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Explore the must-see sites that the city Paris has to offer

There is so much to visit during your trip to Paris, one day is not enough to discover all the wonders of the French capital. Thankfully, we have selected the must-see tourist attractions that you must not miss during your holidays in Ile de France. Whether it's world-famous museums, historical buildings or amusement parks that attract millions of visitors every year, there are plenty of fun things to keep you occupied close to your Nesles la Vallée rental.

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Spending your holidays at Le Grand Paris campsite is having the chance of being in the vicinity of the most beautiful tourist sites of the Ile de France. Whether you drive or use the city’s public transport system, you will be in the heart of Paris and its must-see sites in no time. To prepare your getaway, feel free to ask our team for valuable advice and they will be happy to help you.

The Eiffel Tower

Did you know that it took 2 years, 2 months and 5 days to build this extraordinary building for the 1889 Universal Exhibition? Climbing to a height of over 325 meters, the Eiffel Tower is constructed in the middle of the Champ de Mars and its green lawns.

The Iron Lady’s ascent, an unforgettable moment

On the first floor, a small cinema screens images and films, lasting about 12 minutes, about the Tower’s construction, the history of its illuminations and the annual firework displays. You can also have a chic picnic lunch in Restaurant 58. The structure’s transparent walls enable visitors to enjoy the incredible views over Paris.

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Tour Eiffel Vue du champs de Mars

On the second floor, take a walk through one of the 4 shops to browse for souvenirs. The viewing galleries are very wide on this floor so that you can walk around them more comfortably. If you are hungry, you can enjoy a delicious gourmet meal at Le Jules Vernes, a Michelin Star awarded restaurant. Chef Alain Ducasse will surprise you with his creative and refined cuisine, 125 meters above ground level.

Tour Eiffel Vue panoramique

To reach the 3rd floor, you have to use the lift because the stairs were condemned several years ago. You will reach the top of the Eiffel Tower in just a few seconds: At 300 meters above ground level, you will need a head for heights. You can visit Mr. Eiffel’s office, sip a glass of champagne or look at models of the tower dating from 1889.

The Louvre Museum

Famous for being the largest museum in Europe, the Louvre holds priceless treasures that have travelled through time and space. With more than 35,000 works of art spread over 210,000 m², you can enter unique worlds and experience a variety of pieces: paintings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, archaeological objects, etc.

The Louvre, a true witness to the past

As your visit progresses, the ancient royal palace unveils masterpieces of Western art as well as ancient civilisations, Egyptian, Greek and many others. Don’t miss the most famous paintings such as the Mona Lisa and The Raft of the Medusa. Displayed in huge galleries with unique charm, you can sit on one of the benches to contemplate these breathtaking works.

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Musée du Louvres - Galerie du carrousel

La Galerie du Carrousel under the Louvre Pyramid houses many shops and restaurants where you can have lunch surrounded by this enchanting atmosphere. There is also a bookshop so that you can take away the most beautiful photos of the pieces you have enjoyed seeing during your visit.

Musée du Louvres - Art antique

Night time tours are organised throughout the year when you can take a late stroll through the museum’s galleries. It is an opportunity to enjoy all these works of art in complete tranquillity, without the usual crowds.

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

This is the most visited monument in France and if all you see is its imposing facade in the unmistakable Gothic style, you will understand why. Built in the heart of the historic centre of Paris in the 12th century, its construction took nearly 182 years to complete. Because of the ravages of time and the toll of desecration during the French Revolution, the building had to be restored several times. Today, Notre Dame Cathedral shows its best side to tourists from all over the world!

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If you have the opportunity to pass through the cathedral doors, you will be amazed by the beauty of the stained glass windows that adorn the apertures and the finesse of the sculptures dispersed from floor to ceiling. The most curious visitors can visit the archaeological crypt which shelters numerous Gallo-Roman and medieval remains.

A true masterpiece of Gothic art

If you don’t want to wait for hours in front of the cathedral to visit the two towers, consider reserving a time slot for the day you are going to visit Paris using the ‘Je File’ app. If you have forgotten, there are terminals available to make reservations at the entrance.

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Once you have climbed all the steps leading to the top of the south tower, you will be delighted to see the impressive Gallerie des Chimères and its fantastic gargoyles: it is certainly one of the most beautiful panoramic views over on the city of Paris!

The Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe

After a stroll up the legendary Champs Elysées with its luxury shops, you can't miss seeing the famous Arc de Triomphe. Standing proudly in the middle of the Place de L' étoile, this building inspired by ancient art was built in 1806 at the request of Napoleon. The intention was to publicly display the victory of the emperor and his Great Army in Austerlitz.

Arc de Triomphe

To reach the Arc de Triomphe, you have to take the underpass which runs under the Place de L’étoile roundabout. Once under the arch, stop for a few moments at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier where the flame is rekindled every evening at 6:30 p.m. during a brief ceremony.

A unique viewpoint of the most beautiful avenue in the world

At the top of the Arc de Triomphe, visitors will be able to enjoy an exceptional viewpoint over the whole of Paris and in particular the most beautiful avenue in the world, the Champs Elysées. This attraction closes late (11 p.m. from April to September) giving you the opportunity to contemplate the sunset from its panoramic terrace.

Arc de Triomphe - Vue panoramique
Arc de Triomphe - Intérieur

If you want to know a little more about the history of its construction and the details of its symbolism, don’t miss the museography which is inside the building. The visit is included in your ticket price.

The Château of Versailles

A temple to lust and refinement, the Château de Versailles dazzles all visitors who come to wander in its galleries. Built at the initiative of the Sun King from 1623 onwards, this unusual building rallied the best painters and architects of the time for nearly 70 years. This imposing building covers more than 11 hectares of floorspace with almost 2,300 rooms.

Versailles, an incredibly rich estate

Among the must-see places to visit within the castle are the imposing Hall of Mirrors. Completed in 1684, this huge 73-metre-long gallery is not only impressive for the details of its painted ceiling, but also the reflections of the 357mirrors which line the walls. The King’s Grand Apartment, includes several living rooms inspired by mythology. Here, you can see a bed from that period and many decorative objects.

Château de Versailles - Galerie des Glaces
Château de Versailles - Parc et fontaines

The immense park of the Château de Versailles is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the boundless beauty of its numerous French gardens. Created entirely by André Le Nôtre in the 17th century, green spaces are laid out over 815 hectares and harbour numerous copses with inimitable charm

Disneyland Paris

If you want to delight your children, don't hesitate to take them straight to Disneyland Paris. With 2 theme parks and over 50 attractions, each one more incredible than the last, you are sure to have fun with your family at Marne la Vallée.

Disneyland Paris - Space Mountain

At Disneyland Paris, the attractions are adapted to all ages: some like Ratatouille and Peter Pan are dedicated to the little ones while others like Indiana Jones and Space Mountain are highly thrilling and exclusively reserved for older children. Shows featuring singers and dancers are also organised throughout the day to take you back to the world of Disney cartoons.

The pleasure of being a child again at Disneyland Paris

Don’t miss the parades with Mickey and all his friends which take place in Disneyland Park’s avenues. It is a special moment to see all the mythical characters from the cartoons that filled your childhood. With a bit of luck, you can even take a selfie with Captain Hook or get an autograph from the Snow Queen.

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Disneyland Paris - Le Parc Walt Disney Studios ®

The Walt Disney Studios® Park will plunge you into the world of the biggest Hollywood productions. On board a little train, you will be able to discover all the secrets of filming blockbusters, and also find out more about car chases and dangerous stunts.

Parc Astérix

Challenges for children and adults alike, adventure galore, attractions for every taste, from the major show, indeed from the Gallic fantasy…Such are the ingredients of a potion tested and approved by millions of visitors! An explosive mixture of 47 attractions and shows, the entirety staged in settings peppered with Gallic humour. The Parc Astérix (Asterix Park) combines humour, conviviality, sharing and authenticity to provide happiness to experience together as a family!


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Festivities and special activities throughout the season: there’s gonna be a party!

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Attention Menhir! (“Watch out Menhir!”): The new 4D attraction of the Asterix Park. An exclusive and immersive adventure of Asterix and Obelix thanks to a 4-dimensional film, with spectacular special effects, in a new 300-seater cinema. Every visitor will experience and be affected by all of the events and surprises of an adventure full of humour, inspired by the world by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. Lasting for 15 minutes, this new experience will delight all of the general public. New sensations, which will hit the various senses of visitors, providing for an amazing misadventure.

The Château de Chantilly

To go back to the time of princesses and valiant knights, there is nothing like an escapade to the heart of the Chantilly estate. This exceptional property combines the famous Château and the Musée Condé, as well as a fabulous wooded park, the Grandes Ecuries and the Horse Museum. With the diversity of activities on the estate, you can easily spend a full day there without getting bored!

Discover a true jewel of French heritage
Château de Chantilly - Galerie peintues

With over 800 works of art, the Musée Condé is the 2nd biggest gallery after the Louvre, bringing together so many antique paintings. Visitors can admire the paintings of the greatest artists who have written art history. As for the Grand Apartments, they were redecorated and identically furnished so that everyone can imagine the decor that surrounded the princes of that time.

Spread over more than 115 hectares, the Chantilly Castle park is a beautiful playground for children who want to unwind in the open air. The programme: playground, hedge maze, mini-train ride, kangaroo enclosure etc. As you walk, you can see more and more of the area dedicated to French gardens, in which a lawn was laid by Le Nôtre himself.

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Château de Chantilly - Grandes Ecuries

The Grandes Ecuries, houses the Horse Museum as well as numerous equestrian shows. Opened in 2014, this modern museum hosts more than 200, horse themed, works of art. Fun and interactive, it will delight young and old alike.


Famous for having been the last resting place of Vincent Van Gogh, Auvers-sur-Oise includes many treasures for all its interested visitors. This charming village is worth a detour to soak up the atmosphere in which Van Gogh pencilled his last sketches. You should also not miss the Château tour, the Absinthe Museum and the Contemporary Art Gallery.

In the footsteps of the most famous French Impressionist painters

The Vincent Van Gogh pilgrimage starts only 10 minutes from Le Grand Paris campsite, at the Auberge Ravoux. Sadly famous for being the painter’s last home, the building was preserved as it was after the artist’s death. The guided tour enables you to find out more about Van Gogh’s life and works. A retrospective film is shown at the end of the tour to illustrate your guide’s explanations.

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Auvers sur Oise - Château

The Château d’Auvers-sur-Oise was renovated in 2016 and now unveils to its visitors a new immersive experience on the world of the Impressionist artists that influenced the town. Blending sound and light, this scenographic journey plunges the visitor into a dark room where over 500 projected canvases are set in motion using special effects. You can also discover numerous archival photos and perfectly staged period costumes. The wooded park and French gardens are also worth a detour!

The Vexin Français Regional Nature Park

With 71,000 hectares, the Vexin Français Regional Natural Park offers holidaymakers numerous tourist, cultural and sporting activities. Created in 1995 and bringing together 99 Val d' Oise and Yvelines communes, this large plateau is the peak of Ile de France. The diversity of its landscapes and the beauty of this environment attract many tourists every year who are looking for a nature break in the heart of the forest.

A rich heritage in the heart of nature
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If you like hiking you will not be disappointed! With over 1000 kilometres of marked trails, hiking enthusiasts can take the Chaussée Jules César from Pontoise to Magny en Vexin. A relic of ancient times, this 21 km route transports you back in time with its excellent state of conservation. On your way you will come across numerous châteaux including Montgeroult and Dampont. Don’t miss the Genainville Gallo-Roman archaeological site!

To discover all this extraordinary park’s secrets, go to the Musée du Vexin Français situated in the heart of the Château de Théméricourt.

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Le Parc Naturel Régional du Vexin - La Roche Guyon

Voted as being one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France“, La Roche Guyon, merits a visit. Renowned for its château and medieval keep, it is the only commune in the Ile-de-France to benefit from this title!

La Mer des Sables

In l’Oise, less than an hour from Le Grand Paris campsite, this unique amusement park, welcomes young and old to 53 hectares dedicated to the family. Nestled in the heart of the Ermenonville forest, La Mer des Sables offers you 30 timeless attractions adapted to all, as well as a large open-air stage where numerous live shows take place.

Experience a unique adventure
La Mer des Sables - Train

At the “Desert Gates“, set off for the Conquest of the West and discover the tundra’s vastness aboard the Train des Sables. If you are courageous enough and have a good heart, get on board the Simou. You will feel like you are in the heart of a tornado in the middle of the Sahara.

Immerse yourself in the heart the green world of “La Jungle”. Safarigolo takes you around a 120-metre circuit in a Jeep, to explore the wild beasts of the savannah: giraffes, hippos and lions await you!

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La Mer des Sables - Manege aquatique

New this year, you will be transported to the land of mariachi and sombreros with 2 new attractions. Let yourself be carried away by the immense tentacles of Tornado or fly aboard the Condor to travel through Mexico. There’s nothing like it!

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