The Moulin Rouge is the number one show in Paris, if not the whole of Europe. No wonder it sells out quickly! Don't miss your chance to see the world-renowned showgirls and French Cancan dancers strut their stuff on the Moulin Rouge's historic stage.
Attractions in Paris
Looking for things to do in Paris? This city has been the world’s most popular tourist destination for many years. And it has a very long list of places to explore. It is not easy to explore all of Paris attractions – the City of Light can easily overwhelm you, even if it’s your second or third visit. This is why we produced more than 25 video guides for the City of Light with special tips on lots of activities and attractions. Everything you need to know about sightseeing, shopping, nightlife, Paris on a budget and more!
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Now let us give you a short introduction to some of the best attractions in Paris…
Top Paris attractions
When thinking about things to do in Paris, the first attraction that comes to mind is usually the Eiffel Tower. But how can you climb the Eiffel tower without wasting a whole day? Here’s a few tips:
The Eiffel tower is located on Champ de Mars and reaches 324 meter high. This is one of the top attractions in Paris, and it’s on the “to do” list of every tourist. Unfortunately this means that the line for the elevators could take sometimes a few hours. Especially if you visit the tower during peak season or weekend, this is why we think that you should be smart about visiting the Eiffel and follow one of the following tips:
Our first tip would be not to be spontaneous about your visit. There are several different “opportunities” to stand in long line here, so at least avoid one and book your tickets online. If you wish to save even more time you can book “Skip the line” tickets. It costs a bit more, but it will save you a lot of time in your precious vacation, so we think it’s worth it. Another great way to skip the long line is by booking a guided tour in Paris that also includes the Eiffel tower. In most tours visiting the Eiffel would be at the end of the tour so you could stay longer if you wish.
Another tip you should consider is not to buy the ticket that offers you to climb to the top of the tower on the third floor. Many tourists make that mistake, but it is not the smartest way to visit the tower. First if you should probably start with the second floor anyway. This will allow you to enjoy panoramic view of Paris without the need to use a map. Then you should make your decision if you wish to climb to the top or not. If the weather is bad, or the lines for the elevator are scary, perhaps you should skip it, otherwise you can buy the ticket to to the third floor in the automated machines on the 2nd floor…
Now let’s move on to some other famous Paris attractions. What about a visit to the magnificent Louvre, the Orangerie or the D’Orsay museum to see some of the most talked about art works in the world such as the Venus de Milo, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” or Monet’s beautiful water lilies paintings. If you like modern art, then the Centre Pompidou is a great pick with a large collection of temporary art works and installations.
Don’t miss the beautiful Ile de la Cite, an island in the center of Paris where you can find the majestic Notre-Dame cathedral, a must-see for every tourist! This city island has more to offer: the St Chapelle Church (possibly the most beautiful in Paris with, truly stunning from the inside!), the Palace of Justice and the Conciergerie are among the best attractions here.
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Discover the joy of sightseeing with the Paris Pass, which gives you free entry to the best attractions Paris has to offer. Save time as you skip the queues with fast track entry at many attractions, including the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay, and take advantage of special offers at various Paris restaurants and shops.
Experience the grandeur of Versailles Palace and Gardens on a small group tour from Paris. With a maximum of only eight per group, this small group trip to Versailles ensures a more intimate experience. Hotel pickup from centrally located Paris hotels is included, taking all the guess work out of your trip. You can choose from a half-day tour (independent tour), either in the morning or afternoon, or a full-day tour (guided tour). On both the half-day and full-day tours you'll also be able to wander around the garden's groves and pools. If you visit Versailles on a Saturday or Sunday during April to October, you can see the famous fountain show in the gardens. The display is accompanied by music composed at the time of Louis XIV's court.
Don't waste time waiting in queues -- take a Louvre Museum prioritized guided tour. Make a booking and jump the queue to make the most of your limited time inside the world's largest museum. After your guided tour, you can stay on if you want to and continue exploring the Louvre Museum at your leisure.
See more than Paris and take a day trip to Monet's garden at Giverny and Louis XIV's palace of Versailles. The full-day tour combines the two most popular excursions from Paris in one trip. You'll explore France's royal history at the incomparably grand Versailles palace and see the gardens that inspired so many of Claude Monet's masterpieces at Giverny.