Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world to visit. Just walking through the streets of Paris and looking at all the amazing buildings makes you feel like you’re in a magical place. There’s lots to do in the city, with dozens of fantastic sites to see, including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre Museum. We’ll be looking at those sights and more in our list of the most beautiful places to visit in Paris.
It wouldn’t be an article about Paris without mentioning the Eiffel Tower, would it? Standing 324 metres tall, the tower can be seen from all around Paris and is a central landmark for Parisians. Built by Gustave Eiffel and presented at the Exposition Universelle in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was only meant to be a temporary piece, but it became a core part of Paris’s identity, so it remains to this day. The Eiffel Tower is beautiful at all times of the year, but we recommend seeing it at night, as the lights look breathtaking against the backdrop of the city.
Parc des Princes
The Parc des Princes is the home stadium of the world-famous football team Paris Saint Germain. It’s located in the southwest of Paris, inside the 16th arrondissement, and is close to other well-known sporting venues such as the Stade Jean Bouin and the Stade Roland Garros. The stadium has been through significant renovations since its inception in 1897, including two major reconstructions. The stadium as we know it now opened in 1967 and was renovated again in 1998 to reflect a more modern design. The curved oval building with ridges down the side has a certain beauty that can be enjoyed by sports fans and architecture fans alike.
The Louvre Museum is a place that looks beautiful both inside and out! The building’s grand design and the glass pyramid are a sight to see on their own, but inside, the building is just as elegant. You could spend a day walking through the building and admiring the architecture, let alone all the incredible pieces of art they have inside. It houses the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa as well as other famous artwork, which have inspired countless other forms of media, including films, high RTP slots, and TV shows. The museum has many other historically important artefacts, covering everything from Egyptian antiques to Islamic art. The Louvre building was originally a fortress built in the 12th century in the heart of Paris, but has since been renovated to house some of the world’s most famous art pieces.
Arc de Triomphe
Located at the end of the Champs Elysees in the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle, the Arc de Triomphe was originally built early in the 19th century. It was the tallest triumphal arch for over a hundred years until it was usurped by the Monumento a la Revolucion in Mexico City. Napoleon commissioned the arch in 1806 after France’s victory at Austerlitz. The monument is absolutely stunning to look at and has clear influences from Roman architecture, which can be seen in the sculptures that adorn the piece.
Notre Dame Cathedral
On the Ile de la Cite in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, you’ll find the fabulous Notre Dame Cathedral. This building has a storied history and took nearly 200 years to completely build! The ground was first broken in 1163, but the cathedral wasn’t finished until 1345. It underwent a major renovation in the middle of the 19th century after it had been desecrated during the French Revolution and unfortunately fell victim to a tragic fire in 2019. While the building still stands, you can no longer enter the building but you can still admire its magnificent beauty from the outside.
While we’ve covered some of the absolute “must-visits” in this article, Paris has plenty more beautiful sights to see that are well worth your time. Other highlights we didn’t mention include the Palace of Versailles and its world-famous gardens and the Moulin Rouge, the birthplace of the cancan and cabaret. If you’re visiting Paris in the near future, we highly recommend checking out all the places on our list.