With so much to see and do in Paris, it’s hard to narrow it down to the essentials while still having an experience that’s a good balance of everything the city has to offer. We’ve selected the best of the city—some places are well known, others off the beaten path—to help you plan a long weekend, a longer trip, or even your next few visits.
PALAIS ROYAL GARDENS
Far from the noise and bustle, these serene formal gardens and elegant shops tucked behind the walls of a 17th-century palace are a delightful haven and one of Paris’s best-kept secrets. Once a royal residence, the hushed arcades and manicured gardens of the Palais Royal are now home to world-class perfumers, antiquaires and designer boutiques.
ILE SAINT LOUIS
Just behind the Notre-Dame gardens, the Pont Saint-Louis pedestrian bridge leads to the atmospheric streets and lively shopping of the Ile Saint Louis. A perfect walk for flaneurs just taking in the majestic facades and quiet courtyards of beautiful 17th-century mansions, this peaceful island is truly an oasis.
The most recognized symbol of Paris is the Tour Eiffel, but the ultimate traveler’s prize is the Louvre. This is the world’s greatest art museum—and the largest, with 675,000 square feet of works from almost every civilization on earth.
And ofcourse, the Eiffel Tower is to Paris what the Statue of Liberty is to New York and what Big Ben is to London: the ultimate civic emblem. French engineer Gustave Eiffel—already famous for building viaducts and bridges—spent two years working to erect this iconic monument for the World Exhibition of 1889.
Looming above Place du Parvis on the Ile de la Cité, the Cathedrale Notre Dame is the symbolic heart of Paris and, for many, of France itself. Napoléon was crowned here, and kings and queens exchanged marriage vows before is altar. There are a few things worth seeing inside the Gothic cathedral, but the real highlights are the exterior architectural details and the unforgettable view of Paris, framed by stone gargoyles, from the top of the south tower
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