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Sightseeing

Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris, one of the most visited tourist attractions and the best known tower in the world. 

The Eiffel Tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel. Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923), a French engineer, specialized in metallic buildings such as bridges. Completed in 1889 for the Paris world exhibition, the Eiffel Tower was designed and built in just two years by 132 workers and 50 engineers. The Eiffel Tower is nowadays 324 meters high with television antennas. It weights 7300 tons. The  first floor of the Eiffel Tower is 57 meters and 360 steps from the ground. The second floor is 115 meters and 1060 steps from the ground. The third floor is 274 meters from the ground. It is only accessible by lift to the general public. They are altogether 1710 steps up to the third floor.

Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum is one of the most visited museums in the World. The Louvre Pyramid is the main entrance to the museum. It is situated in the center of the courtyard.  The word "museum" may even be unfitting when it comes to the Louvre: the collections are so vast, diverse, and breathtaking that visitors may have the impression of navigating a maze of distinct artistic and cultural worlds. Situated in the 1st arrondissement, at the heart of Paris, this palace is both from an architectural point of view as from an arts perspective one of the must see sights in Paris. It displays about 300,000 works, among them some world-famous like the Mona Lisa from Leonardo da Vinci, Venus de Milo and Winged Victory.

Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles and the awesome gardens and building surrounding this palace are well worth a daytrip visit. The Palace was the historical and official residence of the French Kings, from 1682 when King Louis XIV decided to move from Paris until the royal family was forced to return in 1789. This royal palace became the home of the French nobility and was the location of the royal court under the Ancien Régime. It was initially a hunting lodge which was expanded in rounds by Louis XIV.

Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region. Located on the outskirts of Paris, these authentic theme parks need at least a full day to be appreciated at their full worth. With the kids, the whole family or a group of friends, you can count on magic-filled moments in zoos and safari parks. Theme park  Visiting scale models of France and its architectural treasures over an area of 5 hectares, fans of miniatures, models and electric trains will be in seventh heaven. Thrills are guaranteed when you come face to face with the sharks that inhabit the 3,000m² domain devoted to the world’s seas and oceans and their peoples.

Arc de Triomphe
Paris is known as one of the most beautiful and impressive cities in the world. This is evident when you look from the top of Arc de Triomphe. Look east towards Champs Elysees down to the Tuileries garden and the Louvre Museum. Look west towards Avenue de la Grande Armee down to La Defense business district. The Arc de Triomphe Paris, the most monumental of all triumphal arches, was built between 1806 and 1836. Elevators bring the 600 000 yearly visitors to the top roof where they enjoy a spectacular view on the Champs Elysees, the Eiffel Tower and Paris. The triumphal arch is in honor of those who fought for France, in particular, those who fought during the Napoleonic Wars. Engraved on the inside and at the top of the arch are all of the names of the generals and wars fought. 

Musee d'Orsay
One of the world's most-visited museums, the Musee d'Orsay houses the largest collection of painting, sculpture, and decorative objects produced between 1848-1914, showcasing many of the most remarkable works of the early modern era. Giving visitors a detailed and breathtaking look at the birth of modern painting, sculpture, design, and even photography, the Musee d'Orsay's permanent collection spans from neoclassicism and romanticism to impressionism, expressionism, and art nouveau design. This museum was a former railway station and is well worth a look. Inside the museum, the exhibits are set out over several levels, but the original structure of the building as a railway station is also preserved.

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