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The French capital has taken a long and tumultuous journey through history, gifting the world with its finest art, food, literature and music, along the way.

The Eiffel Tower is the place many start their Parisian sight-seeing, but it might be best to save this ultimate icon of Paris till last. The spectacular views from its 305-metre vantage point make most sense when you've already gathered in the details; when Paris is no longer a blank. Instead head for the historic centre of the city – the island in the Seine where Paris started, the Ile de la Cité. Here, the Notre-Dame Cathedral lights up its heart, and from its towers you can take in a viewpoint that has witnessed all of the city's tumultuous history.

And while that history is worn proudly on every street, its most vibrant remnants are gathered into Paris' many magnificent museums and art galleries (because art is history in Paris, after all). The Louvre is its most triumphant, home of the Mona Lisa and much else beside. The Champs-Élysées might be better-known for its uptown shopping, but it also has two fine art museums, the Grand and Petit Palais. And the Pompidou Centre loudly proclaims Paris' insistence on staying contemporary, with its hugely popular National Museum of Modern Art.

The north side of Paris takes the most dramatic architectural line – the Axe Historique. Starting in Place de la Concorde, this line tracks through three of the city's most famous monuments – the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, the Arc de Triomphe d'Etoile and the modernist Grande Arch, 13 kilometres west. Here it ends in the modern business district of La Defense, a forest of glass-fronted towers and towering sculptures.

Also on the north-side is a prime example of that old-town charm – the narrow alleys of Montmartre, clustered around the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. This is Paris' bohemian heart, home of the Moulin Rouge and a still-thriving artistic community. Step south of the river and you'll find a very different community – the intellectual musings of the Latin Quarter, home to many of the Sorbonne's colleges, the Senate, and the dreamy open spaces of the Luxembourg Gardens. Close by, you can descend into the bowels of Paris, and explore the macabre magnificence of the Paris Catacombs.

Light and dark; reason and passion; ancient and modern – every one of Paris' 20 districts picks at the threads of this cultural multiverse in its own particular way.

Paris Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Paris

Marais - Pompidou - Notre Dame de Paris featuring modern architecture and a square or plaza as well as a large group of people

Marais

4.5/5Wonderful!(37 area reviews)

Travellers love Marais for its popular shops, and you can see more of Paris by jumping on the metro at Saint-Paul Station or Saint-Sebastien - Froissart Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Hotel de Ville and Picasso Museum.

Marais
Montmartre which includes views and a city

Montmartre

4.5/5Wonderful!(28 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Montmartre, you might enjoy attractions like Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris and Place du Tertre. You might also enjoy the neighbourhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Abbesses Station to see more of the city.

Montmartre
7th Arrondissement which includes street scenes and a city

7th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(59 area reviews)

7th Arrondissement is highly notable for its charming cafes, and you might want to visit top sights like Les Invalides and Rue Cler. See more of Paris by jumping on the metro at Varenne Station or La Tour-Maubourg Station.

7th Arrondissement
8th Arrondissement featuring a monument and street scenes

8th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(87 area reviews)

Travellers love 8th Arrondissement for its popular shops, and you can see more of Paris by jumping on the metro at Saint-Philippe du Roule Station or Miromesnil Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Champs-Elysees and Grand Palais.

8th Arrondissement
6th Arrondissement showing a garden and a statue or sculpture

6th Arrondissement

5/5Exceptional!(28 area reviews)

Known for its beautiful gardens and charming cafes, there's plenty to explore in 6th Arrondissement. Check out top attractions like Luxembourg Gardens and Saint-Sulpice Church, and jump on the metro at Saint-Sulpice Station or Rennes Station to see more of the city.

6th Arrondissement
9th Arrondissement showing street scenes as well as a small group of people

9th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(85 area reviews)

Known for its charming cafes and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in 9th Arrondissement. Check out top attractions like Galeries Lafayette and Grevin Museum, and jump on the metro at Saint-Georges Station or Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Station to see more of the city.

9th Arrondissement

Top hotels in Paris

B&B Hotel At Disneyland® Paris
B&B Hotel At Disneyland® Paris
2 out of 5
Disneyland® Paris, 60 Avenue De La Fosse Des Pressoirs, Magny-le-Hongre
The price is NZ$135 per night from 8 Nov. to 9 Nov.

Situated in Magny-le-Hongre, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris and Golf Disneyland Paris. Disney Village and Walt Disney ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,620 reviews)
Great hotel

"They are coping well with Covid 19. The buffet breakfast is now served in a bag so you can take to your room or eat in the restaurant. It is served to you by the staff. The hotel was clean, not cleaning rooms daily if you stay longer due to Covid 19. Love this hotel and so convenient for Disney ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2020

B&B Hotel At Disneyland® Paris
Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
3 out of 5
The price is NZ$122 per night from 24 Nov. to 25 Nov.

This family-friendly Serris residence is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium Sea Life Paris and La Vallee Village. Disneyland® Paris and Golf ...

4/5Very Good! (3,653 reviews)

"i enjoyed my stay very much, customer service was brilliant."…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep. 2020

Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
Explorers Hotel
Explorers Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is NZ$176 per night from 7 Nov. to 8 Nov.

This family-friendly Magny-le-Hongre hotel is located on a lake, within 2 mi (3 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris and Golf Disneyland Paris. Disney Village ...

3.9/5Good! (1,601 reviews)

"Hotel was very clean and the hotel is fantastic for children off all ages. The staff were very helpful and friendly and is close to Disney where a shuttle bus runs back and forward every 20 minutes. We could not fault anything about our experience at the Explorers hotel and would certainly recommend ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2020

Explorers Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Paris

Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
3 out of 5
The price is NZ$122 per night from 24 Nov. to 25 Nov.

This family-friendly Serris residence is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium Sea Life Paris and La Vallee Village. Disneyland® Paris and Golf ...

4/5Very Good! (3,653 reviews)

"i enjoyed my stay very much, customer service was brilliant."…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep. 2020

Hipark By Adagio Serris-Val d'Europe
Aparthotel Adagio Marne la Vallée Val d'Europe
Aparthotel Adagio Marne la Vallée Val d'Europe
The price is NZ$117 per night from 24 Nov. to 25 Nov.

This family-friendly Serris residence is located in the shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of Val d'Europe, Aquarium Sea Life Paris and La Vallee Village. ...

3.7/5Good! (2,070 reviews)

"Stayed August 2nd for 5 nights and after reading all the negative reviews, I was pleased to see it wasn't as bad as some said. Covid has had an effect on the facilities available but the pool was open which was a massive bonus for us.Yes it could do with a little tidying and a splash of paint in ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Marne la Vallée Val d'Europe
Relais Spa Val d'Europe
Relais Spa Val d'Europe
4 out of 5
1, rue des Grands Pres, Chessy, Seine-et-Marne
The price is NZ$210 per night from 9 Nov. to 10 Nov.

Located in the heart of Chessy, this spa residence is within a 10-minute walk of Val d'Europe and Val d'Europe Shopping Center. Aquarium Sea Life Paris and La ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,948 reviews)

"Luxurious and immaculate Hotel. Close to Shops, Restaurants & Disneyland Paris. Attentive staff very enjoyable stay."…"

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2020

Relais Spa Val d'Europe
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Paris

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

4.5/5(332 reviews)

From the ground looking up, or from its lofty heights looking down, the Eiffel Tower is the best view in town.

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

4.5/5(249 reviews)

The Louvre is where the Mona Lisa shines her enigmatic half-smile for visitors – and where 34,999 other fabulous attractions await your attention.

Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe

4.5/5(319 reviews)

This towering arch is where France comes to celebrate its victories, remember its dead, and enjoy spectacular views down the Champs-Élysées.

La Machine du Moulin Rouge
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La Machine du Moulin Rouge

4/5(103 reviews)

Tour the home of the cancan dance to find out about its lurid beginnings. The night club has been the inspiration for cabarets across Europe.

Palais Garnier
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Palais Garnier

4.5/5(106 reviews)

Attend a performance, browse museum exhibits and marvel at the opulent design of one of the world’s most celebrated opera houses. 

Champs-Elysees
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Champs-Elysees

4.5/5(101 reviews)

Possibly the most famous promenade in France, if not the world, this premier Parisian avenue marries exquisite shopping experiences and high-class culture.

Top activities in Paris

Eiffel Tower Tour with Summit Option
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Eiffel Tower Tour with Summit Option

NZ$74
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Fairytale Loire Castles, Wine Tasting & Lunch: Full-Day Trip
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Fairytale Loire Castles, Wine Tasting & Lunch: Full-Day Trip

NZ$298
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Paris in a Day: Eiffel Tower, Seine Cruise & Optional Louvre
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Paris in a Day: Eiffel Tower, Seine Cruise & Optional Louvre

NZ$293
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Louvre Semi Private: Comprehensive tour with Skip the line
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Louvre Semi Private: Comprehensive tour with Skip the line

NZ$115
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Disneyland® Paris Tickets
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Disneyland® Paris Tickets

NZ$157
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
French Cheese and Wine Introduction Tasting
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French Cheese and Wine Introduction Tasting

NZ$45
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Paris

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
411
5 - Excellent 54.1501976284585%
4 - Good
293
4 - Good 38.6034255599473%
3 - Okay
43
3 - Okay 5.665349143610013%
2 - Disappointing
10
2 - Disappointing 1.3175230566534915%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.2635046113306983%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Mar. 2020

Always love the atmosphere of the city. Unfortunately, due to the Virus, everything changed.

4/5 - Good

David

9 Mar. 2020

General level of service and friendliness in restaurants and stores was poor compared to New Zealand. The Alsace Restaurant on the Champs Elysees was so bad it was laughable.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Feb. 2020

Highly recommend and would stay here again.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Feb. 2020

The attractions of Paris are great and as we were in the winter months we did not have to queue for anything. But it is a very busy, crowded and somewhat dirty city. Crowding on the metro like sardines was not fun.

3/5 - Okay

Shelly

8 Feb. 2020

We love all the museums, galleries, but not train, underground station is dirty and smelly. Bus is clean and handy however road traffic is terrible.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Jan. 2020

Watch out for pick pockets and general low life in public places!!

Cities near Paris

La Defense which includes a square or plaza and a city as well as a small group of people

Nanterre

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