Key sights on the left and right banks in Paris

Taking a Paris tour is one of the best ways to take in the beauty and romance of this top European city. Here are just a few of the best places to go and sights to see if you're on a city of Paris tour.

Take in the left bank

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A visit to the Left Bank is a must for any Paris tour. Go to The Panthéon in the Latin Quarter, a mausoleum with the remains of France's famous citizens, including Voltaire, Victor Hugo or Alexandre Dumas. Almost next door, you is the Sorbonne university, one of the first in the world and housed in beautiful buildings. Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a very upmarket and typically Parisian left bank area, which is full of charm and where you may spot celebrities! Don't miss Les Invalides, a very symbolic place with museums and monuments, connected to France's military history. Continue on your Paris tour ( to the Champ de Mars, a beautiful lawned area with paths many different trees, flowers and shrubs. Named after Rome's Campus Martius in honour of the Roman god of war, it's perhaps most famous as the garden of the Eiffel Tower.

The Louvre and Notre Dame

On the opposite bank of the Seine is the Musee du Louvre, which used to be a royal fortress. You can easily spend half a day or more browsing the collection, which includes 35,000 works of art. Stop off at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, which dates back to the 12th century and is a stunning piece of Gothic architecture. Look for the wonderful stained glass windows as well as Joan of Arc's statue. If you can make it up the spiral staircase to the bell tower, you'll be rewarded with a tremendous view of the city of Paris as the icing on the cake for your Paris tour.