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4th Arrondissement

Paris

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4th Arrondissement

Known for Museums, Cafés and Cathedrals

Experience the city’s gay and Jewish identities amid some of the world’s most recognizable symbols, including the Notre Dame de Paris.

How do you get to 4th Arrondissement?

The 4th Arrondissement is the medieval heart of Paris. Find history everywhere you look, with a cathedral, old houses and museums lining the streets. The historic center is known as Le Marais. Its lower section is known affectionately as Gay Paris. Walk through the region for a memorable time with some of the world’s most iconic structures.

The highlight of the arrondissement is the world-famous Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, construction of which began in the 12th century. Approach it from its spacious plaza to see the magnificent Gothic façade. Delve into the crypt to see riverside foundation stones dating back to Roman times.

Another architectural gem is the Hôtel de Ville or City Hall. Admire its lavish décor and white stone façade. Make your way to La Bastille via the metro station of the same name. Inspect the stones remaining from the historic fortress and prison. Near City Hall are many bars, restaurants and shops with a gay culture. Party at one of the heterosexual or LGBTQ discos in the evening and enjoy the liberal atmosphere.

To appreciate the city’s modern art scene, visit the Centre Georges Pompidou. Marvel at its odd and intriguing building, which looks like a construction site of mechanical tubes and ladders. See its accessible paintings and contemporary works. Relax at a café in the lively plaza outside the museum, where you will find street performers and cultural events around the elegant Stravinsky Fountain.

Relax in the pleasant gardens of the Place des Vosges, which has a majestic fountain and trimmed hedges. One of the city’s oldest planned squares, it dates back to 1605.

The rectangular region lies in the city center, covering the Seine River and its Île de la Cité. Take the metro to Saint-Paul or Pont Marie to reach the center of the zone. Lines 1, 4, 7 and 11 travel through this part of Paris.

The liberal atmosphere of the 4th Arrondissement provides an ideal contrast to the medieval vestiges at Paris’ core.

Things to do near 4th Arrondissement

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.

One of two islands within Paris, the Île de la Cité holds some of France’s most historically significant and outstandingly beautiful features. 

Pantheon is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Paris. Discover the acclaimed theatre scene and notable monuments 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. 

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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