There is no city that combines beauty, history, art, culture and food quite like Paris. Known as the City of Light, the stunning capital of France has played host to some of the world’s greatest artists, writers, thinkers and tennis players.
Home to the only Grand Slam played on clay, the French Open provides the perfect reason for an unforgettable trip.
Here are the Top 10 things to see and do in Paris:
The most famous landmark of Paris is, of course, the Eiffel Tower. Built at the turn of the 20th century, the Iron Lady, as it is known, towers above all and the views from the top of the tower are memories for a lifetime. Be sure to stop for a while at the beautiful Champs de Mars for a Parisian picnic.
The 800-year-old cathedral of Notre Dame is one of the must-see sights in the French capital. Built in the 14th century, the Catholic cathedral is famous for its stunning gothic architecture and gargoyles. Notre Dame is located on the Ile de la Cite island in the Seine River.
Home to the most extensive art collection in the world, the Louvre is known to many as the greatest museum in the world. A former French palace, the Louvre is now famous for its glass pyramid entrance and for its role as the home of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is the center of the Champs Elysees and the heart of Paris. Built in 19th century France under Napoleon, the Arc de Triomphe stands as a symbol of the greatness for the French empire. Branching out from the Arc is the Champs Elysees, the busiest street in Paris, home to the best restaurants and shops in the city.
The stunning Sacre-Coeur basilica, also known as the Sacred Heart of Paris, sits on top of the hillside neighborhood of Montmartre. Built in 1914, the white basilica features incredible views over the city from its dome. The district of Montmartre has been home to Paris’ greatest artists, and is also known as the nightclub district.
Jardin du Luxembourg
The most famous park in Paris is the Jardin du Luxembourg, or Luxembourg Gardens. It's the perfect spot to relax and soak in a sunny day at the park. Built for the French royal family in the 1600s, the Luxembourg Gardens feature a royal mansion, pond and hundreds of trees.
For a historical experience underground, take a tour of the Catacombs of Paris, one of the most extensive historic catacomb displays in the world. Holding the remains of more than six million people, this former mine pays respects to those lost in the French stone mines, with skeletons lining the labyrinth’s pathways.
Place de la Concorde and Place de la Bastille
Two of the biggest squares in Paris, the Place de la Concorde and Place de la Bastille are modern-day gathering spots with rich history. The Place de la Bastille commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison, the spark of the French Revolution. The Place de la Concorde was once the site of public executions during the French Revolution.
Running throughout the center of Paris is the River Seine. For an authentic Parisian experience, grab a baguette or a crepe and settle down on the banks of the Seine, or take a boat tour down the river. Two of the Seine’s most famous crossings are some of the most romantic spots in the city. The Pont Alexandre III is known as the most ornate of the Seine’s bridges, while the Pont des Arts is where couples used to attach locks representing their love.
Home to the second major of the year, Roland Garros is a bucket list venue for any tennis fan. The French Open takes place from the end of May into the beginning of June, but tours of the legendary venue are available year-round.
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