Every country in the world has a capital city, but only very few have an iconic status to rival that of Paris.
With a reputation as one of the most romantic cities on the planet, much of the allure that Paris holds can be put down to the wealth of cultural artefacts that can be found there.
Easy to visit from the UK by train or plane, it doesn't take long to find yourself sipping a coffee on a pavement cafe or walking along the banks of the Seine. Having annual travel insurance means it's even easier to plan a getaway at short notice.
Nestled amongst the beautiful streets and world famous landmark buildings are museums such as Musée Picasso, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Musée du Montparnasse, Musée Rodin, Musée Cluny and Musée d'Orsay. Each of these hosts an array of some of the finest examples in the world of their own specialities.
As well as finding something unique on every street, there are so many essential places to visit that are truly unrivalled cultural attractions.
Overlooked by the Sacré-Cour Basilica, which is set on a 130-metre hill which is the highest point in Paris, Montmartre is home to many of the great Parisian art studios and is one of the most popular areas of the city.
As well as classic cafés and superb restaurants, the area is the location for the famous Moulin Rouge.
Le Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world and is home to the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and works by Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Vermeer.
The museum is one of the most recognisable buildings in Paris, with the entrance being covered by the 21-metre-high glass Pyramide de Louvre.
Museum of African & Oceanic Art
Paris is not just about classical artworks and buildings, as the rich colonial history of France is also something that has deep cultural significance.
This fascinating museum has artefacts and exhibitions from French colonies in Africa and South-East Asia, as well as a superb tropical aquarium in the cellar.
The Eiffel Tower
No mention of the attractions of Paris would be complete without a mention of the Eiffel Tower. A true symbol of Paris (and of France as a whole), the tower is visible from almost everywhere in the city, standing at 324 metres high.
There are three visitor levels on the Eiffel Tower, with shops and restaurants on the first and second floors and a Champagne Bar on the third floor.
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