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Whether you're just passing through Paris or in for a longer stay, there is plenty to do!

Paris is divided up into 20 large administrative districts. Beginning at the centre of the city, they curl round in a clockwise direction like a snail shell. To find out which “arrondissement” you are in, look on the street signs.

Sightseeing in Paris is like plunging into ancient history: remains of the old Roman Lutetia, grand medieval abbeys, gothic masterpieces, classical architecture, collections from Napoleonic times, perspectives defined by Haussmann…

A remarkable density of artistic and cultural treasures is available in the City of Lights! There are 180 museums and monuments for your enjoyment: discover internationally-renowned collections of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts, go in search of iconic emblems, symbols of the influence of an era, take inspiration from a wealth of contemporary heritage – all this makes Paris a capital of the arts, both past and present.


Location Information

Paris is the capital city of France and is situated on the banks of the river Seine in north-central France.

You will touch down at one of Paris' major airports, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly or perhaps at Paris-Beauvais, specializing in charter flights. The airports are all within easy reach of the capital.

Travelling around in Paris is child's play. Whether you take the metro, the bus or the RER suburban trains, the whole city and the Ile-de-France region are very well covered and easy to navigate.

City Information

Top Ten Things to do in Paris:

1 - Eiffel Tower: One of the most famous monument in the world (324 metres, 10,100 tonnes), the Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 for the World Fair, where it was the star attraction.

2 - Notre-Dame: Masterpiece of gothic architecture, the cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris,imaginated by Bishop Maurice de Sully was built between the 12th and the 14th centuries (1163-1345). The French road distances are established from the "0 km" point located on the square in front of the cathedral entrance. You can also visit the Treasure of Notre-Dame.

3 - Sacré Coeur de Montmarte: Church built by public subscription after the 1870 defeat in the Franco-Prussian war.  The basilica was consecrated in 1919.

4 - Arc De Triomphe: Panoramic view, museum on the history of the monument.

5 - Saint-Chapelle: Jewel of gothic architecture, the Sainte Chapelle was built at Saint-Louis' request during the 13th century to house Christ's crown of thorns.

6 - The Louvre Museum:  Presents collections of western art from the Middle Ages to 1850, and the antique civilisations that have preceded and influenced this art.

7 - Pompidou Centre: This Mecca of modern and contemporary culture houses the National Museum of Modern Art/Industrial Design centre, public information library open to all (BPI), exhibition galleries, cinemas, shows and concert halls and a contemporary music research centre.

8 - Natural History Centre: The rich collections in the Grand Evolution Gallery originally derive from the former Zoology Gallery, inaugurated in 1889, and are now displayed in a contemporary and exciting setting.

9 -The Musée d'Orsay: Presents the arts and artistic creativity of the period from 1848 to 1914 through its collections of paintings, sculpture, the decorative arts, sculpture and photography.

10 - Cité de Sciences: Located in the Parc de la Villette complex, the Cité presents a comprehensive panorama of science and technology.

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