I have personally categorize Paris sites in Must-See, Important and Other. This blog will provide you basic info of other sites in Paris.
Grande Arche de la Défense
Hotel de Ville
The oldest church in Paris with Romanseque Style. Its graceful bell tower is a good landmark for tourist.
The Paris Opera Garnier
The main opera house in Paris is located at the end of avenue de L’Opera and is often referred to as the “Paris Opera Garnier”, after the architect Charles Garnier.
The Opera is also home to a small gallery which hosts exhibitions as well as a permanent exhibition of the sets of operas from its history.
As well as being a deserving tribute to M. Garnier, it also helps differentiate it from Paris’ other opera house which is located at Place de la Bastille.
Cost: €9; €12.50 for guided visit Wed. and weekends at 11:30 and 2:30
Hours: Daily 10-4:30
Tourist to this well-known department store can find a lot of brand-name items of nearly every variety. Amazing interior inside the store like a cathedral.
This opera house 2700-seat auditorium with perfect acoustics and some of the most ambitious opera production in Paris. If you enjoy ballet, you must visit the Opéra Bastille.
Place de la Bastille
Because of its historical value the square is often used for political demonstrations. It becomes one of the trendiest area , full of charming shops and galleries, lively bars, cafes and night club.
The Musee D’Orsay is the place to visit if you’re an impressionism fan. The Musee is located in the old railway station on the Quai D’Orsay on the left bank of the Seine.
The station was built in 1900 but, by the time of WWII, because of the increasing length of trains, it was becoming less suited to use as a major railway station.
The Musee D’Orsay exhibits work by Delacroix, Manet, Guaguin, Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, Sisley, van Gogh and many more great artists.
Cost: €9.50 (€8 without special exhibit); €7 (€5 without special exhibit) after 4:15 except Thurs. after 6
Hours: Tues.-Sun. 9:30-6, Thurs. 9:30 am-9:45 pm
Metro: Solférino; RER: Musée d’Orsay.
Grande Arche de la Défense
The project to build the ‘Grande Arche’ (Great Arch) was initiated by the French president Mitterrand. The cube-like structure, 110m square with Carrara marble located at la Défense which is the prime high-rise office district of Paris. Many of Paris’s tallest buildings and HQ of three-quarters of France’s largest 20 corporations can be found here.
Sainte-Chapelle was an architectural and aesthetic marvel of its day and is a place of extraordinary religious symbolism. It was built in the 13th century by King Louis IX and was his royal chapel. The Holy Chapel is adorned with fifteen windows. A visit to this gothic-style construction on a sunny day is a real enchantment and Sainte-Chapelle is famous for its oldest and finest stained glass windows.
Cost: €8, joint ticket with La Conciergerie €11 (Free Entry Paris Pass)
Hours: Mar.-Oct., daily 9:30-6; Nov.-Feb., daily 9-5
Bus : 21, 27, 38, 85, 96
Metro: Line 4 Cité.
“At the Moulin Rouge every night is a celebration!” Celebrated the world over for it’s French cancan, the Moulin Rouge is firmly rooted in the pure music hall tradition of France, continually presenting sumptuous shows.
Dinner at 19:00, dinner and show at 21:00 and 23:00
Show only from 80 to 90 €, dinner and show from 150 to 180 €.
Bus: 30, 54, 68, 74, 80, 95
Place des Vosges
The Place des Vosges the oldest square in Paris is a peaceful place, a nice central park surrounded by arcades with shops and cafes. It is located in the historical Marais district.
Hours: Open year-round
Metro: Bastille or St-Paul
Institut du Monde Arabe
Two voyages in one. Come and meet the Orient… The Arab World Institute (L’Institut du Monde Arabe) proposes to discover the Orient, its history and culture in an incredible setting.
Bus : 24, 63, 67, 86, 87, 89
Metro : Line 7 – Sully – Morland, Line 7 – Jussieu, Line 10 – Cardinal Lemoine, Line 10 – Jussieu
Open every day except on Monday and the 1/05, from 10:00 to 18:00 .
Place de la Sorbonne
The Sorbonne is one of Europe’s oldest universities, and still enjoys a certain prestige today. The Sorbonne plaza (Place de la Sorbonne) is lined with cafes, but most are occupied by tourists rather than students, who tend to prefer gathering in dim, smoky cafes nearby.
Hôtel des Invalides
It was built in the 1670 by Louis XIV to provide housing for 4000 disabled war veterans. Very impressive museum of arms and armor from the Middle Ages to today. Also contains the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Hours: Église du Dôme and museums Apr.-Sept., daily 10-6; Oct.-Mar., daily 10-5. Closed 1st Mon. of every month Oct-June
Metro: La Tour-Maubourg/Invalides
The Conciergerie was built as a royal palace in year 1391 for the concierge of the Palais de la Cite. It became the first prison of Paris and during the French Revolution, nearly 3,000 condemned spent their last days here.
Cost: €7, joint ticket with Sainte-Chapelle €11 or €12.50 during temporary exhibitions (Free Entry Paris Pass)
Hours: Daily 9:30-6
Bus : 21, 24, 27, 38, 58, 81, 85
This monument look like Greek temple style was consecrated in 1842. This massive 19th century, neoclassical church is surrounded by 52 Corinthian columns standing 20m tall, and the marble and gilt interior is topped by three sky-lit cupolas. Every Sunday at 11am and 7pm, there will the massive organ being played.
Hours: Easter-June and Sept.-Oct., daily 10-6, July and Aug., daily 9:30-8; Sept.-Oct., daily 10-6; Nov.-mid-Feb., daily 11-5
A steel and smoked glass eyesore built in 1974. You can take a lift up to the 56th floor enclosed observatory with exhibition centre, video clips , multimedia terminals and Paris highest café, 360 Café is the ideal place to watch a glorious Paris sunset while enjoying a drink or a gourmet snack.
Hours: Apr.-Sept., daily 9:30 am-11:30 pm; Oct.-Mar., Sun.-Thurs. 9:30 am-10:30 pm, Fri. and Sat. 9:30 am-11 pm; last elevator 30 min before closing
Metro: Montparnasse Bienvenüe
Jardin du Luxembourg
The Luxembourg Gardens has all that is charming, unique, and befuddling about Parisian parks.
Hours: Daily 7:30-dusk (hrs may vary depending on season)
Metro: Odéon; RER B: Luxembourg.
Institut de France
The Institut is one of France’s most revered cultural institutions, and its golden dome is one of the Rive Gauche’s most impressive landmarks.
Hours: Daily 9am-6pm
Web site: http://www.institut-de-france.fr/
Prices: Free admission (guests can walk into courtyard only)
The Pantheon Paris (Latin Pantheon, from Greek Pantheon, meaning “Every god”) is located in the 5th arrondissement on the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève which looks out over all of Paris. Underneath, the final resting place for the great heroes of the French Republic including Voltaire, Victor Hugo, and Marie Curie.
Hours: Apr.-Sept., daily 10-6:30; Oct.-Mar., daily 10-6
Bus: 21, 27, 38, 83, 84, 85, 89
Metro: Line 10 Cardinal Lemoine; RER: Luxembourg.
Musée de l’Orangerie
Houses 8 of Monet’s giant water lily paintings in semi-circular rooms. A must see for any Monet fan.
Displays works by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The extensive gardens hold many of his sculptures such as The Thinker.
Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
This surprising architectural realization, located in the Villette Park, is allowing children to discover science as a game while keeping the parents interested. By presenting science as a game, la Cité des Sciences succeeds in enchanting both big and small.
Bus : 139, 150, 152, PC2, PC3
Metro : Line 7 – Porte de la Villette
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 , on Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00. Closed on Monday.
Tags: Bastille, Hôtel des Invalides, Montparnasse, Paris, Sorbonne