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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Paris

The townscape of Paris, extending on both banks of the Seine with the hills of Montmartre and the Buttes Chaumont in the north and the Montagne de Ste-Geneviève in the south, has a charm all its own. The great ring of boulevards with their constant surge of traffic and their bright lights when darkness falls, contrasting with the peaceful parks and quiet side streets of the old residential quarters, the long lines of streets and the spacious squares, the legendary Champs-Elysées, the magnificent public buildings, palaces and churches, many of them floodlit at night, the profusion of historic buildings and the futuristic architecture of the present day, the fantastic views from the higher points of the city, the busy movement of shipping on the Seine, the little cafés and bistros with their varying personalities, the color and bustle of the weekly markets, the sheer elegance or stylish nonsenses of the famous fashion houses, the unsurpassable gastronomy of France, the endless range of cultural offerings, from the great museums of international standing to the extreme manifestations of pop culture, the incomparable charm of Parisian savoir vivre: all these varied elements contribute to the irresistible attraction of Paris.

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Eiffel Tower & Vicinity

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Champs-Elysées & Vicinity

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Marais Quarter

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The Marais Quarter is a hip and trendy area of Paris, with boutiques, artists, interesting shops, and great restaurants. Many of these establishments are located in well preserved and restored historical buildings.

Montmartre

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The Montmartre area of Paris refers generally to the hill topped by the famous church of Sacré-Coeur, and the surrounding area. It has traditionally been known as an entertainment district but is also a residential area.

Ile de la Cité

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At the heart of Paris is Ile de la Cité, with such famous sites as Notre-Dame and Sainte-Chapelle.

Quartier Latin

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The Latin Quarter has long been known for its elite colleges which dominate the area.

Saint-Germain-des-Prés Quarter

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The area of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is known for art galleries and up scale cafes and restaurants. It is a pleasant area to stroll through or take in a foreign film.

Faubourg St Honoré

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In Faubourg St Honoré visitors will find the official residence of the President, Palais de l'Elysée, along with numerous famous fashion houses and art galleries.

Georges Pompidou National Center for Art and Culture

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The Georges Pompidou Center is prominent tourist attraction in Paris. It is an easily recognizable building of steel and glass, with exterior ducts painted in bold colors.

Invalides (Hôtel des Invalides)

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The Hôtel des Invalides is one of Paris' most famous sites. This fine 17th C complex now contains two museums and private residences.

La Défense

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La Défense is a business district of modern high-rise buildings. It is known as the place to see contemporary architecture in Paris.
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Halles-Beaubourg District

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Montparnasse

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Quais de la Seine

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Luxembourg Quarter, Luxembourg Gardens & Palais du Luxembourg

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Surroundings

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