The Eiffel Tower
What would Paris be without the symbolic Eiffel Tower? Built by Gustave Eiffel to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, it will be unveiled at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1889. It is 324 meters and is one of the world’s most popular monuments, attracting almost 7 million visitors a year.
On the first floor is the Eiffel Tower 58, which extends over two levels, 58 meters above the ground, as the name suggests. On the second floor, the view is best 115 meters, because you have a diving view of the ground below. Finally, on the 3rd floor 275 meters away, you will see what was Gustave Eiffel’s office. For adventurers it is possible to use the stairs and climb up the stairs (to the top of 1665). The rise of the Eiffel Tower is a must to enjoy the magnificent views of Paris.
Louvre Art Museum
The Louvre is the most popular art museum in the world. The historic building is located in the heart of Paris and is a former royal palace with an area of 210,000 square meters, of which 60,600 are for exhibitions. The museum is located in the Louvre, originally a fortress built under Philip II in the late 13th century. The remains of the fortress can be seen in the museum’s basement.
Notre Dame Cathedral
One of the most enduring symbols of Paris: Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as Notre Dame, the Roman Catholic cathedral located east of the Ile de la Cité. It is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France and Europe. Started in 1163 and completed in 1345, this cathedral is an attraction whose supports surround its roof adorned with many sculptures and caricatures.
We recommend walking around the cathedral and then ascending 387 steps to the top of the towers. The climb to the top of the towers can be exhausting, but you get panoramic views of the area and you can see the famous gargoyles nearby.
Defeated by ancient Roman architecture, Napoleon instructed Jean Chalgrin to draw up a plan for a victorious arch dedicated to the imperial armies. Built in the 19th century, it is the largest monument of its kind in the world. The columns are decorated with impressive sculptures. In addition, the names of 558 generals and major victories are marked on the arch. Under the Arc de Triomphe is the tomb of an unknown French soldier.
The panoramic terrace above the door offers a beautiful view of Paris. The Arc de Triomphe, 50 meters high, 45 meters wide and 22 meters deep, is located on the Place de l’Etoile, leading to the Champs Elysees, known as “the most beautiful street in the world”. Concorde Square and the Arc de Triomphe are 1.2 km away. There are many luxury shops (Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Guerlain, Montblanc …), nightlife (Lido, cinemas), famous cafes and restaurants (Fouquet’s).
Cruise on the walls
Find the best way to visit the “City of Lights” while enjoying a cruise on the walls, especially at night. When the sun goes down, the monuments light up slowly. You get panoramic views in the foreground to enjoy the beauty of Paris: the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Pont Alexandre III and much more. You can also enjoy a dinner boat trip on the Seine. You are welcome for about two hours.
Montmartre is a hill north of Paris, 130 meters high, and is named after the surrounding area. It is best known for the white dome of the sacred heart at the top. Completed in 1919, it honors the French victims of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.
If you are in the area, visit Tertre Square, a few blocks from the basilica. There are many artists who create racks to paint tourists or show their work. Place du Tertre is reminiscent of a time when Montmartre was a center of modern art in the early 20th century; many artists worked there, such as Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. Espace Salvador Dalí, a museum dedicated to sculptures and drawings by a Spanish painter, is a stone’s throw from Tertre Square.