Must See Parisian Landmarks

Must See Parisian Landmarks

Written By: Sharky

Most travelers like to create a list of places they want to visit when they venture to a new city or country. Paris, like many other European destinations, has attractions and points of interest everywhere you look -- you don’t even need to create an actual list of things to see and do because they are all around you. Within 30 minutes, you have the ability to see some of the most iconic Parisian landmarks without even trying hard! A simple walk or even a hop on a city train will take you to dozens of points of interest in a short amount of time -- which is amazing if your visit to Paris isn’t very long and you want to see some of the iconic landmarks.

Many of these landmarks are also some of the most famous in the world, so you definitely want to check them off your list as you meander around Paris. While there are dozens of must-see Parisian landmarks, I narrowed it down to the top five that you can see in a weekend -- that way if you’re only in Paris for two days you still have the opportunity to get a good amount of sightseeing in before you leave.


Start with visiting the Notre Dame de Paris, which is located on a tiny island in the Seine River, called Ile de la Cite. Considered to be the famous cathedral, Notre Dame de Paris is breathtakingly beautiful with its French Gothic architecture and stunning surroundings. If you have the time, be sure to take a tour of the Cathedral to learn about the history and impact it had on Paris and beyond -- there are tours in different languages to accommodate all visitors.


Perhaps the second most famous landmark after the Eiffel Tower is the Arc de Triomphe, which began construction in 1806 by Napoleon as a memorial for those who fought during the Napoleonic wars. The Arc de Triomphe is a stunning work of construction and joins the Champs-Elysees with the Place Charles de Gualle. The Monument is similar to that of the Roman Arch of Constantine and one of the most photographed sites in all of Paris.


No list of must-see Parisian landmarks is complete without the addition of the Eiffel Tower. The quintessential symbol for the city at first was considered an eyesore! Thankfully, it is now an iconic and beautiful site for residents and visitors to France and looks especially beautiful at night when lit up. During your visit, be sure to see if the Tower is open for visitors as you can see the tiny apartment used by designer Gustave Eiffel. While you can easily walk to the Eiffel Tower, it is accessible by Metro so you can reach it from virtually any location in the city. Since this is probably one of the most popular attractions in Paris, give yourself plenty of time to view it, and if possible, try to explore it during the week when the tourists are at lower levels.


I personally love to visit museums and galleries when I visit a new city if possible and there is no better museum in the world than the Louvre. This museum opened in 1793 and has been renovated throughout the years -- the most famous edition has been the glass pyramid, which is rather iconic and relatively new considering it was installed in 1989. I highly recommend that you spend a day exploring the Louvre and enjoying all of the beautiful artwork and sculptures that are located throughout the museum.


There are numerous churches and basilicas throughout Paris, perhaps one of the most beautiful is the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, which is located on Montmartre. As a high point in Paris, visitors to the Basilica will enjoy breathtaking views of the city not to mention the many beautiful architectural and historic aspects to enjoy while exploring the grounds. If you’re on a budget, the Basilica offers a free audio tour, which is definitely worth trying to get more historical context of this gorgeous landmark.

If you love art and culture, Paris is one of the best places in the world to visit -- there are countless museums, dedicated to notable artists like Pablo Picasso, as well as architecture and mesmerizing works of arts. Walking around the city is a must and allows you to soak in the surroundings without becoming overwhelmed at all the things that you should do in a limited time.

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