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Known locally as La Dame de fer, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognised landmarks in the world â€“ and some might argue itâ€™s the most popular attraction in Paris. Built originally as a temporary structure for the Worldâ€™s Fair in 1900, it still stands over 100 years later! Take a step back to admire the 301.8m of steel, comprising of 18,000 individual pieces â€“ you can forgo the hard hat but make sure you have your camera at the ready!
Note: entry to the Eiffel Tower is not included in the Paris Pass
Champs de Mars
Spanning an impressive 60 acres this stunning landscaped garden was first created in the 17th century to grow grapes and vegetables. Later, it became the training ground for the École Militaire (or military school) where a young Napoleon attended. Now it is the site of the Eiffel Tower and a hot-spot for a picnic on a sunny day, and if youâ€™re in Paris for the 14th July, you can catch the impressive Bastille Day festivities on the grounds too, a must-see if you like fireworks!
Home to the famous Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo - among many, many others - the Louvre is a must-visit in Paris for its huge breadth of art. Originally a built as a palace, itâ€™s now the most visited art gallery in the world with a staggering 9.7 million visitors a year! Take advantage of the Fast Track Entry with The Paris Pass and skip the lines during the busy months.
Notre Dame Cathedral was constructed on the ÃŽle de la Cité as it was the power-centre of the city back in 1160. Now, it remains one of the most central hubs of Paris and is an iconic landmark where visitors can explore the huge nave and buttresses, as well as climb the towers for stunning views along the Seine.
Originally a train station, the Orsay Museum is an architectural feat and its old structure is still very much visible to this day. With the original station clock, the art gallery displays an array of masterpieces from the years 1848 to 1915, including the likes of Cézanne, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh.
Paris Opera House
One of the most elaborate buildings in Paris, this stunning late 19th century building is also known as Palais Garnier or Garnier Opera House. As the most important ballet and opera house in Paris, it is adorned with mirrors, mosaics and chandeliers â€“ not to mention the impressive Grand Staircase. Well worth a visit, youâ€™ll feel like royalty within its walls.
Champs Elysées Étoile
The Champs Elysées is one of the most famous shopping streets in Paris, much on Par with Fifth Avenue in New York, and Regent Street in London. Stretching 1.8miles, this long avenue is an iconic promenade in Paris, lined with high street shops and some of the most expensive real estate in the world.
This historic building in Paris was built to glorify the arts in Paris, especially the Beaux Arts movement from which its architecture was inspired. With its stone facades, glass vaults and steel frames itâ€™s an impressive landmark and right on the banks on the Seine itâ€™s got one of the best views in Paris!
The Gardens of Trocadéro span nearly 94,000mÂ² and with fountains and statues lining its paths, it leads up to the Eiffel Tower on north side of the Seine, and the Champs de Mars to the south. Within the gardens is also an aquarium, the National Theatre and Chaillot Palace.