Paris Ile De La Cite Area

Looking for great places to explore during your upcoming trip to Paris? Ile de la Cite is visited by many tourists as the island holds several of the most interesting attractions in town. Ile de la Cite is one of two islands that are located in the middle of the River Seine. The distances in the city are in fact measured from the center of this island. Ile de la Cite is linked to two bridges – at the left and right banks. Take a walk along the beautiful Pont Neuf – the “New Bridge” even though it dates back to the start of the 17th century and is actually the oldest bridge in town – it will lead you to some noteworthy sites…

From Pont Neuf you will be led to the Notre Dame Cathedral – where you can admire stunning Gothic architecture, religious artifacts, century old art works, and the famous 13-ton bell, just to name a few things. The beautiful Sainte Chapelle church – the 900-year-old chapel in Paris that holds the most precious treasures, should be your next stop. Also the Conciergerie – the palace that turned into a prison where Marie Antoinette was held, is really worth devoting some time to. A hidden attraction here, located under the ground, is the Crypte Archeologique where you can see 2000 year old foundations of walls, medieval homes and ancient bath houses in a rather small museum.

Things to do around Ile de la Cite area in Paris

Finished exploring the island? Continue your sightseeing by heading to the right bank of the river and exploring one of the most picturesque historical districts of Paris: Le Marais or “the Jewish Quarter”. Here you can find several famous landmarks such as Place Des Vosges which is the oldest square in Paris and home to many charming cafes and shops, or Centre Pompidou – home to Europe’s largest modern art museum. Other attractions here are the Musee Carnavalet (visit it if you’re interested in the history of the city) and the beautiful Rue des Rosiers street for a unique shopping experience.

If you are in need of a bite and feel tired from all your sightseeing you can dine and rest your legs at one of Le Marais’ trendy restaurants. Another attraction which is also located not far away from Ile de la Cite area is Paris town hall – Hotel de Ville. This town hall is home to many exhibitions – check if there’s anything of your interest.

Want to see and do a lot in Paris, but you’d rather not spend too much money? Our tip is to purchase the Paris Pass: a very convenient pre-paid attraction pass that will give you free entry to 60+ attractions, tours and activities in and around the city (most of the here mentioned sights are included!). This pass will enable you to experience more of Paris then you could have dreamed of, while staying on a budget. Need more information on how to plan your sightseeing? Check the rest of our video guides and get all the tips you need – Enjoy!

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