81 attractions you should visit in Île-de-France - With photos & details

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Top 81 attractions to explore in Île-de-France

The most populous of the 18 regions of France. It is located in the north-central part of the country and often called the Paris Region because it includes the city of Paris. Île-de-France is densely populated and economically important: it covers only about 2% of France's territory, but has an official estimated population of 12,213,364 (18.2% of the population of France) and accounts for nearly 30% of the French GDP.

Arc de TriomphePlace Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
Monuments

The Arc de Triomphe, at the center of the Place de l'Étoile and the western end of the Champs-Elysées, is a very famous monument in Paris. It is a large arch, but it is not possible to drive underneath it.  It is an iconic symbol of French national identity and took 30 years to build. The Arc de Triomphe provides a glimpse into France’s social past as well as spectacular views across central Paris.

Avenue MontaigneAvenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France
Street Markets

Avenue Montaigne, connecting the Champs-Elysées to the Alma Bridge, is known as one of the most exclusive and luxurious arteries in the capital. This is home to quite a few sumptuous international Haute Couture boutiques. Luxury and prestige crisscross and make the street the highlight of first-class shopping in Paris. In the nineteenth century, the street earned some renown for its sparkling and colourfulMabille Gardens on Saturday nights.

Basilica Cathedral of Saint Denis1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis, France
Churches
Man-made Structures- Other

The Basilique Royal de Saint-Denis is a large former medieval abbey church and present cathedral in the city of Saint-Denis. It is also the burial place of French royalty in Paris. It is a necropolis, a stunning edifice to the dead, full of hauntingly beautiful funeral sculptures, mausoleums, and tombs.  Featuring over 70 recumbent statues and monumental tombs from the Renaissance, the basilica contains within its walls the largest collection of funerary sculptures from the 12th to the 16th cent

Bois de Boulogne75016 Paris, France
Parks

Bois de Boulogne has become the largest spot for relaxation in the west of Paris. Later it was the hunting ground for the Kings of France with a surface area of 850 hectares.  It offers numerous walkways, 28 km of bridleways, and 15 km of touristic cycle routes. There are so many facilities, which have been designed to suit everyone, such as playgrounds for children, the Musée en Herbe, picnic areas, bicycle hire and boat hire on the Lac Inférieur, the Auteuil and Longchamp racecourses, restaura

Boulevard HaussmannBoulevard Haussmann, Paris, France
Street Markets
Man-made Structures- Other

Boulevard Haussmann is a top shopping destination and surely one of the most elegant stores in the whole of Paris. Today it is home to Paris' greatest department stores, whose shop windows are absolutely magical at the end of the year, during the Christmas season. On the quieter side of the boulevard, at number 158, is the Jacquemart-André Museum, dedicated to the fine arts and decorative arts, planning large-scale exhibitions all year long.

Boulevard Saint-GermainBoulevard Saint-Germain, Paris, France
Street Markets
Man-made Structures- Other

The Boulevard Saint-Germain is a boulevard of the left bank of Paris, named in honor of Bishop Germain of Paris (496-576), and due to the proximity of Saint-Germain-des- Meadows dedicated to him. It is a nice spot if you are on a lookout for fashion boutiques and food shops. you can also explore some marvelous bookshops which are surrounded by exclusive fashion stores. It is a wonderful area and is perfect for a tourist destination.

Canal Saint-MartinCanal Saint-Martin, Paris, France
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Man-made Structures- Other

The Canal Saint-Martin is a channel of 4.55  km long located mainly in the 10th and 11th  arrondissements of Paris. It links the Bassin de la Villette - and beyond the Canal de l'Ourcq - to the Port de l'Arsenal which communicates with the Seine. It's a small gauge channel intended, originally, for the supply of drinking water in the capital. Inaugurated in 1825, it has nine locks and two swing bridges for a total drop of 25  m.

Carnavalet Museum16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France
Museums

The Carnavalet - History of Paris museum is the Parisian municipal museum dedicated to the history of Paris from the origins of the city to the present day. Located in the Marais district in rue de Sevigne in Paris.  it presents exceptional collections: memories of the French Revolution, paintings, sculptures, furniture, and objets d'art. The museum consists of the Hôtel de Carnavalet and the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau linked by a gallery on the first floor. It has an area of ​​10,000 sq

Catacombs of Paris1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
Man-made Structures- Other

The Catacombs of Paris is the underground ossuaries in Paris, which gives you a remarkable experience. It was a part of tunnel network built to consolidate Paris' ancient stone quarries that holds the remains of more than six million people. From around when the French Revolution began in 1789 until 1860, the city’s dead were buried there.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
Churches

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, commonly known as Our Lady, is one of the most emblematic monuments of Paris and France. It is located on the Ile de la Cité and is a place of Catholic worship, seat of the Archdiocese of Paris, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The cathedral inspires many artistic works and also so many things to discover in and around this basilica. It is the most visited monument in Europe and one of the most visited in the world until 2019.

Champ de Mars2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007 Paris, France
Parks

Champs de Mars is a vast public green space in Paris. the park is nestled between the world-famous Eiffel tower and the Ecolé Militaire building complex. A hotspot for national events, it can be accessed freely and offers the most beautiful view of the capital’s landmark monument. It will be a remarkable experience in your life.

Champs-ÉlyséesChamps-Élysées, Paris, France
Street Markets
Man-made Structures- Other

The  Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a Paris must-see attractions in this area which was described as ‘the world’s most beautiful avenue. This  1.2 miles avenue connects Arc de Triomphe with the Place de la Concorde and is considered one of the world’s most famous commercial streets.  There are so many things, Airline offices, fast-food restaurants, car showrooms, and cinemas, as well as American-style shopping arcades, have become increasingly dominant in this area.

Château de FontainebleauPlace du Général de Gaulle, 77300 Fontainebleau, France
Iconic Buildings

The Chateau de Fontainebleau is a royal castle of mainly Renaissance and classical styles, near the city center of Fontainebleau, about sixty kilometers south-east of Paris, France. The first traces of a castle in Fontainebleau date back to the xii th century. The latest work is done in the xix th century. Francis I and Napoleon were the monarchs who had the most influence on the Palace as it stands today. It became a national museum in 1927 and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 198

Château de Vaux le Vicomte77950 Maincy, France
Iconic Buildings

The chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte , located on the territory of the French town of Maincy ( Seine-et-Marne ), 50 km southeast of Paris , near Melun is a castle of the xvii th century (1658- 1661), built for the superintendent of finances of Louis XIV , Nicolas Fouquet . It now belongs to a younger branch of the Marquis de Vogüé. The Castle, a masterpiece of classical architecture is now the largest privately owned historical monument.

Château of VincennesAvenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, France
Iconic Buildings
Notable Architectures

The Château of Vincennes was used as a royal residence from the 12th to 18th century and it has preserved its medieval towers, the Sainte-Chapelle and the 14th century keep which is the highest of its kind in Europe. The building was surrounded by a 3608 ft -long fortified wall with nine towers and is also protected by a moat, 88 ft which was situated in the outskirts of the city center in the forest of Vincennes. It was one of the architectural wonders in this area.

Cluny Museum - National Museum of the Middle Ages28 Rue du Sommerard, 75005 Paris, France
Museums

A huge museum which was built in the middle ages in Paris at 6 Place Paul-Painlevé. It was formerly the townhouse of the abbots of Cluny, started in 1334. The structure was rebuilt by Jacques d'Amboise, abbot in commendam of Cluny 1485-1510; it combines Gothic and Renaissance elements. In 1843 it was made into a public museum.  The museum itself actually consists of two buildings: the frigidarium, where the remains of the Thermes de Cluny are, and the Hôtel de Cluny itself, which houses its impr

Coulée Verte René-Dumont1 Coulée Verte René-Dumont, 75012 Paris, France
Parks

The Coulée Verte René-Dumont is a lush elevated park built atop a revitalized railway structure in the 12th Arrondissement. This green garden path stretches for three miles, with landscapes ranging from modern and manicured to wild and natural. The western portion of the parkway may be accessed via stairways and elevators leading up to the elevated viaduct. This portion is reserved for pedestrians.  It was one of the nice place to spend some free time in the middle of greenery.

Dalí Paris11 Rue Poulbot, 75018 Paris, France
Museums

Dalí Paris presents more than 300 works of a very rich collection acquired from Salvador Dali or great collectors. It has the largest private collection of Salvador Dali art in the heart of Paris. The collection features mainly three-dimensional sculptures of Dalí's best known surrealistic paintings. . His sculptures are one of the major aspects of his life work, materializing in three dimensions his surrealistic obsessional motifs: soft watches, spindly legs animals, open or closed drawers.

Disneyland ParisBoulevard de Parc, 77700 Coupvray, France
Theme Parks

Disneyland Paris located in the Paris suburb of Marne-la-Vallée is the Disney Empire's European variant of their archetypal "Magic Kingdom" theme park. It was the second Disney theme park resort to open outside the United States, after Tokyo Disney Resort. It consists of two parks, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park, and a shopping district, Disney Village. Disneyland Park is the park everybody has heard of and expects, and Walt Disney Studios Park has a more general moviemaking theme

Domaine National du Palais-Royal8 Rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France
Iconic Buildings
Palaces

This is a former royal palace located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France. A popular monument decorated in the antique style so fashionable in the 18th century. There is art, history, cafes, shops, and magnificent gardens to enjoy here. This is one of the favorite spots for locals and tourists to come for a stroll. It now serves as the seat of the Ministry of Culture, the Conseil d'État, and the Constitutional Council.

Map of attractions in Île-de-France