Paris Landmarks… And Why You NEED To See Them!

Paris landmarks. You know them, you love them, you want to visit them, take selfies with them, and buy endless Paris souvenirs with their very image on. But how well do you know them?

It’s really easy to treat a city like Paris as an endless list of ticked boxes. After all, it’s one of the biggest cities in Europe, and one of the prettiest. You want to cram in as many Paris landmarks as you can, because you know that they’ll be one of the most stunning architectural sights you’ll ever see. Plus, you’re equally aware that everyone will totally be judging your vacation photos, and saying “you mean to say that you didn’t make it to the Louvre? You noobish, scrub fool!” It’s a lot of pressure to see everything.

The disadvantage is that it can be a hollow experience, checking landmarks off one by one. Wonder turns into work. Delight turns into mundane routine. It can wreck your trip, and both you and Paris deserve much better than that.

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A metal sign showing the entrance of the Metro; a Paris landmarks in itself!

How to see Paris landmarks properly

I’m sure you’re reading this, thinking “okay Ms Travel Blogger, what’s the best way to see Paris landmarks, then?”

Glad you asked! Because when it comes to seeing sights anywhere in the world, context is everything. As some of you may know, as well as being a travel blogger, I work in a museum – yes, I’m one of those people who tell you off if you touch the exhibits. But the thing is, those exhibits are nothing without the context: the history, and information. Without those, you just don’t know what you’re looking at. The super-rare Roman nose-picker just looks like a boring scrap of metal. We don’t really have a Roman nose-picker, by the way.

The same goes for landmarks – without the in-depth info, you’re not going to understand, appreciate, or enjoy those sights half as much. In a country as historic and beautiful as France, that would be such a shame.

So, do you need to brush up on your French, and translate vast tomes of ancient knowledge?

Non! Because I love making travel easier and stress-free, I’ve teamed up with Musement! You may well be familiar with their site, or inspiration-feeding app; they’re a company that provide travelers with tours in their chosen destination. It gives you a chance to spend time with a qualified local guide who can fill you all the info you ever needed on your favorite Paris landmarks. Plus, they’re part of the TUI group, which is basically like slapping a huge guarantee of quality on their tours (I’ve traveled with TUI an insane amount of times, and they’re soooo good at what they do! If there were a TUI loyalty card, I would have stamps all over that sucker). Oh, and did I mention that their prices are ridiculously good?

So here’s how it works. I’m going to use my travel and history chops to tell you about the Paris landmarks you simply must see, and give you an insight into the context, history, and cultural importance. Then, if you want to take a deeper look into a particular sight you’ve fallen in love with, you can check out Musement’s tours and book an in-depth tour with a guide! Yay!

Let’s do this!

The best sights in Paris!

Here they are, in no particular order – the sights you just must see on your trip to Paris! Obviously there’s a ton of other Paris landmarks that are totally worth your time, but these are the prime picks; the creme de la creme. And once you’ve read this, you’re going to be even more equipped to fully take take them in, enjoy them, and explore them more!

The Eiffel Tower, the most famous of all Paris landmarks, seen between two buildings

The Eiffel Tower

Well, duh.

It’s physically impossible not to see the Eiffel Tower on your trip to Paris – the Iron Lady may be located in the 7th arrondissement near the Seine River, but it’s so huge that you’ll be able to spot it from nearly anywhere in the city. But that doesn’t mean that you can glance at it, and tick it off your list; the most famous Paris sight deserves to be seen close up and personal!

The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889, and in a moment of extreme short-sightedness, it was never meant to be a permanent feature of the Paris skyline. It was actually intended to be a centrepiece for a World’s Fair, but even though a number of residents disliked it and thought it ugly (calling it a “ghastly dream”), it managed to stick around. Was it because of a new-found love for it, or popularity with visitors? Nope: it just happened to make a very nice radio tower.

However, it soon became synonymous with the city, and the most famous of Paris landmarks. When the city was occupied during the Second World War, French patriots cut the cables to the elevator so that the visiting Adolf Hitler wouldn’t be able to scale it without taking the stairs. He declined, and sent soldiers up to hoist a Nazi flag from the top. However, the flag was too big and the wind ripped it away, so a daring Frenchman climbed the tower in the night, replacing the original French flag.

Tours are an excellent way to see the Eiffel Tower – not only will you learn the full history (and it certainly has its ups and downs!), but you’ll get to ascend the tower itself! Musement’s Eiffel Tower tours let you skip the line; a fantastic bonus for the world’s most-visited sight!

The Arc, de Triomphe, the second most famous of Paris landmarks, seen from below

Arc de Triomphe

Paris’ second most-famous landmark is the Arc de Triomphe, a huuuuuge arch in the Roman style which is much bigger than you might be expecting! I’ve seen triumphal arches in Rome itself, but they fairly pale in comparison to the Paris variety. It’s also very close to the Eiffel Tower, despite it being in the 16th arrondissement (the numbering of Paris neighbourhoods is somewhat erratic-seeming to the outsider. But let’s face it, who doesn’t like to confuse tourists?)

The Arc’s full name is the Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile – the Triumphal Arch of the Star, which makes sense when you realise that it’s situated in the middle of a roundabout with 12 (count ’em!) roads leading off it, giving it a pleasing star-shape from above. Those same roads aren’t quite so pleasing if you attempt to cross it by foot or drive around it, so both of those activities come highly un-recommended, unless you’re attempting to become more like your inner pizza.

The Arc was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte, who was something of a fan of large structures (we’ll be coming back to him later), and was intended to honour all those who died in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. In the traditional of ancient Roman triumphal arches, the idea was that you’d march your victorious army beneath it on your return to the city. Napoleon himself never got the opportunity: he died in exile on Saint Helena, but his remains were passed through the arch when they were brought back for burial.

A tour of the Arc de Triomphe is well worth doing – there’s much more history than I can write about here, and the scores of names and effigies chiselled into the stonework need some thorough interpretation! It’s also a great one for a skip-the-line ticket, because trust me: the line for the top gets very popular, very quickly.

The Louvre. As well as being one of the best known Paris landmarks, it is the biggest museum in the world

The Louvre Museum

Even if art isn’t your thing, and you have zero interest in these fancy schmancy artists, a trip to the Louvre is a must when you visit Paris. The exterior of the building alone is worth a visit – the glittering glass pyramid, and its inverted underground twin steal the show – but you’ll really be missing out if you don’t sample at least some of the artwork inside. You don’t have to be an art fan to recognise some of the world’s most famous paintings and sculptures… including the most famous painting in the world.

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The building itself was originally intended to be a fortress (though this is France, so it obviously had to look rather fabulous at the same time), and it served that purpose until 1682. Even though it had the delights of the Jardin des Tuileries alongside it, and the leafy Jardin des Plantes a short hop away, Louis XIV decided that it was far too urban and moved the royal household to Versailles. So, the building was used to house the royal collection instead, becoming known as the “Palais des Arts”.

The French Revolution didn’t go terribly well for the French royal family, however, and the Louvre was converted into a museum instead. The influence (and colonial ransackings) of France was so great that a huge number of items ended up in the Louvre’s collection, including a ginormous Egyptian selection, various Greek and Roman statues, and a vaguely-known painting by Leonardo da Vinci. That painting ended up being stolen by an Italian patriot, and the quest to get it back gave the painting an unprecedented amount of publicity. Yup – that was the Mona Lisa!

If you want to take a look at the Louvre’s collection yourself, and especially if you fancy a peek at the Mona Lisa, I highly recommend booking a tour. The queues to get in, let alone see its star attraction, get pretty insane. Having a skip-the-line Louvre ticket, which also provides you with a guide who can explain the history and context, really is worth its weight in gold.

The Musee d'Orsay has been a train station and a museum. This shows its main hall filled with statues

The Musée d’Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay is the second most-visited museum in Paris, but it’s by no means in the shadow of the Louvre. It’s housed in a beautiful building, near the historic and artistic Saint Germain des Prés neighbourhood, and has major artworks in its own right. It’s definitely a must if you’re a fan of Van Gogh, or Cézanne!

The museum was originally a train station – if you head outside, you can still see the destinations engraved on the exterior walls, and you can see the very Instagrammable clocks in the windows – but it wasn’t big enough to house the long trains which started to operate from it. So it became a museum instead, finally being converted in 1974.

And what a museum it is! It has the most impressive collections of Van Gogh’s work outside of Amsterdam, including the star attraction (if you’ll excuse the pun) of Starry Night. There’s also a heavy emphasis on French work, and the main gallery is almost a Who’s Who of famous French artists. Basically, if it’s French and it’s not in the Louvre, it’s probably in the Musée d’Orsay. It doesn’t quite have the scene-stealers of the Louvre, but it doesn’t suffer for it – it’s downright relaxing to be able to see the artworks without having to jostle for position.

If you’re not super-informed about your artists and their works, it’s well worth taking a Musée d’Orsay tour in order to get the interpretation from an expert. It really brings the place, and the paintings you’re looking at, to life – and being able to skip the line or take a private tour through a dedicated entrance is rather nice too!

The Place de la Concorde is one of the Paris landmarks with a dark past. This shows the site of the guillotine.

Place de la Concorde

The Place de la Concorde may look like an innocent square in the middle of a busy road (yup, have fun scurrying across!), but if you know anything about history, you’ll know that Paris has a bit of a bloody past. And the Place de la Concorde was right at the heart of it. Luckily, it’s much more fun to visit these days!

The square itself looks rather lovely today; there’s some very ornate fountains which are some of the most impressive in the city. But it wasn’t always called the Place de la Concorde – back in the 1790s, during the height of the French Revolution, it was known as the Place de la Révolution, and its centrepiece was a rather charming new invention called a guillotine. As the French Revolution wasn’t a particularly fun time for France’s nobility and royals, you can pretty much imagine what went on here, and it involved a lot of rolling heads.

If you take a look on the ground, behind one side of the massive Egyptian obelisk, you’ll notice a bronze plaque on the ground commemorating two of the Revolution’s victims. These were no other than Louis XVI, King of France, and his wife Marie Antoinette (she of “let them eat cake” fame). Their executions were particularly nasty; Louis’ was botched, and Marie Antoinette had to wait for the best part of a year for her turn. Yeah, really wasn’t a fun time.

Although you can easily look around the Place de la Concorde by yourself, this small group tour of Paris is a perfect way to get all the juicy details on one of the most grisly Paris landmarks!

Place des Vosges

The name of Place des Vosges might not be super-familiar to you – it gets left off a lot of Paris itineraries, rather criminally – but it’s most definitely worth checking out!

Originally known as Place Royale, it’s one of the grandest residential buildings in the city, and definitely counted amongst Paris landmarks by locals. It started a trend for buildings which had grassy courtyards in the middle, and the residences themselves hosted some of the great, good, and infamous of the city. Everyone from Victor Hugo to Cardinal Richelieu are former tenants!

But the aspect which really makes Place des Vosges special is the middle courtyard; a gorgeous green space outfitted with four fountains, some extremely Instagrammable arcades, and lawns which have been manicured with more love and care than Kim K’s digits. It’s a perfect place to stroll on a crisp autumn morning, or take in a truly gorgeous scene on a snowy winter’s day.

Place des Vosges might not be as well known as some of the other Paris sights, but you’ll fall in love with it just as hard!

The Palais Garnier is one of the city's most loved Paris landmarks. Two golden statues sit on the roof.

Palais Garnier (the Paris Opera)

The phaaaaatom of the opera is here, inside your miiiind! Okay, he’s not, but the setting for Gaston Leroux’s novel The Phantom of the Opera is no other than the Palais Garnier, the city’s beloved opera house. It’s such a Paris landmark that the Parisians actually consider it the most famous opera house in the world. Take that, Sydney.

The building also known as the Opéra Garnier opened in 1875, the brainchild of the architect Charles Garnier. It’s one of the most extraordinary buildings in Paris: even if you only view it from the outside, you’ll see that it’s covered in so much decoration that it looks almost like an iced cake. Statues, stonework, gilt and inscriptions have been liberally sprinkled over it, and the effect really is quite mindblowing. There’ll be people outside on the steps, listening to performers or just upping their photography game here at pretty much any hour of the day.

However, if you really want to get to know the Opera, you need to go inside! It’s simply one of the most outrageously decorated, Baroque buildings in the world. Feel like a princess as you ascend the grand white marble staircase, or check out the ceiling frescoes in the foyer – which wouldn’t look out of place in a palace. The auditorium itself has the largest stage in Europe, and used to have a large chandelier, which broke free of its moorings one evening and swung towards (and killed) an unsuspecting member of staff. If you’ve ever seen The Phantom of the Opera, that should ring a bell!

Want to take in the full splendour of the Paris Opera without all those pesky tourists running around? How about an exclusive, after-hours tour of the Palais Garnier? Perfect for seeing the building at its best, and for Phantom spotting whilst you’re at it!

The Pantheon

Not to be confused with the building of the same name in Rome (because the Paris Metro may be good, but unfortunately it can’t take you quite that far), the Pantheon lies a little distance away from some of the other Paris landmarks. But it’s well worth the slight diversion, because it’s a truly incredible sight!

It was built on the site of Saint Genevieve’s burial (she was a peasant girl who stopped the invading Huns from ransacking Paris in 451AD, making her something of a badass), due to a later French king deciding that she needed something pretty awesome on her site. He raised the Pantheon, a huge domed building which now dominates the Latin Quarter of Paris, and which became known as the “Temple of the Nation”, and it’s basically the burial place for everyone who is both French and awesome.

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You have to be pretty special to end up here. Amongst those currently whiling away eternity in the Pantheon are philosophers Voltaire and Rousseau, writers Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, and Alexandre Dumas, plus luminaries such as Louis Braille and Marie Curie. It’s pretty amazing just to wander, and stumble upon the memorial to yet another giant of world history. It is to Paris what Westminster Abbey is to London.

This insanely well-priced ticket for the Paris Pantheon gives you priority entrance to the building, allowing you to wander and pay your respects to the great and the good!

Sacre Coeur has three domes, and sits at the top of a flight of steps


It’s not just the Eiffel Tower which dominates the skyline – another Paris landmark is pretty visible wherever you are, even though it’s not nearly as tall as the Iron Lady!

Sacré-Cœur is a beautiful church located in the historic Montmartre district, which is the highest point in Paris. Add to that its position on the top of a hill, and it becomes a beacon for everyone – proved by the fact that it’s the second most-visited monument in Paris. Not bad for a fairly modern church! It was only finished in 1914, despite looking a lot older, but fits beautifully into its carefully-sculpted gardens.

It’s also something of an oddity in its surroundings. Montmartre, and nearby Pigalle, are more known for their nightclubs and – uhhhh – establishments of interesting repute. So a Roman Catholic church, bastion of everything moral and proper, is an interesting choice for the neighbourhood – but that was the prime reason for its existence. A bishop complained about the decline in proper behaviour following the French Revolution (it seems that chopping the heads off nobles leads to some lax morals; who knew?), and a shiny new church was proposed. It was built, and was immediately beloved… but you can stroll through Pigalle or Montmartre, and see if you think it did the trick!

A tour of Sacré-Cœur is a fantastic idea; it’s a stunningly beautiful building both inside and out, but there’s not a lot of interpretation or information around – it’s a working church, after all. So a guided tour is a great way to get all the information, and enjoy it much more than you would otherwise!

The Pompidou Centre

Do you like modern art? Do you like high-tech, fantastically weird buildings? Then our next Paris landmark is for you, because the Pompidou Centre lives and breathes modern art!

Located in the 4th Arrondissement (which is also known as the Hôtel de Ville district), the Pompidou Centre is one of the city’s most famous buildings thanks to its unusual architectural style – it was designed to be inside-out. Yup, it’s as weird as it sounds! All of those pipes, air-conditioning units, and conduits that you’d expect to be on the inside? On the outside, right there, loud and proud. Even better, it’s in one of the most historic and ancient areas of Paris, providing a clear contrast between itself and its neighbourhood, which was certainly controversial at first!

As for what’s inside, the Pompidou Centre was designed to be a town, rather than a building. That means that it contains a huge public library, the city’s premier modern art museum (with some heavyweights of the artistic scene), places to eat, and places to just generally go for a stroll. It’s a great idea, and it makes it a really interesting building to explore! And there’s a pleasing lack of pipes and air-conditioning conduits, funnily enough.

There’s a plethora of Pompdou Centre tours available, which are a great way of a) skipping the line, and b) getting guided interpretation of the exhibits. If you’re really into your art, or want to expand your knowledge and have fun at the same time, it’s a must!

Les Invalides, a large building in which the remains of Napoleon are beneath a golden dome.

Les Invalides

You’ll notice the golden dome of Les Invalides soon after your arrival into Paris – it’s pretty hard to miss! Who could be responsible for such a glittering monument, which smacks ever-so-slightly of “look at me, and admire me! Do it! Do it now!”

You guessed it: Louis XIV. The undisputed king of opulence and absolute rule, the “Sun King” decided to keep his soldiers happy by building them a lovely hospital for them to recover from their wounds in, should they need it (hence the name given to the complex, Les Invalides). It was an excellent bit of public relations, as well as further reflecting Louis’ glory – not that he really needed much more ego-stroking – but the result was a building that the Parisians have been truly proud of ever since.

These days, the soldiers are mostly all gone, except for a retirement home facility for disabled veterans. But it still holds France’s premier Army museum, as well as being the burial site for pretty much every French general you care to mention. But the star attraction is the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte himself, interred beneath the golden dome – which, as a fellow admiration-lover, is exactly how he would’ve wanted it. His remains were returned here in 1840, due to his popularity with the French people, and he’s remained there ever since.

The complex and army museum is huge, and taking a tour of Les Invalides is a good way to see it all efficiently – otherwise you’re going to waste some time getting hopelessly lost! A tour combining the Army Museum and Napoleon’s Tomb is a good way to see everything it has to offer!

Notre Dame Cathedral is still beautiful despite the loss of its spire


At the time of writing, Paris’ beloved Notre-Dame Cathedral is still recovering from the tragic fire which destroyed its spire and roof area. But that doesn’t mean that you should stay away; this beautiful building on the Seine River is scarred, but special as ever.

Located on the Île de la Cité – a small island in the middle of the Seine, connected to the mainland by the historic Pont Neuf – Notre-Dame is one of the best-known and most magnificent examples of Gothic architecture in the world. It lends itself beautifully to a host of books and movies which use it as a backdrop, most notably The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (whether you go with the cute Disney version, or rather more grim original, is completely down to your personal preferences, y’all).

The cathedral was constructed between 1163 and 1345, making it not only stupendously old, but giving you an appreciation of just how much work went into it. Something that takes nearly two hundred years to build almost can’t fail to be something a bit special, and so it proved with Notre-Dame. It’s seen nearly everything in its history, from christenings and coronations of the great and good, to marriages and funerals of France’s royal families. It survived in-fighting, the French Revolution, and two World Wars. When you think of everything it has seen and survived, the loss of a spire doesn’t seem so insurmountable after all!

You can still visit Notre-Dame and soak in its glory. Although you can’t enter, you can take a guided tour of Notre-Dame which will give you all the info and history of the site, whilst providing you with a powerful pair of binoculars to take in all the details!

The inside of Sainte Chapelle church, with all four walls covered in stained glass.

Sainte Chapelle

Sainte Chapelle, along with nearby Saint Sulpice in the 6th arrondissement, is probably the most famous of Paris’ smaller churches. Why? Because it’s absolutely astounding – this is one building which is guaranteed to take your breath away! (not in a bad, fatal way. You okay.)

Located on the Île de la Cité, just a short distance from Notre-Dame, the church was commissioned by Louis IX (yup, there’s a lot of French kings called Louis; just go with it) to house his collection of shiny relics, including the Crown of Thorns supposedly worn by Jesus Christ. Consequently, the building had to be something pretty spectacular in order to truly reflect the importance of the relics, and Louis got that particualr aspect absolutely spot in.

Constructed in 1248, it features one of the most incredible rooms I’ve ever been in – the main chapel, which is completely covered on all sides by stained-glass windows. If you come here at the right times of day, the sun catches the glass and throws a myriad of colours throughout the room. Although it’s been damaged a couple of times in its history, it still holds the world’s largest collection of intact 13th century stained glass. Although that might not sound like something you can boast to your friends about seeing, they’ll soon change their minds when they see your photos!

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An awesome way of seeing the church is to do a combined tour of Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie. This is the famous building next door, in which Marie Antoinette was held prisoner, and is well worth a visit in its own right!

The Moulin Rouge

Put down those Ewan McGregor DVDs and Xtina/Pink mashup CDs; this is the real Moulin Rouge!

Located in the Pigalle district, which is known for its sex shops and nude shows (if you want to experience the racier side of Paris, this is definitely the place, although you might not want to take your granny with you), Moulin Rouge translate as “The Red Windmill”. And once you know that, you won’t fail to spot the club itself, as it has a ginormous red mill perched jauntily on the roof.

The club itself opened up in 1889, and was a cabaret known for its exciting, and seductive, dancers. The can-can was born here, and it quickly gained a reputation for being a place devoted to “popular pleasure”. The decorations were equally admired, with its opulent fin de siêcle style. Quite amazingly, the decadence has never faded – the Moulin Rouge celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2014, and is still going strong as both a club, and as one of the city’s most popular attractions. It might not be entirely family-friendly, but it’s most certainly one of the best-known Paris landmarks!

Want to check out the opulence for yourself? Grab a ticket to the Moulin Rouge, and see a show! Pigalle and Montmartre know how to light up the night sky – you don’t want to miss this!

The Champs-Elysees is one of the most famous streets in the worlds, and a Paris landmarks.

The Champs-Élysées

Get people to name Paris landmarks, and the Champs-Élysées will be second or third on their list – even though it’s a road, rather than a monument!

There’s no denying that it’s a pretty special road, though. Stretching from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Élysées is the beating heart of Paris. It was originally intended to be an extension of the Tuileries Gardens – you can still see some fairly leafy areas at the Place de la Concorde end – but quickly became a fashionable avenue. Transformed from its garden beginnings, it now became a major artery of the city, leading between two well-known Paris landmarks, and becoming one in its own right.

It also became the heart of French fashion, a position it has remained securely in. You’ll find the world’s most fabulous brands here, including Tiffany & Co, Hugo Boss, and the flagship store of Louis Vuitton (be prepared to queue if you want to enter!). It also hosts parades, especially on Bastille Day, and is generally the site of any mass French excitement, such as when the soccer team wins the World Cup.

The avenue has an interesting history, and a Champs-Élysées tour is well worth it – even if it’s just to find out why the shop signs are only in certain colours! Good tours usually include skip-the-line tickets for the Arc de Triomphe, which is a double bargain!

The golden doors of the Petit Palais in Paris

The Petit Palais

Last (but by no means least!) on our list of Paris landmarks is the Petit Palais. It’s located opposite its bigger brother – the Grand Palais – but is by no means overshadowed! It’s also one of the most Instagrammable sights in Paris, so get those iPhones out, and be ready for a selfie!

The name is somewhat misleading, as it was never a palace at all. I see you sadly slipping off that tiara, but don’t get yourself down! Because who needs royals; certainly not France in 1900, as the building was designed to be what it has been ever since – one of the city’s finest art museums. The city had a held a temporary fine arts exhibition shortly before its construction, so the new museum had the responsibility of making the exhibition permanent. It did this admirably, becoming a new home for works by Rembrandt, Rodin, and Rubens, plus many others painted by artists whose name didn’t begin with an R. No, really.

Now that we’re in the age of Instagram, the museum is also well beloved by locals and visitors alike for its incredibly ornate doors, which are perfect for popping into your feed. Get here early when the doors are closed, and you’ll see a veritable queue of admirers lining up to have their photos taken in front of the magnificence of it all!

If you want to see more than the pretty doors, then a Petit Palais tour is a great way of seeing the highlights and history of one of the most underrated Paris landmarks!

The outside of the Elysee Union hotel, which overlooks the Eiffel Tower

Hotels near Paris landmarks

We’ve got all those Paris landmarks in the bag! We know them now. We love them. These buildings are looking fondly at us, and saying “you get me; you really get me”. Go us!

Of course, we want to be close to our new inanimate buddies. Plus tours generally start early, and sights are less-swarmed with tourists early and late in the day, which is important if you want to do some pro Paris photography. For all of those reasons, getting a hotel near Paris attractions is a good idea.

Let’s take a look at some good options, for all budgets!

Budget – Hotel Victor Massé

Near: Sacre-Cœur, Moulin Rouge

Budget hotels are hard to come by in Paris, unless you fancy something that looks like it hasn’t been cleaned for six months, which makes this place an absolute gem. With plenty of attractions nearby to keep you happy, plus a location 250 yards away from Pigalle Metro station, you’ll find it incredibly easy to get around the city on your quest to see the sights. Even better, it’s spotlessly clean and quiet, and the staff are friendly and welcoming!

Mid-range: Elysées Union

Near: Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées

I have a massive soft spot for this mid-range hotel. It’s fantastic value for what you get! Yes, there might be a couple of slightly-tired bits of carpet, but this can be completely overlooked – it offers tremendous value for a location slap-bang in the middle of three of Paris’ biggest landmarks, allowing you to get to the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe for opening time. The staff are incredibly lovely and accommodating – oh, and there’s a possibility of getting a room with a balcony overlooking the Eiffel Tower. YES.

Luxury: L’Hôtel

Near: Notre-Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, The Louvre

Why stay anywhere else, when you can stay in this eleganza extravaganza? This is a hotel so good that it doesn’t need any other name: it’s pure five-star luxury. This is the building in which Oscar Wilde lived (and died) in, and the man had good, opulent taste. Each room is decorated in a fabulous baroque style, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s old-fashioned – it’s fully equipped with all mod cons, including flat screen televisions, DVD players, and docking stations. Oh, and did I mention that it has its own private pool and hammam? I did now. Go book it.

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Looking for things to do in Paris? Find everything you need with this guide to Paris landmarks! Don't just settle for doing photography and leaving; this guide gives you info and history on every sight - and tells you the best way to find out more! From the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame to the Arc de Triomphe, discover Paris history and learn how to really fall in love with the most beautiful places in Paris - make the most of your Paris travel and find out the best things to see in Paris! #Paris #ParisTravel #ParisLandmarks #ParisPhotography Looking for things to do in Paris? Find everything you need with this guide to Paris landmarks! Don't just settle for doing photography and leaving; this guide gives you info and history on every sight - and tells you the best way to find out more! From the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame to the Arc de Triomphe, discover Paris history and learn how to really fall in love with the most beautiful places in Paris - make the most of your Paris travel and find out the best things to see in Paris! #Paris #ParisTravel #ParisLandmarks #ParisPhotography


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    December 28, 2019 at 1:27 am

    My favorite city, and some of the most amazing things to see there. You really got them all. I also love finding the less known places, the small shops and cafes and the amazing street art

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    December 28, 2019 at 11:42 am

    I love Paris, this is a great guide!

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