Paris has long since been a popular tourist destination for its culture, fashion, art and food. With some of the most amazing monuments in the world all clustered around the city centre, it is easy to see why people continually travel to the city of lights. Here are some of the most visited attractions in Paris.
One of the most iconic monuments in France, perhaps even Europe, the Eiffel Tower stands at 320 metres high, and in 2011 became the most visited paid monument in the world with 7.1 million people climbing to the top. Taking the lift to its summit will offer you some amazing views of the city while you can enjoy some French coffee at the cafe built into the tower.
Easily the most famous museum in France and one of the biggest in the world, the Louvre is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”. Established in 1793, it is one of the oldest museums in Europe and its fame was recently boosted by being set in the Da Vinci Code which captivated audiences worldwide.
The collections it houses ranges right from the birth of civilisation all the way up to the 19th century while the museum is also expanding its collection with a brand new Islam department recently being opened. In 2002 5.7 million tourists came to admire its magnificent collections.
The Centre Pompidou features a fantastic array collection of modern art within the creatively designed building. Not only does it house some great art works it also has a cinema, occasionally hosting concerts for the public and plenty of children’s activities meaning families are more than welcome here. Every year it attracts around 5.5 million visitors.
Flying to Paris is simple and doesn’t take very long if you are coming in from a European destination. You can compare prices on flights to Paris online for to get the best deals on your holiday and start exploring some of the sights that have attracted millions of tourists a year for decades.
While it may not be the size of the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay houses one of the best Impressionist collections in the world. Once a former rail station, the atmosphere of the building is something that you would not usually experience in a museum anywhere else in the world. The three floors also offer you a chance to see the works of Monet, Van Gogh and Delacroix. Around 2.1 million people consistently visit this museum every year.
Notre Dame Cathedral
No trip to Paris can miss out this marvel of Gothic architecture. One of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe, the Notre Dame Cathedral took over 100 years to complete and the finished article is sure to take your breath away. The setting of the Disney film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, you can climb the same north tower to get the same vantage point that Quasimodo had in the film.