A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Paris
Paris, a world capital of culture, art, fashion and food with a population of more than 2.2 million, is situated on the river Seine in Northern France in the middle of the region called Île-de-France.
The cosmopolitan capital of France offers several world class museums, great theatres, fabulous parks, elegant boulevards and amazing architecture like Notre Dame Cathedral, L'Arc de Triomphe and — of course — the iconic Eiffel Tower, which can be seen from almost everywhere in the city.
The City of Love gets the highest score in our list for sights.
Furthermore Paris delights its visitors with glorious shopping, gourmet restaurants, lively cafés, and vibrant nightlife.
Paris is expensive and it has only a few genuine pedestrian zones.
After the terror attacks in November 2015, security has become sadly a severe issue.
6.5/10 [2.240 Mio]
B. Best Things to Do in Paris (Detailed List with Photos and Information)
These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 9.20/10.
TOUR EIFFEL 9
This iconic iron tower, now the symbol of France and Paris, was constructed for the 1889 world's fair and was the tallest structure in the world (total 324 m, observation deck 276 m) until 1930.
The top of this architectural and engineering marvel can still be seen from almost everywhere in Paris.
Historic Tower (World Heritage Site since 1991)
MUSÉE DU LOUVRE 9
Considered by many the best art museum in the world The Louvre displays a grand total of 35,000 works of art.
Some of the most significant masterpieces hang on its walls, including the most famous painting in the world, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" the armless "Venus de Milo" sculpture, "Grande Odalisque" by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, or "Liberty of Leading the People" by Eugene Delacroix.
Museum (World Heritage Site since 1991)
by Christine Zenino / CC BY-SA 2.0
Musée d'Orsay 8
Europe's greatest impressionist and post-impressionist paintings collection is housed in a gorgeously renovated former railway station built in 1900 on the left bank of the River Seine.
Highlights include “Starry Night over the Rhone” by Vincent van Gogh, “Olympia” and “The Luncheon on the Grass” by Édouard Manet as well as “Dance at Moulin de la Galette” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir or “Whistler’s Mother” by James Whistler.
by Moonik / CC BY-SA 3.0
This masterpiece of early Gothic church architecture (construction begun around 1163) with its three spectacular rose windows rises magnificently on Île de la Cité, an island in the middle of the Seine river.
Climb the cathedral's 387 steps to the top of one of the two bell towers for breathtaking views of Paris and go face-to-face with the famous gargoyles.
Cathedral (World Heritage Site since 1991)
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Opera Garnier 7
Inaugurated in 1875, the interior of this world famous opera house designed by Charles Garnier – also known as the Palais Garnier – is even more impressive than its opulent exterior.
Highlights include the stunning marble staircase, the incredibly luxurious 154 meters long and 13 meters wide Great Hall, and the auditorium with an oval-shaped ceiling painted in 1964 by Marc Chagall.
by Anthony Degrémont / CC BY-SA 3.0
Arc de Triomphe 7
This colossal triumphal arch towering at the western end of Champs-Élysées with a height of 50 metres (164 ft) was commissioned in 1806 by the Emperor Napoleon and completed in 1836.
It is famous for its wonderful view from the terrace on top, outstanding sculptures by François Rude and the famous tomb of The Unknown Soldier.
Monument (triumphal arch)
C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Paris
-Champs-Élysées (Shopping Street) 6
-Galeries Lafayette (Historic Shopping Centre) 5
-Quartier Latin (city district) 5
-Marais (city district) 5
-Dôme des Invalides (church with Tomb of Napoleon) 5
-Jardin de Luxembourg (park) 5
-Pont Alexandre III (bridge) 5