Gothic beauty &
Notre Dame Cathedral21
Why locals love it
This gorgeous gothic masterpiece of stained glass, gargoyles and flying buttresses is one of the most famous buildings in Paris, and for good reason. Resting on the Ile de la Cite and surrounded by the Seine, it served as inspiration for celebrated writer Victor Hugo's famous work, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Why you should visit it
Notre Dame is open, free of charge, every day of the year. It still operates as a cathedral so you can light a candle for your loved ones – purchase by making a donation inside. For the more active, you can climb the 387 steps of the internal winding staircase to view the gargoyles up close, as well as take in the stunning views over Paris.
If you’re hungry afterwards, Ile de la Cite is famous for its ice creams – go find a vendor and enjoy your treat with a view over the river.