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Travel Guide

Eiffel Tower featuring a monument, heritage architecture and a sunset

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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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$134 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Situated in Magny-le-Hongre, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris and Disney Village. Walt Disney Studios Park and Golf Disneyland ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,463 reviews)
"The room was clean. The beds were good. The hotel service was very good. The staff members were very kind. All Covid-19 measures were taken and controlled by the hotel staff."

Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2020

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Explorers Hotel
Explorers Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is NZ$211 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
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 ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,348 reviews)
Ideal place for families
"A great hotel for those with kids. Plenty for the kids to do. Not keen on the branding of the hotel now, looks a bit tacky, but it’s more geared up for those with kids so it may appeal to those. Had a good pizza at the pool side. The pool and play areas look really good and also has a nice outdoor ..."

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2020

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Disney's Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel
Disney's Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel
4 out of 5
The price is NZ$839 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
This family-friendly Chessy hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps away from Val d'Europe and Disneyland® Paris. Disney Village and Walt ...
Disney's Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel
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