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  • 1 St-Germain-des-Prés Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 75006 Paris

    During the Second World War, young jazz-lovers came to live in Saint-Germain-des-Prés to celebrate their music. Following the city's liberation, the district became popular for its nightlife and jazz clubs, with artists and intellectuals such as Sidn..

  • 2 Disneyland Paris Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    F - 77700 Chessy

    Five «lands» using the local terminology in this 55 ha fantasy kingdom; Main Street USA reconstructs the main street of an American 19 C town. Frontierland recalls the wild west with its old goldmine in Big Thunder Mountain and a haunted house, Phant..

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

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    D 215 F - 77950 Maincy

    This château is one of the most handsome masterpieces of the 17C. It was built for Nicolas Fouquet by major artists such as Louis Le Vau, Charles Le Brun and André Le Nôtre between 1656 and 1661. At a party on 17 August 1661, Louis XIV became jealous..

  • 4 Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle F - 77300 Fontainebleau

    This château is at once evocative of the Renaissance, with its famous horseshoe staircase, and of the imagery of Épinal, with the poignant scene of Napoleon bidding farewell to the faithful soldiers of the Old Guard in Adieux de Napoléon. In 1528, Fr..

  • 5 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. Today, it is carefully maintained (it is divided into 747 plots tended so as to produce the finest specimens), and has signposted pathways throughout..

  • 6 Gardens of the Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 77950 Maincy

    Le Nôtre (1613-1700) can be said to have attained perfection in the art of French-style gardens, of which Vaux-le-Vicomte is an admirable example. Flower beds and box trees are laid out in arabesques called Turkish carpets, fountains play in the symm..

  • 7 Grands Appartements Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 77300 Fontainebleau

    The tour of the Château de Fontainebleau's Grand Apartments takes in the superb Galerie François I. Built between 1528 and 1530, the gallery is decorated with frescoes and stuccoes by Rosso. The king's emblem, the salamander, is omnipresent. The tour..

  • 8 Walt Disney Studios Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    F - 77700 Chessy

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

  • 9 The Palace of Versailles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. d'Armes F - 78000 Versailles

    A symbol of Classical perfection, the largest palace in the world was the sumptuous reflection of an era of intensive creation, and emblem of absolute power. Just like in the times of Louis XIV, entry to the Palace, which was built by Le Vau and Jule..

  • 10 Grounds of the Palace of Versailles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 78000 Versailles

    Starting at the terrace of the Château de Versailles, you can explore the grounds on foot, by horse-drawn carriage or in a small boat on the Grand Canal. The rectilinear Axe du Soleil, with its water parterre, fountains, statues (such as the Diane Go..

  • 11 Garden façade Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. d'Armes F - 78000 Versailles

    The central pavilion of the Château of Versailles, jutting out from the wings, avoids monotony by the addition of intermittent rows of sculpted columns which break the rigid horizontal lines. The Italian-style flat roof is concealed by a balustrade b..

  • 12 Basilique Saint-Denis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    1 r. de la Légion-d'Honneur F - 93200 St-Denis

    The Basilica is a gem of French Gothic architecture and a source of inspiration for the cathedrals of Chartres, Senlis and Meaux. The necropolis of the Kings of France houses a collection - the only one of its kind in Europe - of recumbent figures an..

  • 13 Château de Courances Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    13 r. 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..

  • 14 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..

  • 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, the sumptuous façade of this opera house is adorned with numerous sculptures. The interior, in which Garnier used marble of varying provenance, is of incomparable beauty: the Great Staircase and Grand Foyer are qu..

  • 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 Medici, this palace is French in style with Florentine touches. The main courtyard is enclosed by an arcaded gallery. The Doric ground floor with its semicircular openings adds to the robust overall appearan..

  • 17 Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    av. Winston-Churchill F - 75008 Paris

    The Petit Palais was built by Charles Girault for the 1900 Universal Exhibition. In 1902 it became the home of the city's fine arts museum. Faced with the task of ensuring that works displayed were only exposed to daylight, the architect multiplied i..

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

    Museums and art

    71 r. du Temple F - 75003 Paris

    This ultra-modern museum highlights old and contemporary works which relate to Jewish culture, covering areas such as religion, the Diaspora, and the Sephardic and Ashkenazi communities. The section on contemporary Judaism deals with the rise in mode..

  • 19 Musée des Arts et Métiers Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    60 r. Réaumur F - 75003 Paris

    This temple of science has over 3 000 inventions on display, divided into seven different sections and arranged chronologically. The museum, which provides an incomparable retrospective on the history of technical expertise via actual machines and sc..

  • 20 Place St-Sulpice Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. St-Sulpice F - 75006 Paris

    It should have been laid out in a semi-circle and buildings identical to the one at no. 6, the work of Servandoni should have bordered it. Yet there is sometimes a margin between the project and reality, which you can see when you come across this sq..

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