Paris

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A short break in the French capital is the perfect tonic; arrive feeling jaded and after a few hours you’ll be filled with va-va-voom!

Paris is often said to be the most romantic city in the world. Hugging the banks of the River Seine, it is divided into twenty districts, known as arrondissements, each with its own distinct atmosphere and share of interesting attractions. From the medieval charm of Le Marais to the bohemian Left Bank, the quaint artists’ quarter of Montmartre to the ultra-fashionable Saint-Germain-des-Près, the blend of ancient and modern is seamless.

This compact city is easy to get around on foot, with a public transport system that’s simple to use and drops you conveniently close to all the main sights. The famous Paris Metro has some beautifully designed stations which are well worth a look in their own right, while buses are reliable and cheap. For a romantic alternative, consider catching a boat along the river.

However you choose to explore, you will soon be seduced by the city’s special charms. Window-shop in the fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré to see why Paris is the world capital of haute couture, with labels such as Lanvin, Hermès and Dior presenting their beautiful creations in opulent displays. Then treat yourself to a delicately flavoured macaroon at the famous Ladurée patisserie on the Champs-Elysées or a flaky croissant straight from the oven of a street corner bakery.

As well as being a world-famous shopping destination, Paris is also revered for its culture. Painters, musicians, writers and film directors have all been inspired by its beauty, and its museums and galleries are among the best in the world. Visitors queue for hours just to see the inscrutable smile of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum or the Picasso masterpieces at the National Museum of Modern Art housed on two floors of the iconic Pompidou Centre. The Palais Garnier is an opulent setting for performances of opera and ballet, while the Musée d’Orsay houses its priceless collection of French Impressionist paintings in a beautifully converted former railway station.

No visit to Paris would be complete without taking the lift to the top level of the Eiffel Tower to enjoy panoramic views across the whole city before heading for the champagne bar to drink a toast to romance.

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Where to stay in Paris

Marais - Pompidou - Notre Dame de Paris featuring modern architecture and a square or plaza as well as a large group of people

Marais

4.5/5Wonderful!(137 area reviews)

Marais
Montmartre which includes a city and views

Montmartre

4.5/5Wonderful!(133 area reviews)

Montmartre
8th Arrondissement which includes a monument and street scenes

8th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(401 area reviews)

8th Arrondissement
7th Arrondissement featuring a city and street scenes

7th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(230 area reviews)

7th Arrondissement
9th Arrondissement featuring street scenes as well as a small group of people

9th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(443 area reviews)

9th Arrondissement
1st Arrondissement

1st Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(274 area reviews)

1st Arrondissement

Top hotels in Paris

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
B&B Hotel at Disneyland® Paris
B&B Hotel at Disneyland® Paris
2 out of 5
Disneyland® Paris, 60 Avenue De La Fosse Des Pressoirs, Magny-le-Hongre
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
€75
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

Situated in Magny-le-Hongre, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris and Val d'Europe Shopping Center. Disney Village and Walt ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,758 reviews)

"Stayed here for 1 night before moving on to Newport Bay hotel. Hotel is clean, simple and functional. Complementary bus service runs regularly to parks/train station. Everything we were looking for."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

B&B Hotel at Disneyland® Paris
ibis Paris CDG Airport
ibis Paris CDG Airport
3 out of 5
3 Rue de Bruxelles, BP 11122, Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis
€79
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Aeroville Shopping Center, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Usines Centre Outlet Shopping Mall and Paris ...

3.9/5Good! (5,360 reviews)

"Perfeito para quem tem que pegar um voo bem cedo, o hotel fica do lado do transfer do terminal 3 do aeroporto, gastei uns 20m pra chegar no terminal 2. Dois minutos do hotel até o transfer."…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2020

ibis Paris CDG Airport
Novotel Paris Les Halles
Novotel Paris Les Halles
4 out of 5
8 Place Marguerite De Navarre, Paris, Paris
€195
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

This family-friendly Paris hotel is located in the historical district, steps away from Forum des Halles, Les Halles and Rue de Rivoli. Centre Pompidou and Conciergerie ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,027 reviews)

"Location, location, location!! I have found my new ‘home’ in Paris!"…"

Reviewed on 8 Feb 2020

Novotel Paris Les Halles

Popular things to do in Paris

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

4.5/5(1,438 reviews)

The views from the top of this iconic symbol of Paris are an unmissable highlight of any visit.

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

4.5/5(1,027 reviews)

One of the world’s biggest and best art collections is housed in one of Paris’s most beautiful buildings.

Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe

4.5/5(1,209 reviews)

This iconic Parisian landmark commemorates one of Napoleon’s most famous victories and offers panoramic views from the top.

Moulin Rouge
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Moulin Rouge

4/5(387 reviews)

Whether you fell in love with the film or are a fan of the iconic architecture, don’t miss one of the greatest stage shows and most well-known landmarks in Paris.

Notre-Dame
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Notre-Dame

4/5(1,143 reviews)

The gothic façade of Paris’s principal place of worship is one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks.

Opéra Garnier
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Opéra Garnier

4.5/5(374 reviews)

Attend a performance, browse museum exhibits and marvel at the opulent design of one of the world’s most celebrated opera houses. 

Top activities in Paris

Disneyland® Paris Tickets
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Disneyland® Paris Tickets

€51

Treat yourself to the magic of Disneyland® Paris. You can choose between 2 incredible Disney Parks, the original Disneyland® Park or the Walt Disney Studios® Park. Or, for the ultimate Disney adventure, you can choose a 2-park ticket and visit both.

Dinner Cruise on the Seine River
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Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

€150

Set sail for an unforgettable evening on the water as you soak in the majesty of the illuminated landmarks that line the Seine. Step aboard a glass-enclosed boat at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and settle into your seat.

Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat
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Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat

€17

Batobus stops include: 1. Eiffel Tower, Port de la Bourdonnais 2. Musée d'Orsay, Quai de Solferino 3. Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Quai Malaquais 4. Notre-Dame Cathedral, Quai de Montebello 5. Jardin des Plantes, close to Pont d'Austerlitz 6.

Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

€35

Plan your Paris adventure with Big Bus: hop-on, hop-off tickets and tours designed to help you experience the very best of the City of Lights. We have two routes to show the best Paris has to offer and both are included in your ticket price.

Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Audio Tour
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Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Audio Tour

€39

Take a trip back in time while at the Louvre, once a grand former palace and now the world's most famous museum.Along with your map and audio tour guide, you'll receive additional details for your day at the Louvre from our offices.

Skip the Line: Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac Ticket
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Skip the Line: Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac Ticket

€10

Visit: Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, 37 quai Branly, 75007 Paris France Opened in 2006, the Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac contains the collections of its double inheritance: those of the Musee de l'Homme and of the National Museum of African and Oceanian Art.

Reviews of Paris

4.5

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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3 - Okay 6.096020214782059%
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2 - Disappointing 1.326595072646873%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.6001263423878711%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 17, 2020

We went to the Brasilica Church and there were men giving out these cheap arm bands made out of strings as their “tradition”. Then they asked for money in return (€5), I feel like older tourist would be taken advantage of and give their money away!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 16, 2020

Very noisy with police cars all the time

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 12, 2020

Love Paris - but not Mecure in Marie

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 12, 2020

It is truly a wonderful place for romance.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 11, 2020

The same as other capital’s of the world beautiful but had it’s downsides beggars and slums

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 10, 2020

Some areas were not clean but some were very clean

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