Why is France a beautiful country

France attractions - the 12 most beautiful attractions (2021)

France - Germany's beautiful neighbor is very popular all over the world.

Not just because of his good food and more excellent Wines, but also because of numerous travel destinations.

Which France sights you should visit, you will find out in this text.

Whether the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Strasbourg Cathedral or the world-famous museum in the Louvre, in France you will find everything for a perfect holiday between nature and culture.

Rediscover the country on the Atlantic and Mediterranean or book your next vacation in the beautiful country.

 

1. Versailles Palace

One of the Tourist attractions of France is the Palace of Versailles near Paris.

It is one of the largest palace complexes in Europe and was the residence of the French kings from the middle of the 17th century until the outbreak of the French Revolution.

From 1661 onwards Louis XIV expand the former hunting lodge into the imposing castle we know today.

The mirror gallery and the king's bedroom are particularly impressive.

The ornate decoration of the walls and ceilings was for the most part intended to show the power of France to the outside world and to pay homage to the Sun King.

  • Address: Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
  • opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
  • Entry: Entry costs 20 euros
  • Homepage: www.chateauversailles.fr

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2. Paris Eiffel Tower

He is that Paris landmark and also from all over France: the Eiffel Tower.

It was built from 1887 to 1889 as the entrance gate to the World's Fair and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.

The famous steel structure is named after its builder Gustave Eiffel.

At first the Parisians were not at all enthusiastic about the building.

Today it draws up to 6 million visitors from all over the world to the French capital. The original plan was to dismantle the tower after 20 years.

Before it got the gray paint it is known today, the Eiffel Tower was painted red.

You can go up to the top viewing platform in 276 meters high drive.

From there you have the perfect panoramic view of Paris.

You can either get to the second floor at 116 meters by elevator or climb 704 steps.

The Eiffel Tower is especially beautiful when it glitters in its typical light at night.

However, this lighting is protected by copyright.

If you don't want to get a letter from the lawyer, then you shouldn't post such a photo on your social networks.


Our tip: It's always windy at the top of the tower. So remember to wear appropriate clothing even in summer.


  • Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris
  • opening hours: from June 15th to September 1st daily from 9 a.m. to 0.45 a.m., during the rest of the year daily from 9.30 a.m. to 11.45 p.m.
  • Entry: Adults pay 25 euros, children and young adults from 12 to 24 years pay 12.40 euros, reduced admission costs 6.30 euros and children up to 4 years have free access

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3. Mont Saint-Michel

The Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most famous photo opportunities in the world and should definitely be on the list of the best Sights of France.

It rises majestically on the monastery mountain of the same name.

Today the island, which lies off the coast of Normandy, is connected to the mainland by a bridge.

With a spring tide it can still happen that it is at least partially flooded and Mont Saint-Michel becomes an island again.

The monastery is already gone Built in 708 and is still a unique example of medieval architecture in France. The abbey was rebuilt from the 11th century.

The renovation took 500 years.

Today you can visit the Benedictine monastery, in which a few monks still live.

Stroll through the monastery complex and visit, among other things, the garden of the abbey, the Romanesque abbey church or enjoy the beautiful view from the island towards the coast.

In a visitor center you will find all the important information about the history of Mont Saint-Michel.

  • Address: 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel
  • Opening hours: from May 2nd to August 31st from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., from September 1st to April 30th from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Entry: Adults pay 9 euros, children and young people up to 25 years of age from EU countries have free admission

4. French Riviera

The famous stretch of coast on the French Mediterranean is considered to be the Mecca of the rich and famous of France and the world.

The Côte d’Azur, something in German "Azure coast" means, extends from Cassis near Marseille to the Italian border.

Nice, Cannes, Antibes, Monaco and Menton are particularly well-known and popular with holidaymakers.

Do not be put off by the elitist reputation of the Côte d’Azur and be sure to visit this region of France.

You can make nice trips to the cities, hike in the unique nature of the Maritime Alps or spend a few days on the beach.

Our tip:

Visit the Perfumery Museum in Grasse. There you will not only experience the exciting history of perfume production in France, but you can also buy unique fragrances on site.

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5. Disneyland Resort Paris

If you've always dreamed of it once Mickey and Minnie Mouse to meet in person, then you have the chance at Disneyland Resort Paris.

The theme park has been more popular since 1992 Attraction for families and tourist groups from all over the world.

In addition to Disneyland Park, there has also been the Walt Disney Studio since 2002, where you can take a look behind the scenes of the Walt Disney films.

You can expect a variety of rides, such as roller coasters.

There are also shows, cinemas, discos and of course restaurants.

The park is divided into different themed areas, such as the Adventure Land in the style of Indian Jones or the Discovery Land, a replica of Jules Verne's visions of the future.

If you travel to France as a family, then the Disneyland Resort Paris is one of your must-stops.

But a visit to the amusement park is also well worth seeing for adults.

After all, almost all of us grew up with Walt Disney.

  • Address: 77777 Marne-la-Vallée
  • Opening hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Entry: Admission for adults to both parks costs up to 93 euros, children from 3 to 11 years pay up to 86 euros. Depending on the season, ticket prices vary a lot.

6. Musée du Louvre

The Louvre museum is that most visited museum in the world and is one of the most famous sights in France.

A total of 35,000 works of art are exhibited in the former royal palace with the striking glass pyramid.

The origins of today's art collection go back to the 14th century, and you can still admire some of these pieces in the Louvre today.

One of the most famous works that you can find in the Louvre is the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.

Paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, archaeological finds and other art objects are presented.

Overall, the museum in the Louvre is divided into eight exhibition areas.

The oriental collection includes exhibits from the advanced cultures of the Middle East from the Mediterranean to India, in the Egyptian collection you can admire art from the origins to Cleopatra and admire many other exciting exhibits.

The history of the Louvre itself is also covered in a part of the museum.

Our tip:

From October to March you get free entry on the first Sunday of the month.

  • Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
  • Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday and Friday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Wednesday and Friday it is also open until 9.45 p.m.
  • Entry: Admission costs 17 euros, children and young people up to the age of 18 have free admission, people under 26 who live in the European Union also have free admission

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7. Lascaux cave


This place takes you back to the time of 17,000 to 15,000 years before Christ.

Unique cave paintings were found in the Lascaux cave in 1940.

Some researchers even suggest that the finds in the cave could date from between 36,000 and 19,000 BC.

The original cave is now closed to visitors, because with the visitors condensation and organic matter came into the cave, which was very bad for the paintings.

The cave, which opened in 1948, was closed to the public in 1963.

Today you can visit an exact copy of the underground cave.

Aurochs, meadow ducks, deer and horses were painted on the cave walls by our ancestors.

In addition, human figures on the hunt.

  • Opening hours: from January to March from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., from April to June from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., in July and August from 8.30 a.m. to 10 p.m., in September from 9.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from October to December from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Entry: Adults pay 16 euros, children pay 10.40 euros

8. Castles of the Loire

If you love fairy tales and the castles that go with them, then you have come to the right place in the Loire Valley and its side valleys.

In the heart of France you can get around 400 unique locks and admire castles.

They are often only a few kilometers apart and are ideal for a day trip - for example by bike.

You will experience practically all epochs of European art history in a very small space.

This makes this region one of the most popular attractions in the country.

The Loire Valley and its castles have been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The most famous of the castles is Chambord Castle with its 440 rooms.

It was built at the beginning of the 16th century by King Franz I as a splendid and hunting palace.

A special feature is the double-flight spiral staircase, possibly designed by Leonardo da Vinci, which can be used on two paths that do not intersect anywhere.

The longest wall in France surrounds the park. It is 32 kilometers long.

Other well-known castles in the Loire Valley are the Castle of Blois with origins from the 13th century, the Amboise Castle, which is considered the cradle of the French Renaissance, or the Chenonceau Castle, which was built on a multi-arched bridge over the water.

9. Pilat Dune

This natural Famous place of France can be found on the French Atlantic coast, in the southwest of France, around an hour's drive from Bordeaux.

It is truly a gigantic natural phenomenon and is the highest shifting dune in Europe.

It is about three kilometers long, 616 meters wide and 110 meters high.

The dune covers between one and 5.5 meters per year.

You can climb the dune and enjoy a beautiful view of the Atlantic and the surrounding region from above.

There are three campsites not far from the Pilat dune.

Around 135 hectares consist only of sand, another 4,000 hectares are overgrown with forest.

The dune in the southwest of France was formed around 18,000 years ago.

  • Address: Route de Biscarrosse, 33260 La Teste-de-Buch
Regional Natural Park of Caps and Marais d`Opal

Another, similar France attraction is in northern France.

Especially nature lovers get their money's worth here.

The Parc Naturel is a huge natural area where you can, for example, watch birds in the swamp bath and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Or you can ride your bike along the cliffs.

10. Arc de Triomphe

It too belongs to Paris like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe on the Place Charles-de-Gaulle.

It was erected between 1806 and 1836 as a memorial to the glory of the imperial armies.

Was the client Emperor Napoleon I. The triumphal arch is part of the historical axis.

Twelve avenues start from here in a star shape from this square.

The building is particularly worth seeing because of its many reliefs, which were commissioned in 1833.

The east facade is adorned with the “Volunteers Moving Out” and on the west facade you will also find impressive reliefs, such as “The Peace” by Antoine Etex. From the terrace on the triumphal arch you have a magnificent view of the Champs-Elysées.

Under the floor of the triumphal arch is the tomb of the unknown soldier from the First World War.

With its eternal flame, it commemorates the many dead who were never identified.

And also to On New Year's Eve, the Arc de Triomphe is one of the most popular places to toast the New Year.

Locals and tourists alike gather here and marvel at the spectacular light show on the facade every year.

  • Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris
  • Opening hours: from April to September 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., from October to March 10 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.
  • Entry: Adults pay 12 euros, reduced admission costs 9 euros, children and young people under the age of 26 who come from member states of the EU are free.

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11. Strasbourg Cathedral

The small French town of Strasbourg is not far from the German border. The Strasbourg cathedral is particularly worth seeing here.

The first thing you will notice is the filigree and richly decorated exterior facade.

Especially this one with its portal traffic jams, the 140 meter high tower, and the rose windows with a diameter of around 15 meters are worth seeing.

From the south tower, which has never been completed, you have a great panoramic view of Strasbourg and the Rhine plain from an observation platform at a height of about 66 meters.

You can only reach the platform on foot 322 steps. An effort that is really worth it.

You will also be impressed by the interior of the minster.

The ceiling of the central nave is 32 meters high and 16 meters wide.

The cathedral's windows are ornate stained glass, mostly from the 14th century.

Another highlight in the minster is the astronomical clock.

You can find them in the south aisle of the church.

The first astronomical clock dates from 1353. Today, a clock from 1842 is in its place.

It is a unique masterpiece that shows the orbit of the earth, the moon and the orbits of the planets Mercury to Saturn.

  • Address: Place de la Cathédrale, 67000 Strasbourg
  • Strasbourg Cathedral opening times: Monday to Saturday from 9.30 a.m. to 11.15 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.45 p.m., Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
  • Opening times of the viewing platform: from October to March from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., from April to September from 9.30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Entry: admission to the church costs 3 euros, concessions 2 euros. The ascent to the viewing platform costs 5 euros, reduced price 3.50 euros

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12. Gouffre de Padirac

The Gouffre de Padirac is a special one Work of art of nature and is worthwhile for all those France vacationers who want to discover the country away from the big cities.

In German, Gouffre means throat and this is exactly what the cave looks like at first glance.

Because before you get into that about 1.5 km long network of caves go underground, you first have to climb down a staircase through a large circular opening.

 

There you enter the cave and can be driven through the underground system on boats.

Then we continue on foot. Past large stalagmites and stalactites that have formed in the cave over millions of years.

 

  • Address: 46500 Padirac, France
  • Entry: Adults pay 17.50 euros, children between 4 and 12 years 9 euros, children up to 4 years have free admission

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