Don't know what to do in Paris? Check out 25 must-see tourist attractions and discover the main sights of the capital of France

Oh, Paris! The dream destination of almost every traveler is really an exciting and surprising city. prepare a itinerary in the french capital offers may seem easy, but the possibilities are so many that it is difficult to know what exactly to visit. 

Thus, from well-known attractions to special places little explored by Brazilian tourists, we have separated 21 must-see attractions to visit in Paris.   

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21 attractions to see in Paris

Boat ride on the River Seine

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The boat ride on the River Seine is one of the must-see attractions to do in Paris and the opportunity to admire the city of light from a different angle. On this tour, the visitor navigates through some of the most emblematic points of the Parisian capital, such as the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. In addition, there are tour options that include dinner or lunch on board, making everything even more romantic. 

Moulin Rouge

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The Mouling Rouge is the most famous and oldest cabaret in Paris. Opened in 1889, it still maintains its facade with the giant and iconic red mill that attracts many tourists. Perfect for those who want to go back in time and have a taste of what the belle époque was, the space offers a pompous show every night, where you can check out musical numbers with lots of cancan. 

Paris Catacombs

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A little off the beaten path of the city, the Catacombs are also among the must-see tours to do in Paris. There are several tunnels in a network of more than 300 kilometers where the bones of more than 6 million people who lived in France at different times are located. At first, it may seem a little macabre, but this is a way to better understand a part of the history of the city, in addition to being a different tour. 

Opera Garnier

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The imposing and luxurious Opéra Garnier, also known as the Paris Opera or Palais Garnier, is a true Parisian architectural treasure. Built in 1875 in neo-baroque style, it has a capacity for over 2,000 people. A large and sumptuous main staircase, built in marble of different colors, draws attention for its beauty, as well as the concert hall, full of golden and red tones. It is possible to visit the Opera Garnier in daily visits, without the need to attend a show. 


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Of course, one of the most visited places in France could not be left out of the must-see attractions to visit in Paris. The ultimate symbol of absolute French royalty and its extravagance, the Palace of Versailles was built in the 17th century by Louis XIV. There are countless halls and spaces to visit that reveal all the splendor of the Baroque and Rococo styles. Among the most famous are the Hall of Mirrors and the King's Room. However, it is also important to dedicate a few hours to discover the fabulous gardens of the palace and its incredible geometry. 

Louvre Museum

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Here you will not only have the chance to discover one of the must-see attractions in Paris, but also the world. THE Louvre Museum exhibits one of humanity's most important collections, with more than 380,000 items and more than 25,000 works of art on permanent display. Among them is La Gioconda, also known as Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci. In addition, the visitor will be able to appreciate sculptures such as the beautiful Venus de Milo, a Greek statue found in 1830. 

Eiffel Tower

Main tourist attractions in Paris

Main tourist attractions in Paris. Photo: Viacheslav Lopatin / shutterstock

Perhaps one of the most famous monuments in the world, the Eiffel Tower is undoubtedly one of the must-see attractions in Paris. The imposing “iron lady”, as she is known, has 324 meters divided into three levels and more than 1600 steps. In addition to finding perfect places to take pictures next to the monument, it is possible to go up its structure by means of elevators and have an incredible panoramic view of the entire French capital. Whoever wants to, can also plan a lunch or dinner at the restaurant at the top of the tower.

Orangerie Museum

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The Orangerie Museum deviates a little from the traditional route of itineraries through Paris. However, if you like Impressionist art, it should certainly be considered one of the must-see attractions in the French capital. The museum is not very big, but it occupies a building built in 1852 and has an incredible collection with temporary and permanent exhibitions. The highlight, however, is the mural “The Water Lilies”, by Van Gogh, with eight panels of almost two meters in height, in addition to works by Picasso, Cézanne and Renoir.  

Notre Dame cathedral

Main tourist attractions in Paris

Main tourist attractions in Paris. Photo: Pixabay

The most famous church in France and one of the best known in the world has been portrayed several times in films and animations. The imposing medieval Gothic-style building, built between 1163 and 1245, already impresses by its facade, but its interior houses one of the most incredible stained glass windows ever seen. Currently, after a fire that occurred in 2019 and compromised part of its structure, the cathedral is closed for renovation and there is no forecast of reopening. 


Paris tourist attractions

Paris Tourist Attractions. Photo: EQRoy / shutterstock

Another monument that is not often visited by Brazilians is the Phanteon. However, it is one of the must-see attractions in Paris. Thus, with imposing columns and sculptures, it is an open-air work of art that deserves to be appreciated. Built in 1790, a time when France was fascinated by Greek and Roman elements, the Pantheon still houses the tombs of important French names, such as Rousseau, Alexandre Dumas, Voltaire and Victor Hugo. 

Museum d'Orsay

Main tourist attractions in Paris

Main tourist attractions in Paris. Photo: / shutterstock

The Musée d'Orsay is among the must-see places in Paris because its own building, housed in the former Orsay train station, is already an attraction in its own right. However, its incredible collection brings together works by Van Gogh, Monet, Rodin, Degas, Tolouse-Lautrec, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, among many others. With a privileged location on the banks of the River Seine, the museum can easily be included in your itinerary along with other nearby tourist attractions.  

Arch of Triumph

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Paris Tourist Attractions. Photo: Pigprox / shutterstock

The Arc de Triomphe is undoubtedly one of the must-see attractions in Paris and one of the emblematic symbols of the French capital. The monument began to be erected at the request of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1806, after the Battle of Austerlitz, but it took almost 30 years to complete. With an imposing 50 meters high, it is possible to climb to its top and have a privileged view of the region. 


Main tourist attractions in Paris

Main tourist attractions in Paris. Photo: Xuan Nguyen

Many people stop visiting Sainte-Chapelle because they are unaware that this is one of the must-see attractions in Paris. Built in the 13th century at the behest of King Louis IX, it is considered a masterpiece of the early Gothic style. Its beauty is especially in the details of the ceiling, which is surrounded by some of the most impressive – and ancient – French stained glass windows. To give you an idea, its imposing windows measure more than 15 meters in height. Therefore, be sure to include Sainte-Chapelle in your itinerary through the city of lights. 


Paris tourist attractions

Paris Tourist Attractions. Photo: Krzyzak / shutterstock

Located at the highest point in Paris, in the Sacré Coeur district, it began to be built in 1875 and was only completed in 1914. The construction, made of travertine marble, stands out for its 83-meter high bell tower, which holds a huge bell weighing more than 20 tons. Sacré-Coeur is one of the must-see attractions in Paris not only for its historical value and beauty, but also for offering one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the city.  

Luxembourg garden

Main tourist attractions in Paris

Main tourist attractions in Paris. Photo: Kosala Bandara / Wikimedia Commons

Considered one of the most beautiful parks in the world, the Jardin Luxembourg is one of the favorite places for tourists looking for an outdoor walk in Paris. The space has impeccable landscaping in the greatest Parisian style. The large garden is also an ideal stop for tourists and locals alike for picnics, cultural activities and family outings.

Tuileries Garden

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Paris Tourist Attractions. Photo: pandapaw / shutterstock

Another popular green space in Paris is the Tuileries Garden, built in 1564 by Catherine de Medici. Flowering gardens, lakes and fountains make the space an unmissable stop in the French capital. In addition, the garden is located in the center of several attractions, such as the Louvre Museum, the Jeu de Palme museum and the Place de la Concorde. 


Main tourist attractions in Paris

Main tourist attractions in Paris. Photo: Connie Ma / Wikimedia Commons

Saint-Germain-des-Prés is one of the most interesting neighborhoods to discover in Paris and, therefore, one of the city's must-see attractions. Very famous for its cafes, it is in this neighborhood where you can feel the Parisian atmosphere of the movies, sitting in an outdoor chair on the sidewalk. Don't miss out on the classics Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots. In addition, its charming streets are full of shops, especially aimed at the female audience. 

Le Marais

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Paris Tourist Attractions. Photo: Alexandre Rotenberg / shutterstock

The lively Le Marais district has a more vibrant scene in Paris. Bringing together a young audience and the gay community, the neighborhood, which used to be historic and inhabited by the nobility, is currently very lively and full of nightclubs and bars to enjoy the night. However, the place also has several charming restaurants and cafes, as well as historic buildings from the 18th century. 

Canal Saint-Martin

Main tourist attractions in Paris

Main tourist attractions in Paris. Photo: Vince Duque / Unsplash

The Canal Saint-Martin was commissioned by Napoleon to supply Paris in 1825. It later became an important means of transporting goods. However, these days, it is one of the city's must-see attractions. With more than 4 kilometers and connected to the River Seine, it is possible to sail with small boats along its entire length, a very charming tour. 


Paris tourist attractions

Paris Tourist Attractions. Photo: maziarz / shutterstock

If there is one place that extols the bohemian and charming side of Paris even more, this place is neighborhood of Montmartre. Located to the north of the city, it is known as the place where famous painters and artists of the early 20th century gathered, such as Tolouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh. It is also where there are several points of interest for tourists, such as the Sacré Coeur Basilica and the Moulin Rouge. It is also worth walking through the narrow streets of Montmartre and being surprised at every turn. 

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