Scale the heights of the Eiffel Tower or catch a glimpse of the Hunchback at Notre Dame - there are hundreds of things to do in Paris. To help narrow it down, we’ve picked out our top 10.

Whether you’re just spending a couple of days in the city or are enjoying a longer break, these are the sights not to miss…

1. Arc de Triomphe

No trip to Paris is complete without visiting the Arc de Triomphe - located at the western end of the Champs-Elysees. Built between 1806 and 1836, this huge arch was designed to commemorate those who fought for France during the Napoleonic Wars. Enjoy the spectacle - or climb the 284 steps to the viewing platform, where you'll be greeted with a great view of the surrounding buildings. And between November and March, entry is absolutely free on the first Sunday of the month. 

Red Route, Stop: Champs-Elysées

2. Eiffel Tower

The iconic symbol of Paris, and a must-see sight for any visitor to the city. It’s Stop #1 on the Big Bus tour, so you can enjoy the sight from the bus, or hop off to get panoramic views across the whole city. Take the lift or climb the 704 steps to the top - either way you’ll be rewarded with some stunning photo opportunities, as well as plenty of shops, restaurants and activities to enjoy on the way up. This is one Paris attraction you don’t want to miss.

Red Route, Stop: Tour Eiffel

3. Notre Dame

Another of Paris’ iconic sights, Notre Dame is one of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals, as well as one of the city’s oldest buildings. There’s no entrance charge to visit the cathedral, and it’s open every day of the year. Enjoy guided tours or pick up an audio guide if you want to explore at your own pace. How many gargoyles will you spot?

Red Route, Stop: Notre Dame

4. Pompidou Centre

The Pompidou Centre has established itself as a leading art gallery and cultural hub since its opening in 1977. It houses the Musée National d’Art Moderne, which showcases art from 1905 onwards. But there’s plenty of other things to see and do, from the eye-catching architecture to thriving performance spaces, this is a must-visit place in Paris.

Red Route, Stop: Notre Dame

5. Canal Saint-Martin

Running from the Canal de l’Ourcq to the Seine, the Canal Saint-Martin is a refreshing place to soak up a slice of Parisian life. There are lots of cafes, bars and restaurants dotted along the 2.8 mile (4.5km) canal where you can enjoy a spot of people-watching. Or just enjoy a leisurely stroll in a quieter part of the city.

6. Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf is the oldest standing bridge across the Seine, built between 1578 and 1607. It’s a great place to soak up some of the city’s medieval history, as well as one of the best spots in the city to snap postcard-perfect pictures of Paris.

Red Route, Stop: Louvre-Pont des Arts

7. Champs-Elysees

Take a walk down this tree-lined boulevard - one of the most famous in the world. It does get busy with tourists being one of the main Paris attractions, but you can avoid some of the crowds by visiting early in the morning or later at night. Stop for a coffee in one of the street’s many eateries or window shop in the high-end shops.

Red Route, Stop: Champs-Elysées

8. Sainte-Chapelle

If you’re visiting the Notre Dame cathedral, be sure to stop by the Sainte-Chapelle too - just a 5-minute walk away. The chapel is small but makes up for its size with beautiful stained-glass windows, one of the most extensive collections in the world – particularly magnificent on a sunny day.

Red Route, Stop: Notre Dame

9. Palais Garnier

One of the world’s most famous opera houses, be sure to hop off at Stop #3 on your bus tour to experience the home of The Phantom of the Opera. Choose from standard admission, guided tour or audio guide to explore the public areas of this working theatre and learn all about its long history.

Red Route, Stop: Opéra Garnier

10. Les Catacombes

Take a trip below ground to the Catacombs of Paris, a 1.4 mile (2km) series of underground tunnels lined with skulls and bones. The catacombs are definitely one of the most fascinating places to visit in Paris but they’re not for the faint-hearted – or the claustrophobic. The queues can be huge, so plan your trip well in advance and go early in the day if possible.

Pick just a handful of these activities and you’re bound to experience some of the best things to do in Paris. And once you’re done making your way around the various landmarks and attractions, why not try some of the most delicious French cuisine along the way? Check out our guide to Popular French Food for ideas on what to graze on…