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Marais

Known for Museums, Cafés and Tours

Admire historic and architectural marvels and visit one of the largest museums of modern art in Europe in the 3rd and 4th Arrondissements of Paris.

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Marais is a historic district known for stunning medieval-style buildings and a range of communities, cultures, charming bars and cafés. Admire modern and contemporary art in the Musée National d'Art Moderne’s vast collection. Tour the Notre Dame de Paris, a historic Catholic cathedral believed to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.

Explore the Centre Pompidou, a large high-tech complex housing a public information library, a center for music and acoustic research and a museum of modern art. Appreciate works by great artists including Matisse and Pablo Picasso at its Musée National d'Art Moderne. With over 100,000 works, this museum has one of the largest collections of modern art in Europe.

Wander through the bustling streets of Marais, the aristocratic district of Paris. Shop in vintage boutiques, relax in rustic taverns and dine in some of Paris’ finest restaurants. Explore the museums, art galleries and theaters. This historic area stretches over parts of the 3rd and 4th Arrondissements. It is filled with culture and considered one of the hippest areas of Paris.

Tour the Notre Dame de Paris, a stunning cathedral in the 4th Arrondissement. See the famous gargoyles at the front of the cathedral. Admire the exquisite statue of Joan of Arc and the beautiful rose windows. Notice carved wooden stalls, statues and stunning religious artwork inside the cathedral. This French Gothic masterpiece was completed in the early 14th century.

Find the Notre Dame de Paris via the Paris RER express train lines or the Paris Metro. Get off at the Cité metro station if using the Paris Metro. Walk from the Notre Dame de Paris to Centre Pompidou in about 15 minutes. The Marais district is also walking distance from both the Notre Dame and the Pompidou.

Begin or end your walk through the lively streets of Marais by climbing the bell tower at the Notre Dame de Paris for spectacular views of Paris from the top.

Things to do in Marais

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.

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. 

Experience one of the most idyllic parts of Paris in this grassy park in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

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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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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Experience a unique and exclusive dining experience on the first floor of the most famous monument in Paris, the Eiffel Tower. While enjoying stunning views of the City of Light, enjoy a multi-course dinner that features classic French dishes and elegant desserts.

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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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