5 most popular attractions in Paris
When visiting France, there’s so many things you can do. Visit the various landmarks, eat a croissant in a cosy cafe or just sit in the street and watch the birds fly by. The capital of France, Paris, is renowned especially for its museums and architectural landmarks. Paris receives over 22 million visitors each year, and for good reason. There are hundreds of different cafes, museums and parks to visit in Paris. Don’t forget the Eiffel Tower! Out of all the attractions in Paris, here are my five favourite.
- Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is one of the best known structures in the world. When most people think of Paris, they think of the Eiffel Tower, and for good reason. It is a global cultural icon for France, being the most visited monument in the world, with 6.91 million people visiting it in 2015. The tower is 1063 feet tall, and it is named after the engineer Gustav Eiffel, whose company designed the tower and built it. There are three floors accessible by visitors on the Eiffel Tower, the first and second floor being restaurants and the third being an observation area. You can walk 300 steps up to the first floor, or you can just take the lift straight to the top.
2. The Louvre
The Louvre Museum is the biggest art museum in the world. It is a central landmark of Paris, being over 200 years old, with over 72,000 square metres of exhibits. The Louvre museum is also the world’s most visited art museum, with over 7.3 million visitors each year. The museum is located in Louvre palace, which was originally built as a fortress in the 1300s by Philip II. The building has been extended many times to get it where it is today. The Louvre has approximately 38,000 objects to view, ranging from sculptures, to paintings, to Greek and Roman art from the Renaissance period.
3. Disneyland Paris
Disneyland a place where nearly all children want to go. A magical place where princesses and fairy tales come to life, Disneyland Paris is the most visited theme park in all of Europe, with 13.4 million visitors per year. The resort was opened in 1992, and it is 19.425 km squared. Disneyland contains Disney Village, a leisure district with a number of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. It also has a golf course, dozens of rides, and seven hotels.
4. Musée d’Orsay
Musée d’Orsay is a fine museum, albeit less popular than The Louvre. Unlike the Louvre, it mostly contains French artwork and sculptures, but it has art that is seen as more modern than the Louvre’s. It is housed in a former railway station, Gare d’Orsay, and was established in 1986. The museum possesses the largest collection of impressionist art in the world, and it has a large range of difference masterpieces, by artists such as Renoir, Monet and even Van Gogh. It has over 3 million visitors each year, and it one of the most popular museums in Europe.
5. Café de la Paix
The Café de la Paix is a very popular cafe, designed by the architect Alfred Armand. It is said that if one sits at the cafe long enough, one is bound to run into a friend or acquaintance due to the cafe’s popularity and reputation. It was opened on June 30th, 1862. It is known for being warm, professional and prompt. The cafe serves food, many different drinks, and is renowned as having a magical atmosphere. The wine is very popular, but the cafe is often full due to it’s massive popularity. On August 22, 1975, the Cafe was declared a historic site by the French government.