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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Museums, Cafés and Culture

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Where to stay in Paris

Paris City Centre
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Paris City Centre

Museums, Monuments, Architecture

Paris City Centre is a metropolitan neighbourhood that’s popular for its cafes. In addition to its architecture, the neighbourhood has many charming qualities. You can satisfy your cultural palate with museums and monuments.

Marais
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Marais

Museums, Cafés, Architecture

The Marais neighbourhood welcomes visitors, with its convenient options for cafes. Part of the neighbourhood’s charm is its architecture. You can satisfy your cultural palate with museums and art scene.

7th Arrondissement
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7th Arrondissement

Tours, Cafés, Museums

7th Arrondissement is a scenic, walkable neighbourhood with convenient options for cafes. The neighbourhood’s charm comes through in its architecture. You can satisfy your cultural palate with museums and monuments.

1st Arrondissement
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1st Arrondissement

Museums, Architecture, Monuments

The 1st Arrondissement neighbourhood welcomes visitors, with its convenient options for cafes. In addition to its architecture, the neighbourhood has many charming qualities. For a taste of local culture, you can visit the museums and monuments.

8th Arrondissement
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8th Arrondissement

Cafés, Museums, Sunsets

8th Arrondissement is a welcoming, upmarket neighbourhood. The neighbourhood’s charm comes through in its architecture. You can satisfy your cultural palate with museums and art scene.

6th Arrondissement
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6th Arrondissement

Cafés, Museums, Churches

6th Arrondissement is a welcoming, romantic neighbourhood. The neighbourhood has many charming qualities, with its architecture among the more noteworthy. You can experience the local museums and churches, or enjoy the natural beauty of the gardens.

Top hotels in Paris

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Vienna House Dream Castle Marne La Vallée
4 out of 5
€153/night
18 Aug-19 Aug
4/5Very Good! (7,978 reviews)

"Like that the room was spacious and clean, comfy queen bed and nice breakfast, and a bus to park every 10 mins only thing I would fault is key wouldn’t work 2nd night and waited ages for someone to come to reception but was sorted quickly"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2019

Vienna House Dream Castle Marne La Vallée
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ibis Paris CDG Airport
3 out of 5
3 Rue de Bruxelles, Tremblay-en-France
€76/night
3 Aug-4 Aug
3.8/5Good! (4,528 reviews)

"Great location as we fly in late and got up the next morning and took the train into the city. Supermarket next door meant could have fresh fruit and veges. Hotel was affordable and basic - happy guest"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2019

ibis Paris CDG Airport
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citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
4 out of 5
7 Rue de Rome, Tremblay-en-France
€76/night
13 Aug-14 Aug
4.5/5Wonderful! (4,160 reviews)

"The bed was comfortable, the location very convenient--even withluggage, jst a short walk to the shuttle to catch the early flight. The food was tasty and varied. Nice atmosphere, with easy and freindly check in. While smale, the room was well-oraganized and comfortable. One fo the light swithces ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2019

citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle

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

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

€30

Discover all the romance, history, and atmosphere of the French capital on an open-air double-decker bus. Explore the City of Light at your own pace, scoping out world-famous monuments like Notre-Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower and hopping off to get a closer look at Parisian landmarks.

Small-Group Normandy & D-Day Beaches Tour with Lunch
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Small-Group Normandy & D-Day Beaches Tour with Lunch

€259

Spend a day exploring the dramatic settings where key battles unfolded during the Allied invasion on D-Day, June 6th, 1944. Get up-close looks at Normandy beaches where thousands of troops lost their lives to German forces and visit the cemeteries and memorials set up to honor their sacrifice.

Disneyland® Paris Tickets
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Disneyland® Paris Tickets

€68

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 at the Eiffel Tower & Seine River Cruise
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Dinner at the Eiffel Tower & Seine River Cruise

€170

Take in spectacular panoramic views of Paris while tasting a delicious 3-course dinner at the Eiffel Tower's first-floor restaurant. Later, unwind with a relaxing cruise along the Seine and admire The City of Light's most famous sights as you pass under illuminated bridges.

Moulin Rouge Show with Roundtrip Hotel Transportation
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Moulin Rouge Show with Roundtrip Hotel Transportation

€179

Please note the Pick-up time indicated on the voucher is approximative and may vary up to 30 minutes according to the traffic in Paris. Pick up location will be from the hotel or Private residence in Paris (Zip code must start by 75), should the address be provided to us at least 72 hours (local time) prior to tour's departure.

Eiffel Tower Dinner, Evening Cruise on the Seine & Cabaret Show at the Lido
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Eiffel Tower Dinner, Evening Cruise on the Seine & Cabaret Show at the Lido

€249

Spend a spectacular soirée out on the town in fantastic Parisian style. Enjoy dinner with a view during an unforgettable gourmet meal at the Eiffel Tower, pass illuminated monuments on a Seine river cruise, and then sip champagne during a cabaret performance at Le Lido.

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7 floor plans of famous hotel rooms from film

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