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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.

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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)

Marais
Montmartre which includes views and a city

Montmartre

4.5/5Wonderful!(28 area reviews)

Montmartre
8th Arrondissement featuring a monument and street scenes

8th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(87 area reviews)

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

6th Arrondissement

5/5Exceptional!(28 area reviews)

6th Arrondissement
7th Arrondissement which includes street scenes and a city

7th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(57 area reviews)

7th Arrondissement
15th Arrondissement which includes heritage elements and a city

15th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(49 area reviews)

15th Arrondissement

Top hotels in Paris

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ibis Paris CDG Airport
ibis Paris CDG Airport
3 out of 5
3 Rue de Bruxelles, BP 11122, Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis
NZ$133
per night
Mar 20 - Mar 21

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Aeroville Shopping Center, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Usines Centre Outlet Shopping Mall and Paris ...

3.9/5Good! (5,360 reviews)

"Perfeito para quem tem que pegar um voo bem cedo, o hotel fica do lado do transfer do terminal 3 do aeroporto, gastei uns 20m pra chegar no terminal 2. Dois minutos do hotel até o transfer."…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb. 2020

ibis Paris CDG Airport
Disney's Hotel Santa Fe
Disney's Hotel Santa Fe
2 out of 5
Disneyland Resort Paris, Marne-la-Valle, Coupvray, Seine-et-Marne
NZ$191
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park. Disney Village and ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,017 reviews)

"Clean rooms with comfortable beds. All the staff were polite and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan. 2020

Disney's Hotel Santa Fe
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
NZ$126
per night
Mar 18 - Mar 19

Situated in Magny-le-Hongre, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris and Val d'Europe Shopping Center. Disney Village and Walt ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,757 reviews)

"Stayed here for 1 night before moving on to Newport Bay hotel. Hotel is clean, simple and functional. Complementary bus service runs regularly to parks/train station. Everything we were looking for."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020

B&B Hotel at Disneyland® Paris

Popular activities 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(247 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(316 reviews)

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

Moulin Rouge
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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.

Notre-Dame
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Notre-Dame

4/5(276 reviews)

This iconic cathedral soars over the Ile de la Cité in the Seine, its features blending into a building that is half-architectural glory, half-spiritual sustenance.

Opéra Garnier
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Opéra Garnier

4.5/5(104 reviews)

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

Top activities in Paris

Disneyland® Paris Tickets
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Disneyland® Paris Tickets

NZ$116

Treat yourself to the magic of Disneyland® Paris. You can choose between 2 incredible Disney Parks, the original Disneyland® Park or the Walt Disney Studios® Park. Or, for the ultimate Disney adventure, you can choose a 2-park ticket and visit both.

Dinner Cruise on the Seine River
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Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

NZ$255

Set sail for an unforgettable evening on the water as you soak in the majesty of the illuminated landmarks that line the Seine. Step aboard a glass-enclosed boat at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and settle into your seat.

Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat
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Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat

NZ$29

Batobus stops include: 1. Eiffel Tower, Port de la Bourdonnais 2. Musée d'Orsay, Quai de Solferino 3. Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Quai Malaquais 4. Notre-Dame Cathedral, Quai de Montebello 5. Jardin des Plantes, close to Pont d'Austerlitz 6.

Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Audio Tour
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Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Audio Tour

NZ$66

Take a trip back in time while at the Louvre, once a grand former palace and now the world's most famous museum.Along with your map and audio tour guide, you'll receive additional details for your day at the Louvre from our offices.

Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

NZ$60

Plan your Paris adventure with Big Bus: hop-on, hop-off tickets and tours designed to help you experience the very best of the City of Lights. We have two routes to show the best Paris has to offer and both are included in your ticket price.

Eiffel Tower Photo Excursion
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Eiffel Tower Photo Excursion

NZ$77

Itinerary We will meet outside the Kennedy Eiffel Coffee Shop and capture some images on the quaint Parisian street then proceed to the Pont De Bir-Hakeim Bridge which boasts beautiful views of the eiffel tower and waterways.

Reviews of Paris

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
406
5 - Excellent 53.91766268260292%
4 - Good
292
4 - Good 38.778220451527226%
3 - Okay
43
3 - Okay 5.710491367861886%
2 - Disappointing
10
2 - Disappointing 1.3280212483399734%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.2656042496679947%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 16, 2020

Highly recommend and would stay here again.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 9, 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

Feb 8, 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

Jan 31, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Bianka

Jan 22, 2020

First time we used the metro we were pickpocketed lucky another lady saw and started screaming. Apart from that everything was great

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 19, 2020

I loved Paris and I will return with more time to see it all.

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