Six attractions in Paris draw a whopping 23.5 million visitors yearly. With the hundreds of museums and monuments in the grand City of Light, take this short list to be sure you catch the best spots.
Paris’ Eiffel Tower alone draws 6.2 million visitors yearly.
Paris Office of Tourism
This is one of the world’s most recognizable monuments (and the best-known monument in all of Europe), and it is breathtaking to behold. Be sure to take the lift for a view of the city. This attraction alone drew 6.2 million visitors in 2002, according to Paris Office of Tourism statistics.
OK, if you go to Paris, you simply must see the Eiffel Tower. If not, your friends will think you are wierd. Frankly, though, you can see it from almost any vantage point in Paris. You won’t find the best view of the city at the top. It is, however, a sight to behold due to its amazing architecture and sheer size.
Carrousel du Louvre is a shopping mall below the Louvre Museum.
Paris Office of Tourism
Arguably the world’s most famous art museum, the Louvre’s most popular piece is Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” It was established in 1793, and is one of the oldest museums in Europe. Its collections spans from the birth of great civilizations up to the 19th century. A whopping 5.7 million tourists visited the museum in 2002.
Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
This fun, hands-on science museum attracts 2.5 million visitors each year, with its cool exhibits on anatomy, biology, you name it.
The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie is one of the most popular attractions in Paris, and it’s also a great attraction for families traveling with kids. Here is a profile of Paris’ Cité des Sciences et Industrie.
This museum may not be the massive size of Louvre, but its Impressionist collection is among the best in the world. The museum is housed in a former rail station, and has the atmosphere and personality to match. The Musee d’Orsay attracts 2.1 million visitors annually.
One of the world’s most-visited museums, the Musee d’Orsay houses the largest collection of painting, sculpture, and decorative objects produced between 1848-1914, showcasing many of the most remarkable works of the early modern era.
Giving visitors a detailed and breathtaking look at the birth of modern painting, sculpture, design, and even photography, the Musee d’Orsay’s permanent collection spans from neoclassicism and romanticism to impressionism, expressionism, and art nouveau design.
Arc de Triomphe
Climb to the top for one of the best views of Paris. No, it doesn’t go as high as the Eiffel Tower. But since the city is relatively flat, the vantage point at this height is actually better. The arch brings in 1.4 million visitors each year.
The Arc de Triomphe is one of Paris’ most visit attractions. This monument is devoted to one of France’s most fearless leaders, Napoleon Bonaparte. A visit to the Arc de Triomphe gives visitors a chance to see this architectural wonder, as well as a fabulous view and photo vantage point on the Champs Elysees. Here is a guide to visiting Paris’ Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile.