Paris Travel Planner   Île de la Cité, Paris, France
You're certain to visit this, the larger of the islands in the Seine, as it holds the Cathédrale de Notre Dame and the Sainte-Chapelle.

 

 

 

Île de la Cité, the larger of the two islands in the River Seine at the center of Paris (map), is one of the most important places you'll get to know in the city.

Here's where you'll find two of the city's most-visited monuments: the great Cathédral de Notre Dame de Paris, and the breathtaking Sainte-Chapelle.

Notre Dame, Paris, France
Late afternoon light on Notre Dame and Île de la Cité. This picture was taken just a couple of weeks after the big fire, and from this angle it all looks fine...but no spire.

Both ends of the island have delightful small parks great for a picnic lunch—right where you need one.

At the western tip of the island, the Square du Vert Galant beneath the Pont Neuf is a local favorite. Sit on a bench in the small park, or stroll along the stone walkways and dangle your feet over the edge as you gaze downstream at the Louvre.

Behind Notre Dame on the island's eastern end is the small Square Jean-XXIII, named for the revered Pope John XXIII. At this end of the island there is also a foot bridge that will take you to the Île Saint-Louis, the smaller, more residential island.

And did you know there is a third island in the Seine? The Île aux Cygnes is an artificial island just down from the Eiffel Tower. Its claim to fame is the quarter size replica of the Statue of Liberty, and it's also a great place to take a stroll.


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Square du Vert Galant, Ile de la Cite, Paris, France

Square du Vert Galant, the pretty park
at the tip of the Île de la Cité.

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