Paris City Information

Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, is one of the largest agglomerations in Europe, with 2.2 million people living in the dense, central city and almost 12 million people living in the whole metropolitan area. Dubbed the City of Light (la Ville Lumière), Paris has the well-deserved reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.

The city has the second highest number of Michelin restaurants in the world and contains numerous iconic landmarks, such as the world's most visited tourist site the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre Museum, making it the most popular tourist destination in the world.

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Arc de Triomphe

Just north of the Eiffel Tower, and at the end of the famous Champs-Elysées shopping street, is the Arc de Triomphe. Built under Napoleon's instruction, the Arc was completed in 1836, and stands over the tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Walk up to the top for an alternative view of Paris.


Climb up the hill toward the beautiful Sacré Coeur Basilica. Enjoy splendid views of Paris from the top, and walk the cobbled streets of Montmartre. Wander through Place du Tertre, where the impressionists once painted and sold their wares, or head to Le Consulat or La Bonne Franquette to drink where they used to drink!

Musee du Louvre

The Louvre Museum is the world's largest museum and a historic monument in Paris. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city's 1st arrondissement. Approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 782,910 square feet. The Louvre is the world's third most visited museum.

Notre Dame Cathedral

The Norte Dame Cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and it is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. The naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass serve to contrast it with earlier Romanesque architecture.

As the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris, Notre-Dame contains the cathedra of the Archbishop of Paris, currently Cardinal André Vingt-Trois. The cathedral treasury contains a reliquary, which houses some of Catholicism's most important relics, including the purported Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nails.

Eiffel Tower

Walk along the river, or hop on the RER to Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel, and visit Paris's most iconic monument. Walk up the steps of the Trocadero (opposite) for the best view of the tower, or take a lift up to the top and look down on Paris from above.

Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

This amazing Roman Catholic church is built on the Butte Montmartre, and as the highest point in Paris, it gives you a great view of the city. You can climb the 222 steps or take the funicular to reach the top. The Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie and Lucien Magne in Romano-byzantine style, and built to honor the 58,000 men that died during the Franco-Prussian War. The Sacré Coeur is situated in Montmartre, an idyllic and bohemian neighborhood full of lovely boutiques, restaurants and street art.