Paris is the capital of France and the center of French culture. The City of Paris itself covers an area of 41 square miles; the Greater Paris Metropolitan Area, covers approximately 890 square miles.
Population: Paris Metro Area - 12,067,000, city of Paris - 9,644,500.
Land Area: 41 square miles.
Flight times: New York - 7 hours, Chicago - 8 hours, San Francisco - 10.5 hours, London - 1 hour, Rome - 2 hours.
Office du Tourisme et des Congrês de Paris: 127, avenue des Champs-Elysées - 75008 PARIS. Tel. 01 49 52 53 54. English Recording : 08 36 68 31 12.
Aeroport Roissy-Charles De Gaulle (www.adp.fr): 01 48 62 22 80.
Aeroport Orly (www.adp.fr): 01 49 75 15 15.
Aéroport Roissy: Charles-de-Gaulle: Roissyrail: RER B line (suburban express train)/RATP Tel. 08 36 68 77 14. Air France Shuttle to Etoile, Porte Maillot or Gare Montparnasse, 01 41 56 89 00. Roissybus to Opéra/RATP Tel. 08 36 68 77 14
Aéroport Orly : Orlybus Shuttle to Denfert-Rochereau/RATP Tel. 08 36 68 77 14. Air France Shuttle to Invalides or Gare Montparnasse - Tel. 01 41 56 89 00. Orlyrail / RER C line (suburban express train) / RATP Tel. 08 36 68 77 14. Monorail Orlyval/RER line B (suburban express train) - Tel. 01 69 93 53 00
SNCF (France National Railroad Company): 08 36 35 35 35 - 01 53 90 20 20.
Gare De Lyon: (southern France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece): 01 53 33 60 00.
Gare D'Austerlitz: (southwestern France, Spain, Portugal): 01 53 60 70 00.
Gare De L'est: (eastern France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, southern Germany, Austria, Hungary): 01 40 18 20 00.
Gare Du Nord: (northern France, northern Europe, Russia, Great Britain via Calais or Boulogne, Eurostar to London): 01 55 31 10 00.
Gare Montparnasse: (western France, southwestern France): 01 40 48 10 00.
Gare Saint-Lazare: (Normandy, Great Britain via Dieppe): 01 46 27 28 75.
EUROSTAR (Gare du Nord): 08 36 35 35 39.
Paris Transit Authority (www.ratp.fr): English/Spanish/German/Italian-language service - 08 36 68 41 14.
Musée des Arts Décoratifs; Musée des Arts de la Mode et du Textile: Entrance to the two museums on the rue de Rivoli, Palais du Louvre.
Palais du Louvre: 107, rue de Rivoli , 75001 Paris. 44 55 57 50. Metro Stop: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre. Focus of this collection is interior design, furniture, objets d'arts, wallpaper, tapestries, ceramics, glassware, and toys from the Middle Ages to the present.
Musée du Louvre ( www.louvre.fr): 75058 Paris. (33) 01 40 20 50 50.
Musée de l'Orangerie: Place de la Concorde, Jardin des Tuileries, 1st Arrondissement. 42 97 48 16. Métro stop: Concorde. Open 9:45 am- 3:15 pm daily.
Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume: Jardin des Tuileries, 1st Arrondissement. Tel. 47 03 12 50. Métro stop: Concorde, Tuileries. Open 12 pm-7 pm Wednesday - Friday; 10 am- 7 pm Saturday and Sunday; 12 pm- 9:30 pm Tuesday. Shows collections of contemporary art.
Musée national des Arts et Metiers - Techniques: 292, rue Saint-Martin , 75003 Paris. 40 27 22 20 - Groups: 40 27 23 31. Métro stop: Arts et Métiers. Tarifs: Gratuit Fermature: Lundi, jours fériés. Open: 10 am-3:30 pm. Free admission.
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature: Entrance to the Hôtel de Guénégaud des Brosses (by Mansart) houses the museum and its collection of weapons: crossbows, arquebuses etc. 60, rue des Archives, 3rd Arrondissement. Tel. 42 72 86 43. Métro stop: Rambuteau, Hôtel-de-Ville, Arts et Métiers. Open 10 am- 12:30 pm & 1:30 - 5:30 pm.
Musée Carnavalet: Hôtel le Pelletier de Saint-Fargeau is home to the museum of the history of the City of Paris. 23, rue de Sévigneé, 3rd Arrondissement. Tel. 42 72 41 13. Métro stop: Saint-Paul, Chemin Vert. Open 10 am- 5:40 pm.
Musée national d'Art moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou: Perhaps the center of contemporary art in Paris; also shows many interesting exhibitions of all forms of art and culture. Plateau Beaubourg, 4th Arrondissement. 44 78 12 33 Métro stop: Hôtel-de-Ville, Rambuteau, Chatelet. 12h - 22h Monday, Wednesday - Friday. 10 am- 10 pm Saturday, Sunday and Holidays. Closed Tuesdays. Admission: 30F adult. 20F 18 - 24 years old. Under 18 years - free. Free Sundays from 10 am- 2 pm.
Musée National Picasso: Displays works of Picasso, received by the State after the death of the artist and also the artist's personal collection. The structure was built between 1656 and 1659 for Pierre Aubert, a salt tax collector. Hotel Sal, 5, rue de Thorigny , 75003. 42 71 25 21 - Groups: 42 71 70 84 - 42 71 63 15 48 04 75 46. Métro stop: Saint Paul, Chemin Vert, Filles du Calvaire. Open Winter 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Summer 9:30 am-6 pm. Admission: 27 FF. - Guided Tours, Conferences: Res. 2 months. Closed: Tuesday, 01/01.
Maison de Victor Hugo: Victor Hugo lived here from 1832 to 1848. Collections of drawings, paintings, and documents tell the author's life story. Hôtel de Roham Guéménée, is in the southwest corner of Place des Voges. Where: 6, place des Vosges, 4th Arrondissement. 42 72 10 16. Métro stop: Bastille, Saint-Paul, Chemin-Vert. 10h - 17h40 Daily. Closed Mondays and bank holidays.
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle: One of the largest natural history museums in the world. The main building is on the grounds of the Jardin des Plantes. 57, rue Cuvier, 5th Arrondissement. Tel. 40 79 30 00. Métro stop: Monge, Jussieu, Gare d'Austerlitz. Gallery: 10 am-5 pm daily. Entomology: 1 pm- 5 pm. Comparative anatomy, mineralogy and paleontology: 10 am- 5 pm. Zoo: 9 am- 6 pm in summer, until 5:30 pm in winter.
Musée de l'Institut du Monde Arabe: Museum dedicated to the art and Arab and Islamic civilization from its origins to the present day. Extensive collection of objets d'art, Koranic calligraphy, miniatures, plus contemporary Arab art. 1, rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard , 75005 Paris. 40 51 38 38 - Groups: 40 51 38 45 Fax: 46 34 16 05. Métro stop: Jussieu Close to: Gare d'Austerlitz 24, 63, 67, 86, 87, 89. Open: 10 am-6 pm. Admission: 25 FF. - Red. 20 FF. - Group: 20 FF.
Musée National du Moyen-Age Thermes de Cluny: Comprised of two important sites. One is a 15th century Gothic mansion containing a wide selection of medieval art, as well as a collection of original sculptures from the facade of Notre Dame. Next to the mansion are 3rd century Gallic-Roman baths, including a ``Frigidarium''. 6, place Paul Painlevé , 75005 Paris. Métro stop: Cluny-La Sorbonne. Saint-Michel-Notre Dame 21, 27, 38, 63, 85, 86, 87.
Musée de la Monnaie: Includes exhibits of money, medals and historical documents, as well as posters, prints, and paintings about the making of money and medals. 1, quai Conti, 6th Arrondissement. 40 46 55 35. Métro stop: Pont-Neuf, Odéon, Saint-Michel. Open: 1 pm- 4 pm, Wednesdays until 9 pm.
Musée d'Orsay: Redeveloped in the old Gare d'Orsay. The museum was opened in December 1986 and was dedicated to all art from 1848 to 1914. Paintings, pastels, sculptures, furniture and objets d'art and photography document the productiveness and diversity of this era. 1, rue de Bellechasse, 62, rue de Lille, 75343 Paris cedex 07. Metro: Solférino. Open Winter: 10 am-6 pm, Sunday: 9 am-6 pm. Summer: 9 am - 6 pm - late night opening: Thursday: 9.45 pm. Prices: 35 FF. - Red. 24 FF. - Group: Res. 1 month - Guided Tours, Conferences: Res. 1 month Closed: Monday
Musée Auguste Rodin: Contains various works as well as the personal collection of Rodin. Hôtel Biron built by Gabriel and Aubert in the 18th century. 77, rue de Varenne , 75007 Paris. Metro Stop: Varenne
Palais de la Decouverte: Showcase for basic and contemporary science with interactive experiments and commentaries by lecturers. Astronomy along with a planetarium, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics are presented. Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt , 75008 Paris. 40 74 80 00 - Groups: 40 74 80 15. Métro stop: Champs Elysées-Clemenceau. Open: 9:30 am-6 pm - Sunday: 10 am-7 pm - Planetarium: 11 am, 2 pm, 3:15 pm, 4:30 pm , Saturday, Sunday: 11:30 am, 2 pm, 3:15 pm, 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm. Prices: 25 FF., Planetarium: 15 FF.
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais: Porte Champs-Elysées, 3, avenue du Général-Eisenhower , 75008 Paris. Métro stop: Champs Elysées-Clemenceau. Open: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Late night opening: Wednesday 10 p.m. Admission: Variable - Group: Res. 2 months - Guided Tours, Conferences: Res. 2 months Closed: Tuesday, 01/01, 01/05, 25/12.
Musée du Petit Palais: The collection includes western art from the Egyptian era to the present. Ave. Winston-Churchill, 8th Arrondissement. Tel. 42 65 12 73. Métro stop: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. 10h - 17h40 daily (closed Monday and holidays). Hours of temporary exhibitions vary.
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie: One of the world's largest science museums with an impressive modern site in northeastern Paris. Parc de la Villette, 30, avenue Corentin Cariou - A.P. 75930 Paris cedex 19 , 75019 36 68 29 30 Groups: 40 05 12 12, Res. 40 05 80 90. Métro stop: Porte de la Villette.
Notre Dame Cathedral: Construction began in 1163 during the reign of Louis VII. Construction was completed roughly 200 years later in about 1345, essentially completed according to the original plans. The reigns of Louis XIV and Louis XV saw significant alterations including the destruction of tombs and stained glass. During the Revolution, many of the treasures of the cathedral were either destroyed or plundered. During this time the cathedral was dedicated first to the cult of Reason, and then to the cult of the Supreme being: the church interior was used as a warehouse for the storage of food. Restoration overseen by Lassus and Viollet-le-Duc, was carried out in 1845. This program lasted 23 years. In 1991, a 10 year program of general maintenance and restoration was begun.
Place du parvis de Notre Dame: 75004 Paris Cité Chatelet-Les Halles, Saint Michel-Notre Dame. 21, 24, 27, 38, 47, 85, 96.
La Conciergerie The Conciergerie on the Ile de la Cité: Built by Philippe the Fair (1284-1314) as a place of imprisonment, torture, and death. It now makes up much of the Palais de Justice complex. Among its more famous prisoners were Marie Antoinette, Charlotte Corday, Danton, and Chenie. Marie Antoinette's cell is now a chapel dedicated to her memory. 1, quai de l'Horloge , 75001 Paris. Métro stop: Cité.
Palais Royal: Begun as a small and private theater in the residence of Cardinal Richelieu. It was the first theater in France with movable scenery wings and a proscenium arch. Following Richelieu's death, it became royal property. Place du Palais-Royal, 75001 Paris. Metro stop: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre.
Saint Eustache: Its interior is gothic, but the decor itself is Renaissance. Buried within its walls are Moliêre, Richelieu, and the marquise de Pompadour. 2, rue du Jour, 75001 Open daily. Metro stop: Chatelet-Les Halles.
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel: Commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon but not finished until 1836. It was modeled after of the Arc of Constantine in Rome. Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and the Arc de Triomphe at Etoile were to commemorate his victories, and his victorious army. Métro stop: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile. The Arch is most easily reached by tunnel from the north side of the Champs Elysées. 31F (adult) to visit the top.
Colonne de Vendôme: The Column, 44 metres high, is comprised of a stone core, encased in the bronze of 1250 cannons captured at the Battle of Austerliz (1805). It was modeled in the style of Trajan's Column in Rome. Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris. Métro stop: Tuileries, Madeleine
Bourse des Valeurs The Paris Stock Exchange: Napoleon ordered the creation of the Bourse, which is the commercial center of Paris. The Bourse remains in use today, and is the home of the CAC-40, the equivalent of the Dow Jones. Palais de la Bourse - Rue Vivienne , 75002 Paris. Métro stop: Bourse.
Mairie de Paris: The seat of Parisian municipality, created by the water merchants. The current Hôtel de Ville is built over the former Hôtel de Ville that was burned down by the 1871 Commune. Hôtel de Ville, 29, rue de Rivoli , 75004 Paris. 42 76 50 46. Métro stop: Hôtel de Ville. Open Monday: 10:30 am. Prices: Free - Group: Res. 6 weeks - Guided Tours.
Bastille: Place de la Bastille, 75004 Paris. Métro stop: Bastille. Opéra de la Bastille. Place de la Bastille, 12th Arrondissement.44 73 13 99 (Information) /) 44 73 13 00 (Reservations).
Le Panthéon: Replaced the ruined church of St-Genêvieve Abbey by Louis XV with an edifice to the glory of the patron saint of Paris, St-Genêvieve. The foundations were laid in 1758, but was not completed until 1789. When completed, the Revolutionary government changed it from a church to a mausoleum for the remains of great Frenchmen. Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris. Métro stop: Cardinal Lemoine.
Jardins et Palais du Luxembourg: Built for Marie de Medici in the years 1615-1627, the gardens and palace astonish visitors with the harmonious beauty of its flora. Fun may be had by all, with children renting boats and sailing on ponds while others stroll and take in the magnificent surroundings. Jardins du Luxembourg, 75006 Paris.
Institut de France: Made up of five academies but best known for one of them, the Académie Française. It occupies the site formerly of the Nêsle gate and tower, part of the medieval wall of Paris. 23, quai de Conti , 75006 Paris. 44 41 44 41. Métro stop: Pont Neuf.
Assemblée Nationale: 3 quai d'Orsay, 7th Arrondissement. Tel. 40 63 60 00. Métro stop: Assemblée Nationale, Invalides. Open 9 am- 11 am, 2 pm- 4 pm Saturdays when in session. 9 am-11 am, 2 pm- 5 pm Monday - Saturday --out of session.
Hôtel National des Invalides: Comprises the largest single collection/complex of monuments in Paris, including: Musée de l'Armée, Musée des Plans-Reliefs, Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération, L'Eglise de St-Louis-des-Invalides. Esplanade des Invalides, 75007 Paris. Métro stop: Varenne.
Tour Eiffel: Built for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889 commemorating the centenary of the French Revolution. Champ de Mars, 75007 Paris. Métro stop: Bir Hakeim.
Place de la Concorde; Obélisque de Luxor: The largest open area in Paris is situated along the Seine and separates the Tuilerie Gardens from the beginning of the Champs Elysées. Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris. Métro stop: Concorde. Palais Garnier - Place de l'Opéra , 75009 Paris. Built between 1862-1875, it has a total area of 11,000 square metres and a stage that can accommodate over 400 artists. Métro stop: Opéra.