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  • 1 Hôtel des Invalides Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    129 r. de Grenelle F - 75007 Paris

    This beautiful architectural grouping was built in 1671, according to the plans of Libéral Bruant, to welcome and care for the injured from the war. Various military administrations and the Museum of the Army occupy the buildings. In the centre of th..

  • 2 Notre-Dame Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    6 pl. Jean-Paul-II F - 75004 Paris

    It was the Bishop Maurice de Sully who , around 1163, began the construction of the cathedral, whose works, directed in the 12C by Jean de Chelles and Pierre de Montreuil were completed around 1300. This was the last of the great churches with tribun..

  • 3 Place des Vosges Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. des Vosges F - 75004 Paris

    This vast square, probably conceived by Métezeau, was the wish of Henri IV. When completed in 1612, the Place Royale became the centre of elegant life, with carrousels and pleasure. The square got its present name in 1800 in honour of the département..

  • 4 The Eiffel Tower Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Champ-de-Mars F - 75007 Paris

    It is the symbol of Paris and probably the best-known Parisian monument in the world: endless queues form outside the lifts. And yet ... And yet, when it was first silhouetted against the skies of Paris in 1889, numerous artists made vigorous protest..

  • 5 Louvre courtyard (Cour Carrée) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Carrousel F - 75001 Paris

    The façade by Pierre Lescot, decorated by the sculptor Jean Goujon (allegorical sculptures, frieze of children, garlands) is extremely graceful. But at night, the courtyard becomes enchanted: a new installation subtly illuminates the four wings, of a..

  • 6 Disneyland Paris Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    D231 F - 77700 Chessy

    This vast park of 55 ha is divided into five zones (or «lands») each one illustrating a single theme; following the spirit of the day you can stroll down Main Street USA which will plunge you into the atmosphere of a 19 C American town to the sound o..

  • 7 Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 77950 Maincy

    Located in the Almont Valley, the Palace of Vaux-le-Vicomte constitutes one of the most beautiful 17C masterpieces. Built from 1756 to 1661 by Fouquet, Finance superintendent of Mazarin, who did not hesitate in surrounding himself with the most fashi..

  • 8 Fontainebleau Forest Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D142 F - 77300 Fontainebleau

    The ancient forest of Bière has always been a magnificent hunting ground, particularly on horseback. Now carefully maintained (it is divided into 747 plots tended to produce the finest specimens), it has signposted pathways running through it, create..

  • 9 Walt Disney Studios Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    F - 77700 Chessy

    Like its elder American brother, this park, which opened in 2002, takes you behind the scenes to explore the techniques of film, cartoons and television. Modelled on a real film studio, the park has four "production zones": Front Lot, Anima..

  • 10 The Palace of Versailles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. d'Armes F - 78000 Versailles

    The tour of the Grands Appartements includes the reception rooms ( Hercule's Room, the six rooms in a row make up the Grand Appartement as such. Two symmetrical rooms are devoted to War and Peace, and the lavish Gallery of Mirrors, is a decorative ma..

  • 11 Château de Courances Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue du Château F - 91490 Courances

    Built around 1630, this typical Louis XIII château was remodelled in the 18C. The façade was embellished in the 19C with a replica of the Fontainebleau horseshoe staircase. Courances is primarily known for its park, one of the finest examples of a Re..

  • 12 Paris Zoological Park Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Avenue de Saint-Maurice F - 94300 Vincennes

    Opened in 1934, Vincennes Zoo is taking on a new lease of life thanks to a major overhaul begun in 2008 and due to finish in 2012. 16 000 m² of new buildings are going up, 9 000 m² of buildings are being restored, 13 000 m² of buildings are coming do..

  • 13 Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 pl. du Trocadéro-et-du-11-Novembre F - 75016 Paris

    In the Paris Wing of the Palais de Chaillot, this centre for architecture and heritage brings together three departments: the Institut Français d'Architecture, created in 1981, the Centre des Hautes Etudes de Chaillot and the Museum of French Monumen..

  • 14 Musée Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    23 r. de Sévigné F - 75003 Paris

    Housed in two sumptuous mansions, the Hôtel Carnavalet and the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, the museum relates the story of Paris from prehistoric times to the modern era. Paintings, furniture, engravings, documents, models, sculptures and col..

  • 15 Palais Garnier - Opéra National de Paris Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    8 r. Scribe F - 75009 Paris

    Designed in 1860 by Charles Garnier, its sumptuous façade, very recently restored, displays numerous sculptures. In the interior, where Garnier played with his marble statues of many origins, is incomparable. The Great Staircase and Great Hall are ma..

  • 16 Palais du Luxembourg Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de Vaugirard F - 75006 Paris

    Designed by Salomon de Brosse for Marie de Médicis, it has hints of Florentine design (bosses, annulated columns) whilst predominantly in the French tradition. The main courtyard is closed off by a monumental gallery. The South façade, with its centr..

  • 17 Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    71 r. du Temple F - 75003 Paris

    Old and contemporary works allow the visitor to discover Jewish culture: the areas covered include the Jewish religion the Diaspora (and, in particular, the arrival of the Jews in France), the two communities, Sephardi and Ashkenazi, and contemporary..

  • 18 Latin Quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Harpe F - 75005 Paris

    During the times of Ancient Rome, the Romans already lived in this quarter, and, preferred the slopes of Sainte-Geneviève, leaving the «plain» to the Gauls. During the 12th century, clerks and scholars crossed the Seine and set up on the left bank, o..

  • 19 Musée des Arts et Métiers Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    60 r. de Réaumur F - 75003 Paris

    A visit to this museum is an absolute must, even if you know hardly anything about techniques. The instruments and appliances on show, with their panelling, their brass instruments, their tin screws unleash the infinite poetry of improbable machines ..

  • 20 Colonnade du Louvre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de l'Amiral-de-Coligny F - 75001 Paris

    In 1662, the Louvre Palace's outside façade on the Paris side, was still not as Louis XIV desired. The king preferred Bernin's project to those of three French architects: Perrault, Le Vau and d'Orbay. Overlooking the church of Saint-Germain-l'Auxerr..

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