The 1st Arrondisement, the heart of Paris

Paris is probably the most beautiful, elegant, romantic and intriguing city in the world. Its 20 arrondissements, arranged as spiral from the first, at its geographical center, up to the 20th at the city east end.
One of the things that makes it so easy to get around in Paris is the fact that the arrondissement number is always the last two digits of every Parisian postal code, from 75001 up to 75020.
The 1st Arrondissement, the oldest of them all, is one of the smallest. Less than two square kilometers in size, it is home to many of the city must see attractions and famous symbols.

Things to do and Places to see.. Our favorites

Louvre Museum

One of the most popular and visited museums in the world displays more than 100,000 square meters (it's also one of the largest museums in the world) of invaluable art, history and archaeology; in what used to be a grand palace in the 16th century.

Les Arts Décoratifs
Les Arts Décoratifs is dedicated primarily to showcase design and fashion, some dating back to the 13th century. This museum is part of the Louvre Museum and located at its west wings. A paradise for fashion fans as well as for those who haven't booked ticket to the Louvre in advance and are not eager to stand the line.

Tuileries Garden

Tuileries Garden was created for the Tuileries Palace in 1564 and became a public park after the French Revolution. Located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde it covers 230,000 square meters, which make a perfect place for a well-deserved break (and picnic).

Musée de l'Orangerie
A smaller, more relaxed art museum is the former Tuileries Palace' orangery. At the northern tip of the gardens, next to Place de la Concorde, it displays some of the well-known impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. It's most famous for the eight Water Lilies Murals by Claude Monet.

Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume
Although this museum is small in size, it displays an impressive collection, dedicated entirely to photography and media. Located opposite to Musée de l'Orangerie and mirrors it in structure, the two museums provide a fine cultural museum experience without the overload of the "greater than life" Louvre Museum.

Two churches are part of Paris 1st arrondisement:


, is a small Royal Medieval Gothic chapel, famous for its great stained-glass windows. Located at the west tip of Île de la Cité, one of the small islands on the River Seine. It's less known than its neighbor Notre Dame Cathedral but more than make up for it in its beauty and ambiance.


cathedral, located on the northern end of the 1st arrondisement of Paris, is a great and majestic Gothic church, considered a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture and one of the most impressive churches in Paris.

La Conciergerie

Part of a royal palace in the past, this impressive monument was a prison during the French Revolution. Hundreds were waiting here to be executed by the guillotine, among them was also Queen Marie-Antoinette. It was opened to the public in 1914. Most of it is used for law courts, but part of it can be toured today, dungeons and all, and to be appreciate for the beauty of its medieval Gothic architecture.

Two of Paris famous bridges are part of the 1st arrondisement.

Pont Neuf

, the oldest standing bridge in Paris, was laid in 1578 as the first Stonebridge of the city.

The other one, and a lot more romantically famous is the

Pont des Arts

, the pedestrian wooden bridge. Until recently lovers used to put locks on its railing and throw the key to the River Seine as a symbol of their love. The weight of the locks proved to be too much for the old bridge. The locks were removed, the rails were replaced with ones that do not allow hanging locks and now everybody are welcome to take selfies instead.

Square du Vert-Galant is a small but charming garden at the west tip of Île de la Cité and considered to be one of the most romantic spots in a city full of romantic spots. Overlooking the River Seine, all the way to

Eiffel Tour

, it’s a great place to sit with a loved one, if you can find an empty spot.

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