Area Guide of Paris
The beautiful city of Paris has 20 municipal districts and each of them is unique and full of attractions you should not miss to see.
1st District - LOUVRE - LES HALLES
This district of Paris is a real paradise for tourists. The abundance of popular attractions, including the Museum of Louvre with its splendid collections, attracts travellers from all over the world.
Attractions in the Louvre - Market zone:
The Louvre Museum of Art
The Market Forums
The Royal Palace
The Tulip Gardens
The National Gallery of “Jeu de Paume”
The Arc de Triomphe and le Musée de l'Orangerie
2nd District - BOURSE
The 2nd district of Paris is divided into three zones: the district with the mode of Montorgeuil in the east, the financial district and the district of the opera in the west. In this district you should not miss to visit the National library, probably the largest library of Europe, where you can find over 12 million books including the bibles of Gutenberg and first editions of the 15th century.
Attractions in the Bourse zone:
The National library of France and the Bourse de Paris
The Tower of Jean Without Fear
The Popular Music Theatre
3rd District - MARAIS
The Marsh is formed by the 3rd and 4th district. It is one of the oldest parts of Paris and in former times it was the residence of aristocrats. Some of this residences were turned into museums like the Picasso and Carnavalet Museum. In this fascinating district you can also find many churches and the famous Place of the Clock.
Attractions in the Marais zone:
The Picasso Museum
The Museum of art and history of the Judaism
The Carnival Museum
Place de l'Horloge with automat
4th District - NOTRE DAME
This district constitutes the heart of the famous district “the Marsh”. The major attraction of this zone is doubtless the imposing Gothic cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. Just at the age of 28, Victor Hugo wrote his famous novel, “Le bossu de Notre Dame”, which tells the tragic love story between the ringer of the cathedral and beautiful Esmeralda.
Attractions in the Notre Dame zone:
L'Île de la Cité – Île St Louis
Notre Dame de Paris
L'Hôtel de Ville
Centre Pompidou – Beaubourg
Le Village St Paul
Place des Vosges
5th District - QUARTIER LATIN
The 5th district is without question characterized mainly by the famous Latin Quarter although it is not summarized with that. The Latin Quarter draws its name from the Sorbonne, which attracts students from the whole world.
Attractions in the Latin Quarter:
The garden of plantsLe Jardin des Plantes
The Saint-Séverin church
6th District - ST. GERMAIN DES PRÉS
Formerly, St-Germain was the residence of the intellectual and aristocrats. Nowadays you can count many shops, art galleries and restaurants there.
Attractions in the St-Germain des pres zone:
The Palace and the gardens of Luxembourg
The Observatory of Paris.
The St. Sulpice Church
The National University of Arts
7th District- TOUR EIFFEL
In the 7th district famous symbols of Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Museum of Orsay, can be found.
Attractions in the Eiffel Tower zone:
The Eiffel Tower.
The Champ de Mars
The Museum of Orsay.
The Rodin Museum.
The National Assembly - The Bourbon Palace
8th District - CHAMPS ELYSÉES
The 8th district is primarily characterised by the most beautiful avenue of the world, the Champs Elysées. This splendid avenue accommodates many tourists of the whole world in its bars, shops….
Attractions in the Champs Elysées zone:
The Avenue of the Champs-Élysées
The Large and the Small Palace
La Place de la Concorde
L'Arc de Triomphe
La Place Charles de Gaulle – Etoile
The Saint Augustin Church
9th District - OPÉRA
The 9th district is characterized by the Garnier Opera, a splendid building where plays and operas of the whole world are presented. This district is animated day and night. Its reputation is due to the grand boulevards, like the Crime Boulevard, where many stores await you with open arms.
Attractions in the Opera zone:
The Garnier Opera
The Grévin Museum
The Church of the Holy Trinity
The Gustave Moreau museum
10th District - GARE DU NORD
The 10th district is characterized by the presence of 2 stations: the North Station and the East Station. The Saint Martin Channel, which crosses this district, offers a splendid walk along its banks. Do not be surprised if you pass a train during your strolls!
Attractions in the Parks North zone:
The North station (Gare du Nord)
The West station (Gare de l'Est)
The Saint Martin Channel
11th District - BASTILLE
The 11th district is known mainly because of the Bastille. If you are a curious traveller, you will discover many charming streets in this district.
Attractions in the Bastille zone:
The Bastille Opera
The Saint Ambroise church
The Sainte Marguerite church
12th District - GARE DE LYON – BERCY
In this district, you can walk in the more green places of Paris, the Wood of Vincennes. Continue your walk in the famous Zoo of Vincennes or the Floral garden of Paris. You will also find one of the more import train stations of Paris, Gare de Lyon.
Attractions in the Gare de Lyon – Bercy zone:
The Park and Palace of the Omnisport de Bercy
The Gare de Lyon
The Wood of Vincennes
The Zoo of Vincennes
The Museum of African and Oceania arts
13th District - GARE D'AUSTERLITZ
Attractions in the Parks of Austerlitz zone:
The Place of Jeanne, d'Arc
The Sainte Anne de la Butte Church
The Austerlitz Station
14th District - MONTPARNASSE
At the 20th century, Montparnasse was a centre of attraction for many artists of the avant-garde like Chagall and Modigliani. Formerly a place of predilection of the American community, the zone around the Montparnasse Boulevard offers many bars and restaurants and has an animated night life. It is also the seat of the Observatory of Paris.
Attractions in the Montparnasse zone
The Tour Montparnasse
The Cemetery of Montparnasse Catacombs
The Montsouris Park
The Observatory of Paris
15th District - PARIS EXPO
This district accommodates the impressing EXPO site of Paris, localised Porte de Versailles, where many international exhibitions are held. This district has one of the biggest stations of Paris, the Montparnasse Station. This station houses trains for South-West train zone.
Attractions in the Paris Expo zone:
Exhibition site of Paris
The Bridge of Bir-Hakeim
The Sports Hall
The Place of June 18, 1940
16th District - TROCADÉRO - PARC DES PRINCES
The 16th district is one of the largest districts of the capital and a tourist attraction centre. The prevalent feeling is to be in a quiet small town rather than the big Paris. Make sure you take a walk in the famous Bois de Boulogne, a park of 865 hectares at the western end of Paris, created under the Empire of Napoleon III.
Attractions in the Trocadéro zone - Park of the Princess:
The Palace of Chaillot
The Gardens of Trocadéro
The Woods of Boulogne
The Palace of Tokyo
The Park of Princes
The Navy Museum
The House of Balzac
17th District - PALAIS DES CONGRÈS
The 17th district is characterised by the Palace of Congress. It is the place where spectacles, seminars and exposures of high level and of national or international importance take place. Also the Arch of Defence is definitely one of the places you should make sure to see on your tourist journey to Paris.
Attractions in the Palace of Congress zone:
The Palace of Congress
The Jean-Jacques Henner museum
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