Attractions & Activities in Paris

Paris, the home to many of the worlds greatest museums and historical monuments, is a destination not to be missed. There is so much to see and to do that you can enjoy yourself easily for a week in the maze of streets, squares, parks and museums without getting bored. The choices of where to go and what to do are endless, but there are a few sights which you have to be able to tell your friends and family about, when you return from your trip.

Champs-Elysees

Paris is a wonderful city for aimless wandering and the Champs-Elysees a good place to start your tour of Paris. The Champs-Elysees is the best known boulevard of Paris, situated on the so called Right Bank of the Seine. The boulevard bustles with expensive restaurants, outdoor cafés and fancy stores. From the finish line of the Tour de France, to the funeral procession of Charles de Gaulle, a lot of France's most monumental events took place on this impressive boulevard. At the head of the Champs-Elysees, the Arch of Triumph majestically towers above the traffic in the middle of the Charles de Gaulle square. Beneath the archway lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where war veterans stoke up the memorial flame every evening for the ones who got killed during the Second World War.

At the other end of the Champs-Elysees lies the other prestigious square, Place de la Concorde. During the French Revolution around 1300 people got killed beneath the guillotine. Amongst whom were Louis XIV, Marie-Antoinette and Robespierre. Today the centerpiece of the square is the 3,000 year old Egyptian Obelisk from the Temple of Ramses at Luxor, a present of Egypt in 1829.

Montmartre

With its altitude of 130 meters (425 ft.), the bohemian neighborhood of Montmartre is the highest point in Paris. The Du Tertre Square is the perfect place to find a nice painted souvenir of Paris, a nice portrait of your loved one or a funny caricature of yourself. The area is perhaps best known for the Moulin Rouge Nightclub where artist Toulouse-Lautrec painted his famous paintings of Cancan dancers. The Byzantine style Basilica Sacre-Coeur stands proudly at the top of the hill overlooking the whole city and is almost as high as the Eiffel Tower.

Louvre Museum

This incredible museum, former residence of kings and queens, holds one of the broadest and richest art collections in the world today. From Egyptian art of 5000 BC to nineteen century masterpieces, the useum is divided into 7 departments and is so immense, that there is too much to see for a one day visit. Actually a Louvre tour seeing every piece of work in the collection would take several weeks. The most famous pieces of art in the collection are probably the Mona Lisa from Da Vinci and the Venus de Milo, dating around 130 BC.

Museum Georges Pompidou

It is difficult to say what is more impressing, this building of glass, steel and brightly colored pipes or the modern art collection which is inside the museum. The museum contains one of the world's largest collections of modern art including works of Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, Pollock and Bacon. Artists gather in front of the museum to perform and paint!

Versailles

Versailles is by far the most renowned castle of Paris and its surroundings. The enormous palace was built out of envy by King Louis XIV. The palace is rightly one of the most visited monuments of France. Versailles was the headquarters of the state and more than 20,000 people among which nobles, administrative staff, merchants, soldiers and servants lived in the enormous castle of the Sun King. The gardens of Versailles are amazing and utterly beautiful with its geometric flower beds, fountains, statues and canals.