The Louvre Museum, former residence of the kings of France, is one of the world’s largest museums, featuring 38,000 exhibits. Do not miss the three ladies of the Louvre: Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace.
Built at the end of the 19th century, the Opéra Garnier is one of the largest (with 2,000 seats), most beautiful opera houses in the world. Must-sees: Chagall’s painted ceiling and the grand staircase.
Place Vendôme embodies French classical urbanism, and is the work of Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Lined with magnificent residences and the boutiques of the most celebrated jewellers, it is the epicentre of French luxury.
Many artists were born and lived in Montmartre (130.53 metres). One of the best views of Paris can be enjoyed from the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, and at Place du Tertre, artists gather to paint portraits of the pedestrians.
Located on Ile de la Cité, Notre Dame is, along with the Eiffel Tower, a major symbol of Paris. The quays of the Seine next to the cathedral offer a charming walk amongst secondhand booksellers.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées is two kilometres long, and goes from the obelisk at Place de la Concorde, to Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. The top of the avenue features a number of shops, cinemas, and restaurants.
The Hotel des Invalides, built under Louis XIV, houses the Saint-Louis des Invalides Cathedral, the Musée des Armées, and a cemetery where historical military figures are buried, including the famous Napoleon.
The universal symbol of Paris measures 324 metres and was built for the Universal Exposition of 1889 by Gustave Eiffel. At the top of the tower, the panoramic view of Paris is exceptional.
The Palais Royal and its gardens, just steps from the Louvre Museum, date back to the first half of the 17th century, and are at the centre of French history. The gardens amidst the superb classical architecture make for a nice contrast against the contemporary sculptures of Daniel Buren.