Top Landmarks in Paris

Notre Dame de Paris

Located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, Notre Dame de Paris offers a great example of French Gothic Architecture.  Visit this landmark on a Sunday and go for mass or to walk around the cathedral.

Sacré-Cœur

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris on the butte of Montmartre in Paris gazes over the city and offers breathtaking views.  A short walk up the stairs of this historic landmark will bring you to the summit where you are presented with a panoramic view of the city.  Maps at the top will help you discover the different buildings on the horizon.

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower  is one of the most iconic Landmarks in Paris and allows visitors to reach the summit 2 elevators.  The elevator line is much longer and also costs a little more, we recommend getting some exercise, saving some money, and taking the stairs up to the 2nd floor.  Views from the 1st and 2nd floor are great, there is a restaurant located on the 1st level and a small shop and food stand on the 2nd floor.  The line to the summit can get quite long and its elevator only, no stairs.

Luxor Obelisk

The Luxor Obelisk rises 75 feet (23 metre) in the center of the Place de la Concorde in Paris.  Taken from the Luxor Temple in Egypt, this is the oldest monument in Paris and interestingly enough, Egypt has been continually asking for it back year after year.  It will be hard to miss this landmark as you walk through Paris.

Trocadéro

Trocadéro is the place on the opposite side of the Seine from the Eiffel Tower.  It is highly trafficked by tourists looking to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower and watch the light shot at night.  The Metro stop (Trocadéro) provides easy access and is only a short walk to the Eiffel Tower.

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l’Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées.  The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre is located at the eastern end of the Champs-Élysées and should not be confused with the Arc de Tromphe de L’Étoile.

Pont Neuf

The ‘New Bridge’ is actually the oldest bridge in Paris.  The Pont Neuf stands at the western edge of the Île de la Cité, the island in the middle of the Seine that was the heart of medieval Paris.  A quick walk over this landmark will bring you close to Notre Dame de Paris.

Pont des Arts

During recent years, visiting couples to Paris have started a trend of attaching padlock to this bridge with their names/initials written on the lock.  Then the couple will throw the key into the Seine as a romantic gesture.  The City of Paris has not yet adopted a definitive policy on how to deal with this new fad as it starts to affect landmarks.

Pont Alexandre III

The construction of this landmark was a marvel of 19th century engineering, consisting of a six-metre high single span steel arch. The bridge was built by the engineers Jean Résal and Amédée d’Alby and inaugurated in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition (as were the nearby Grand Palais and Petit Palais).


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