Stretching between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre Museum, the gravelled alleyways of the gardens, named after the tile factories that stood here in the Middle-Ages, have been chic promenades ever since. They opened to the public in the 16th century. Every year, between mid-June and mid-August, a fun fair is held in the gardens. The area is much appreciated by morning joggers, and by families for its playgrounds and ponds.
Originally intended as a memorial commemorating Napoleon's victories, the world's most famous triumphal arch now houses the tomb of the unknown soldier. Standing 164 feet high, it lies at the head of the Champs-Elysees, and paves the road to La Defense. This monument is the 6th most visited in Paris.
Centuries of makeovers have made Versailles the best known and most sumptuously clad château in the world - a veritable bouquet of over-the-top brilliance, and an absolute must see. It was built under court architects Le Vaux and Mansart between 1662 and 1690, on the order of King Louis XIV, also known as the "Sun King". It was inhabited by the King and his court in 1682. During the summer, on Sundays, enjoy a great musical fountain show through the gardens.
This Beaux-Arts station, built for the Exposition Universelle of 1900, was saved from demolition to become the Musee d'Orsay, devoted to the pivotal period between 1848 and 1914. Nowadays, more than 4,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and furniture, are exhibited in over 45,000 square meters. Cut the queues by purchasing your tickets at the Concierge desk.
One of the world's most important art collections, including the Venus de Milo, the winged Victory of Samothrace and the Mona Lisa. Cut the queues by purchasing your tickets at the Concierge desk.
Ordered by Napoleon III, and designed by Garnier in 1862, the Opera Garnier is one of Paris's most impressive and luxurious buildings. This architectural marvel draws visitors for performances and admiration alike. The Opera houses occasional operas and is the home to France's national ballet.
Tip: Contact the Concierge to get the best seats for concerts. Sheer architectural mastery, this beautiful church was commissioned by Louis IX in 1248, in which to keep his rather dubious collection of religious relics. Almost every evening at 7:00pm and 9:00pm, you can enjoy a nice classical concert . The chapel has outstanding acoustic qualities and the ambiance is very special.
Built for the World's Fair of 1899, the Eiffel Tower was the world's tallest building until 1931. Now the symbol of Paris, it is also its most visited monument with over 6 million visitors per year. It sparkles for 10 minutes every hour from sundown to 1:00am. The only way to buy tickets in advance and avoid the queue is to purchase its on internet to the Eiffel Tower's website.
A museum but also a relaxing walk in a garden with magnificent works of art.