France is the most visited country in the world by number of foreign visitors. Paris, the capital of France is also the most visited city in the world. The country has countless tourist attractions, which drew millions of foreign tourists each year. The most of tourists visit the popular tourist places such as the Eiffel Tower, Disneyland, Notre Dame De, Chatheau de Versailles Gardens and more. In this article, we have compiled a list of the most visited tourist attractions in France by the number of visitors.
1. Fontainebleau Forest and Castle, Paris
Fontainebleau Forest and Castle is the most visited tourist attraction in France by the number of visitors. It attracts 13 million visitors each year, which also make it one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. Fontainebleau is one of the largest forests in the world, a perfect weekend destination for the people of Paris. It is also the home of Chateau de Fontainebleau, once owned by the kings of France. Fontainebleau is also famous for its beautiful gardens and castles among the visitors.
2. Disneyland, Paris
Disneyland is the most popular theme park brand in the world. Disneyland Paris attracts 12.6 million visitors each year. Disneyland Paris is also one of the most visited theme parks in the world. It is located in Marne-la-Vallee, 32 km far away from the center of Paris. Disneyland Paris covers an area of 4,800 acres, which makes it one of the largest theme parks in the world. The theme park includes several hotels, two theme parks, shopping complex, entertainment zone, golf course and much more.
3. Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame de Paris is one of the most visited cathedrals in the world. It attracts 12 million visitors each year. The cathedral is also one of the oldest churches in the country, which was built in 1345. It is located at 6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Place Jean-Paul II in Paris. It is also widely known for its beautiful architecture and considered as one of the finest churches in the world.
4. Flea Market – Saint Ouen, Paris
Flea Market is the fourth most visited places in France. It attracts 11 million visitors each year. It is located Porte de Clignacourt, Saint Ouen in Paris. It is the perfect place for the tourists to buy antique items, gear, clothes and much more. It is also considered as one of the greatest antique markets in the world with more than 2000 stalls.
5. Chateau de Versailles Gardens
The Gardens of Versailles or Chateau de Versailles Gardens are the most beautiful places in France. It covers 800 hectares of land, covered in classic French Garden style. In 1979, the UNESCO designated these gardens as the World Heritage Sites list. The Gardens of Versailles attract 7 million visitors each year.
6. Georges-Pompidou Center, Paris
Georges-Pompidou Center is the sixth most visited places in France. It attracts 5.9 million visitors each year. It is located in the Beaubourg area, near Les Halles in Paris. The cultural center was built to accommodate the public library, modern art museum and a center for music. It is also one of the best places to spend your weekend in the metropolitan of Paris.
7. Eiffel Tower, Paris
The Eiffel Tower is considered one of the wonders in the world. It is the seventh most visited places in France. It attracts 5.72 million visitors each year. The Eiffel Tower is an identity of the city of Paris. From 1889 to 1930, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world. The tower is located in the 7th arrondissement, Paris. The Eiffel Tower is also considered as one of the most recognized structures in the world, which was designed by Gustave Eiffel.
8. Louvre Museum, Paris
The Louvre Museum is the eighth most visited places in France. It attracts 5.175 million visitors each year. It is one of the largest museums in France, which was established in 1792. The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world according to the latest figures. It is located in the 1st arrondissement, the right bank of the Seine in Paris. The museum covers an area of 652,300 square feet in the center of Paris.
9. Sacre-Coeur Basilica, Paris
Sacre-Coeur Basilica, full name is the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, which is located on the butte Montmartre, Paris, France. It was constructed in 1914 as the church of the Roman Catholic. The church complex includes a beautiful garden to do meditation, with a fountain. The top of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart dome is the best place to get the panoramic view of Paris.
10. Notre-Dame de Lourdes Sanctuary
The Notre-Dame de Lourdes Sanctuary, also known as the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, is a sacred place for the Catholic Christians in the country. The place is famous for sick pilgrims, who pay a visit to the place to get healed from the diseases. The Notre-Dame de Lourdes Sanctuary attracts 5 million visitors each year, which makes it the tenth most visited places in France. It is located in the town of Lourdes, France.
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Article last re-published on March 5, 2015.