5 Paris Attractions You Should Visit at Least Once

Moulin Rouge is a famous cabaret built in 1889, located in the Paris red-light district of Pigalle.
Moulin Rouge is a famous cabaret built in 1889, located in the Paris red-light district of Pigalle. | © Nikolay Korzhov / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Jessica Dellow
19 June 2019

Paris boasts a wealth of world-class museums and architectural masterpieces. From the world’s largest art museum to France’s most famous landmark, there is plenty to experience in the French capital.

Marvel at ancient masterpieces in the Louvre Museum

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The Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
The Louvre Museum in Paris contains 35,000 works of art | © Ayhan Altun / Alamy Stock Photo
As the most visited art museum in the world and also the largest, The Louvre should be top of your list. It would take you no fewer than 100 days to visit the 35,000 works of art on display across 300 rooms – and that’s if you spend just 30 seconds looking at each one. From the mysterious Mona Lisa to the famous Venus de Milo sculpture, the scope of artistic relics is unrivalled. Make sure to stop by the glorious apartments of Napoleon III.

Be mesmerised by the cabaret performances at the Moulin Rouge

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The Moulin Rouge in Paris, France.
The Moulin Rouge was built in 1885 | © Wieslaw Jarek / Alamy Stock Photo
The Moulin Rouge in Montmartre, with its iconic red windmill, was built in 1885. The venue pioneered the famous French cancan dance, and has now become one of the most famous cabarets in the world. Expect flamboyant handmade costumes of feathers and elegance at every turn. The music is equally as delightful, brought to life by no fewer than 80 musicians and 60 choral singers. With a bottle of champagne, this dinner-show experience is sure to amaze.

Enjoy breathtaking views from the iconic Eiffel Tower

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View across Paris from The Eiffel Tower
The view from the Eiffel tower is spectacular | © Ballyferriter / Alamy Stock Photo
Originally built to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution in 1889, the impressive Eiffel Tower has become the most iconic landmark of France. The first floor is home to The 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant whilst the second-floor observation deck provides spectacular bird’s eye views – the best in the city. The monument – which consistently attracts more than 6.9 million visitors from across the world – is especially beautiful at night when its 20,000 light bulbs put on a dazzling show.

Admire the neoclassical architecture of the impressive Arc de Triomphe

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The Arc de Triomphe in Paris
Hike 284 steps to reach the top of the Arc de Triomphe | © Carole Escoffey / Alamy Stock Photo
The Arc de Triomphe, a Neoclassical take on the ancient Roman arch, is one of Paris’s most iconic attractions. It’s worth hiking the 284 stairs to reach the platform on top of the arch as the views span right across the city, towering above the capital at 50m tall. At the base down below, you can warm your hands by the eternal flame, rekindled at 6.30pm each evening, and appreciate the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument paying tribute to the 1.3 million French soldiers who died in World War I.

Immerse yourself in the spooky history of the Paris Catacombs

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Catacombs in the underground of Paris, France.
The Catacombs are one of the spookier tourist attractions in Paris | © Patrick Schadler / Alamy Stock Photo
Catacombs of Paris is one of the creepiest yet most fascinating places in Paris. Beneath its glamorous boulevards, you can browse the human bones and skulls of around six million Parisians. The underground tunnels date back to the 13th-century when they were mined as limestone quarries. But when the cemeteries of Paris started to overflow in 1774, the bodies were moved into the Catacombs, sprawling south from the Barrière d’Enfer (“Gate of Hell”) ancient city gate.
These recommendations were updated on June 19, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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