It can be difficult to choose which stunning locations in Paris to see during a vacation or day off. No matter where you chose to visit, you are bound to be amazed by the treasures of the City of Lights.
The 16 Most Beautiful Places in Paris to Visit
Parks, Gardens, Outdoor Spaces
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Located in the north-eastern 19th arrondissement of Paris, the Parc des Buttes Chaumont is one of the largest green spaces in Paris. It offers stunning views of Montmartre and contains a suspension bridge, caves, and a mini river. Whether you want to curl up with a book, have a picnic, or play soccer, this park offers you a peaceful and bright refuge in a bustling city.
Jardin du Luxembourg
This garden is located between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. It is split into French-style and English-style gardens, divided by a forest and a pond. You can also find an apple orchard, an apiary, greenhouses, fountains, and 106 statues throughout the park.
Jardin des Tuileries
These gardens separate the Louvre from the Place de la Concord in the 1st arrondissement. If you come in the summer, you can enjoy the fun fair or the Ferris wheel. If you want to relax after a long day of walking, come by and take a stroll or sit and admire the intricate landscaping.
Colonnes de Buren
The Colonnes de Buren, also known as Les Deux Plateaux, is a highly controversial art installation created in 1986 by Daniel Buren. It is located in the inner courtyard of the Palais Royal and was designed to conceal ventilation shafts. While not necessarily a place to sit down and relax, it is surely a unique and picturesque site.
Monuments and Churches
The Panthéon is located in the Latin Quarter and modeled on the Pantheon in Rome. Be sure to go inside and check out its interior dome and stunning floors and ceilings. An exact copy of Foucault’s pendulum, which evidences the Earth’s rotation, can also be found here.
The Sainte-Chapelle is a Gothic style royal chapel that was built in the 1200s to store the king’s relics. It has been secularized since the French Revolution and contains one of the most extensive (and beautiful) 13th-century stained glass collections in the world. This is definitely one of our favorite beautiful places in Paris to visit.
Palais du Luxembourg
The Palais du Luxembourg, located in the 6th arrondissement, is the seat of the Senate of the Fifth Republic. It is a stunning example of 17th-century classical French architecture and is a must-see while you are in Paris.
This Basilica is truly one of the most beautiful places in Paris to visit. Its architectural design, as well as the panoramic view of Paris that can be enjoyed from its entrance staircase, make it well worth the visit.
Musée de l’Orangerie
The Musée de l’Orangerie is an impressionist and post-impressionist art gallery located in the Tuileries Garden. It is known for housing eight large murals by Claude Monet, though it also contains works by artists including Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso.
The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and a giant former palace. Whether you chose to spend all day looking at ancient masterpieces or 20 minutes exploring the architecture and Louvre Pyramid, you are sure to agree that the Louvre is one of the most beautiful places in Paris to visit.
For many sculpture lovers, the Musée Rodin is the most stunning place in Paris. It has two sites, one in central Paris and one just outside of Paris, and receives 700,000 visitors annually. On a nice day, you can spend time in the museum’s large garden sprinkled with world-famous creations, like The Thinker.
The Musée d’Orsay is located in the former Gare d’Orsay railway station. It is my favorite museum in Paris and houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world. Be sure to check out its Instagram famous, photoshoot ready, giant clock!
We hope that this post has made you excited about all of the beautiful places in Paris to visit, whether you are a tourist or a lifelong local. Even if you wander around without any of these places in mind, you are bound to stumble across a stunning street or building. Contact us at ParisByM for help visiting these gems and discovering many more!