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

Montmartre
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Montmartre

Cathedrals, Cafés, Churches

Presided over by the Sacré-Cœur, this charming neighborhood is still reminiscent of its days as an enclave for some of the world’s greatest artists.

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Top hotels in Paris

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citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
4 out of 5
7 Rue de Rome, Roissypole, Terminal 3, Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis
€79/night
12 Oct-13 Oct
4.6/5Wonderful! (4,374 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this boutique hotel is 4.7 mi (7.5 km) from Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Parc Asterix and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (4,374 reviews)

"Modern, chic very friendly close to terminal 3 and free shuttles to other terminals can’t fault it"…"

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2019

citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
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Vienna House Dream Castle Marne La Vallée
4 out of 5
€88/night
29 Sep-30 Sep
4/5Very Good! (8,257 reviews)

This family-friendly Magny-le-Hongre hotel is located on a lake, within 2 mi (3 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris and Disney Village. Val d'Europe Shopping ...

4/5Very Good! (8,257 reviews)

"Our stay was AWESOME! Staff were great! Rooms were Fantastic..clean, comfy & fun with the themed children’s rooms. We’ll be back on our next trip."…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2019

Vienna House Dream Castle Marne La Vallée
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ibis Paris CDG Airport
3 out of 5
3 Rue de Bruxelles, BP 11122, Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis
€76/night
11 Oct-12 Oct
3.8/5Good! (4,740 reviews)

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (4,740 reviews)

"The hotel was very easy to find. The rooms are clean and the hotel staff were friendly."…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019

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Popular things to do in Paris

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

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

Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe

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

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

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

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

€99

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

€42

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.

River Seine Sightseeing Cruise
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River Seine Sightseeing Cruise

€15

Sail along the banks of the River Seine, passing under magnificent bridges and spotting legendary sights such as Notre-Dame Cathedral, the palatial architecture of the Louvre, and the filigreed ironwork of the Eiffel Tower.

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