Montmartre alone gives the Romanesque-Byzantine pilgrimage church a special status. Its dome can be climbed - it's worth the effort for the sensational view over Paris!

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Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe

At the end of the Champs Elysées, probably the most famous boulevard in Paris, stands the Arc de Triomphe, from whose roof terrace you have a wonderful view over Paris, France - © Claude Coquilleau / Fotolia
© Claude Coquilleau / Fotolia

The Champs Élysées is the most famous boulevard in Paris. Famous for its four-lane roundabout, whose reckless traffic has often exasperated those not familiar with the area, it runs from the Louvre to the equally famous Arc de Triomphe, which dates back to Napoleon, and is lined with fine restaurants and luxury boutiques.

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Pont Neuf

The Pont Neuf connects the two banks of the Seine with the Ile de la Cité in the French capital Paris, from here boat tours are offered on the Seine, France - © Nikonaft / Shutterstock
© Nikonaft / Shutterstock

One way to get to the Ile de la Cité in the Seine is to cross the picturesque Pont Neuf. It is the oldest surviving bridge over the Seine and is now one of the most famous bridges in the world. Boat tours of the impressive Paris skyline also start here.

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Place de la Bastille

The Place de la Bastille in Paris used to be home to the Bastille, first a castle and later a prison; today it is home to the July Column and the new Paris Opera House, France - © Giancarlo Liguori / Shutterstock
© Giancarlo Liguori / Shutterstock

The July Column, which commemorates the July Revolution of 1830, towers unmistakably in the sky at the Place de la Bast ille. One of France's most famous squares takes its name from the Bastille, which was built in the 14th century and whose outline can still be seen in the pavement. The historic "storming of the Bastille" ushered in the French Revolution.

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Centre Pompidou

With spectacular views of Parisian attractions, the Centre Pompidou in the city centre offers contemporary art and architecture at its best, France - © Dmitry Brizhatyuk / Shutterstock
© Dmitry Brizhatyuk / Shutterstock

Together with the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay, the Centre Pompidou completes Paris' range of spectacular art museums. Here you can admire works of modern and contemporary art in particular. Its colourful façade also deserves a special look - all the building services here do not run inside, but along the outer walls.

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Cimetière du Père Lachaise

The Cimetière du Père Lachaise is one of the most visited sights in Paris, France, due to its numerous tombs of prominent personalities - © Zvonimir Atletic / Shutterstock
© Zvonimir Atletic / Shutterstock

The Cimetière du Père Lachaise was built in the east of Paris as the first cemetery in the world. Today, the massive "City of the Dead" impresses with its tranquil, park-like landscape and the famous personalities who have found their final resting place in one of the approximately 70,000 graves. Edith Piaf, Oscar Wild and Jim Morrison are just a few of them.

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Palace of Versailles

The Apollo Fountain in front of the magnificent Versailles Palace near Paris, France - © parkisland / Shutterstock
© parkisland / Shutterstock

Located just outside the city, the Palace of Versailles is nevertheless one of our top 10 sights in Paris. As the most visited pal ace in France and one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe, the magnificent baroque building is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Expanded and embellished by numerous kings of France, it is hard to say today which is more impressive: the sumptuous rooms or the magnificent château garden.

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