Many tourists may have a question when planning a trip, what should I do during my first visit in and around Paris? In this article you will find the perfect answer, because we highlight 10 must-see places and their relevant activities of this city of light.


1. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower

As the emblem of Paris even of France, the Eiffel Tower must be the most unmissable monument. Standing 324 meters (1,063 ft) high, about the same height as an 81-storey building, it offers a magnificent 360° panoramic view over the entire city. Paris lies at your feet. You can climb by stairs or glass-walled lifts to the first and the second floor, but only lifts lead to the top.

At night, there’s an incredible light show waiting for you. The tower twinkles for the first five minutes every hour until 1am.

If you want to reduce queue time, you can buy e-tickets on the official website of the Eiffel Tower.

2. Visit the Louvre museum

The Louvre museum is not only the biggest museum of Paris but also the most visited one in the world! This ancient royal palace became a temple of arts, with no less than 35 000 masterpieces exhibited. Among them, we can surprisingly find the famous Mona Lisa of Leonardo da Vinci, Venus de Milo, the Law Code of Hammurabi, and many other time-honored great works. The main entrance is the glass pyramid, which becomes also a monument and photo hotspot now.

For more information of the museum and tickets, all on the official website of Louvre museum.


3. To pass in front of the cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris

Despite the shocking fire accident of cathedral, Notre-Dame de Paris is still a symbol of capital. This historic cathedral located on the Ile de la Cité in the IVe arrondissement of Paris, was the most visited place in France. It has been a monument since the twelfth century and has constantly evolved through the different periods. Although it is no longer possible to visit it at the moment, you can admire its Gothic architecture and two great towers, from the Seine and the left bank of Paris.

4. Walk around the Montmartre district

Once you have chance to walk through Montmartre, you will find the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the top of hill, with its remarkable white stone and various cupolas. Climbing by stairs, then you can appreciate a superb panorama of the whole city.

While strolling in the alleys of Montmartre, you will arrive the Place du Tertre where lots of artists and painters gather together. In addition, you can also get your exquisite portrait there if you want.

5. Discover the Seine by boat

Seine, the river of Paris, is an important component of capital's landscapes, where both Parisians and tourists like to get together. On board of a boat, you will discover Paris from an original point of view. Along the Seine, countless monuments and emblematic bridges appear in front of your eyes. At night you will see another side of Paris full of illuminations. Some cruises also offer meals, so don’t hesitate to enjoy a romantic dinner on the river.


6. Walk on the Champs-Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe

Recognized as the most beautiful avenue in the world, the famous avenue des Champs-Elysées connects the Place de la Concorde where stands the Luxor obelisk, to the Place de l’Etoile known for the Arc de Triomphe. And at the foot of arch, there is a tomb for unknown soldiers in the First World War to memorize their sacrifice.

Two kilometers nearby, you can easily find many restaurants and many of the most famous fashion stores.

Interestingly, it is possible to climb to the top of arch where there is a breathtaking view of the Champs-Elysées and Paris waiting for your coming. To buy your tickets in advance, please click this link of the website of the Arc de Triomphe.

7. Explore the Pompidou center

This contemporary art center looking like a factory will surprise you with its unique and modern architecture. Located in the heart of the old Paris, 4th arrondissement, this building provokes many reactions and disputes, but it is always popular. Inside, you will find different collections of contemporary works as well as a temporary exhibition and a large library.

Tickets are available in advance on the official website of the Pompidou center.

8. Visit the Orsay museum

The Orsay museum is transformed from an old train station of Paris into a museum. It collects works dating from the second half of the 19th century, a large collection dedicated to Impressionism included. With more than 4 000 works permanently exhibited, it is one of the most visited museums in Paris.

Online tickets are available on the website of the Orsay museum.

9. Discover the Palace of Versailles

The castle of Versailles around Paris was the residence of French monarchs and especially of Louis XIV, the Sun King. The manor covers 800 hectares including the castle, the huge park, the domain of Trianon and several dependencies. It would take a whole day for you to visit here without missing the inevitable Hall of Mirrors.

In summer, the park is a nice place with many fountains and gardens that can be seen everywhere. You will find an online ticket office on the official website of the Palace of Versailles.

10. Spend a day at Disneyland Paris

Located about 32 kilometers east of central Paris, the Disneyland theme park attracts and pleases both young and old. Fantastic shows and thrilling rides will help you enter the magical world of Disney. One day is probably not enough for you to enjoy everything, but you can eat and stay inside the park if you are looking forward to a longer journey.

Buying tickets in advance is highly recommended, you will find the entrance on the website of Disneyland Paris.