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Île de la Cité

One of two islands within Paris, the Île de la Cité holds some of France’s most historically significant and outstandingly beautiful features. 

View world-renowned Gothic architecture and stained glass on the Île de la Cité. Watch small boats pass underneath the city’s oldest bridge and see the sinister-looking palace where Marie Antoinette was held before being executed.

Take the metro to the island’s only station and track back to the Pont Neuf connecting to the mainland at the island’s western end. Opened by Henry IV in 1607, this white stone bridge is beautifully simple and provides a superb vantage point to gaze over the gently flowing water below. The king’s bronze equestrian statue on the bridge is a replica of one that was stolen and destroyed during the French Revolution.

Navigate across this small, boat-shaped island. Just a short stroll east is the Palais de Justice, built to house the French Supreme Court. The connecting turrets and towers lining the river were long used as a political prison. Between 1793 and 1795, as many as 2,600 prisoners were taken from La Conciergerie to be guillotined.

The palace grounds feature a truly breathtaking building, the Sainte-Chapelle. Completed around the middle of the 13th century, it has a superb display of stained glass. Enter on a sunny day to marvel at the red and blue glass lit up to show artwork depicting the story of Christianity from Genesis to the Crucifixion.

Even with the remarkable design of this chapel, the crowning feature here is surely Notre-Dame Cathedral at the eastern end of the island. Built between 1163 and 1345, the cathedral is a remarkable example of Gothic architecture. Check out the many gargoyles and Gallery of Kings statues on the west façade as well as the central spire that reaches to a height of 305 feet (93 meters). You may see a service taking place during your visit.

The Île de la Cité has few options for accommodations; however, several high-end restaurants provide the ideal place to end your day before you cross a short bridge to the city itself.

Traveling is about doing things you love as well as things you've never undertaken before. Ready to try some fantastic new experiences?

There are lots of awesome things to do in Ile de la Cite. Why don't you buy an Ile de la Cité - Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie Tour or a Notre Dame & Medieval Paris with Conciergerie upgrade?

For the entire list of options, head to our Ile de la Cite things to do page.


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Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris ¥8,395
Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris

Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris

38-40 Rue Saint Séverin, Paris, Paris
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ile de la Cite and Sainte Chapelle. Notre-Dame and Sorbonne University are also within 10 minutes. Saint-Michel Station and Paris Saint-Michel - Notre Dame Station are within a 2-minute walk.

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    Hôtel Lutetia, The Leading Hotels of the World

    Hôtel Lutetia, The Leading Hotels of the World

    45 Boulevard Raspail, Paris
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Paris City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Le Bon Marche and Saint-Sulpice Church. Luxembourg Gardens and Odeon Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Sevres Babylone Station and Rennes Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Hotel Britannique ¥8,216
      Hotel Britannique

      Hotel Britannique

      20 Avenue Victoria, Paris, Paris
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Paris City Center, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rue de Rivoli, Les Halles, and Conciergerie. Centre Pompidou and Notre-Dame are also within 10 minutes. Chatelet Station is only a 2-minute walk and Pont Neuf Station is 4 minutes.

        Melia Paris Notre-Dame ¥26,085
        Melia Paris Notre-Dame

        Melia Paris Notre-Dame

        7 Rue De L'Hotel Colbert, Paris, Paris
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Paris City Center, this romantic hotel is steps from Notre-Dame and Ile de la Cite. Sorbonne University and Ile Saint Louis are also within 10 minutes. Maubert-Mutualité Metro Station and Paris Saint-Michel - Notre Dame Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Hotel Les Rives De Notre Dame ¥31,596
          Hotel Les Rives De Notre Dame

          Hotel Les Rives De Notre Dame

          15 Quai Saint Michel, Paris, Paris
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Paris City Center, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ile de la Cite and Notre-Dame. Sorbonne University and Les Halles are also within 10 minutes. Paris Saint-Michel - Notre Dame Station is only a 2-minute walk and Saint-Michel Station is 2 minutes.

            Dauphine Saint Germain Hotel ¥9,854
            Dauphine Saint Germain Hotel

            Dauphine Saint Germain Hotel

            36 Rue Dauphine, Paris, Paris
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Paris hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Ile de la Cite, Odeon Theatre, and Pont Neuf. Saint-Sulpice Church and Conciergerie are also within 10 minutes. Odeon Station and Mabillon Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Novotel Paris Les Halles ¥18,887
              Novotel Paris Les Halles

              Novotel Paris Les Halles

              8 Place Marguerite De Navarre, Paris, Paris
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Paris hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Forum des Halles, Les Halles, and Rue de Rivoli. Centre Pompidou and Conciergerie are also within 10 minutes. Paris Chatlet-Les Halles Station and Les Halles Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris ¥13,847
                Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris

                Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris

                53 Ter Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris, Paris
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Paris residence is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Pont Neuf, Les Halles, and Notre-Dame. Rue de Rivoli and Conciergerie are also within 10 minutes. Paris Saint-Michel - Notre Dame Station and Pont Neuf Station are within a 5-minute walk.