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1st Arrondissement

Paris

1st Arrondissement

Known for Museums, Cafés and Monuments

Few urban districts in Europe have a higher concentration of artistic masterpieces and breathtaking architecture than this neighborhood.

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Visit stunning palaces and superb museums, pass long afternoons in lush gardens and view incredible artwork from Monet, Michelangelo and da Vinci, all within the bounds of Paris’s 1st Arrondissement.

In the heart of Paris on the northern banks of the Seine River, the 1st Arrondissement is easy and enjoyable to explore on foot. Most sites are within a short walk of each other. Stroll through sprawling gardens and scenic narrow streets.

Escape the crowds of busy Châtelet metro station and walk for 10 minutes northwest to the Louvre Museum. Inside a lavish 12th-century palace, the collection consists of approximately 35,000 pieces. You won’t see it all in a day, so do advance planning to be sure you locate your favorites. Find masters by Rembrandt, Michelangelo and of course the Mona Lisa by da Vinci. The gallery is open every day except Tuesday. Enter through the 69-foot-tall (21-meter) glass pyramid.

Follow a morning inside with a walk enjoying the fresh, fragrant air of Jardin des Tuileries that neighbors the Louvre. As well as beautiful arrangements of tulips and roses, see sculptures here by Rodin and Giacometti. Continue on to reach the Musée de l’Orangerie. The highlight of this old gallery is a set of water lily paintings by Claude Monet. A funfair comes to the park during the Fête des Tuileries in July and August each year. Race on bumper cars and play games of skill.

Positioned in the center of the 1st Arrondissement, Le Palais Royal is another grand site. Home to Louis XIV in his youth, this 17th-century neoclassical palace conceals an internal garden of bright flowers and shimmering fountains.

Enjoy an excellent choice of cuisine here whether you shop at the diverse fresh food stalls at Rue Montorgueil or indulge in one of the many fine-dining restaurants. In spite of the prime position of the 1st Arrondissement, you can expect to find a range of hotels perfect for all budgets.

Things to do near 1st Arrondissement

Palais Royal is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Paris. Experience the fascinating museums and acclaimed theatre scene in this vibrant area.

Home to the Mona Lisa, and instantly recognizable by its glass pyramid, this landmark has vast collections of well-known art from France and around the world. 

Attend a performance, browse museum exhibits and marvel at the opulent design of one of the world’s most celebrated opera houses. 

A monumental masterpiece in French gothic architecture on the outside, inside this landmark cathedral is a serene place of worship for devotees of religion and art.

Pantheon is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Paris. Discover the fascinating museums and churches in this vibrant area.

Gain insight into French military history at this Baroque complex, which contains several museums and military monuments, including the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Nothing says Paris like this landmark of iron latticework emblematic of the City of Light. 

An imposing monument at the center of a busy traffic intersection, the archway rises majestically above the city, with coveted city views.

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Discover all the romance, history, and atmosphere of the French capital on an open-air double-decker bus. Explore the City of Light at your own pace, scoping out world-famous monuments like Notre-Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower and hopping off to get a closer look at Parisian landmarks.

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Discover new perspectives from Paris’ most iconic landmark: the Eiffel Tower. By ascending the stairs, you’ll witness views most visitors never see. Your experience begins near the base of the Tower, where you will meet your expert guide for an introduction to the structure.

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With a flash of bright feathers and sparkling sequins, Féerie—France’s ultimate cancan show—makes for a razzle-dazzle evening out in the City of Light. Treat yourself to an evening of iconic Parisian cabaret, all while sipping champagne and soaking up the magical Belle Époque ambiance at the historic Moulin Rouge.

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Sail along the banks of the River Seine, passing under magnificent bridges and spotting legendary sights such as Notre-Dame Cathedral, the palatial architecture of the Louvre, and the filigreed ironwork of the Eiffel Tower.

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Set sail for an unforgettable evening on the water as you soak in the majesty of the illuminated landmarks that line the Seine. Step aboard a glass-enclosed boat at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and settle into your seat.

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Treat yourself to the magic of Disneyland® Paris. You can choose between 2 incredible Disney Parks, the original Disneyland® Park or the Walt Disney Studios® Park. Or, for the ultimate Disney adventure, you can choose a 2-park ticket and visit both.

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